Calle Avellaneda: The Mecca of Cheap Clothing

21 Nov

Sick of buying clothes that end up falling apart in expensive Palermo boutiques? Stop spending all of your pesos and just go straight to the source.  I’ve had bad luck with clothes here, they I spend a lot of money on pieces that tend to rip to the seams in the matter of weeks, so I headed to cheap clothes central on Calle Avellaneda in Flores and Floresta.  Within a 50 block radius and a whopping 1600 clothing stores, Avellaneda puts the shops in Once and the outlets on Cordoba to shame.

The epicenter of shopping madness is located on Avellaneda and Nazca, where you’ll find hoards of women, men, children and babies in strollers shopping for clothing and accessories at wholesale prices. Stores sell the items por mayor, wholesale-bulk shopping, and por menor, basically regular retail.  The majority of the stores will display in the window if it is por mayor, which indicates the minimum number of articles you have to buy (generally 5 or 6 items min.).  Other stores, may have two prices – the cheaper price being the bulk purchase, and more expensive, the por menor retail price.

With 1600 stores, it may be difficult to know exactly which stores are worth it.  Luckily,  La Nacion’s blog ranks the top stores on Avellaneda, make sure to read the comments for more tips.  Two of the favorites include:

Nare (Avellaneda 3090): You’ll notice that Nare offers the same women’s clothing as the stores on Avenida Cabildo and Santa Fe.

Glow (Helguera 426): Another women’s clothing store that specializes in shirts.  There is a minimum of 5 different pieces per person so come with enough efectivo (cash).

These stores, like most, are open Monday – Friday from 8/8.30 – 6pm and Saturday from 8.30 – 2pm.  Since this place is visited by the masses, try to get there early to dodge some of the insanity.  Seriously, there are a shitload of people – think rush hour on the subway, with people scrambling Supermarket Sweep style trying to stuff dozens of items into huge industrial-sized garbage bags.  Oh yeah, and be prepared to wait in line to enter some of the more popular stores – you may be in Floresta, but THIS IS ARGENTINA and you can’t avoid the infamous line.

AND WHILE YOU ARE THERE: eat some great Korean food!

10 Responses to “Calle Avellaneda: The Mecca of Cheap Clothing”

  1. 7DailyDeal November 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Great site, nice article.

  2. TKGO November 30, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    Are there shoes to be found in this area, too? I’m in the market for a couple new pairs for summer and have heard tales of flopping soles and fast-lost heels from purchases in the Palermo boutiques. Don’t need that.

  3. Diego December 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    i’m from buenos aires and the things that you been writing here seems pretty cool, respectfull and funny to me! please keep on! Besos! Diego

  4. alvarmaz February 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Buena onda tus post sobre Argentina!!!!

  5. cheap clothing March 2, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    cheap clothing seeker

    • Zach December 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Les dejo un listado de outlets en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires


  1. Discover Floresta | ¿Qué Sé Yo, Argentina? - December 10, 2010

    […] ¿Qué Sé Yo, Argentina? pronounced Kay-Say-Shhhhow, Ar-hen-teen-ah Skip to content HomeA/S/L? About me!Pick Up The Fork ← Calle Avellaneda: The Mecca of Cheap Clothing […]

  2. Shopping in Buenos Aires | Expanish Blog - January 12, 2011

    […] Alternative to Once: Calle Avellaneda […]

  3. Shopping in Buenos Aires - Expanish - October 23, 2017

    […] Alternative to Once: Calle Avellaneda […]

  4. Shopping in Buenos Aires | | Expanish - November 7, 2018

    […] Alternative to Once: Calle Avellaneda […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: