Gawp at the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore
Book lovers rejoice! Book shops may be shutting down left, right and centre in every other city but Buenos Aires is brimming with brilliant bookshops. So much so, that choosing the best is like trying to select the spottiest dog in a kennel full of Dalmatians. Since you ask however, TNT’s pick would be El Ateneo Grand Splendid – voted the world’s second best bookshop by The Guardian. El Ateneo Grand Splendid (www.yenny-elateneo.com/) was once a theatre – as the balconies, white and gold-leaf boxes, crimson stage curtains and high painted ceilings bear testimony to. It’s a must see - regardless of whether you’re in the market for a book or not.
Wander to Recoleta
Buenos Aires’ number one tourist attraction? Take a bow Recoleta Cemetery (Junin 1760; 8am-6pm). This city of the dead is where generations of Argentina’s great and good – including Evita – were buried. Even better? It’s absolutely free to see Evita’s final resting place.
Don’t panic about not being able to find Eva Duarte’s mausoleum – simply follow the crowds or join a complimentary tour that’s offered in English at 11am every Tuesday and Thursday. Further more, if you’re visiting on weekends, check out Feria Artsenal. Located just outside the cemetery, this hugely popular fair is the place to put your haggling skills to the test and snap up a fantastic range of homemade goods for a snip.