MUSEUMS & CULTURAL CENTRES – PART 1

I wanted to dedicate a few lines to the many wonderful galleries and artistic spaces in the city. I want to clarify one thing:  Buenos Aires is a city that overflows in artistic energy so here I’ll cover only a few of the many available. 

We will talk about some of the better known museums like the Museum of Latin-American Art  and the National Museum of Fine Arts but also I want to show you some that might not be on every tourist’s radar like the Trastienda or the Matienzo Cultural Club. Without further ado, let begin!

EL BELLAS ARTES

(Av. del Libertador 1473, Buenos Aires)

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) houses the largest collection of Argentine art in the country. One of the most important museums of Latin America, it dates back to 1896 and specializes in the overall history of national art, from the time of the colonies all the way to present day.

Some international artists featured? Renoir, El Greco, Rodin, Rembrandt, Goya, Rubens, Degas, Cézanne and Picasso.

And national ones? Cándido López, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Fernando Fader, Xul Solar, Benito Quinquela Martín and Antonio Berni among others.

Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00 to 20.00 / Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 20.00 / Mondays closed / Last suggested entrance at 19:30 /

Admissions: Argentine residents free (or $100 for the temporary exhibitions) / Non-residents $200 (incl. temporary exhibitions) / Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to Sundays free after 18:45 /

 

CCK

(Sarmiento 151, C1041, CABA)

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Formerly the Buenos Aires Central Post office, the now Centro Cultural Kirchner was finalized in 1928 and inaugurated by the then president, Marcelo T. De Alvear. Since 2015, when it reopened as a cultural centre, the CCK has been subject to praise and criticism. With a tricky history of political polarization, many citizens and members of opposing political parties have spoken against it’s name and it’s use as a memorial for former president Nestor Kirchner. This is one of the reasons why, after the election of Mauricio Macri, the centre became most commonly referred to as the “CCK” and not by it’s full name. 

The largest cultural centre in Latin America, nowadays visitors can enjoy an array of different disciplines, from contemporary art to classical music, this is for sure one not to miss!

Amongst the many things worth noting in this beautiful building is the main concert hall, La Ballena Azul (or the blue whale) which seats 1750 people and is suspended in what used to be the package sorting area of the post office. Today the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra has taken up permeant residency at the CCK. 

Another thing worth noting is the Gran Lámpara, or big chandelier, a suspended glass structure dedicated mainly to art exhibitions. 

Admissions: Almost everything is free at the CCK but concerts require reservation, booking well in advance is recommended as tickets tend to run out / Some temporary exhibitions might incur a cost, this however tends to be extremely low. 

 

CLUB CULTURAL MATIENZO

(Pringles 1249, C1183, CABA)

An intriguing mix of cultural centre and night club, the Matienzo is a converted three story house where one can enjoy theatre productions, exhibitions, poetry readings and live music. It specializes in short events hosted by up and coming artists, rotating often to offer new things every week. Do not miss out the beautiful terrace, ideal for those wanting to enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays from 19.00 onwards / Saturdays and Sundays from 20.00 onwards / Mondays closed /

Admissions: Usually free unless specific events require the purchase of a ticket /

 

CIUDAD CULTURAL KONEX

(Sarmiento 3131, C1196 AAG, CABA)

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An icon of alternative, contemporary art in Buenos Aires, the Konex is home to many up and coming acts as well as fairs. Once a 1920ies constructed oil factory, now it’s home to a locals favorite event: La Bomba del Tiempo. Every Monday at 19hrs porteños gather to enjoy a show that focuses on rhythms, rituals and energies, very much a “must see to understand” kind of spectacle. 

Opening times: Everyday from 18.00 to close /

Admissions: Depends on the event /

 

MALBA

(Av. Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 3415, C1425 CLA, CABA)

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The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (or Museum of Latin-American Art) focuses, well, in modern Latin-American Art, that is to say: not exclusively national artists. Probably the most popular museum in Argentina the MALBA hosts some incredible exhibitions from renowned contemporary Latin-American artists, as well as occasionally non-Latin-American artists like Diane Arbus.

MALBA also features an impressive film library and offers an array of short courses on literature, cinema and art in general.

Some of the most prominent artists featured in the permanent collection are Antonio Berni, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jorge de la Vega, Tarsila do Amaral and Lygia Clark.

Opening times: Thursdays to Mondays from 12.00 to 20.00 / Wednesdays 12.00 to 21.00 / Tuesdays closed /

Admissions: General $200 / Wednesdays $100 /

 

Something different – Galería Patio del Liceo

An eclectic space full of shops, galleries, workshops and a lovely, lovely café. The Galería Patio del Liceo (Santa Fe Avenue 2729, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is home to many up and coming brands and independent designers very much worth checking out! 

