While the weekly San Telmo antiques fair is the most famous of the outdoor markets in Buenos Aires, the Mataderos Fair is considered to be the most authentic. Staged in and named after the Mataderos neighborhood, the fair features more than 700 vendors selling traditional Argentine arts and crafts; leather goods, silver jewelry and mate gourds are particularly popular items.
Just as important as the shopping are the other fair traditions: folk music, dancing and gauchos showing off their skill on horseback. Come hungry, as Argentine street cuisine features heavily, with specialties like choripan (chorizo sandwich), locro (a corn and meat stew), tamales and various types of empanadas on offer.
Mataderos Fair takes place every Sunday between March and December, and on Saturday evenings in January and February.