What are the best souvenirs to buy in Buenos Aires?

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Karina Martinez-Carter

Leather goods make popular mementos from Argentina, whether a pair of custom-made boots, a designer handbag or a cowhide wallet. Such products are available throughout the city, from the San Telmo fair on every Sunday to boutiques in the trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood.

A mate gourd and straw is another option for a uniquely local souvenir. Mate is the caffeinated, loose-leaf tea Argentines drink all day every day, often in communal groups, such as at the park. The gear for consuming the tea is a gourd, often made from a carved-out pumpkin, and a silver straw. They are widely available, including at the San Telmo fair or Plaza Francia weekend market in Recoleta, and come decorated with leather as well as embossed or carved with images of Buenos Aires and Argentina.

Many people often seek out that perfect bottle of wine or fernet to bring back and share with friends. Keep in mind Argentina enthusiastically exports much of its wine, so the best bottles are likely available near home, too. Fernet also is available outside Argentina, though it is sold for significantly cheaper in Argentina. 

One tasty souvenir not as readily available outside the country is Argentine dulce de leche, which is like a creamier version of caramel. If Argentina had a national flavor, this would be it, because dulce de leche is incorporated into just about every popular dessert in the country. Dulce de leche is sold in buckets of varying sizes in any supermarket in Buenos Aires, as well as at more gourmet food stores.

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