Shopping in Buenos Aires can be tricky business. At first glance, the factory-direct leather dealers and waaay overpriced international brands (Nike, Adidas) rule the racks and can make shopping in the Argentinian capital a frustratingly blurry-eyed experience. Savvy buyers will want to hone in on certain shops for the pick of the bunch; whether on the hunt for art books, used duds, independent designer wares, or jewelry, you’ll want to review our quick picks of the best shops in BA.
Wiling away an entire afternoon browsing through the book stacks is a cinch at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a converted theater with a charming piano bar on what was once the stage. Pick up your carefully selected, English-language used books at charming Walrus Books in San Telmo.
Vintage lovers needn’t look much further than Juan Pérez, a consignment shop stocked by some serious secondhand hunters. Slip past the velvet rope for a peek at the designer section (complete with Louis Vitton handbags and Gucci gowns) of the Barrio Norte shop.
Amores Trash Couture in Palermo is the stuff of tastemakers; the fabulous punk-, glam-, and 80s-inspired clothes have already rocked the pages of major fashion magazines as well as the red carpet. This is THE place for that certain imaginative conversation stater you’re after. In the mood for something a little more down-to-earth yet still super cool? Stop into nearby Juana de Arco.