It’s been said that no trip to Argentina is truly complete without taking time to explore the top Buenos Aires outdoor markets. Whether it’s gorgeous leather products, hand-crafted jewelry, or exquisite food that you’re in search of, our guide to the best fairs and outdoor markets in Buenos Aires will keep you on track when shopping so that you can avoid the tourist-traps that can sometimes put a damper on your Argentina trip.
Updated to January 2024
1. Feria de San Telmo
It goes without saying that this touristic fair in San Telmo is a must-see when planning to travel to Argentina. Because this fair takes place only on Sundays from 10am until 5pm, be prepared for large crowds, and an overwhelming variety of products to browse as you make your way through the thirteen blocks of Defensa street, where the fair takes place. Popular items sold include antiques, creative household goods, and classic Argentine souvenirs. Our tip: be open to gentle negotiation when interested in a product as certain vendors are accustomed to lowering prices for savvy shoppers.
2. Feria de Mataderos
Looking for authentic and rustic Buenos Aires outdoor markets? Head to the Feria de Mataderos where traditional Argentine culture is maintained in all its glory. Expect to be ‘wowed’ at this vibrant fair by gauchos riding on horseback, tango dancers parading in the streets and local musicians filling the air with folklore music. With more than three hundred booths, this marketplace is a fantastic resource for purchasing handmade artisanal goods, and enjoying an affordable streetside asado. Be sure to plan ahead when visiting this fair, as it’s located outside the southwestern metropolitan area of Buenos Aires and is only open on Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm.
3. Feria Artisanal de Plaza Francia
While strolling through the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta on your Buenos Aires tour, don’t hesitate to visit the artisanal fair in Plaza Francia, located right next to the famed Recoleta Cemetery. One of the most well-known Buenos Aires outdoor markets, this fair is a favorite for both locals and tourists in Argentina. Open all weekends and holidays from 11am until 8pm, this market is a great spot for picking up artisanal clothing, browsing innovative home decor, or simply snacking on pan relleno. Combine a trip to this fair with a picnic in the park directly next to it, and you’re guaranteed a relaxing weekend outing.
4. Buenos Aires Outdoor Market
Food-enthusiasts planning their Argentina trip should surely allot time to visit the Buenos Aires Market, where a variety of local gastronomical options are showcased. Taking place two to three times per month roughly between 10:30am and 6pm, this is one of the most popular of the traveling Buenos Aires outdoor markets. The market offers tourists in Buenos Aires the chance to purchase gourmet ready-made food, as well as high-end health food, including homemade breads, specialty condiments, and more. There’s simply no better place than the Buenos Aires Market to stock up on edible gifts for your friends and family back home once your adventure in Argentina is done.
- Pan Relleno: Baked bread filled with various ingredients
- Asado: barbeque
- Gaucho: Argentine Cowboy
By Daniel Whelden