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Buenos Aires shopping

Shopping in Buenos Aires remains a good bet despite the wildly oscillating Argentine economy. Although the bargain-basement prices are rapidly disappearing, the city remains a great place to score funky designer items, hand-crafted jewelry, and products made from leather, silver, and wood. Leading stores offer international shipping, while several outlets collate objects from dozens of individual designers, offering everything from candlesticks and cowhide sofas to glass-and-ceramic vases and mirrors framed in untanned leather.

The old-world-elegant Recoleta neighborhood has the big-name international labels. But to get a real taste of Argentine fashion, head to Palermo Viejo for one-off, made-to-measure items and boutiques that capture the subtle mix of Parisian chic and rocker edge that defines Buenos Aires style. Good bargains can still be found for hand-made polo boots, leather-and-goatskin tango shoes, and fine furniture, in addition to 20th-century home accessories, particularly from the Art Deco period. A plethora of stores offer ponchos, saddle wear, and maté gourds; others sell indigenous design and home furnishing from Argentina's interior; some go one step further, using traditional materials and forms to more modern ends. One word of warning: After-sales service does not exist in Argentina, so make doubly certain you're happy with workmanship, size, and color before paying.

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Almacén de Belleza, Buenos Aires

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Arte Étnico Argentino, Buenos Aires

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Bensimon, Buenos Aires

From the Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones vinyl LPs on the turquoise-painted walls to the frayed Persian rugs scattered on its wooden floor, Bensimon's signature...more

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Buenos Aires Design, Buenos Aires

The two levels of this winding shopping arcade, wedged between the Recoleta Cemetery and the Hard Rock Cafe Buenos Aires, are solely dedicated to design and...more

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Celedonio Lohidoy, Buenos Aires

This jewelry and accessory designer's rise to prominence has been meteoric. Drawing heavily on nature and wildlife—themes inspired by an upbringing in...more

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Comme Il Faut, Buenos Aires

"So many shoes, so little time," says the cutesy woolen sign inside this Recoleta den dedicated exclusively to tango shoes. There's nothing cutesy about the...more

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

The original El Ateneo at Calle Florida 340 is one of B.A.'s most beloved librerías (bookstores). But this outpost on Avenida Santa Fe must be seen to be...more

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Felix, Buenos Aires

This funky men's boutique—with Persian rugs flung over its hardwood floors, The Polyphonic Spree or The Jam blaring from the stereo, and mellow dudes...more

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Galería Sergio Guevara

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Galerías Pacifico, Buenos Aires

The enormous Beaux Arts shopping center known as Galerías Pacífico is more than just a mall or the highlight of the bustling Calle Florida: It's an...more

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