When it comes to home decor, there's aspirational shopping — the kind of store you walk through for inspiration, imagining what your life might be like one day — and then there's attainable shopping, the kind of place where you actually buy things, bring them home, and start using them. Stylish but down-to-earth, Calma Chicha falls definitively into the latter category. Argentinian shoppers come in on weekend afternoons for classic kitchen items like sturdy glassware and a practical parrillada for serving grilled meat family-style, as well as statement pieces like cowhide throw rugs and leather placemats.
Bring home a whimsical pingüino, a penguin-shaped ceramic pitcher typically used to serve table wine in restaurants, or a leather messenger bag that will most likely last you the rest of your life. The collection at Calma Chicha is consistently high-quality, but satisfyingly affordable — meaning you can save your pesos to fill the pingüino with a high-end Bonarda or Malbec from one of the barrio’s many wine shops.