Not everything is what it initially seems in Buenos Aires. It’s easy to walk past a seemingly average closed door without knowing what it holds inside. However hidden behind some of these doors is a unique experience, be it an appointment-only Argentine fashion designer’s showroom, intimate supper club, speak-easy bar or artist workshop. Scattered throughout Buenos Aires neighbourhoods, the city’s unique secret scene is only accessible to those in the know and offers an alternative, insider’s view into the Buenos Aires lifestyle. Here are our five favourite secret spots in Buenos Aires right now.
If you're a seasoned world traveller and shopper that likes to pick up souvenirs and local designer pieces in every city that you visit then you're probably already familiar with the Tax Free Shopping system and the right to claim back the VAT on your purchases. As a tourist in Argentina, you can enjoy up to 14% tax returns on your shopping with the company Global Blue that operates a worldwide Tax Free shopping network. It makes shelling out for that cowhide rug, Buenos Aires designer dress and handmade steak knife set suddenly more appealing. The process may sound like a drag but it's worth doing if you're a big shopper. What could be a better shopping excuse than the possibility of getting some of your money back?
If you're not sure how it works, here is our step-by-step guide to tax free shopping in Buenos Aires.
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