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Best Markets to Visit in Argentina

The Mercado de Maschwitz in Argentina | © Marcelo Pascual/Flickr
The Mercado de Maschwitz in Argentina | © Marcelo Pascual/Flickr
Bursting with local color and rich in cultural heritage, Argentina’s markets are a great way to acquaint yourself with the country. Here are the nation’s best.

Patagonia: El Bolsón artist fair

The Feria Regional de El Bolsón is a highly selective and therefore exceptionally good artists’ market in Patagonia’s hippie-loving town. Most items are made by hand and sold by the artists themselves. You’ll find everything from high-quality ceramics to exquisite little boxes made out of shells and nuts, handmade soaps infused with honey, handmade clothing, food stands, and more. Saturdays are the best day to go.

Feria Regional de El Bolsón
Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm.

The Mercado de Maschwitz in Argentina | © Marcelo Pascual/Flickr

Córdoba: the art market

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A female vendor at a market in Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina
A female vendor at a market in Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina | © silvanaveinberg/Flickr
Not to be missed on a visit to the city of Córdoba is the Paseo de los Artes, or art walk. A destination for nature lovers and artists alike, the city of Córdoba boasts a rich cultural life. The city’s main art market represents the work of 200 local artists and is located in the bohemian neighborhood of Güemes. The venue is an old general store from the early twentieth century that back in the day reportedly became a meeting point for musicians and vendors, a cultural heritage carried on by the Paseo de los Artes.
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Tigre: the fruit market

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The Tigre market, located in a beautiful river delta just north of the capital, offers everything from souvenirs (on the hunt for those? click here) to beautiful wood-worked furniture, home decor items, food stands, and more. The Puerto de Frutos, or Port of Fruits as it is called, is also a great place to people-watch and take in local color. A quick one-hour train ride from the city of Buenos Aires, the market is a popular daylong excursion from the capital city.
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City of Buenos Aires: the solidarity market

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This list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the nation’s capital. Mercado de Economía Solidaria Bonpland in Palermo Hollywood is a sustainability-oriented biomarket offering a wide assortment of products. Featuring everything from all-natural cleaning products to organic fruits and veggies, through to handcrafts made by indigenous communities, the market unites social-good initiatives all over the country. It’s a worthy cause that’s also a delight to visit. If the stop leaves you hungry for more, check out these foodie Buenos Aires markets.
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