Inside the city’s most beautiful and photogenic bookshop, Ateneo Grand Splendid, is a unique café. The bookshop itself used to be a theatre, and the grand features of the theatre have been entirely preserved, the intricate ceiling, and even the stage. The café is actually on the stage, making it the perfect spot to appreciate the stunning architecture while allowing visitors to take in the atmosphere.
A little further away from central Recoleta, but well worth the journey, is Las Violetas, a classy and elegant café. Old-fashioned good quality service is the name of the game here, with the waiters dressed smartly in crisp white shirts, delivering free side orders of sparkling water and biscuits. The building is bright from the outside, but inside it has embraced traditional Buenos Aires café style while still being fresh and modern.