Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Buenos Aires

It would be a pity to leave Buenos Aires without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Buenos Aires, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Argentina » Buenos Aires (See other walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: Daniel
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Marcelo Toledo

1) Marcelo Toledo

What to buy here: Asado Knives (Facones).

Grilling huge hunks of meat on the barbecue Argentine style require the right tools and these asado knives will perfectly slice through a nice cut of meat - as well as making for luxury decorative pieces. Known as ‘facones” they are traditional Argentine knives from the “campo” (countryside) that date back to the days when Gauchos (the traditional Argentine cowboys) used to carry them attached their belts for when the moment arose to have an asado.

For a functional yet decorative asado knife, check out Marcelo Toledo’s collection in his showroom cum workshop in San Telmo. Argentine-born Marcelo Toledo has been deftly handcrafting beautifully silverware since the age of 10 and he’s now one of the city’s most skilful silversmiths. His asado knives that come in three different sizes are handmade in 925 silver and embossed with intricate details as well as the designer’s signature. The sheath is made of cowhide.

Price: available on request.

Marcelo Toledo, Humberto Primo 462, San Telmo, 4362 0841, www.marcelotoledo.net

Business Hours: Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 5.30pm (closed on Saturdays)
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La Boutique

2) La Boutique

What to buy here: Leather bag

As one of the world’s biggest consumers and exporters of beef, it’s no surprise that Argentina also produces some of the best leather money can buy, most of which can be found on the shopping streets of Buenos Aires. The city is saturated with leather brands and outlets offering bags in a range of colors, shapes and sizes. Some of the locally-produced leather bags rival those offered by fashion’s biggest luxury brands in terms of quality but come at a fraction of the price.

Leather accessories chain Prune is a failsafe option for a good investment handbag but if you’re looking for something more unique, luxury leather brand Escudo Prana by designer Emiliano Albanese does one-of-a-kind customizable leather bags hand crafted from exotic materials and artisanal processes. This smart leather weekend bag is made from zebu hide (a crossbreed cattle with a distinctive striped fur) and features a pure silk brocade lining. The zips and other metal hardware is all individually hand stamped and produced in-house by the designer himself. Price: available on request.

Available to buy at La Boutique, Faena Hotel + Universe, Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero, 4010 9080

Business Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 10am to midnight. To make an appointment to visit the Escudo Prana showroom, email info@escudoprana.com, www.escudoprana.com.
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Winery

3) Winery

What to buy here: Bottle of Malbec Wine.

Argentines consume vast quantities of red wine for good reason; the country produces some of the best red wine in the world. Malbec is Argentina’s signature grape and makes a rich wine favored for its velvety texture and heady mix of fruity and spicy flavors.

One of the country’s most famous wineries is Catena Zapata and serious vinophiles will appreciate the love and attention that has gone into a Catena Zapata Wine. Based in Argentina’s biggest wine region Mendoza, it is a family-run winery famous for revolutionizing wine cultivation by planting vineyards at high altitudes and experimenting with scientific processes to produce world-class Malbec.

The Catena Zapata 2005 “Malbec Argentino” is a limited edition wine made from a carefully selected blend of grapes from the company’s best vineyards. The wine is aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels. Price: around ARS $600

Winery, Avenida Roque S. Peña 555, Centro, 4343 7400, winery.com.ar

Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 1pm
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Tikal Chocolates/Galería Güemes

4) Tikal Chocolates/Galería Güemes

What to buy here: Dulce de Leche.

Anyone with a sweet tooth will fall instantly in love with Dulce de Leche, the country’s famous caramel sauce. It literally translates as “sweet milk” and is made from condensed milk. The average Argentine eats it at least once a day, either spread on a tostado for breakfast, stuffed in croissants or cakes or poured over ice-cream or other desserts. In fact you’ll be hard pushed to find an Argentine dessert that doesn’t contain that all important sweet sauce.

Tikal Chocolate’s creamy Dulce de Leche concoction is arguably the best in the city. Their special homemade recipe is free of any preservatives and contains delicious chunks of chocolate made from 100 percent Belgian chocolate.

You might also want to indulge in some of the artisanal boutique’s exquisite handmade chocolates while you’re there. They did take over 50 hours to produce.

Tikal Chocolates/Galería Güemes, Florida 165, Gondola 8, Microcentro, 4331 3041 ext. 271, www.chocolatestikal.com

Business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Just for Sport

5) Just for Sport

What to buy here: Boca Juniors football shirt.

Argentina’s passion for football is up there with its love of red wine, steak and tango. The locals are fervent football fans, and take the game very seriously. One of the city’s most beloved and successful teams is Boca Juniors from the colorful La Boca neighborhood in the south of the city, where the infamous Diego Maradona first started his football career. The team’s strip is bright blue and yellow (legend has it that the colors were inspired by the Swedish flag, the first boat to arrive in the La Boca harbor).

You’ll see Boca Juniors football shirts on sale all over the city but to ensure you’ve got the real thing and not a fake, it’s advisable to buy one from a sports shop rather than a street stall or tourist stall (otherwise it may have fallen apart at the seams before you’ve even got it home).

Price: ARS $369.

Just for Sport, Florida 774, Centro, 4328 0140; Business Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 9pm / Sundays, noon to 9pm.
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Havanna

6) Havanna

What to buy here: Box of Alfajores.

Alfajores are another one of Argentina’s guilty pleasures and the perfect sugary snack with a coffee. Different to the original Spanish cylinder-shaped confection which traditionally contains honey, almonds and spices, the Argentine version is circular and falls somewhere between a cookie and a cake. It most commonly consists of milk, dark or white chocolate-coated layers of biscuit filled with chocolate, Dulce de Leche, jam or even mousse.

You’ll find alfajores in virtually every “kiosco” in the city but the alfajores from Argentine food company and coffee shop chain Havanna, in business since the 1950s, are regarded as some of the best in the country and come in a variety of flavors.

Price: A box of 12 alfajores costs AR$55.

Havanna, Florida 948, Centro (multiple locations around the city) www.havanna.com.ar/

Business Hours: Daily 8.30/9am until 8.30pm/9pm.
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Delgè

7) Delgè

What to buy here: Rhodocrosite (rodocrosita) jewellery.

Rhodocroiste is Argentina’s national pink stone. It’s considered a gemstone of love and wearers of it are thought to attract love so it’s frequently used in jewelry design. You’ll often hear it referred to as the “Inca Rose” as the Incans believed it to be the blood of their ancestors turned to stone. The quality and price of the stone varies depending on the flaws and the color which ranges from a light pink with white streaks to a deeper and more expensive shade of reddish pink.

You’ll find a lot of rhodocrosite being sold on the streets and in the markets but if you’re looking for something a bit more special (and valuable) check out Delgè boutique’s exquisite collection of rhodocrosite jewellery. Designer and founder Ignacio Pateman incorporates a shiny, dark pink version of the stone into delicate earrings, necklaces and rings, combined with sterling silver or 19-kt gold and sometimes other precious and semi-precious stones such as black onyx and pearls. Price: available on request.

Delgè, Hotel Sofitel, Arroyo 841, Recoleta, 4131 0145, www.delge.com.ar; Business Hours: daily 10am to 8pm.

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Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Buenos Aires without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Buenos Aires, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.1 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km

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