The flea market on the border of Colegiales and Palermo, close to Buenos Aires' audiovisual district, has become a hunting ground for locals looking to renovate their homes or businesses. Its 150 stalls stock everything from dusty relics and memorabilia to lovingly restored antique furniture and original pieces of contemporary art.
As a result, the venue is a mix between bohemian market and quality design arcade that evokes nostalgia while also offering glimpses of the city's vibrant contemporary arts scene Visitors can find furniture, paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewellery, cermaics, musical instruments, clothing and more, both old and new.
The market has five sections identified by colour, and six units on Calle Enrique Martinez, a street known as "el Paseo de los Artesanos", or the Artisans' Parade. As well as selling products, many stalls offer restoration services. On the upper floor, there is an art gallery with free entry.
The Mercado de Pulgas originally opened on this site in 1988. It moved to another site nearby in 2005 but returned here to its original location in 2011 with renovated stands, new lighting and improved access.