Shopping

Shopping
The range and quality of shops is very good especially in Buenos Aires and it's usually possible to pick up some bargains. The prices are not ridiculously lower than those in Europe or North America but you will certainly notice a welcome reduction when shopping for clothes in particular. Palermo has a great range of independent clothes stores which will keep those on the cutting-edge of fashion happy, as well as a large shopping centre called Alto Palermo. Good shopping can be found throughout the different barrios of the city. For example, San Telmo has some trendy design and fashion stores, as well as plenty of shops to hunt for those important souvenirs to take back home. Santa Fe and Florida, two of the main streets in Buenos Aires are lined with clothes shops, many of which stock major international brands although you may find cheaper prices elsewhere (shops along the streets Cordoba and Corrientes are usually slightly cheaper).

Items in shops in Argentina have fixed prices and bargaining is extremely rare. The situation is different when purchasing from street traders or market stalls and it's possible to get cheaper prices, although this can be a challenge for foreigners. A good tip is to make friends with a local who can do the bargaining for you and agree a reasonable price. Tourists are often targets for scams and it's necessary to be vigilant with your money in Argentina. Shops can sometimes give you less change than you should be getting and restaurants/bars are prone to overcharge so check the bill carefully. There's also an abundance of counterfeit peso notes in circulation so make sure you check your change as well.
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