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.
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.
Shop from a wide range of products like kitchen toys, vintage suitcases, china tea sets, crystal glassware and lots more at the Gil Antiguedades, which has lasted for over 35 years. This antique store is owned by Hector Horacio and Maria Ines Gil. Here you will also find unique wedding and party dresses that are inspired from older antique ones. Shop for a piece of history from the eye catching Gil Antiguedades, in San Telmo.
Located in what is sometimes called the microcentro or downtown area, this is one of the major tourist attractions in Buenos Aires. The street is closed to cars but that doesn't exactly make it easy to navigate. Spectators flood the long walkway in mass, passing by the innumerable shops, restaurants and arcades. In the evening the crowds die down and the street performers come out in the large numbers. Famous Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges used to live near here and reportedly enjoyed frequenting the street in the early morning hours. The famous strip starts at Avenida de Mayo and ends at Plaza San Martin.
Spinetto Shopping Center is one of the most popular landmarks in Balvanera district. Established over the site of a historic city market, this huge shopping arena covers an entire block on Moreno, nestled between Matheu, Pichincha and Adolfo Alsina Streets. Spread over about 45,400 square meters (488,682 square feet), Spinetto features two floors. Although better known for its food court and play area that features fun games such as bowling, many people still consider Spinetto Shopping Center a local gem.
While the internet is slowly taking over as our go to for information, many still believe that books are the ultimate keepers of knowledge. Cuspide is a popular chain of book stores with outlets all over the city. The shelves at this store are stocked from floor to ceiling with books of every genre, including the latest fiction and non-fiction titles, text books, and various books covering subjects like art, architecture, self-help, biology, pet care and many more. No matter which topic has captured your attention, you are sure to find a wealth of information and resources at Cuspide that will help you explore it better.
Located along an upscale section of Avenida Santa Fe in Barrio Norte, Purr Libros is an art bookstore extraordinaire, featuring original artists' books, photography, design, and contemporary art publications, both produced locally and abroad. Purr is event-heavy, holding book release parties, presentations, and reading events in their second-floor locale. Check out the wide range of delightfully quirky publications, including Thurston Moore’s Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture and Spam from the Lino Divas.
Zivals is a space for true literature lovers and music enthusiasts. With a grand collection of journals, bestsellers, novels and letters at the books section and an elaborate collection of the best classics from the world of music, in the music section; make Zivals one of the best places for those love to read and appreciate great symphonies.
Atipica is a typical arts and crafts store with an overwhelming collection of Argentine ethnic designs, home decor and fashion accessories. Find silver jewelry, chandeliers, dolls, bowls, end tables, coasters, board games, neatly arrayed in one-of-a-kind pieces. Perfect for wedding and corporate gifts, discounts happen from time to time. And if you can't make it to Buenos Aires, you can order online; the hand made products are shipped all over the world.
A unique place in Buenos Aires, as it constitutes a privileged cultural space. It features different shops, that offer alternative music, books, old magazines and posters, crafts stores and food stands, among others. The restaurants and cafes, at the Paseo gather occasional visitors, and some celebrities as well. The complex boasts several theaters, that offer the most important plays of the season, and an auditorium especially equipped for concerts. Its peculiar construction and decoration,highlight different floor levels, arches, streets of paving stone, and plants. All these elements make up an ideal ambience, in the heart of Corrientes Avenue.