galeria crawl: galeria taurus

June 21, 2007 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

 

“I get the sense that something very bad is being planned here,” was the way Wesley once described Galeria Taurus. And he’s right: with it’s dusty signs and loitering visitors, it is one of the scarier, sketchier galerias. But it is also one of the best.

Home to some of the cheapest (and most varied supply) of eye glasses, this galeria is a treasure trove to us non-20/20s. The galeria has two floors, with its main entrance on Corrientes between Libertad and Talcahuano. While many of the locals sell only to wholesale buyers, those buying alone won’t end up empty-handed. Here are a few of our favorites:

For verging-on-tacky-chic plastic frames, you can’t beat Jose Monasterios at local 20/21. A pair of frames and lenses will cost you around $70 pesos, and can be ready in as little as an hour if you alredy know your prescription. The staff are always friendly and helpful, to the point where on a recent visit they replaced a screw that had gone missing from a pair of glasses, free of charge.

If you’re looking for some of the more upscale brands check out Optica Outlet Express at Local 43. There you’ll find Argentine-based Infinit and Maja, among others.

For sunglasses or one-of-a-kind frames, we always go to Mariano H. Alvarado, at Local 14. There you can pick any of the vintage frames in the window of Local 12 and they will turn them into a pair of glasses or sunglasses. Last year, a pair of 1970s vintage Italian oversized frames by designer Enrico Piaggi were turned into prescription sunglasses for under $200 pesos; a pair of 1980s red and black aviators were turned into prescription sunglasses for under $150 pesos.

 

If all this shopping gets you hungry, head up to Giannis Resto Bar Naturalista on the second floor. There you can indulge in healthy empanadas (stuffings include tofu and soja texturada) for $1.50 pesos each, or gluten-free goodies. There are also a few record stores dotting Galeria Taurus where you can pick up records by bands like Los Tammys (at Rockabilly, Local 28/29). And no, your prescription isn’t failing you: that is, in fact, a horror/erotica store on the second floor. Try not to stare too long at the werewolf attack mural on the wall, or you risk being scarred for life. Or at the very least needing to buy a stronger pair of glasses.– REBECCA

Galeria Taurus, Corrientes 1246.

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