Shopping doesn't have to be a chore and it doesn't necessitate forced pleasantries with anxious salesmen. The best places to shop are the places that are densely stocked with goods that sell themselves. Some of these spots are stores or neighborhoods full of stores and some of them are acres covered in haphazardly constructed stalls. The only thing that all of the world's best shopping destinations have in common is stuff that you'd want to buy.
San Telmo Antiques Market, Buenos Aires
Why to Go: Feria de San Telmo, the antique market that opens every Sunday in one of Buenos Aires' most charming neighborhoods, has been in continuous operation for decades and draws in a mostly local crowd of bargain hunters. The selection is generally exceptional, and vendors do a great job restoring and cleaning their goods so they absolutely sparkle. It's a terrible place to shop if you're looking for one particular object, but amazing if you're browsing and willing to be flexible.
What to Buy: There are always a lot of metallic kerosene lanterns for sale. Whether that's because the electrical grid in the city used to be unreliable or because Argentineans love a flame is entirely unclear, but they make great lamps if you're ready to take the time to wire them.
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