The residents of Buenos Aires are a chic lot for whom shopping is practically a sport. The city is crammed with high-fashion boutiques filled with clothes from up-and-coming designers. Prices have risen in recent years but it’s still a shopper’s playground rife with (relatively) affordable trench coats, avant-garde cocktail dresses, slim-cut wool sweaters and leather boots that will make you the envy of your friends back home. Palermo Viejo is the heart of the city’s cutting-edge fashion scene and home to the flagship boutiques of local designers. Recoleta’s stores run to international luxury brands like Hermés and Armani, while San Telmo is the place for funky design coops and vintage shops. Lusting after leather? Browse the shops in Retiro around Plaza San Martin, or the leather stores along Microcentro’s Florida and Lavalle (if you can brave the pushy salespeople). For more local designers, check out Fashion Buenos Aires (www.buenosairesmoda.com).