When it comes to shopping, Buenos Aires outstands. It has a wide variety of offerings that ranges from attractive antiques antigüedades to stylish innovations in clothing. Let yourself be swept by the long corridors of the galleries, the narrow streets with hidden special shops, and the bright stained glass windows of the commercial centres.
The shops in the busiest areas of Buenos Aires open to the public all day, generally between 9 am and 8:30 pm. Most open from Monday to Saturday, and some even open on Sundays.
In Buenos Aires, the shopping centers and the malls are called “Shoppings”. The most important ones in the city (Abasto, Alto Palermo, Galerías Pacífico, Paseo Alcorta and Patio Bullrich) consist of a great amount of shops of the most prestigious national and international brands in all lines of business. All of them also have movie complexes and the economic food courts, as well as bars and restaurants.
The city is commercially fragmented according to the products.
For books and discs, Florida street and Corrientes Avenue are the highlights..
If you are eager for fashion clothes, besides Florida, you can head for Santa Fe Avenue or Cabildo Avenue, being the latter in Belgrano neighbourhood.
Affordable clothing can be found
in the so-called Once neighbourhood (mainly in the sorrounding blocks of Corrientes and Pueyrredón) as well as in Avellaneda Avenue area, in Flores neighbourhood..
Lately, a new area of outlets (factory direct) has developed in Cordoba Avenue and Scalabrini Ortiz.
Leather clothes are either in Florida Street or directly in the factories of Murillo Street and Scalabrini Ortiz.
Design boutiques proliferate in Palermo neighbourhood and the haute couture has its main center in Alvear Avenue.
The antiques are spread all over San Telmo neighbourhood, but mainly in its fair, that opens on sundays from 10 AM to 18 PM. Also they can be found in the flea market ("Mercado de Pulgas") of Dorrego Avenue.
As for regional products, there are three main places to get them: La Boca neighbourhood, Florida Street and the "Feria de Mataderos" (Mataderos fair).
Speaking of fairs, the Plaza Francia´s and Plaza Cortazar´s (also called Plaza Serrano) are a must if you are interested in craftwork.