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Microcentro -- Calle Florida, the Microcentro's main pedestrian thoroughfare, is home to wall-to-wall shops from Plaza San Martín all the way past Avenida Corrientes. As you approach Plaza San Martín from Calle Florida, you'll find a number of well-regarded shoe stores, jewelers, and shops selling leather goods. Most stores here are decidedly middle class, and some clearly cater to locals and carry things you'd never buy. However, if you're looking for basic items such as converters and extension cords, you'll find what you need here. Calle Lavalle is also pedestrianized. The Galerías Pacífico mall is the epicenter of shopping in this area.

Avenida Cordoba -- Looking for off-season bargains? Then the 3000 block of Avenida Córdoba, in the area bordering Barrio Norte and Palermo, is the place to head. Best of all, off season in Argentina is usually the right season in the Northern Hemisphere, so you can wear your purchases as soon as you get back home.

Avenida santa fe -- Popular with local shoppers, Avenida Santa Fe has a wide selection of clothing stores with down-to-earth prices typical of stores catering to the local middle class. You will also find bookstores, cafes, ice-cream shops, and cinemas here. The Alto Palermo Shopping Center, Av. Santa Fe 3253 at Bulnes (tel. 11/5777-8000; www.altopalermo.com.ar), is another excellent shopping center, with 155 stores open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Palermo Viejo -- Everything old is new again in Palermo Viejo, further divided into Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho. Lots of young designers have opened boutiques in this area, or they combine forces on weekends around Plaza Serrano, when restaurants fold up tables and the area is filled with clothing racks. As a rule, shopping here is best for women, but men's fashion is definitely catching up.

Recoleta -- Avenida Alvear is an elegant, Parisian-like strip of European boutiques and cafes. Start your walk from Plaza Francia across from Recoleta Cemetery and continue past the Alvear Palace Hotel, along to the French Embassy at Cerrito (Av. 9 de Julio) for one exclusive shop after another, many in French-style mansions. Avenida Quintana provides a similar atmosphere. Nearby, Patio Bullrich, Av. del Libertador 750, between Montevideo and Libertad (also entered at Posadas 1245; tel. 11/4814-7400; www.shoppingbullrich.com.ar), is one of the city's most famous and upscale malls. Its 68 shops are open daily from 10am to 9pm. It has an excellent food court, too, and is a good place to stop for a snack.

San Telmo & La Boca -- These neighborhoods have excellent antiques as well as artists' studios and arts and crafts that celebrate tango. Street performers and artists are omnipresent, especially on weekends. La Boca should be avoided at night, however.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.