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The Most Popular Crafts of Argentina



If you are traveling in Argentina and want to take some memories back home, there are certain craft items that you should keep in mind because they mostly represents the country.

– Mates: come in all colors, sizes and materials. Mate is an infusion feature Argentina, and is therefore also one of the most typical handicrafts.

– Football Shirts: The national sport. One of the best things you can give to someone is the official shirt of one of the major football teams in the world – the blue and white National Team jersey.

– Leather clothing: Argentina is one of the leading exporters of authentic, high quality leather clothing. However, prices are not always cheap (though most agree that businesses pay in installments with major credit cards ). If you’re on a budget, you can choose accessories like key chains or belts, which are also made of best leather craft.

– Food: Canned vinegar, spices and homemade sweets are characteristic of each region and are among the most sought handicrafts in the country. Also, foods such as dulce de leche and yerba mate are also required by visitors.

– Musical Instruments: If you travel through northwest Argentina you will find plenty of flutes, reed pipes, and other instruments like sikus craft, gift ideal for carrying and remembering the sweet sounds of regional music.

– Other: Of course, you will find thumbnails of the Obelisk, postcards, prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles and many other crafts typical of Argentina. It all depends on your taste.

The best place to buy these and other crafts is the Florida Street in Buenos Aires. Florida Street is a downtown street where any means of payment such as credit cards, checks, or cash (local or foreign currency in most cases) are accepted. As much as they offer discounts, do not buy from street vendors in the city, because they are illegal and result in unfair competition for retailers.

Elsewhere in the country, it is best to go to a craft fair but, yes, you can only pay cash because the positions of the fairs do not accept cards (credit or debit).



The Barolo Palace



This wonderful building in Buenos Aires is a mixture of styles: neo-romantic, neo-Gothic and Indian-style dome. All its architectural references are in honor of the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri.

The Barolo Palace was completed in 1923. With 100 meters high, this was set in a National Historic Landmark. Up in the lighthouse on the 22nd floor, you can experience the best views in the entire Buenos Aires, with dramatic focus to the Congress and the Casa Rosada.


Church of the Blessed Sacrament




Retiro has its epicenter in the Plaza San Martin, a beautiful park on a hill overlooking the English Tower, which is another icon of Buenos Aires. In this busy area of Buenos Aires, one must pay great attention to this church in 1039 San Martin Street. This is the church of the Blessed Sacrament which was consecrated in 1916.

If you have trouble finding it, do not despair. This church was ordered to be built by a woman of rank in Buenos Aires. This church has been overshadowed by the Kavanagh building. This church has a story behind of a fight between two wealthy families.

As the story goes, the Anchorena lived in the San Martin Palace with 150 servants. The Kavanagh on the other hand, was a powerful family as well. When two members of each family fell madly in love, marriage was prohibited by Anchorena and thus, ordered the construction of a building whose only purpose was to prevent the view from the palace to Anchorena church.

Today, the church keeps its beauty with its eclectic style and is still considered one of the most luxurious of the city of Buenos Aires. But due to the vicissitudes, it has remained a hidden corner.





The Tower of Babel Made of Books in Buenos Aires

Last year, UNESCO endorsed Buenos Aires as the World Book Capital. To commemorate the event, Marta Minujín decided to give a shape to the Tower of Babel made of Books in Plaza San Martín in Bueons Aires. This was in clear reference to The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges.

You can go in groups of 15 people at a time and the you will be accompanied by a background sound that repeats the word book in several languages ​​of the world. The installation open at 10 am and lasts till 10 pm. Admission is free.