Adorned with park side restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, Recoleta is one of the most fashionable and popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Tourists and locals alike are drawn in by the European-style architecture, outdoor street fairs on the weekends, and multitude of upscale boutiques and bars. Make sure to check out the beautiful and lavish Cementerio de la Recoleta, as well as the enormous Plaza Francia.
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.
Surrounded by traditional artifact shops, Gabriel del Campo Anticuario, is one of the most visited shops for its antique collection. The store looks like a set of a period film, showcasing vintage statues, woodwork, chandeliers, period furniture and a lot more, that will effortlessly charm any art admirer. So when you are in the city, make Gabriel del Campo Anticuario one of your ten must visit places, you won’t regret it.
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 Bohemian neighborhood that dances to the tunes of tango, abuzz with street markets that provide a stark contrast to its tranquil Colonial origins, San Telmo defines flamboyance, culture and movement. While brick makers and dockworkers occupied this zone in the 17th Century, it has always been known for the markets that have been characterizing the cobblestone streets since its origins. Till date, tourists throng to the Sunday antiques' market that lights up the otherwise peaceful Plaza Dorrego, which is also one of the oldest plazas of Buenos Aires. A plethora of opulent art galleries has attracted the creme de la creme of the urban crowd, which upped the ante of this remarkable traditional area. The traditional Colonial Buildings, festooned with bougainvillea, have now been turned into swanky cafes and lofts, while still maintaining the old world charm. The quintessence of the vibrant culture of Buenos Aires comes alive with the street performers who swirl and twirl their feet to tango, making every day a grand carnival. Restaurant theaters that host tango shows on a regular basis have become one of the most sought after tourist attractions.
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.
It's been more than a century that Café Felfort has been in business of chocolates. The Argentinian chocolaterie, established in 1912, is exceedingly famous for its great range of handmade chocolates and related products. The inventory here includes sweet and dark chocolate bars, liquor chocolates, candies and confections and even cereal bars. Superb to taste, these products will keep you coming back for more. The Felfort cafe, on Gascón, also serves a menu that features various coffees, teas and snacks along with the signature Felfort products. Drop in have, grab a bite and load up on their awesome creations!
Arredo is a well-known chain of home decor and home accessories stores located all over Argentina and Uruguay. With several outlets in Buenos Aires, it is quite a house-hold name when it comes to redecorating the home or office. Located on Medrano, their Almagro outlet features a cavernous facility and boasts of a huge inventory that includes high quality products from top brands in the field. Expect to find a plethora of home decor items such as curtains, rugs, cushions, towels, bed sheets, quilts, mattresses and lots more, in various colors, sizes and materials. All in all, the place offers options to decorate every part of your home, covering living room, kitchen, bathroom, office and even kids' rooms.
Abasto de Buenos Aires is built on the framework of one of the most representative buildings in the city; Mercado del Abasto used to be, by the end of the 19th Century, the main supplier of fruits and vegetables in Buenos Aires. Such is the magnitude and originality of this building, that Albert Einstein himself - when visiting Buenos Aires - was overwhelmed by its design and civil engineering characteristics. The outer structure and art deco style of the former Mercado remained intact; a new lighting system was set in order to highlight the awesome arches in the external facades. Recycled, and re-established in 1998 as shopping mall, it is the biggest of its kind in Capital Abasto Shopping Mall triggered the re-birth of El Abasto, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: the birthplace of tango, having Gardel among its dwellers. Also, the area witnessed the economic development of the city.
A popular chain of cafes, Bonafide is a good choice if you're looking for a nice cup of coffee and a pastry. With a nice selection of pastries, confectionery and beverages, you can relax over a coffee while enjoying a sweet treat. With WiFi available, it's convenient to settle in with your laptop to catch up on some work. With freshly roasted coffee beans, their coffee has a lovely depth of flavor, and you can even pick up some for use later. For details, visit the website.
The Germany-based, multi-national sports brand, Adidas is quite famous throughout the world, and hardly requires an introduction. A favorite of sportsmen and athletes, Adidas stores offer a wide range of sportswear, sports gear and accessories and sports-suited footwear. The brand caters to a wide range of sports and activities like running, football, basketball, lacrosse and lots more. One of their Buenos Aires outlet, housed within the Abasto Shopping Center, remains open from 10a onward, all week is an exceedingly popular choice of shopping, when it comes to action sports apparel and footwear.
Vea is a supermarket in Almagro, part of the popular supermarket chain of the same name. It is known for selling reasonably-priced goods. Stroll through their neatly arranged sections of vegetable, fruit, grocery, fresh products and more. You will find that the items displayed are of good quality and won't dent your pockets.