Artisanal stationery with an Argentinian twist: Papelera Palermo
In Buenos Aires, paper — the kind you write actual letters on — has been making a comeback. Papelera Palermo, tucked away on a quiet block in the Palermo Soho district, is a mecca for nostalgic types who would rather write their to-do lists with a number two pencil on recycled paper than type into a smart phone; or who would rather wrap a present in delicate hand-stamped tissue paper than send a virtual gift card.
Of course, you can find pretty paper in many big cities these days. What makes this boutique different is the distinctly Argentine touches. Hardbound notebooks are emblazoned with the silhouette of Eva Perón, stationery bears a tiny stamp of a gaucho on horseback, and there’s wrapping paper printed with an antique map of the city. Along the back wall, check out the large-format stamped paper, suitable for framing, and the bundles of recycled paper squares — the perfect base for one-of-a-kind business or calling cards. You'll also find old-fashioned ink pens, romantic notecards, and Argentinian cookbooks. Pick up a thick tome on South American art and design, and head outside to sit in the leafy courtyard to page through it.
Another plus: all these charming souvenirs pack flat in your suitcase.
Photo: Juan Pablo Garnham, https://flic.kr/p/5Sh1Yb