Best Outdoor Markets in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a shopper's paradise filled with boutique stores and designer dens, but few experiences are more authentically Porteño than exploring one of the city's outdoor markets, or ferias. The city is home to a multitude of pop-up markets, with vendors and artisans hawking all manner of goods from hand-carved mate gourds and silver jewelry to antique seltzer bottles and vintage gramophones. Sharpen your bargaining skills, and set out to explore our 5 favorite ferias.
Feria de San Telmo
When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Number of vendors: 250-300
What to buy: Visitors will find a world of antique vendors selling jewelry, colored glass seltzer bottles, vintage posters and more. More contemporary sidewalk vendors hawking artisan goods as well as cheap baubles and sunglasses are also present.
Good to know: With fame comes crowds, and ultimately crowds of tourists. While the fair draws some 10,000 people each week, Buenos Aires locals are few and far between.
Where: Plaza Dorrego, Defensa and Brasil and along Defensa in San Telmo
Feria de Mataderos
When: Sundays 11a.m. to 8 p.m. April through mid-Dec.; Saturdays 6 p.m. to midnight late Jan. to mid-March
Number of vendors: 150 – 200
What to buy: Traditional handicrafts are ample here, including the seemingly omnipresent mate gourd, ashtrays made from horse hooves and leather goods. Arrive hungry and shop at gourmet food stalls dishing up dulce de leche liqueur, cheeses, empanadas, cured meats and tamales.
Good to know: Be prepared for a trek; Mataderos is located in Buenos Aires's far western suburbs, about an hour bus ride from downtown.
Where: Av. Lisandro de la Torre y Av. de los Corrales, in Mataderos
Feria de Plaza Serrano
When: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Number of vendors: 35-50
What to buy: A decidedly bohemian vibe infiltrates this funky fair. Artisans selling jewelry and, ahem, "tobacco pipes" in unique designs; artfully crafted clothes from up-and-coming designers, and the occasional painter or photographer can be found lining the sidewalk stalls.
Good to know: The plaza sits in the center of a bustling hub of boutique shops, bars and restaurants where it's tempting to recuperate from shopping with a cold Quilmes beer and a snack.
Where: Plaza Serrano, corner of Serrano or Borjes and Honduras in Palermo Soho
Feria de Recoleta
When to go: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Number of vendors: 150-200
What to buy: Popular with locals, and for good reason, this feria offers some of the city's highest quality artisan wares, including handmade leather goods, carved mate cups, silver jewelry and colorful ceramics.
Good to know: The market's ideal location next to the Recoleta Cemetery makes it a perfect side trip while visiting the iconic Recoleta Cemetery burial ground.
Where: Plaza Francia, near the Recoleta Cemetery in Recoleta
Feria Artesanal Palermo Viejo
When to go: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Number of vendors: 35-50
What to buy: A collection of stands surrounds the bustling Plaza Armenia on weekends and holidays, with artisans hawking a variety of handmade wares, such as jewelry and clothing from local designers. The fair surrounds a small park and playground, perfect for families with children.
Good to know: The Palermo Soho is one of Buenos Aires's hippest locations; follow Malabia or Armenia streets toward Avenida Cordoba and explore the heart of this trendy neighborhood.
Where: Plaza Armenia, Malabia and Costa Rica in Palermo Soho (aka Palermo Viejo)