April 27, 2007

Best Shopping in Buenos Aires

By Verdict Staff

Fachada retocada

Buenos Aires is famous for shopping, with outstanding leather products and jewelry among the items that keep tourists coming back year after year.

Arguably South America’s most fashionable city, you are sure to find something you like in Recoleta and Palermo’s boutique shops or one of the capital’s stylish malls.

INTERIOR MARCELO

BEST SHOPPING DISTRICTS

RECOLETA

Renowned as one of Buenos Aires’ most sought-after neighborhoods, it’s no surprise Recoleta features some of the city’s most stylish shopping, in addition to notable landmarks such as the world-famous cemetery and Fine Art Museum.

Countless boutiques housing the latest collections of European designers adorn the district’s streets, with a particularly high concentration of upscale retail outlets to be found on the prestigious Avenida Alvear, the seven-block street which for decades has been home to some of Argentina’s most glamorous names. Recoleta is one of the must-visit areas in Buenos Aires, with its stunning French-inspired architecture one of the principal contributing factors to the Argentine capital’s reputation as the ‘Paris of the South’. As well as fantastic shopping, Recoleta is home to some of the city’s finest hotels and restaurants.

PALERMO

Just up the road from Recoleta sits Palermo, one of Buenos Aires’ largest districts and another excellent place to find some of the best retail offerings in the city.

Palermo is acclaimed by locals and visitors alike as one of the capital’s trendiest districts, with boutique shops nestling alongside upscale restaurants and nightclubs, making it a destination of choice among the well-to-do and the place to see and be seen. Many of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive shops are located in the Palermo Soho subdivision, a chic, bohemian enclave of cafés, restaurants and boutiques where some of the finest shopping in the city is concentrated. For those wishing to take a break from shopping, Palermo is also home to the Argentine Polo Grounds (Campo Argentino de Polo), and the largest Japanese gardens to be found anywhere outside the Asian nation.

BEST AREA FOR JEWELRY

SIMONETTA ORSINI

Founded more than a decade ago and drawing on a history dating back to 1920, Simonetta Orsini is the Argentine capital’s jewelry store par excellence, with an unbeatable selection of wares from the world’s leading brands.

The Petit Palais boutique located in Recoleta is renowned as one of the foremost places to purchase such finery in the whole of South America, featuring jewelry and watches from international heavyweights such as Cartier and Chanel, as well as offerings from local brands that may catch your eye. With additional outlets located nearby on Calle Posadas, and slightly further afield in fashionable Belgrano, there is no excuse for leaving a trip to Simonetta Orsini off your Buenos Aires itinerary.

+54 11 4804 3222

Ayacucho 1945, C1112AAI

www.simonettaorsini.com

BEST AREA FOR LEATHER

No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without sampling some of Argentina’s famous leather products, held in high esteem worldwide and generally considered to be among the best in the world.

The export of leather was central to the growth of Argentina’s economy in the late 19th century, and today some of the most highly regarded leather goods in the world can be found in the nation’s capital. Shops selling such products abound, however we feel the following are the best the city has to offer:

CASA LOPEZ

+54 11 4814 7477

Local 1019, Patio Bullrich, Avenida Libertador 700

www.casalopez.com.ar

SYLVIA Y MARIO – LEATHER FACTORY

+54 11 4315 2062

M.T. de Alvear, 550, 1058

www.silviaymario.com/en

BEST SHOPPING MALLS

PATIO BULLRICH

First open to the public in 1988 and subsequently expanded in 1995, the now legendary Patio Bullrich sits in a property formerly owned by the family of the same name, designed by English architect Juan Waldorp and constructed in 1867.

Situated in the upscale Retiro district, the magnificent neoclassical building now plays host to Buenos Aires’s premier shopping mall, with the Bullrich containing a wide variety of outlets offering high quality goods from some of the world’s most desirable brands, with the advantage of being located right in the heart of the city. As well as offering quality shopping opportunities, the mall has several restaurants to help sustain those in pursuit of rest and relaxation when hunger sets in following a hard day’s shopping.

+54 11 4814 7400

Avenida Libertador 700

www.shoppingbullrich.com.ar

GALERÍAS PACÍFICO

GALERIAS PACIFICO CEILING WALL

Ideally situated in the centre of the city on the corner of two bustling streets, the narrow, pedestrianized Calle Florida and the enormous, Manhattan-esque Avenida Córdoba, Galerías Pacífico offers style and convenience to those searching for everything under one roof. Housed in a magnificent building that has been listed as a historic national monument since 1989, the mall is perfectly in keeping with the reputation of the neighborhood of Recoleta as an upmarket destination replete with high class shopping and dining facilities. Pacífico first opened in 1992 and features stores from internationally recognized brands, including Christian Lacroix and Polo Ralph Lauren. The mall stays open until 9pm every day of the week, even on Sundays, offering discerning shoppers flexibility as well as style and choice.

