Treasure Hunting in Buenos Aires’ Markets

free, Kid Friendly, off the beaten path, Things to Do — By Elizabeth Gleeson on February 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Buenos Aires has all sorts of markets, jam-packed with finds for treasure hunters of every kind. Whether you are in the mood to browse through handmade goods fashioned by independent designers or prefer to rummage through bins of secondhand clothes, market-goers will be delighted by the options on offer in BA. Take a look at our suggestions for your best bets below:

Parque de los Andes – Trek up to pretty Chacarita during the weekend for a poke around the gypsy flea market in the sprawling Parque de los Andes. Some of Buenos Aires’ famous antiques are up for grabs for a steal, and these vendors, unlike many in this city, are willing to bargain.¬†While in the neighborhood, stop over at the massive Chacarita Cementery.

Mercado de las Pulgas – For more flea market fun, head over to Palermo’s increasingly popular indoor market. Here visitors will encounter permanent stalls packed with everything from clawfoot bathtubs to vintage silk scarves to handmade oddities – everything a good flea market ought to have.

Feria de Mataderos – Head out of town a bit on a Sunday for country fun at the Feria de Mataderos, a gaucho market and street fair complete with horseback exhibitions, folk music and dancing, and country cuisine such as fried empanadas and locro, a delicious and hearty stew from the north of the country. Some of the best value in leather goods and silversmithing are available here.

Plaza Francia – One of the more upscale markets (in the most posh neighborhood in the city), Recoleta’s weekend and holiday fairin leafy Plaza Francia sees hundreds of artists, designers, and craftsmen install their wares in stalls threading through the plaza, offering shoppers some of the best selection of jewelry fabricated from precious metals and stones, leather products, carved wood knick-knacks, and clothes. Street performers and food vendors are also on hand to keep wandering shoppers entertained throughout the afternoon.

For more, check out NileGuide’s top 10 BA markets.

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