If you’ve been in Buenos Aires a while, you might have noticed that it can be difficult to find cool clothes that are of good quality. If you have, you might want to check out the Editor Market which is a new department store that has opened on the corner of Corrientes and San Martin. There is also one in PalermoÂ on Dorrego and Nicaragua.Â They describe themselves as a brand newÂ shopping experience, a groundbreaking retail concept and it is nine floors of fashion and interior design products.
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Shopping in Downtown Buenos Aires: Editor Market
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:01
Easy Living: Buenos Aires Shopping Survival Guide
Thursday, February 5, 2015 14:28
Coming from the U.S., Iâm used to having to drive everywhere or shlep my shopping bags around on the bus when I want to go out. Even living in mid-sized cities like Seattle, you can expect to have to travel quite a ways to find what you need to make dinner, treat a cold, or find a decent coffee. Often, people will make a weekly or biweekly drive to a giant one-size-fits-all supermarket/pharmacy/housewares store and stock up on groceries and everything else they need to survive without leaving the house.
Living in Buenos Aires, Iâve found that I have to change my shopping habits a little bit – but for the better, I think! In my neighborhood, San Telmo, there are tiny shops on every block where you can buy fruits & veggies, meat, bread and pastries, medicine, or snack foods. Many of these shops are basically identical to each other at first sight, but vary in quality when you get to know them. Iâve developed a loyalty to a certain verduleria that I swear always has the best peaches. You can try and find your favorite, or you can just pick whichever is most conveniently located! There is sure to be one type of every shop within a few blocks of wherever you are staying.
Kiosco – Convenience Store
These are literally everywhere, and I am using literally in the traditional sense of actually there are probably 4 on every single block. Kioscos are usually little hole in the wall places where you can buy junk food, candy, drinks, gum, cigarettes, beerâŚ you name it. Many also sell cheap cell phones and SUBE cards (to be used on the subte, bus, and train), and have stations where you can add credit to both phones and cards. Sometimes you will see a âmaxi-kioscoâ or âsuper-kiosco,â which usually means they also sell panchos (hot dogs) and maybe have a few tables and chairs to sit down and eat. Kioscos often close their gates at a certain time every night, but this doesnât mean they are closed! You just ask the clerk for whatever you want and they will bring it to you at the little window.
VerdulerĂas - Fruits & Vegetables
Exactly what it sounds like. This is where you find fresh fruits and vegetables. Surprisingly enough, you can also find high quality produce at Carrefour (a grocery store chain sort of reminiscent of QFC or Stop & Shop). The verdulerias are sometimes more expensive than Carrefour, but they are so darned cute and convenient! Some are self-serve, and some of them ask you to wait outside and tell them what you want (per kilo). I prefer the self-serve places because I like to pick out my own fruit (especially with peaches and avocadoes). There are also ferias itinerantes, which are sort of like farmerâs markets. Sometimes these can be much cheaper, but the quality isnât necessarily better.
PanaderĂas - Bakeries
Your local source for delightful pastries (facturas) and daily bread! The bread here is usually sold in rolls or small oval-ish loaves and is basically just white bread. The most common pastry is the medialuna. I prefer the medialuna de grasa, which is long and skinny and less sweet. Often panaderias are shockingly cheap – you can buy a small bread and a few pastries for $15 pesos (at current exchange rates, this comes out to about $1.50 USD). Of course the quality varies immensely – fancy places will of course charge more.
CarnicerĂa - Meat
Very simple. These shops sell meat by the kilo. Popular cuts include lomo, bife de chorizo, and ojo de bife. Some carnicerias also sell sausages (chorizo comun, which is beef, or chorizo de cerdo, which is pork). I have heard that Carrefour has decent meat as well, which can be cheaper.
Farmacia - Pharmacy
There is the local chain Farmacity, which is EVERYWHERE, and there are small corner shops as well. Here you can find everything you would expect to find at a pharmacy, as well as toiletries, cleaning products, herbal teas, etc.
HeladerĂa - Ice Cream Shop
Instead of buying Ben & Jerryâs at the supermarket (not knocking Ben & Jerryâs here, just suggesting something else), peep your local artisanal ice cream shop – in addition to selling the traditional cones, they also sell ice cream to take home buy the Âź kilo, Â˝ kilo, and kilo! You can ask for as many flavors as they can fit into the tub. Many places also deliver.
Mercado - Small Generic Supermarket
They often have blue metal gates. More like a convenience store than a kiosco really, because kioscos are usually just tiny stands. These markets often have a huge selection of very cheap Argentine wine (and beer – Quilmes, of course). They also sell basic dry and canned goods, some housewares, toiletries, etc. Quality is not super great and sometimes they can be strangely expensive, but a definite must to stock up on cheap house wine. If you bring your empty beer bottles back, you get a few pesos knocked off a new bottle.
