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Shopping in Argentina

Salir de compras en Argentina es una de las actividades favoritas de aquellos que visitan el país. Su capital, Buenos Aires, está repleta de tiendas para todos los gustos. Desde los diseños más exclusivos del barrio de Palermo, a la ropa y artículos vintage de San Telmo.

Uno de los artículos más valorados que cuenta con marca registrada es la plata argentina. De tradición criolla, antiguamente era utilizada en la decoración religiosa y en utensilios del hogar y hoy en día es uno de los materiales más utilizados en la joyería del país, donde destaca la que incorpora rodocrosita, una piedra rosa rojiza típica.

Otros materiales muy apreciados en el país son la alpaca, que se utiliza sobre todo en la decoración, la cerámica y la madera. Aunque si hay un objeto típico y utilizado por todos los ciudadanos del país es el mate, su cuenco fabricado de calabaza y la bombilla con la que se bebe esta infusión. El vino argentino y el dulce de leche son otros productos destacados de su gastronomía que se pueden encontrar en los supermercados de todo el país.

Antiques from Argentina

One of the best cities to buy antiques is Buenos Aires. In the neighborhood of San Telmo there are some shops where you can buy vintage items, plus every Sunday in the Plaza Dorrego a market is organised where you can buy antique magazines, second-hand books, vinyl, clothing, jewellery and furniture.

Argentine silver

Argentine silver is a registered trademark since it has a long Creole tradition. Originally, many of the motifs were religious, as silver was used for altars and in the decoration of many churches. Silver was also shaped into a  large number of everyday utensils, such as cutlery for the most affluent classes. In Buenos Aires do not miss the silver shop Juan Carlos Pallarols, one of the most prestigious in the country. In the case of jewellery, one of the most coveted pieces is those that have rhodochrosite, a reddish pink stone typical of Argentina, embedded in the silver.

Crafts from Argentina

Craft shops are spread throughout Argentina, and there is a long tradition of artisanship throughout the country. Some of the most typical items are those made with alpaca, such as photo frames, tea boxes, the soles of some shoes, etc. You can also find a variety of ceramics and wood articles, especially in many of its villages where the figure of the gaucho still persists. A great souvenir, typical of both the south and the north of the country are the musical instruments. Silver is also one of the most worked materials in many of the craft workshops.

Fashion

Argentina has great Buenos Aires fashion designers. The best city to find stores with exclusive items is in Buenos Aires, especially the neighborhood of Palermo, where a large number of boutiques are concentrated, as well as the workshops of young designers. The best prices, however, can be found in the neighborhood of Once, where there are no large international or local firms, but some of the wholesalers and retailers of cheap and tasteful textiles. Some of the most typical garments in Argentina are ponchos and vicuña shawls.

Leather

One of the most widely used materials in Argentina which is commonly manufactured into purses, belts, bags and articles of clothing. In Buenos Aires there is a street dedicated exclusively to the sale of leather in Murillo, where up to 50 leather shops are located. One of the best known is the Murillo 666, a gigantic shop where you can buy all kinds of garments and accessories made of leather.

Mate

It is the most typical infusion of Argentina. It is made with maté grass and, more than a drink in itself, it has become a culture and tradition of the country. It is usually consumed in a mate bowl cup through a metal straw, known as a bombilla. A mate set is one of the most typical objects of Argentina, so it is a good gift to take home that can be found in many of the local shops, both in the capital and in small towns.