Over the past decade-plus, many older buildings have been recycled into upmarket malls for one-stop shopping. The most notable is the Microcentro’s magnificent Galerías Pacífico (Florida and Córdoba, tel. 011/5555-5100, www.galeriaspacifico.com.ar).
Once a livestock auction house, Retiro’s Patio Bullrich (Avenida del Libertador 750, tel. 011/4814-7400, www.shoppingbullrich.com.ar) has become a palatial 24,000-square-meter commercial space with nearly 70 shops, plus restaurants and cinemas, on four levels.
Buenos Aires Design Recoleta (Avenida Pueyrredón 2501, tel. 011/5777-6000, www.designrecoleta.com.ar) is a 3,000-square-meter complex of shops and restaurants on two levels alongside the cultural center and cemetery. As its name suggests, it focuses on design and interior decoration.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition