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Buenos Aires: Best New Venues

Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Buenos Aires Revival

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For contemporary crafts, head to the Palermo showroom Arte Étnico Argentino. Ricardo Paz and his staff hand-finish the rustic furniture he sources from villages in the Santiago del Estero province in the country’s northwest. Look for cupboards made of naturally felled chanar wood and colorful hand-woven textiles. Amid San Telmo’s antiques galleries, ArtePampa sells pre-Columbian-style dolls, llama-motif mirrors, and lampshades of lacquered, textured paper, all handcrafted in the central province of La Pampa. A block away, master silversmith Marcelo Toledo creates ornate, silver-lined gourds for sipping mate, Argentina’s national drink. In Retiro, book dealer Poema 20 offers first editions and historical paraphernalia. Our favorites: Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia and pictures of Jorge Luis Borges at his family’s kitchen table.

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