El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Av. Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta
Buenos Aires is typically known for its tango and steak, but the written word is also a big deal around here with a bookstore on practically every corner. El Ateneo is not your run-of-the-mill bookseller: housed in a former grand theater built in 1919, this imposing, cavernous space is now packed floor-to-ceiling with books set amidst the original ornate fixtures. A particularly thoughtful detail is the in-store café, built onto what was once the tango stage, and still framed by dramatic red velvet drapes. Spend a few hours taking it all in and wrap up with a strong cortado center stage.
Av. Alvear 1883, Recoleta
What we love most about El Camarin is its completely considered and unique inventory. Owner Yanina Solnicki sources the most beautiful vintage dresses, which she and her team restore in-house. Tucked inside Recoleta's promenade gallery, the small shop has a healthy inventory yet is somehow easy to manage, too. You'll also find new pieces from several modern Argentine lines–and given Solnicki's penchant for lace and chiffon, this boutique has become a go-to for brides looking for a one-of-a-kind dress.
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