A Guide to Shopping in Salta

A Guide to Shopping in Salta

Salta, a stunning city in the North of Argentina, is an ideal city break destination.

With a whole host of shops selling gorgeous handcrafted items, chic fashion lines and gourmet foods and wines, when it comes to spending your pesos, you will be spoilt for choice.

To save you time and to help you pick out the best of the bunch, here are my top picks to give you the perfect shopping experience.


1. Luxury - Caseros

Along just a couple of blocks of Calle Caseros between the main plaza and the beautiful San Fransico church, you will find a whole host of shops selling quirky high-end souvenirs, top Argentinian fashion lines and the best of the local wines. The good news is, Argentina is still cheap compared to Western prices, so you can get luxury items without the price tag to match.

Visit Imago for designer clothes to die for, Pimenton for gorgeous keepsakes and La Tia Yolanda for the best in food and wine.


2. One-off - Artisinal markets

For those unique souvenirs, home decorations or statement jewellery, your first shop should be one of the many artisinal markets. Look out for special one-off fairs in the cultural centres around the main plaza, which offer high-quality crafts and you will often get to see the artisans at work.

If you happen to be in town over a weekend, the Balcarce street market on Sundays is not to be missed - you can spend many happy hours browsing through the great range of stalls selling everything from asado (barbecue) ironmongery to handcrafted silver jewellery.


3. Local - Pedestrian streets

Just off the plaza, you will find a couple of pedestrianised streets chock-full of shops selling everything you could ever want or need. The best time to go is in the evening (shops shut between 1pm and 5pm) when the tantalizing aroma of fresh pocorn fills the air, the light and chatter of cafes spills out onto the streets and the locals are doing some serious shopping. Whether it's a birthday card, a pair of llama-printed leggings (yes, really) or a new hairdryer that you need, you'll find it here.

Once you've shopped 'till your ready to drop, simply take a seat and get a coffee and people-watch to your heart's conetent.


Travel tip shared by Katy Abroad


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