Shopping in Buenos Aires
Thanks to a very favorable exchange rate of currency, most of Argentina can
be bought at very good prices. Also, inflation and poor economy do not prevent
portos from acting wrong. Buenos Aires is South America's best shopping city and
can offer most things from exclusive designer items to simple wooden products.
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Among the best purchases you can make are leather products, which is what
Argentina has become known for. You will find shoes, jackets, bags and gloves of
excellent quality less expensive in Buenos Aires than in Europe. Typical
souvenirs include world-class Argentine red wine, and craft products such as
woven rugs or perhaps a poncho. The national drink mate is also a distinctive
Argentine product and a great gift tip.
The centerpiece for shopping in Buenos Aires is the lively Florida pedestrian
street, teeming with fashion boutiques, leather product stores, bars and
restaurants, and with musicians and street performers entertaining passersby. In
Palermo Viejo there are many small, independent shops selling souvenirs such as
crafts, textiles and ethnic art.
Flea markets and shopping centers The
flea market at Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo is one of the most Argentinian you can
bring, and takes place every Sunday. At the other end of the scale, there are
plenty of large, modern shopping malls like Patio Bullrich (in Avenida de
Liberador 750) orGalerias Pacifico (in Calle Florida)
General about shopping in Buenos Aires
Most shops in Buenos Aires are open from 11am. 0900 or 1000 and is open until
11:00. 1900 or 2000 on weekdays. Saturdays most closes around 9 pm 1300, and
Sundays it is mostly closed everywhere. Don't forget that you pay 21% VAT, and
you can get a refund on any purchase over $ 70, or approx. 450 NOK, on
departure. Not all stores have this scheme, so look for the Tax Free Shopping
badge at the entrance to buy some more expensive items. Remember to bring a
completed and stamped form and receipt.
Eating in Buenos Aires
Food and drink is an important part of Argentine culture, and portos love
their restaurant dinners, which are consumed late at night.
The great immigration from Europe has made its mark on the restaurant offer
in Buenos Aires ; Here you will find many Italian, Spanish and French
restaurants. Of course, there are also Mexican, Chinese and Indian eateries as
well as all the American chains from McDonald's to TGI Fridays and Hard Rock
But you don't go to Argentina to eat pasta, cheeseburgers or chop suey! The
Argentinian steak has a reputation for being the juiciest and darkest you can
serve, so visit a parrilla for a feast. You get a big beef for around 100
kroner, and a bottle of red wine for the same price.
In general, Argentine cuisine is very meat-dominated, but there are plenty of
good seafood restaurants, and vegetarians are also getting more and more choices
to choose from.
The Argentinians are rightly very proud of their wine, and the country is the
world's fifth largest wine producer. Argentine wine is impossible to put into
booths, it comes in all varieties.
The best-known wines are made from the Malbec grape type, which is grown in
vineyards in the Andes and has won several international awards. The white wines
are usually fresh, fruity and dry.
You can also come out for another national drink, the hot, bitter herb drink
mate. The taste may take some time to get used to, but you should feel very
welcome and welcome if you are offered a tear.
The ritual of preparation and consumption of food is almost the whole point,
as a cup is sent clockwise around the table to several, all drinking from the
same bombilla, a combined straw and filter of metal.