The upscale neighbourhood of Retiro in Buenos Aires is awash with charming boutiques selling one-of-a-kind furniture and clothing. Whether your style is classy or casual, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste in this area. We round up the best boutiques in Retiro.
Dapper dudes all over town come to Terrible Enfant for the ultimate in footwear. This men’s shoe store makes handmade boots, shoes and brogues, and it is a must-visit for any guy that likes to look the part. Terrible Enfant also has a branch in Palermo, but the Retiro shop is located on Arroyo street, home to many of the neighbourhood’s finest boutique stores.
Not a fashion boutique per se, but certainly stocking plenty of fashionable items, the quirky haven of 30 Quarenta is a vintage-lover’s dream. From old framed movie posters to refurbished mid-century furniture and upcycled lamps, this homeware store is sure to have just the thing to bring your living room or bedroom to life.
La Esquina del Viento is a shop like no other, offering handmade and artisan crafts in everything from dolls to cutlery and jewellery. If you are a fan of exotic wares that remind you of the far off lands you’ve traveled to, hit up La Esquina for a healthy dose of South American handicrafts, but with an air of sophistication and class – more haute than hippy.
This hangout for fashionable people sells flowers and wine, the selection of both being highly boutique. The real jewel of this store though is found downstairs through the fridge door, which reveals the famous immigrant bar Floreria Atlantico. All of the wines in stock in the shop are from the bar’s wine list, so expect a carefully curated selection of some of the best vino around.
This fashion boutique stocks women’s clothing that is floaty and feminine and perfect for summer. Wide pants, linen suits and chic summer dresses are the order of the day, and you will find that each piece has some sort of delicate, unique or surprising detail that sets the clothes apart. The colour palette is usually neutral or muted, but you can still find some statement pieces in orange or red if you really want your outfit to be saying something.
The boutique galleries and quaint, striped awnings that line this 19th-century passageway conjure up images of France or Italy, tricking you into thinking you have jumped across the Atlantic and into Europe. Dip in and out of the many boutiques, showrooms, and studios that line the alley, and make sure to hit Kenall for handbags and Comme il Faut for the best tango shoes in Buenos Aires.
One of Argentina’s most well known names on the high end of the high street is Cher. Offering ready-to-wear yet catwalk-friendly clothes, Cher caters for men and women and is the perfect place to find clothes for the office, brunch or Friday night drinks. It is conveniently located in the Patio Bullrich shopping mall, so you can check out the other shops in the vicinity at your leisure.