LavanderĂa - Laundromat
For $28 pesos, you can haul a bag of laundry to a lavanderĂa, hand it through the window, and pick it up the next day washed, dried, folded, and placed into a bag.
Top 7 Souvenirs to Take Home from Argentina
Friday, October 28, 2011 13:42
No trip to Argentina is complete without picking up some souvenirs to take home with you and here in Buenos Aires, you wonât be short of optionsâŚso just to get you started, Iâve compiled a list of what I think are the top ones to take home with youâŚyour family and friends at home will thank you for it!
1)Â Â Â Â Â Obviously leather is one of the things that Argentina is most famous for. There is leather all over the city and depending what youâre looking for it can be expensive or cheapâŚ
2)Â Â Â Â Â A tub of Dulce de Leche is a mustâŚyou have to show your family and friends back home what theyâve been missing out onâŚand apart from anything else, you canât just go cold turkey, youâre going to need some back home to keep you going before you can wean yourself off it!
3)Â Â Â Â Â The belts you get in Argentina are famous all over the world, so you canât leave Buenos Aires without oneâŚwhy not stock up and then you can take them home as presents, the perfect present for brothers and sisters alike!
4)Â Â Â Â Â Espadrilles are absolutely everywhere in Argentina. Not only do they look good but they are also unbelievably comfortable which is just ideal! And you can be sure that theyâll be a lot cheaper here than back homeâŚ
5)Â Â Â Â Â As touristy as it sounds, you cannot leave Argentina without a mate set. There are some really decorative ones but you may have to trawl through hundreds of others first so be prepared and be patient!
6)Â Â Â Â Â Argentina is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world. Mendoza is responsible for around 60% of Argentinaâs wine exportation so if youâre going to visit there then be sure to buy some, thereâs no excuse not toâŚeveryone at back home will thank you for it!
7)Â Â Â Â Â Urban street art has become a really famous part of Argentine culture and consequently is now quite widely sold. If you still have room in your suitcase, then you should definitely pick something up.
How to Make the Most of your Weekends in Buenos Aires
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:18
Buenos Aires is packed full of interesting and fun things to do. Whether youâre into the cultural side of things or the partying side, weâve covered everything so take a look below and pick out the things that suit you best!
Bosques de Palermo
Why not go and spend a sunny afternoon in the Bosques de Palermo? Situated in Palermo between Avenida Libertador and Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, itâsÂ really popular amongst the locals at weekends.
The weekend in Buenos Aires is really the time for going out. There are so many clubs dotted around Buenos Aires and every one is different, so whatever kind of music youâre into, youâre sure to find something that suits you. Just bear in mind that the clubs here donât really get started until about 2 and donât shut until 7 so it might be a good idea to have a nap beforehand!
For those of you who feel like doing something a bit more cultural, why not check out Recoleta Cemetery? This is not just any old cemetery thoughâŚ It is filled with hundreds of little âhousesâ in which are contained various important families of Argentina. Many ex-presidents can be found here, along with Argentinaâs heroine, Eva Peron.
Anyone whoâs an art lover must pay a visit to Museo Malba which contains some amazing Modern Latin American art dating from the beginning of the 20th Century up until now. Artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Tarsila do Amaral all have works here as do some lesser-known Argentinean artists.
Go and wander around the streets of La Boca. The iconic brightly painted houses are definitely worth a look around. Here, you can have an evening drink in one of the many bars dotted along the main street Caminito, while watching one of the many tango shows.
No stay in Buenos Aires is complete without sampling some of the steak which Argentina is so famous for. For the ultimate meat fest, you must go to La Cabrera in Palermo, one of the cities most renowned steak housesâŚbut be warned, queues can be long so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment.
Both Recoleta and San Telmo have great markets on Sundays so why not go and have a wander around them. San Telmo also has some amazingly cheap antique shops so for those of you who like a good bargain, its definitely worth a trip!
Some of the best Polo happens in Argentina so why not go and watch a match while youâre here? The Polo season takes place between September and November so now is absolutely perfect! If you are here in November then be sure to go and watch a match because this is when the Abierto Argentina de Palermo (Argentinean Open) takes place which is an important date in the Argentinean calendar.