A favorite of young porteños, especially wonderful for those looking for something unique, be that to gift to someone special or to oneself, or to help local entrepreneurs. I personally recommend to take advantage of the eccentricity of the space and get lost in it, go up the stairs or down to the basements and discover the many beautiful things this small hidden gem has to offer. 

MORTEN JOYERIA  – LOCAL 13

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An artisanal jewelry designer, Julieta Morten begins every piece with an illustration, an idea. She then transforms it into a workable design to finally finish it on metal (either silver 925 or bronze). She describes her process as a ritual, a space to experiment and accept that sometimes ideas change and morph into something new. Her pieces evoke nature and astrology, unity and femininity, they live outside the boundaries we create to explore new spaces. 

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PERCHERO FEDERAL  – LOCAL 45

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Perchero Federal brings together over 20 independent brands manufactured all over the country. It aims to bring the creative output of the many, often relegated, provinces of Argentina to the forefront, selecting creatives with an eco-friendly, sustainable approach to fashion. The pieces on offer are unique or belong to small productions, all of which prioritize the use of natural fabrics and national textiles, very much an artisanal approach. Perchero Federal is a project that looks to put Argentine auteur design on the map!

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ROMANELA BO – LOCAL 13

@romanelabo

Romanela Bo is born out of the idea of dressing diverse bodies, creating pieces that will make people feel comfortable and beautiful, no judgements. She insists in not using push-ups or rings in her lingerie, encouraging her costumers to find harmony and connect with their own skin. She believes it is through attention to detail, care and sensitivity that we can accompany our bodies through it’s changes and banish insecurities from our lives. 

This is a one person brand so her stock is limited and unique. Made to order pieces are available to accommodate every fit and size. 

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GREENSSHOP – LOCAL 7

@greensshop

A small yet charming store with strong minimalistic vibes and a “manufactured with pride in Buenos Aires” slogan, Greensshop offers a variety of products. From place holders to bags, ceramic mugs to sweaters, it is almost impossible to leave empty handed!

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CALLIS JOYERIA CONTEMPORANEA  – LOCAL 21

@callistextil

A perfect spot for those looking for local, handmade, textile jewelry, Callis offers a wide verity of shapes and styles, colors and textures. Hand sewn with expert craftsmanship and a truly original point of view using exclusively natural fabrics, it’s creator brings a new alternative to high street fashion definitely worth checking out!

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INDIO – LOCAL 43/44

@indioshop

Agata, self described as mother of Vicente and Amapola, owner of two cats, began this wonderful project 6 years ago. iNdio exists to house the many styles and passions of it’s creator, from vintage to kitch, local to foreign, here one can find all kinds of hidden treasures. Perfect for those looking to find unique objects and fabrics, Agata has curated the perfect hidden spot! 

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A tour of the iconic “Avenida de Mayo” – Part 2

Hotel Castelar: (Av. de Mayo 1152, C1084, CABA)

A hotel famous for it’s illustrious guests, it was here that the Andalusian writer Federico Garcia Lorca lived for six months after being invited to Buenos Aires by actress Lola Membrives and her husband. In 1933 Lorca had the American premiere of his play Bodas de sangre or Blood Wedding in English, which he directed and had a ran for over 150 showings. It was whilst in Buenos Aires that Lorca met and befriended other famous artists such as Pablo Neruda

Lorca had this to say about Buenos Aires: 

“Buenos Aires is a wonderful city. It’s what I would like Spain to be: cosmopolitan, full of friends, unprejudiced, busy, overflowing with life and culture. Whilst in Madrid they whistle   and kick when they don’t understand a play, in Buenos Aires they thank you for the difficulty, they enjoy challenging themselves. They are a wonderful audience. From London, from Paris and from New York I left almost delighted in the departure, but I shall suffer a great deal when I leave Buenos Aires.”

 

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Café Iberia: (Av. de Mayo 1196, C1084, CABA)

Café Iberia, formerly known as La Toja, was a historically relevant meeting point for the members of the Civic Union. During the Spanish civil war, it was a favorite of republican supporters, many of whom would engage in such violent quarrels with the francoists sitting in the Cafe Español opposite them, that chairs would be thrown across Av. De Mayo with many injured. 

 

Teatro Avenida: (Av. de Mayo 1222, C1084, CABA)

Previously called Teatro de la Avenida, this theatre opened it’s doors in 1908. Historically home to many cultural events from the Spanish community in Argentina, it was here that Federico Garcia Lorca premiered Bodas de sangre in 1933. In 1945, nine years after his murder, La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba), Lorca’s final play, had it’s world premiere at the Teatro Avenida. 

