I have a weakness for the markets. Antiques, crafts, local cuisine and knick-knacks of all kinds and sizes, in short, I just can’t resist. Buenos Aires it has something available for all tastes and budgets, and obviously I didn’t miss them in the weeks I spent in this vibrant city.
Below is a selection of the markets in Buenos Aires which, in addition to making you lose yourself among stalls selling a bit of everything, tell the story of this cosmopolitan city halfway between South America and Europe.
This traditional market is open every Sunday from 10am to 5pm and extends along calle Defensa, a street that begins in Plaza de Mayo and reaches the heart of the historic San Telmo district: Dorrego Square.
There are objects of all kinds for sale: ancient walking sticks, lead soldiers, old magazines, but also lots of craftsmanship, hand-worked silver and particular objects such as ancient soda siphons and hand-carved and decorated mate. When the market closes the street is filled with percussionists and street artists. Plaza Dorrego is transformed into a dance floor for lovers of tango and the nostalgic notes of Carlos Gardel.
My favorite market is located in quartiere Slaughterhouses, southwest of Buenos Aires, which once divided the city from the pampas and was the meeting place of the gauchos, the herdsmen of South America. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to get there, you have to change a couple of buses and travel for just over an hour, but it’s worth it. It is the ideal place for those who want to visit a place free from hordes of tourists! The Feria de Mataderos contains the best Argentine traditions: dance, folklore, gaucho ring competitions and more than 300 stalls selling food products, handicrafts of the gaucho tradition and other typical Argentine products.
Residents act as cooks and sell empanadas, sausage rolls, grandma pies and other homemade delicacies. If you are in the area, also visit the Creole Museum, which is located in the main square. On display are objects from the Creole tradition, ancient clothes worn by gauchos and a strange exhibition of cuts of meat. Inside there is also a delightful courtyard with a Grocer’s shopthe gaucho bar, where you can listen to traditional music in the shade of the pergola.
The Palermo market
Located in the neighborhood of the same name, the Palermo market is open from Wednesday to Sunday and extends between Serrano Square and the streets of Palermo Soho. It is a very colorful market where you can buy clothes and accessories from independent designers, in short, a women’s paradise! Palermo Soho also offers many boutiques and an infinite number of bars, restaurants and clubs where you can spend the evening.
The Recoleta artisan market
It is a famous artisan market where you can buy gifts and souvenirs. It is located in the park surrounding the famous Recoleta cemeterywhere he rests Evita. On sunny days the lawn is filled with street artists and groups of friends sipping a mate together. In the same place there is also the Recoleta Cultural Centerwhich often hosts artist exhibitions and concerts, the church of Pilar and the Museum of Fine Arts. The market is open every day from 11am to 8pm.
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