Whether it’s quality leather goods, a bargain antique or a souvenir football shirt you’re after, there are no shortage of shopping options in BA. San Telmo’s best for antiques, souvenirs and vintage clothing, Palermo Soho for the latest trends in fashion and furniture design, Retiro for quality leather, Recoleta for upmarket boutiques malls, Villa Crespo for its outlets.
Below are some of the city’s main commercial areas (particularly for fashion and design):
Some of the largest shopping malls are listed below.
See our lists of the best fairs and markets in the city, frequented by locals and tourists alike, and our list of arts and crafts shops across Buenos Aires, rhe ideal places to find a unique gift or souvenir. Note that some may close or change their schedules in high summer (Jan-Feb). For food markets, please go to Food Fairs & Markets.
Argentina remains famous for its leather and for traditional silverwork. Many shops sell leather jackets, belts and bags, and there are polo-themed shops and crafts markets that sell traditional gaucho accessories such as gourds for drinking mate, boleadores (stone balls on a chord used for catching cattle), knives and alpargatas (espadrille shoes, traditionally made with rope soles). As well as leather, another traditional material used to make belts, wallets, purses, and other items is the skin of the capybara/carpincho, the world's largest rodent, which is native to northern Argentina and Brazil.
For discounts on national and international brands, head to these areas:
Foreign tourists are eligible to reclaim tax (VAT) on purchases of domestically-manufactured goods with a value over ARS $70 from stores displaying the Tax Free logo.
The Global Blue website has information in English on the tax reclaim process. AFIP, the Argentine tax authority, also has information in Spanish here: www.afip.gob.ar/turismo/. Remember to ask in store for a Tax Free Form and have your receipt, form and goods ready to show at the Customs Office (Aduana Argentina) at the airport, port or border as you leave the country.