Book Stores in Buenos Aires
Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:24
This year, Buenos Aires was declared World Capital of the Book, a distinction that the Forum for the sciences, culture and education from the UN awards to a different city every year. Here in Argentina, books are such a big part of our everyday lives that getting the 2011 award was the icing on a cake that we have been eating, and enjoying, for a very long time. The work of art by our very own female version of Andy Warhol, minus the drag queens and the Velvet Underground, conceptual artist Marta Minujin, was excellent. Marta built a giant Babel Tower made of 30.000 books from around the world. The tower was on exhibition for a limited time only at Plaza San Martin.
Since Marta Minujinâs tower has been dismantled, the books have been donated to charity. In a similar vein, there is currently a very interesting initiative going viral on the internet: Liberacion Masiva de Libros. This city-wide initiative, in which people leave a book in a park, a corner or a doorstep with a note inside dedicating the book to an unknown fellow reader, continues on august 14. As next Sunday (the 21st) is the Day of the Child, this date will be focused on childrenâsâ books.
Anyway, on to our subject: Bookshops in Buenos Aires (whenever I start talking about books I tend to go off on a tangent – sorry!). As you probably have already seen, there are as many bookstores as there are psychologists (maybe not so many) in the city. The segment of Corrientes Avenue, from Riobamba to 9 de Julio, is full of bookstores: used, new, cheap and not so cheap. They stay open into the wee hours, and many well-known writers have written about them. There is one story about a man who goes from bookstore to bookstore, reading a bit of the same book in each one until he finishes the entire book, thus removing the need to actually buy it. However, there are book stores in other areas too that are worth the visit.
If you are looking for books written in English, both used and new, you can visit Walrus Books in San Telmo. Expat-owned, they have many titles with what I perceive as a focus on travel-related literature: On the Road and Dharma Bums by Kerouac, The stranger by Camus, Franny and Zooey by Sallinger, Beatniks, confusion, urban mysticism and so on… Oh, and also Bukowski. And Paul Bowles. As well as many many more.
If your Spanish is getting better, you may want to read some Argentinian authorsâ works (in their original language). If so, visitÂ Ateneo Grand Splendid, which is one of those bookstores that really create an impression upon entry. It used to be a theater, and you can experience all of its vintage magnificence while reading authors such as Alejandra Pizarnik. Carlos Gardel once played there, and if you believe in ghost stories and mysticism you will love it there.
For those interested in psychology, anthropology, and sociology, there is a specialized bookstore for you too, named Paidos. It was founded by two intellectuals (naturally), a philosopher and a master in Educational Science. The store was once a meeting place for all sorts of intellectuals and social scientists, and actually still is. Paidos has two branches, both in the Palermo area.
Clasica y Moderna is another bookstore deserving of a place in this list. It is a gathering place for bohemians, musicians, and the ones who bought Beatnik literature in Walrus books. It is not only a bookstore, but also a jazz club and a cafe. Clasica y Moderna is 70 years old, and its name has never been so appropriate. The selection of titles is very comprehensive; it was there that I bought Memorias de Adriano, by Margeritte Yourcenar, for my dadâs birthday and also a photography book by Robert Mapplethorpe for a friend.
If art is your thing, another place you might enjoy (other than museums shops, where there is always a good selection of art and photography books) is Pan Libros in the Belgrano neighbourhood. This store specializes in art, music and fanzines. Occasionally, documentary screenings are hosted, as well as short film mini festivals and other artsy goings-on.
Entelequia is a comic, manga, anime and fantasy (Tolkien, Ursula K.legin type fantasy) bookshop. Clerks with purple hair will come and assist you in finding whatever obscure comic book from the 70Â´s you might be looking for. They also deal in role-playing games and figurines.
There are many more little anonymous bookstores scattered around Buenos Aires, and by keeping your senses open, you are sure to stumble upon one of them.
If you are in Buenos Aires and are a literature lover, there is a place you will enjoy visiting. Villa Ocampo is the former home of late Argentine writer Victoria Ocampo. The house, a magnificient English pintoresque-style mansion, was a sanctuary for the intellectuals of the last century. Borges, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Le corbusier, Albert Camus, Gabriela Mistral are some examples of the fun crowd who would spend time at the villa. The walls at Villa Ocampo themselves tell tales (and secrets). You can also have a delicious brunch and learn about the houseâs history while you eat.
Shopping in Buenos Aires
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 17:54
Like many big international cities, Buenos Aires has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, from cheap clothing and trinkets to designer fashion and home-wares. For newcomers to BA the shopping options can be a bit overwhelming, so Iâve put together a quick summary of some of the key areas that are worth a visit, depending on your tastes and needs.