ALTO PALERMO

Shopping in the fashionable district of Palermo moved into a different league when Alto Palermo opened its doors for the first time in 1990, with this mall combining chic style and an impressive number of shops, making it one of the best places to buy luxury goods in Buenos Aires. With a focus on attracting female shoppers, the mall offers a pleasant alternative to browsing the boutiques in Recoleta or Palermo itself, shielding those in search of that special something from the elements, while at the same time offering variety and unquestionable quality. Alto Palermo celebrated its 20th birthday in 2010 and, featuring stores such as Christian Lacroix, Dior and Calvin Klein, has long established itself as a premier retail destination within Argentina’s capital. An array of cafés and restaurants provides a perfect complement to the excellent shopping on offer.

+54 11 5777 8000

Santa Fe 3253

www.altopalermo.com.ar

JEWELRY & WATCHES

FACHADA RETOCADA

AUDEMARS PIGUET Phone: +54 11 4315 6616/6626 Address: Petrona Eyle 421. (Esq. Juana Manso), C1107CJC SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4804 3222 Address: Ayacucho 1945, C1112AAI SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4800 1803 Address: Posadas 1101 Website: www.audemarspiguet.com 
BAUME & MERCIER SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4775 0673 Address: Jorge Newbery 1651, Shp La Cuadra, Loc 34 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas 1101 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4778 3669 Address: Ayacucho 1945, C1112AAI TESTORELLI JOYERO Phone: +54 11 5777 8244 Address: Cnel Diaz 2098, L.244 TESTORELLI JOYERO Phone: +54 11 4743 0753 Address: 9 de Julio 466 TESTORELLI JOYERO Phone: +54 11 4717 0071 Address: Parana 3745, Martinez Unicenter Website: www.baume-et-mercier.com 
BREGUET BREGUET Phone: +54 11 4811 0069 Address: Patio Bullrich, C1014AAC DANFER Phone: +54 11 4782 0430 Address: O’Higgins 1917, C1428AGC Website: www.breguet.com 
BULGARI JOYERÍA EVE Phone: +54 29 4444 5756 Address: Paseo Alcorta, Jeronimo Salguero 3172 JOYERÍA TESTORELLI Phone: +54 11 5777 8244 Address: Alto Palermo, Santa Fe 3253, Local 244 JOYERÍA TESTORELLI Phone: +54 11 5555 5232 Address: Galerias Pacifico, Florida y Cordoba, Local 2-32 Website: www.bulgari.com 
CARTIER BOUTIQUE CARTIER Phone: +54 11 4804 2422 Address: Avenida Alvear 1898, 1129AAN JOYERÍA EVE Phone: +54 11 4382 3809 Address: Petrona Eyle 421 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas 1101 TESTORELLI Phone: +54 11 5777 8244 Address: Alto Palermo, Coronel Díaz 2098, L. 244 Website: www.cartier.com 
CHANEL – WATCHES & FINE JEWELRY SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 4209 Address: Posadas 1101 THE WATCH GALLERY Phone: +54 11 4805 4755 Address: Avenida Alvear 1910 Website: www.chanel.com 
CHOPARD SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4804 3222 Address: Ayacucho 1945 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4778 3669 Address: Jorge Newbery 1651 JOYERIA CHRONOS Phone: +54 11 4312 6073 Address: Calle Florida 1045 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 4209 Address: Posadas 1101 Website: www.chopard.com 
HUBLOT HUBLOT Phone: +54 11 4315 6616 Address: Puerto Masero Este, Petrona Eyele 421, C1107CJC SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4800 11803 Address: Jorge Newbery THE WATCH GALLERY Phone: +54 11 4805 4755 Address: Avenida Alvear 1910, 1651 Local 34 1426 JOYERIA TESTORELLI Phone: +54 11 4743 8000 Address: 9 De Julio 466, San Isidro, B1642DLD Website: www.hublot.com 
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUE Phone: +54 11 4804 3222 Address: Buenos Aires Petit Palais, Ayacucho, 1945 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas, 1101 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4775 0673 Address: Jorge Newbery, 1651, Loc. 34, Shopping La Cuadra VLG AMERICAS Phone: +54 11 4804 9937 Address: Avenida Quintana 529 Website: www.iwc.ch 
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Phone: +54 11 4804 3222 Address: Ayacucho 1945 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas, 1101 CHRONOS BA Phone: +54 11 4312 6073 Address: Florida 1045 Website: www.jaegerlecoultre.com 
MONTBLANC Phone: +54 11 4804 7924 Address: Ayacuchu 1906, C1129 ABB Website: www.montblanc.com 
OFFICINE PANERAI Phone: +54 11 4802 0170 Address: Avenida Alvear 1814, C1129AAN SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas, 1101 Website: www.panerai.com 
OMEGA BLEU JOYAS & DISEÑOS Phone: +54 11 4788 5383 Address: Sucre 2163 DANFER JOYEROS Phone: +54 11 4371 0621 Address: Uruguay 564 DANFER JOYEROS Phone: +54 11 4811 2229 Address: Callao 1094 DANFER JOYEROS Phone: +54 11 4182 0430 Address: O Higgins 1917 Website: www.omegawatches.com 
PATEK PHILIPPE THE WATCH GALLERY Phone: +54 11 4804 8968 Address: Avenida Alvear 1910, 1129 Website: www.patek.com 
TIFFANY UNICENTER Phone: +54 11 4836 2565 Address: Parana 3745, Martinez (1640), Local 1113 GALERIAS PACIFICO Phone: +54 11 5555 5259 Address: Florida 735 Website: www.tiffany.com 
VACHERON CONSTANTIN SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas 1101 AVENIDA ALVEAR Phone: +54 11 4804 8968 Address: Avenida Alvear 1910, C 1129 AAO SIMONETTA Phone: +54 11 4804 3222 Address: Ayacucho 1945 Website: www.vacheron-constantin.com
ZENITH Phone: +54 11 4312 6073 Address: Florida 1045, C1005AAU JOYERIA EVE Phone: +54 11 4315 6616 Address: Petrona Eyle 421, C1107CJC SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4775 0673 Address: Jorge Newbery 1651 SIMONETTA ORSINI Phone: +54 11 4811 1409 Address: Posadas 1101 Website: www.zenith-watches.com 

