Buenos Aires can boast of being avant-garde, reflexive, educated, resilient, explosive, creative and much more. Its intrinsic personality expresses itself through art, literature, design and fashion. Therefore, is there any other way than to get to know it by choosing a shopping circuit? When looking for clothes, jewels, works of art, antiques, typical regional items, books or any bric-brac, there are different circuits to discover and unveil the “true spirit” of the Queen of the Rio de la Plata.
Your choice, when it comes to deciding where to go, will depend on what you are “hunting for”. There are well-defined areas for different items, generally speaking; though the boundaries have become more lax in the last few years.
Antique dealers are mainly found in San Telmo, in the old part of town; Argentinean souvenirs proliferate in La Boca, books in San Nicolas ( on Corrientes avenue); designer clothes in Palermo Soho, and the renown international fashionable brands as well as art galleries are commonly seen in La Recoleta and Barrio Norte. Whoever chooses a shopping circuit should not worry about opening or closing hours. It is very likely that stores stay open until the most unusual hours, for customer’s sake, seeking clothes, presents or art objects.
Barrio Norte and Recoleta grew under the influence of traditional Argentinean families, like the Anchorena´s and Alzaga Unzue, among many others. Avenida Alvear, only seven blocks long, is the most glam in the whole Buenos Aires. Style and elegance define the neighborhood of La Recoleta, where art and crafts dealers have gathered. In fact, the Buenos Aires Design Shopping Mall can be considered the avant-garde center, concerning interior decoration in Argentina.
The Recoleta also has its bohemia, for over thirty years, on the beautiful Plaza Francia, shady and with plenty of pedestrian crossings. On weekends, there is a Crafts Fair of the identity of Argentinean native folk art, urban objects.
MALBA, Latin Art Museum, if you visit the museum store, you will find works of art, extremely modern jewelry, handbags, clothes, and much more.