On Expanishâs doorstep, Florida is a pedestrian street and a great first stop if you want to cover everything in one trip. It has everything from chain stores like Zara and Adidas to cheaper discount clothing stores (closer to the Plaza de Mayo), and street vendors selling cheap clothing, toys and tourist goods. Florida has a good selection of specialist leather shops if you want to buy that last minute gaucho belt for dad!
Alternative to Florida: The street of Sante Fe is only slightly further afield and offers very similar shopping to Florida, but the street is a little bit longer and less compact.
Famous for its antique shops and markets, San Telmo has enough to fill a day of meandering. Hundreds of antique stalls and an indoor market can be found around the street of Defensa and Plaza Dorrego. My suggestion would be to go with an open mind and be prepared to end the day with something you never knew you wanted (the other day my friend bought an antique telephone from 1925). San Telmo offers more than just antiques though, with some great little fashion boutiques and gift shops. Iâd advise you not to miss the Sunday market (Feria de San Telmo) which takes up the entire length of Defensa to Plaza Dorrego, selling everything from head massagers to paintings, photography and clothes.
If youâre feeling a bit more flush, Palermo offers a great range of lovely boutiques offering independent and higher-end fashion shops (some of them are worth checking out just for their window displays). The main shopping artery runs along the street of Honduras (from Godoy Cruz through to Scalabrini Ortiz), but lots of great shops can be found in the surrounding area. There is also a market around Plaza Serrano on Saturdays where the bars and restaurants let designers showcase their stuff.
Alternative to Palermo: head to Recoleta to go even more upmarket
At the other end of the scale, Once is cheap cheap cheap, if a little crowded and hectic. But if you put the hours in and know what youâre looking for, Once can be rewarding. You can find anything and everything from T-shirts to tablecloths. Be prepared to wade through lots of “not-so-great items” to find the diamond in the rough. To find the main shopping area head down Avenida PueyrredĂłn from Recoleta into Balvanera where the discount outlets begin and continue through to the Once train station.
Alternative to Once: Calle Avellaneda
Note to all:
Buenos Aires has a slightly different shopping schedule than most countries, opening times tend to be Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm (donât get caught out trying to shop on Saturday afternoons). However, shopping malls are open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm.
Food Shopping on a Budget â The Street Market Way
Friday, November 12, 2010 12:16
For those Spanish students in Buenos Aires who enjoy trying fresh produce, and are tired of the big supermarket chains or higher prices in some of the tourist barrios, we have the perfect solution for you.
Ferias itinerantes (travelling fairs) can be found all across the city selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cold meats with cheese at inflation busting prices.
We visited the feria in San Telmo, open from 8am â 2pm on Saturdays, that is situated on the corners of Mexico, Chile & Balcarce. We bought 8 bags of groceries, enough produce to cook dinner all week. Our bags were filled with vegetables, fruit, dried beans and pulses, olives and peanuts, fish and chicken all for $90 pesos.
Not only do you get food for cheap, but itâs a great way to get to know different areas of Buenos Aires while also practicing Spanish at the same time.Â With this hidden secret, you will be surrounded by locals, without a tourist in sight. To find out where the feria is in the city, you can check out the schedule here. Here is a quick guide to some common fruits and vegetables names so you can be sure you get the food that you want!
- Apple â Manzana
- Strawberryâs â Frutillas
- Blueberryâs â ArĂĄndanos
- Onion â Cebolla
- Carrots â Zanahorias
- Aubergine (UK) / Eggplant (US) â Berenjena
- Celery – Apio
- Lettuce â Lechuga
- Cucumber â Pepino
- Cougette (UK) / Zucchini – Zapallitos
- Squash â Zapallo
Ask any of the Expanish staff for more food names if it doesnât appear on this list.
Enjoy and let us know if you visit or find any good markets yourself!
More information can be found here about the ferias itinerantes http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/guiaba/guia/?info=detalle&menu=2&id=1183
Cinemas in Buenos Aires: Cines en Buenos Aires
Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:02
Looking to escape the heat this summer in Buenos Aires? Look no further than one of the cityâs many air-conditioned cinemas playing plenty of great local and international movies!
Study Spanish in Buenos Aires and turn the cinema into another classroom!
Cinemas en Buenos Aires : Cines en Buenos Aires
Hoyts Abasto de Buenos Aires – Av. Corrientes 3200
Atlas Patio Bullrich – Posadas 1245
Belgrano Multiplex – Obligado y Mendoza
Arteplex Belgrano -Â Av. Cabildo 2829
Village Caballito – Av. Rivadavia 5071
Atlas Lavalle – Lavalle 869
Cinemark 10 Palermo – Beruti 3399
Cinemark 8 Puerto Madero - Alicia Moreau de Justo 1920