Shopping in Buenos Aires ~ The satisfying aroma of leather greets you as you enter Arandú, which is dedicated to handicrafts, and at least in my case, the fragrance worked as a magic elixir on my purse strings. And no, I'm not shopping for a polo saddle, but rather, beautiful hand woven bracelets, exquisite handbags, waxed needle-worked belts, alpaca silver home wares and found many unique items I've not seen before.
With shopping in the great capitals of Europe these days a challenge at best, and possibly a financial nightmare, Buenos Aires presents an enticing alternative. The tango-besotted city pulsates with energy, and offers—despite the collapse of the peso six years ago—a thriving retail scene.
It’s not surprising that Eva Perón is interred in the very heart of this country. Evita will always be remembered for, among other things, her elegant wardrobe. Though these graceful avenues are home to Hermès and Louis Vuitton, you’ll also find plenty of equally upscale B.A.-specific boutiques.
The pedestrian-only Calle Florida can feel a bit like Manhattan’s 34th Street, albeit with outdoor cafés and tango demonstrations. Though there is a smattering of cheap clothes and electronics, the area is not without serious shopping interest for quality leather goods.
The beaming face of Carlos Gardel, the unrivaled king of Argentine tango, smiles down from windows all along Suipacha, B.A.’s 'tango' specialty scene. Of the many shops specializing in tango clothing and shoes—custom-made or not—Flabella Tango, where around $60 will buy a pair of glittery bright- blue heels, has an excellent reputation. “The best prices in town, the best service!” an American woman being fitted offers, unsolicited, on the day I visit.
Check out theses and Buenos Aires' other quality shops next time you think of taking a shopping excursion!