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In recent years, thanks to its weak currency, Buenos Aires gained a reputation as a great destination for shopping. Though prices are rebounding, you’ll still find great deals on leather goods in Argentina’s most dynamic city. Visit the Leather District, a collection of streets in Villa Crespo (Vera is one of the best). For contemporary designers and more stylish fashions, roaming around Palermo Soho, especially near Plaza Armenia, is a good idea. Those who want to pick up trinkets for friends back home should peruse one of the weekend markets, including San Telmo, on Sundays — though keep in mind that San Telmo is often uncomfortably crowded. Finally, for something a bit more interesting and linked to the local underground, the emerging artists mall at Av. Santa Fé 2729 puts independent record stores, eco-conscious clothing designers and bookstores all under one conveniently located roof.
Shopping in Buenos Aires is all about knowing where to go for what. Palermo Soho is the neighborhood that nurtures all of the city’s top fashion design talent, and many designers also have their ateliers in the area. Boutiques displaying the most in-vogue apparel and footwear, contemporary home goods and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces vie for the most attractive storefront, and it is here the paparazzi often snap local celebrities strolling and shopping. The area around Plaza Serrano includes a number of shared spaces where up-and-coming talent display their wares, often at very affordable prices. Budget-friendly shopping is concentrated on the newly hot Villa Crespo neighborhood, a short walk from Palermo Soho, where Argentines crowd their favorite brands’ outlets. For the person looking to return with that perfect leather jacket, the Murillo street block is lined with affordable leather outlets. The blocks-long Sunday San Telmo fair also is not to be missed, especially for visitors looking to pocket souvenirs. Antique dealers, knick-knack vendors and artists keep heads swiveling along the cobblestone street. Across 9 de Julio Avenue in ritzy Recoleta is where the chicest (read: most expensive) shopping is concentrated, such as in the Patio Bullrich mall.