San Telmo is an atmospheric neighbourhood featuring late Colonial buildings and that is cluttered with little cafés, galleries, and antique shops. Visit on a Sunday for the wonderful antiques market at the Plaza Dorrego.
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Shop amongst the rich Argentinian culture of Feria de Mataderos’s folk markets. Held in the centre of Barrio Matadero on every Sunday from March to December (or every Saturday night from January to February), you can purchase well-priced collectables, antiques and handmade crafts, as well as artesian foods, like smoked and cured meats, cheeses, spices, and chutneys. Most of this produce is fresh, as it is brought in from small, local farms. You can even try a spot of gift shopping at the Feria, especially for leather and silver goods. As you go about the markets, keep an eye out for proud locals dressed in gaucho clothing, as well as spontaneous traditional dances.
Known as the trendiest section of Buenos Aires, Palermo is home to many independent boutiques, chic bohemian stores and artisanal markets. Palermo Soho, the vibrant area of sub-barrio Palermo Viejo, is frequented by designers and specialists in leather goods, books and wine. The style of Palermo Soho is an experience in itself, as the shops are set in former warehouses, elegant homes and recycled houses. On the weekend, explore the open-air markets on Plaza Serrano, where you can pick up some quirky clothing items, accessories and handicrafts.
Pehache, a charming restaurant boutique set in Palermo Viejo, is the perfect place to stop for brunch and a browse. Take some Argentinian style home with you thanks to their range of locally designed furniture and accessories. Be further inspired by the design of the renovated concept store as you look around each nook and cranny. Once you’ve finished exploring, take a seat on Pehache’s patio, listen to live music and enjoy a coffee with your meal.
Follow the cobblestoned streets of the Buenos Aires barrio, San Telmo, to find antique treasures and special souvenirs. Known as the hotspot for tango and bohemia, San Telmo’s Defensa Street is closed off on Sundays to host its popular markets. You can pick up leather goods, hand-painted shoes, books, jewellery, clothing, homewares and collectibles. Surrounding the markets are many antique stores selling wares rich and culture and history. In true Argentinian style, you’ll also be treated to an array of entertaining buskers.
Calma Chicha, found in Palermo Soho, is worth a visit if you’re looking for modern and traditional home décor. This shop specialises in creative homeware, like locally produced leather and faux leather statement pieces, as well as cowhide throw rugs and placemats. Other unique items include the jarra pingüino, a penguin-shaped wine vessel very popular in Rome around 1940, as well as other pieces of statement glassware and ceramic goods.