Since the devaluation of the peso in 2001, shopping in Argentina has become attractive to many foreigners. There are a number of shopping precincts in the nation's capital, such as upscale Recoleta, the antiques fairs of San Telmo and the boutiques of Palermo. But if you only have time for one, head to Calle Florida, a pedestrianised street that stretches along several blocks, from Plaza San Martin to Plaza de Mayo. Start at Galerias Pacifico (corner of Florida and Cordoba streets; www.galeriaspacifico.com.ar ). This grand building (below) used to belong to the state railway company and the upscale shopping mall it has become was named after the line that linked Argentina to Chile and the Pacific Ocean. It's worth a wander through, if only to admire the frescoes painted by some of Argentina's best artists. Rossi Caruso (shop 308, 1/F, tel: 54 11 5555 5308; www.rossicaruso.com ) is a specialist in equestrian leather goods and gaucho trappings. In a similar vein, La Martina (shop 234, main floor, tel: 54 11 5555 5234; www.lamartina.com ), the official supplier to the Argentine polo team, has books (315 pesos/HK$785), bags (from 2,400 pesos), belts (from 180 pesos) and official merchandise for various international polo events. The clothing range at Kosiuko (shop 328, main floor, tel: 54 11 5555 5328; www.kosiuko.com ) includes trendy Argentine jackets (from 145 pesos), jeans (from 200 pesos) and women's tops (around 78 pesos). For a bit of bling, try 5th Avenue Jewellers (shop 124, lower floor, tel: 54 11 5555 5124; www.5thavenue-jewels.com ); the shop stocks the latest in watch and jewellery designs. Galeria Ruth Benzacar (Florida 1000, tel: 54 11 4313 8480; www.ruthbenzacar.com ) is a private gallery that has been showcasing modern Argentine art for almost 50 years and is currently displaying work by Alfredo Prior, Miguel Angel Rios, Daniel Garcia and Graciela Hasper. Plata Nativa (unit 4, Galeria del Sol, Florida 860, tel: 54 11 4312 1398; www.platanativa.com ) is a good place to shop for antique folk art and jewellery from around South America. The shelves in this tiny shop are stocked with chunky necklaces of turquoise, amber and malachite, Mapuche Indian-style silver earrings and brooches. Calle Florida has myriad leather shops to choose from. Belts, wallets, purses, gloves, shoes and jackets are inexpensive and well made. The cost of a plain jacket made from cow hide starts at 210 pesos while a hand-embroidered leather jacket in soft lambskin will set you back about 1,200 pesos. Pop into Poppy's Leather Garments Factory (930 Calle Florida, apartment A, tel: 54 11 4311 4721; www.poppys.com.ar ) for a stylish tailor-made jacket. Ashanti Leather Factory (585 Calle Florida, tel: 54 11 4394 1310) offers a wide selection of leather goods, including men's and women's jackets. Its range of women's wallets comes in funky designs, starting from 120 pesos. Bargaining is expected in most leather shops.