This is a traditional fashion boutique selling leather, suede and fur garments. These products - of great quality and exclusive design- are noted for their elegance. The offering is varied, and it includes leather jackets in several colors; carpincho coats for men, impressive for their workmanship; handbags, travel bags and suitcases; belts, purses, briefcases and more. Each design guarantees a touch of sophistication, and style. Items come in many different colors and sizes. There is another branch of this fine boutique at the Galerías Pacífico mall.
In 1871, with the outbreak of yellow fever, these mansions were soon overtaken by squatters, creating the city's historic conventillos (tenement houses). Indeed, it was not until 1970 that an edict stipulated protection for property owners. Today the neighborhood of San Pedro Telmo is an important historic and popular corner of the city. Locals and tourists alike flock to the Plaza Dorrego on the oldest street in the city, for the antique market and vibrant street performances, including tango, held on Sunday from 10a to 6p. On the corner of Independencia and Balcarce streets is El Viejo Almacén, a traditional tango establishment.
Opened in 1990, Alto Palermo is the main shopping center in the city. Its daring architectural design, awarded by the International Council of Shopping Centers, re-creates a four-cornered structure with a mirror-like exterior that reflects the buildings in Santa Fe Avenue and Coronel Díaz Street. It has three stories, decorated in marble, ceramic tiles and fine wood. The fun fair is a good option for youngsters and children. The two movie theaters on the premises offer special prices for children under 12. Other entertaining activities are musical performances, shows and beauty centers for women.
This complex is located in an old building that belonged to Ferrocarriles Argentinos, the former Railroad Company of the State. Fortunately, the wonderful friezes by Raúl Soldi were kept. Thus the shopping promenade is lined with artistic streaks. Its shining marble, diverse staircases and mural paintings constitute a novel and sophisticated atmosphere. The center is home to the Centro Cultural Borges and Julio Bocca's ballet school. There are also more than 200 stores, a number of movie theaters, and an elegant dining area with different options from tea rooms to romantic restaurants to fast food parlors.
A city filled with book worms, where do locals go to browse through shelves of novels, history, poetry, and art books? Unlike the massive bookstores throughout the city, Libros del Pasaje offers a more cozy, boutique feel where intellectuals spend hours perusing the vast collections and lounging on comfortable chairs. Even for those who struggle reading books in Spanish, Libros del Pasaje has a small selection of English books as well. Bring your laptop and take advantage of the free WiFi, sitting for hours in the covered patio. Order a coffee and a sandwich and you'll never want to leave.
After an exhaustive and careful restoration of this beautiful 1919 theater, the biggest bookstore in Latin America opened in what used to be the old Grand Splendid cinema. Without altering the old structure—twinned with the Opera de Paris theatre—it still has its original features and magnificent friezes, like the one on the spectacular dome. There is now a cafeteria in place of the stage, where you can read books taken from the bookshelves. There are also reading places on the corners of the main floor and in the old balconies on the first floor, furnished with tables and comfortable armchairs, computers for searching or online purchasing and an area dedicated to children, 'El Ateneo Junior', with interactive games and storytelling. There is also a small music stage, CDs and DVDs for sale, art exhibitions on the third floor and facilities for watching DVDs.