If you are looking for souvenirs from Argentina you should read this.
Going shopping in Argentina is one of the favourite activities for visitors and locals alike. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is full of shops that cater for all tastes, where you can buy all kinds of souvenirs from Argentina. From the most exclusive designers in the neighbourhood of Palermo to the clothing and vintage stores of San Telmo.
One of the most valued items is Argentine silver. Of Creole tradition - formerly it was used in religious decoration and in household utensils - today it is one of the most common materials in the country's jewellery, often incorporated into pieces with rhodochrosite, a reddish-pink stone typical of Argentina.
A typical object, found in almost all Argentinian homes is the mate bowl, a small wooden and metal bulb-shaped bowl, used to drink mate, a traditional herbal tea infusion that is of great cultural significance throughout South America. Argentine wine is worth taking home with you and can be found in supermarkets throughout the country.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.