After being damaged by fire in 1978, the theatre was rebuilt and once again opened it’s doors in 1994. 

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Palacio Barolo: (Av. de Mayo 1370, C1084, CABA)

Arguably the most well known building in the avenue, the Palacio Barolo was designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti in a neogothic romantic style. At the start of the XX century, fearing the total destruction of Italy, Luis Barolo together with Mario Palenti planned a building that could be home to the remains of Dante where that to become a necessity. Boasting a hight of 108 meters it once was the tallest building in America, an achievement surpassed in 1928 by the Palacio Salvo in Montevideo and latter, in 1931, by the Empire State Building.

Palacio Barolo is probably best known for it’s design inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy: a little over 100 meters of hight (one meter for each canto), 22 floors (the number of stanzas), divided into three sections. The ground floor and the basement representing “hell”, floors 1 to 14 representing the “purgatory” and floors 15 to 22 representing “heaven”. A star can be found in floor of the entrance hall which was meant to be the final resting place of Dante Alighieri, it points towards the spire which aligns with the Southern Cross constellation, in a way elevating his soul. 

Nowadays people can book guided tours of the building as well as enjoying a drink in its terrace alongside its lighted beacon, representing the nine choirs of angels.

For guided tours: https://palaciobarolotours.com.ar/en/home/

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Hotel Majestic: (Av. de Mayo 1317, C1084, CABA)

The Majestic opened it’s doors in 1910 and it’s best known for it’s eclectic design. Originally designed by architects Federico Collivadino and Ítalo Benedetti, this building combines the art nouveau and, primarily, the art decó styes. Today it’s home to the Federal Administration of Public Income (AFIP). 

 

Diario Crítica: (Av. de Mayo 1333, C1084, CABA)

Formerly home to Diario Crítica, a traditionally sensationalist newspaper, and designed by Hungarian architects Gyorgy and András Kálnay, this building is characteristic for being the only one to follow exclusively an art decó style in the whole avenue. Particularly notable in the buildings facade are the stained glass windows and the four statues guarding what once was Natalio Botana’s office. 

 

Palacio del Congreso de la Nación Argentina: (Av. Rivadavia 1864, C1033AAV, CABA)

This tour culminates, as does the avenue, in between the Mariano Moreno, where a replica of Rodin’s The Thinker can be found, and Lorea squares. With an owe inspiring view of the Congress Palace and it’s dome, the biggest in Buenos Aires, this neoclassiacal building was initiated by Vittorio Meano, also involved in the Colon Theatre construction, and finished by Jules Dormal after Meano’s murded at the hands of his former butler. 

 

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A tour of the iconic “Avenida de Mayo” – Part 1

Avenida de Mayo is one of the most iconic avenues in Buenos Aires, connecting the house of government (or casa rosada) and the house of congress. The first avenue ever created in South America, and modeled after the great boulevards of Paris, today it boasts a cacophony of different architectural styles. Mainly influenced by Italian and Spanish immigrants Avenida de Mayo is often compared to the Gran Vía in Madrid.

The epicenter of many political and historical Argentinian landmarks, Avenida de Mayo has always been a part of Argentine culture, from it’s theaters to the many protests and marches to congress, this avenue is often featured in history books and news broadcasts alike.

We’ll begin this tour in Plaza de Mayo and walk all the way to Congress, stopping to admire some of the beautiful buildings adorning the avenue.


1) Plaza de Mayo: Casa Rosada, Cabildo, & Piramide de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo takes its name from the revolution of the 25th of May 1810, the beginning of Argentina’s fight for independence from Spain, which took place right in this square.

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La Casa Rosada (Balcarce 50, C1064, CABA)
La Casa Rosada, or pink house, is the seat of the Argentine national government and houses the president’s office. The president himself resides at the Quinta Presidencial in the neighborhood of Olivos, however Roque Sáenz Peña did live here during his presidency, between 1910 and 1914, making him the only president to use it as his official residency.
The reason for the color is unknown and a source of many theories, one such one is that the then president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, in an attempt to appease political tensions, ordered it to be painted pink by combining the colors of feuding parties, the federal party (red) and the unitarian party (white).

El Cabildo (Bolívar 65, C1066, CABA)
El Cabildo de Buenos Aires was Spain’s colonial administration headquarters. Originally constructed in 1580, the cabildo was demolished due to its poor state in 1725 and rebuilt over the second half of the 18th century. Far from being what we see today, the building continued to suffer many changes: in 1894 part of it was demolished to allow for the Avenida de Mayo, and in 1931 yet more of the cabildo was taken down to allow for the Avenida Julio A. Roca.  Nowadays the cabildo functions as the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution.

