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Address: Defensa | Corner of Defensa and Alsina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Farmácia de la Estrella is worth a short stop

Farmácia de la Estrella (1835) a still operating pharmacy. What makes it special is the extravagant interior. Worth a short stop. The workers are used to people coming in just to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Definitely stop in to see the beautiful original 1890s interior if you're passing by. Being from Cleveland Ohio i got a kick out of seeing the old scale built by the Toledo (Ohio) Scale Company. While I was looking around someone stopped in, weighed themselves on the scale and left. So that scale after all this time isn't just a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Well worth a quick stop to see the interior of this still operating pharmacy from the 1800's/ The Farmácia de la Estrella (1835) has magnificent mahogany cases, beautiful artwork and a helpful multilingual staff

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Farmácia de la Estrella (1835) a still operating pharmacy. What makes it special is the extravagant interior. Worth a short stop. The workers are used to people coming in just to take a look around.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2014

The Old Pharmacy makes for quite an interesting visit as it takes you to a pharmacy that still operates the way it used to from ages past! Locate downtown - not too far from the Pink House, it is worth a visit. The building itself is an architectural beauty. Recommended!

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014 via mobile

Don't know why I went to this old-style still operating pharmacy - probably Lonely Planet made me do it - but it was a fun visit to the past.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Look out for this quaint little shop on the corner directly opposite the Basilica de San Francisco. It is a wonderful window on a bygone era, miraculously keeping its original 1894 appearance. It is worth sticking your head inside to see perfectly preserved wooden shelves stacked with ancient medicine bottles. Highlight is the ornate painted ceiling.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Glad we went into this historic old pharmacy! It still operates as a business. The locals having their prescriptions filled as our guide explains the history. And the owners didn't seem to mind at all.

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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

Located in Defensa St and adjacent to another historical treasure, the Basilica de San Francisco, this wonderful pharmacy still serves patrons with necessities and was the first of its kind in the city. The name La Estrella is situated above the entry door and as this pharmacy has been open since the mid 1830’s its home is in a building... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

Man, sounds crazy but I ran out of organic toothpaste and went to this really cool Pharmacy and they speak English. I got 5 tubes of organic toothpaste, two organic body sprays, feminine hygiene products and 4 bars or organic soap for 60.00. The salt tooth paste work great. My gums look great and my teeth seem whiter than last... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

Lovely old farmacy, to step back in time. A little more expensive than the chains but worth it, for the ambience.

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