Buenos Aires Grocery Shopping
Insider tips for grocery shopping in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Grocery shopping in Buenos Aires can be an adventure or a headache depending on your language ability and need for specific items. In most of Argentina people still buy groceries the old fashion way . . . no they donít trade tomatoes for sausage; they shop in a dozen different stores for different types of products. In Buenos Aires you can also go on the hunt and gather shopping spree, but depending on your location you may find it difficult to locate certain types of shops. At my first apartment in Buenos Aires we could easily find a butcher and a vegetable stand, but trying to find cheese, bread or poultry was impossible. My second apartment had a bakery next door, a cheese and wine store around the corner, a vegetable stand about three blocks away, but no meat within a reasonable commute. There is a solution to this hunt and buy madness Ė Coto!!!
A one stop-shop, like Super Target
Coto is a massive
grocery/consumer goods store. It is a little like Super Wal-mart or
Target, but not quite as nice. The first time I discovered Coto, it
was like an angel shinning a light on Buenos Aires just for me. I had been
in Buenos Aires for a month, and was tired of fruitless searches for imported items
and household goods, like fans! From the outside, Coto looked like just
another grocery store. Maybe it was a little larger and brighter, but not
enough to walk the 15 or so blocks from my home to go grocery shopping. I
went inside to see if they had tampons, of course they didnít, but I was
wowed by the selection of various products and how the store seemed to
never end. Now this probably isnít going to excite the average American
who regularly shops at Publix, Target, Wal-mart and so forth, but for an
American deprived of brand name choices for a month . . . well it was
heaven for me.
Supermarkets = Supermercados
There are other grocery
stores in Buenos Aires, like Disco, Dia Supermercado and Norte. My
favorite (after Coto) is the Disco. It is usually well lit and well
stocked. The Discoís can vary from one neighborhood to the next, but
overall they are much nicer than the other supermarkets. At the Disco you
can find everything you NEED to make a nice dinner, but you may not find
everything you want. For example, we wanted pepper, plain black ground
pepper, but all we could find was peppercorns so we had to buy a grinder.
At Coto they have many different types of pepper, even our usually
McCormick black ground pepper we always buy at Publix.
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