Discover Santa in the Summer with Christmas Shopping in Buenos Aires

If you hail from the northern hemisphere, you may initially be confused come Christmastime. There is no cold and no snow in Buenos Aires: just plenty of heat, shorts and ice cream! Fortunately, Christmas is a unique time to be in the Argentine capital and Christmas shopping in Buenos Aires can be loads of fun.

You can find a lot of unique items for sale like mate gourds and handmade jewelry at the open air markets, such as the Feria de San Telmo in San Telmo and Feria de Plaza Francia in Recoleta. But for a totally Argentine shopping experience, head to the Feria de Mataderos where you can explore Argentina’s rural side and gaucho culture. Otherwise, more mainstream shopping is abundant at Buenos Aires’ blissfully air-conditioned malls. Here you can find all the major international brands as well as some great Argentine brands that you will not find anywhere else. Stock up!

For electronics, it is usually a better idea to buy them outside of Argentina, but for clothes, home goods, decorations and other items, you can find some really delightful things in Buenos Aires. Your loved ones will likely be thanking Santa for his good taste this year.



A large mall with a wide variety of stores, Alto Palermo is a favorite shopping hub amongst the Palermo neighborhood's locals and foreigners. Here you will find a mix of national and international brands like Las Pepas, Starbucks and Zara. Alto...  Read More



From their quiet shop on Sarmiento street, Neo Tango sells both men's and women's tango shoes for beginning to advanced dancers. Though the styles tend to be bright and showy, you can find something more understated too, if that's what you're...  Read More

Feria de Plaza Francia


This weekend artisan market located next to the Recoleta Cemetery and the Buenos Aires Design shopping center is one of the best places in the city to stock up on relatively well-priced souvenirs, local crafts and trinkets. At Feria de Plaza...  Read More



San Telmo Market is great for shopping as well as sightseeing. It is an institution in the neighborhood where it is located as well as a National Historic Monument. San Telmo Market was built in 1897 with a wrought iron interior by Italian...  Read More



This shopping mall occupies one of the city's most arresting buildings, a huge former wholesale market for fruits and vegetables. It was inspired by Paris' famed Les Halles and built in the late nineteenth century, but then remodeled in striking...  Read More

Ateneo Grand Splendid


You don't need to be looking for a specific book to enjoy a trip to South America's largest book store – and one of the world's most beautiful. Housed in a splendid old theatre, the Ateneo Grand Splendid has been carefully restored to retain...  Read More

Galerías Pací­fico


Housed in a wonderful frescoed building dating back to the turn of the 20th century, this upmarket mall, located on Calle Florida, the city's pedestrian shopping street, is a one stop shop for international fashion names like Dior and Cacherel,...  Read More

Outlying areas


While Buenos Aires often likes to take pride in its worldliness and cosmopolitan side, the Feria de Mataderos is like a cowboy theme park that is fiercely proud of its rural Argentine roots and its home-grown cowboys, the gauchos. At the Feria...  Read More



Located in Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighborhood, Buenos Aires Design is a cool, upscale mall dedicated to home design. It sells everything you'd want to renovate or decorate your home. From faucet fittings and Jacuzzis to couches and vases,...  Read More



Begun in 1970, the Feria de San Pedro Telmo is an antiques fair that takes place every Sunday around Plaza Dorrego in Buenos Aires' historic San Telmo neighborhood. An estimated 20,000 people - a mix of Argentines and foreign tourists - descend...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah