Shopping in Buenos Aires
Shopping in Buenos Aires can be sublime. At the Galerias Pacifico on Calle Florida, the frescoes in the central dome could be the destination more so than the expensive boutiques inside the mall. The frescoes depict the history of mankind and was painted by five well known Argentine artists in 1945. For a leisurely view of the frescoes, sit and order a drink at one of the cafés under the dome.
Calle Florida is packed full of shoppers and walking along this pedestrian only street is a slow crawl as there are so many things to check out and perhaps buy from the vendors on the street. There are toys, handbags and wallets, costume jewelry, clothes, socks, flowers, and an incredible assortment of goods. There is free entertainment from musicians and tango dancers. If you take a picture with the tango dancers, you will have to pay for this privilege. There's something for everyone.
In the posh Retiro district, food shops like the one above in the glass ceilinged Patio Bullrich and trendy shops like Ay Not Dead below, draw the Porteño elite and visitors staying at nearby plush hotels like the Alvear.
In La Boca below, postcards and paintings of tango performers stop tourists for a look see.
I found the prices at Avenida Santa Fe to be far more reasonable than other parts of town. I couldn't resist checking out the display windows of leather shoes and bags, travel accessories, summer dresses, and knick-knacks. It was delightful to discover the pasillos (halls) where I found more of the same. The incredible El Ateneo bookstore is also on this avenue.