The old Cafes of Buenos Aires are one of the interesting attractions. At La Biela in Recoleta you can sit outside and pay more, which is what most tourists seem to do. However, if you sit inside you are more likely to be taking your cortado with the locals.
These two were local, Jose Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares both born in Buenos Aires and became giants of literature. Casares is still local as he is buried in El Cementario Recoleta.
These two below are modern day denizens of La Biela.
La Boca (meaning the mouth) is the heart of the old port and features in all the websites, brochures and guide books. Usually the same picture of this one street, Caminito, and with just a couple doing the Tango. If you pay someone enough you can find someone to do the Tango in front of the building but the likelihood is that there will be lots of tourists in the shot. See below.
It is worth perhaps 20mins of your time and we got a warning not to go beyond this street or go back at night.
This is the reality behind the brochures.
The buildings are clad in corrugated iron in many cases and have been painted to brighten up the street. The below is more typical of the less prominent buildings
This balcony is more typical of the more exuberant areas.
The street art is also unusual with this cartoon character called Mafalda firing grapes from a bazooka.
Lastly, this guy was playing tango music on an accordion while sitting in a furnished shipping container.
The Ateneo Bookshop is a former theatre (Atheneum in English perhaps?), which has been turned into a bookshop. The stage is a cafe and the auditorium is the bookshop, including the circle and grand circle.