FASHION AND ACCESSORIES

CALVIN KLEIN CALVIN KLEIN Phone: +54 11 4814 7557 Address: Patio Bullrich, Avenida Libertador 700, Nível Libertador, L0033 CALVIN KLEIN JEANS Phone: +54 11 4814 0696 Address: Florida 787 CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR Phone: +54 11 5777 8003 Address: Alto Palermo, Santa Fe 3253, NPB LO003, Planta Baja Website: www.calvinklein.com 
CHRISTIAN DIOR Phone: +54 11 4804 9244 Address: Lafinur, 3057 Website: www.dior.com 
CHRISTIAN LACROIX Phone: +54 11 5777 6604 Address: Shopping Paseo Alcorta, Salguero 3172 Website: www.christian-lacroix.fr 
FENDI Phone: +54 11 4812 0530 Address: Posadas 1407 Website: www.fendi.com 
HERMES Phone: +54 11 4804 1209 Address: Avenida Alvear 1981, 1129 Website: www.hermes.com 
KENZO Phone: +54 11 4814 7487 Address: Patio Bullrich, Avenida Libertador 700, Nível Posadas, 1029 Website: www.kenzo.com 
LOUIS VUITTON Phone: +54 11 4802 0809 Address: Avenida Alvear 1901 Website: www.louisvuitton.com 
MAX MARA Phone: +54 11 4815 3281 Address: Patio Bullrich, Avenida Libertador 700, Nível Posadas, 1035 Website: www.maxmara.com 
NINA RICCI Address: Avenida Alvear 1539 Website: www.ninaricci.com 
POLO RALPH LAUREN POLO RALPH LAUREN Phone: +54 11 4819 1888 Address: Avenida Alvear 1780, C1014AAR POLO RALPH LAUREN Phone: +54 11 5555 5210 Address: Galerías Pacífico, Florida & Cordoba POLO RALPH LAUREN Phone: +54 11 4717 5665 Address: Unicenter Shopping, Paraná 3745 Website: www.ralphlauren.com 
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO PALACIO DUHAU-PARK HYATT Phone: +54 11 5171 1237 Address: Avenida Alvear, 1661, C1014AAD AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL DE EZEIZA STORES 21 & 22 Phone: +54 11 4378 4100 Address: Autopista Richieri, Espigón Internacional B, 1802 Website: www.ferragamo.com 
VALENTINO Phone: +54 11 4802 8807 Address: Avenida Alvear 1923 Website: www.valentino.com 
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Phone: +54 11 4893 4433 Address: Avenida Alvear, 1628 Website: www.zegna.com