Swing by the beautiful historic neighborhood of San Telmo on a Sunday morning to experience everything from antique furniture to artisanal jewelry and crafts to live music and tango dancing on street corners. Several vendors have entire stands full of sifóns de soda, or old-fashioned colored-glass soda bottles, which can make fun vases or drink dispensers. Buy an empanada to munch on and spend hours perusing the wares and crisscrossing San Telmo’s cobblestone streets.
Just moments from Recoleta’s famous cemetery is a sprawling market encompassing all of Plaza Francia. This market, taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 6 pm, is on the bohemian side, and street performers, hippies, and live musicians are all common sights. Hit up Feria de la Recoleta in order to purchase high-end, handmade, artisanal items, such as an ornate mate gourd and the accompanying metal straw, or bombilla.
At the intersection of Calle Honduras and Serrano, in the happening neighborhood of Palermo Soho, crafts and souvenirs are sold on Saturdays and Sundays in the Feria de Plaza Serrano. Palermo is full of hip and trendy restaurants, many of which clear away their furniture during the afternoon siesta hours to make room for young, up-and-coming fashion designers to tout their wares in the stores as a sort of popup shop. Technically, the outdoor market shuts down at 6 pm, but many vendors will often stay open later to attract people arriving in the area for dinner.
Located in the far, suburban reaches of the city, Feria de Mataderos is a bit of a journey (an hour by bus, to be precise) from the city center, but it’s worth the trek in order to escape the tourist crowds and get to see the gaucho horseback-riding competition which occurs. Aside from Argentinian cowboys racing around, the market abounds in artisan handicrafts, secondhand wares, and musicians playing traditional folk music. If hunger strikes, fear not: there are a multitude of food vendors as well, hawking tamales, empanadas, cheeses, and more.
Stop by this market to snag one-of-a-kind jewelry, discounted clothes by local designers, and all kinds of quirky and fun items with a fashionable edge. With a park and playground adjacent, there’s entertainment for the little ones as parents peruse the fair’s high-class, stylish handicrafts.
By Madeleine Bazil