galeria crawl: 5ta Avenida

June 4, 2007 at 2:44 pm 1 comment

In the battle for the title “Sketchiest Shopping Area”, the galerias of Buenos Aires would win out over creepy run-down suburban malls any day. In case you haven’t walked by one on Santa Fe or peered into one on Corrientes (and believe us, you probably have), a galeria is like a mini-indoor mall, with most of the shops in the galeria sharing a theme. There’s ugly-formal-dress galeria, old-lady-shoes galeria, even blank-cd-and-cassette-tape galeria. Tacky, maybe, but why so terrible? Well, they’re almost always dark, with only a few dusty flourescents flickering over head. Because of this, you can rarely see beyond the first store or two, and the thought of venturing into a cave-like walkway ain’t exactly shop-inducing. In short, most galerias are total duds.

 But there are some diamonds in the rough. Our weekly Galeria Crawl Guide will give a mini-tour of our favorite galerias. It takes out the whole Russian Roulette aspect of entering a galeria (will this galeria lead me to amazing suede boots or a slow and painful death at the hands of some psychopath?). And if you strike gold, you can end up with a pair of glasses for under $20 or skinny jeans for way less than they charge at Rapsodia.

5ta Avenida 

In this first installment, we introduce you to 5ta Galeria, heaven on earth for vintage fiends. While there are a couple of cute vintage stores dotting the city, you can’t beat the prices and the sheer volume of clothing in such a small space. And did we mention that there are three floors of vintage stores?

5ta Avenida

Stores keep irregular hours, so you’re better off wandering around than seeking out any store in particular. Flip through the racks that line the galeria’s walkway, they’re usually filled with clothing going for 5 pesos or less. And don’t miss the store on the bottom floor that has a collection of 70s-era perfumes.

5ta Avenida

If vintage isn’t your thing, the front store Arriba (right when you enter, on Santa Fe) stocks clothing and accesories by local designers. We love the pencil cases and bags designed by Melisa (of the band Boreales).

Galeria 5ta Avenida, Avenida Santa Fe 1270, entre Libertad y Talcahuano. Open 10 am-9 pm, Mon-Sat. — REBECCA

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  • 1. down with dia del amigo « soy so lindo  |  July 20, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    […] of friends, rather than the friendships themselves. Specifically, the store Arriba, located in Galeria 5ta Avenida, is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary this evening with wine and discounts. With Arriba’s […]

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