Buenos Aires is known for it’s unique neighborhoods- and the lively street fairs & markets they host! You’ll find these ferias set up in different plazas, parks, alleys and even random sidewalks just about every day of the week. It’s a routine for Porteños (locals of Buenos Aires), and a fun rush of activity, food, music, shopping and prime people watching for anyone. Some cater to certain themes of stalls, from antiques to handicrafts to vintage clothing to all-organic vegetables; others have anything and everything under the sun. Step into the lively streets of Buenos Aires and join the action!

 

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Here is our guide to all of Buenos Aires’ best street fairs (ferias) and markets (mercados): why you should go, what they offer, and most importantly, which days of the week each happens (a few are every day!). Everything you need to plot and plan your street fair exploration accordingly.

 

1. Feria de San Telmo

San Telmo is a such a classic and beautiful neighborhood with cobblestone streets and old buildings, and the feria follows the same vibe. Popular as an antiques fair, it’s so big that there’s a little bit of everything else too. You can count on live tango dancers, a million street performers, blocks and block of things to dig through and even more street food vendors that you can’t (and shouldn’t) resist. Check out the beautiful old school soda water dispenser, art stalls and unique vintage items.

Why we love it: It’s endless! Even though it definitely attracts a touristy crowd, it’s a fan-favorite and we completely agree. Also, make sure to check out the Mercado San Telmo in the middle! Amazing permanent farmer’s market & we love the coffee shop inside (open 10am-7pm daily).

What we buy: Great for getting colorful souvenirs and old-school homewares. We’re fans of the Pinguinos (penguin-shaped wine pitchers often used in Buenos Aires).

Size: 250-300 stalls

When: All day Sunday

Where: Defensa Street, Plaza Dorrego (San Telmo)

 

Streets performers at the Feria San Telmo street fair in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

2. Feria de Recoleta

(aka Feria de Artesanos de Plaza Francia)

This is your one-stop destination for every artisan good you can imagine. Carved silver yerba mate gourds, leather goods, pottery, hand-made jewelry, it’s all here. You’ll also be surrounded by live music, street performers, food vendors and have areas on the grassy plaza to sit and relax. It’s busy but never too crowded here!

Why we love it: If you’re looking for traditional crafts and goods for souvenirs (or just a fan of them yourself!), it’s all here at half the price you’ll see it in the high end stores around (but compared to other ferias, it’s more expensive because of the types of goods.)

What we buy: Yerba mate gourds & bombillas (the special straws that go with them!). Also great for getting alpargatas/espadrille shoes in a million colors.

Size: 150-200 stalls

When: Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-6pm.

Where: Plaza Francia (Recoleta; Right next to the cemetery)

 

Fresh squeezed orange juice! At Feria San Telmo street market in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

3. Feria Mataderos

This fair is about an hour bus ride from the popular areas to stay in Buenos Aires, but you’ll feel it. The true local vibe and cowboy theme of the entire fair is so Argentina and so far removed from the common tourist areas, it’s a great look into gaucho culture. A quarter of it is food and dessert stalls where you can buy things to take home, a quarter is fresh traditional food being made to order, a quarter is full of very classic, gaucho-style goods, and the last bit is made up of a stage & dance floor where locals will gladly pull you in and teach you how to dance! You may even get to see some of them performing cowboy tricks on horseback or with bulls.

Why we love it: So authentic. Such a great look into Argentinian culture, not just that of Buenos Aires. The souvenirs are so unique, and everyone is dressed completely in theme – and it’s not a show for the tourists, it’s how they live.

What we buy: Food! We love the “carbonada en zapallo” (a delicious pumpkin and meat stew), and the barbecued meat sandwiches sold at the end are unbelievable. Go for the pork! (Chancho). Or if you’re looking for a yerba mate gourd made into a cow hoof, hand-pressed leather belt of silver knife, you can find that too!

Size: 150-200 Stalls

When: Sundays, 11am-8pm (April-December); Saturdays 6pm-1am (January-March)

Where: Avenida Lisandro de la Torre & Avenida de los Corrales (Mataderos)

 

Dancing at the Feria de Mataderos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

4. Feria Artesanal Palermo Viejo

This one is just a pure mix of everything. True to it’s name, it hosts a ton of artisan hand-made crafts, as well as some very fashionable jewelry and clothing from local designers. Palermo Viejo (Soho) is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, and the feria reflects that!

Why we love it: It’s right in the middle of one of our favorite spots to explore, and the items for sale are just as fashionable and cool as the neighborhood.

What we buy: It’s just great for wandering through, whether you intend to buy or just look, and blends seamlessly into the beautiufl neighborhood. If you’re looking for a nicer gift for someone, here is where you can find something unique but not cheesy.

Size: 35-50 stalls

When:  Saturday & Sunday & Holidays, 2pm-7pm

Where: Plaza Armenia, Malabia & Costa Rica (Palermo Soho)

 

5. Feria de Plaza Serrano (aka Feria Cortázar)

Plaza Serrano is the little plaza at the heart of Palermo Hollywood. It has a very cozy and laidback vibe with a ton of bohemian arts and crafts for sale. You’ll see young artists playing guitar and the restaurants and bars moving their tables to make way for the displays of young fashion designers who can’t afford their own boutiques.

Why we love it: It’s such a young and friendly vibe. Plaza Serrano is already one of our favorite spots, surrounded by amazing low-key restaurants and trendy boutiques, so the feria here makes perfect sense! It’s small but quality. You can also sit outside at a local establishment and observe the activity while stopping for a meal if you prefer.

What we buy: Amazing for finding unique clothing and jewelry from local designers that you won’t find elsewhere. Hippie jewelry sells in the center of the plaza, always a staple for anyone on a backpacker route.

Size: 35-50 stalls

When: Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-7pm, but some vendors will set up at night if the restaurants are full

Where: Plaza Serrano, corner of Serrano or Borges & Honduras (Palermo Soho)

 

This guy grill sup some of the best choripan at the Feria San Telmo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

6. Puerto de Frutos (Tigre)

The Tigre River is always on the list of things you should do it Buenos Aires, but so many miss that the Puerto de Frutos street fair is right there! This is one well-loved by locals, and is less of a musty flea-market and more of just a fair. The stalls are all permanent, and it’s where Argentinians buy all kinds of home decorations, furniture and knick knacks. There are a ton of snack stalls and outdoor eating areas on the weekends, and we love that you can be part of how locals spent their weekends.

Why we love it: Because you should go to Tigre anyways, so despite being an hour out it’s not exactly out of the way, and it feels more modern than the others (a nice change).

What we buy: It was great for sitting down with a bunch of friends for wine and parrilla barbecue lunch on a Sunday, then lingering and buying candies and souvenirs.

When: Every day, but much more is open on the weekends

Where: The pier on Río Luján (Tigre)

 

7. Feria Artesanal de San Isidro

San Isidro is great for experiencing an outer area of the city that most tourists will never see. Even though it’s one of the nicest parts of the city, it houses a ton of incredible steakhouses and restaurants at much lower prices than elsewhere (basically, not tourist prices). So we love the feria here because you can get the same great artisan goods and vintage items as at some of the other ferias, but in a totally local atmosphere. Stop here on your way to Tigre and hang on out the grassy plaza surrounded by locals.

Why we love it: This is the true local version of the artisanal fairs. If you have the time, come here, get a more authentic experience, and get everything for even cheaper!

What we buy: Not-cheesy souvenirs. Anything from yerba mate gourds to vintage posters.

When: Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays, 10am-9pm

Where: Avenida del Libertador 16300 (San Isidro)

(Because all the information online is in Spanish, our simple directions for getting there: Take the train to Barracas de Belgrano towards Tigre & get off at San Isidro station, then follow the map! It’s right next to Cathedral San Isidro )

Fresh fruit and vegetables at the Mercado San Telmo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Farmer’s Markets

Just a few bonus ones: For anyone who loves real food, is spending longer in the city, or wants to grocery shop at a true farmer’s market, don’t miss these!

Mercado Solidario Bonpland: All organic fruit, vegetables, cheese and more! Also has homegoods made by indigenous communities. Open Tuesday, Friday & Saturday until 10pm. (Bonpland 1660, Palermo).

Mercado El Galpon:  Uber-health food and quite trendy, this market was started by former political prisoners. You’ll find every kind of super-food, fresh produce, juices, teas, herbs and even organic beauty products. Eat at the restaurant which gets all of it’s ingredients from the vendors in the market! Open Wednesday-Saturday 9am-6pm. (Avenida Federico Lacroze 4171, Chacarita).

Mercado San Telmo: Right in the middle of San Telmo, this is the easiest to access and most visited by travelers. It’s a classic market with produce, herbs, coffee, teas and a half of the market that just sells antiques and vintage items. Great for trying local empanadas and other snacks. Combine with a visit to the Feria! Open Daily, 10am-7pm.

What are your favorite things to buy at each of these markets? Share them with us below!

 

A stack of fresh produce crates unpacked in the Mercado San Telmo in Buenos Aires, Argentina