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La Piramide de Mayo
This 19 meters high pyramid was constructed in 1811 to celebrate the first anniversary of the may revolution. Four of its original sculptures have been relocated (representing navigation, mechanics, astronomy and geography respectively), however one is still standing at it’s top: a sculpture by Joseph Dubourdieu representing freedom.
This monument is possibly best known for the part it played in Argentina’s human rights history. Starting in 1977, a group of mothers whose sons and daughters had beenabducted by the military dictatorship Proceso de Reorganización Nacional, began marching, asking for their children to be brought back to them. The group, named Madres de Plaza de Mayo wore white handkerchiefs, drawings of them can be seen painted at the bottom of the pyramid today to commemorate their bravery.

2) Casa de la Cultura/ La Prensa: (Av. De Mayo 575, C1084, CABA)
Constructed at the end of the XIX century by Carlos Agote and Alberto De Gainza, the Casa de la Cultura was originally meant to function as the headquarters of the La Prensa newspaper, one of the most circulated in Argentina at the time. A rather conservative paper it has opposed populist regimes like Peronism and shown support for military coups.
The influence of French architecture being obvious to the eye, both Agote and De Gainza completed their studies in Paris, it’s journalistic past can be spotted when looking up: a statute by Maurice Bouval of Pallas Athenea stands tall holding a piece of paper and an electric lamp representing Prometheus fire, a clear symbol of freedom of speech.

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3) Palacio Vera: (Av. De Mayo 769, C1084, CABA)
A building that stands out for it’s art nouveau style, the Palacio Vera was created by Arturo Prins and Oscar Ranzenhofer and inaugurated in 1910 by Isabella, Princess of Asturias as part of the celebrations of Argentina’s centennial and the revolución the mayo or revolt of may.
Nowadays it’s probably most notorious for being the home to The Tunnel library, a place that specializes in first editions and old books. A favorite for collectors and avid readers alike.

4) Café Tortoni: (Av. De Mayo 825, C1084, CABA)
Café Tortoni opened it’s doors in 1858 moving to its current location in 1880. One of the many cafes in Avenida de Mayo, this one is particularly famous for it’s clients. From politicians like Lisandro de la Torre and Marcelo T. De Alvear to iconic popular idols like Carlos Gardel and Juan Manuel Fangio, Café Tortoni boasts an impressive list of illustrious guests. Inside it’s doors the Agrupación Gente de Artes y Letras was founded, an artistic group created by Benito Quinquela Martín (one of Argentina’s most famous painters), writers of the ilk of Jorge Luis Borges and Alfonsina Storni gathered inside this historic cafe. Other famous custumers to boast of? Albert Einstein and Federico García Lorca to name a few!
The Agrupación Gente de Artes y Letras ended in 1943, however this does not mean Café Tortoni forgot it’s creative roots: nowadays they still offer cultural events, mainly of jazz and tango.

5) Intersection with Avenida 9 de Julio:
The avenue “9 de Julio”, takes its name from Argentina’s independence day and is one of the widest in the world. In this crossroads a statue can be seen, created by Aurelio Teno, of don Quijote de la Mancha, a present from Spain to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Buenos Aires. Gifted in 1980, it’s white pedestal is meant to represent the landscape of La Mancha.

Buenos Aires – The eternal city of Jorge Luis Borges

“To me, it seems a mere tale that Buenos Aires had a beginning: I judge her to be as eternal as water and air” – Jorge Luis Borges

Buenos Aires is a city that breathes literature. It is a constant part of the lives of many porteños, who sneak around the streets with books to read in cafes, by the river or in parks. One only needs to know where to look to find literary cafes, poetry slams and bookstores full of rich history all over town.

Many of Latin America’s’ greatest authors lived, at one point or another, in Buenos Aires. Perhaps the best known Argentine author internationally, Jorge Luis Borges, happened to have been a true lover of Buenos Aires, and saw the city through a very special lens, one we will try to look through today.

Borges was born the 24th August 1899 in Buenos Aires. He grew up in a middle class family of no considerable wealth, not rich enough to live in the downtown area of Buenos Aires yet not poor. He grew up in Palermo, at that time considered a poorer neighbourhood, not the lively, trendy one it is today. There he lived until 1914, the year in which his family emigrated to Switzerland.

I suggest following Borges’ footsteps through Buenos Aires and finding some interesting places along the way. This mini tour of Borges’ life in Buenos Aires will not start, however in Palermo but rather in Recoleta, another neighbourhood close to the author’s life. We will then walk a little through Retiro, see some of his homes, and then return to where it all began, Palermo, where we’ll have a drink and toast to Borges’ legacy!

Without further ado, let’s start!

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1) The Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation and Borges Museum.
(Dr. Tomás Manuel de Anchorena 1660, C1425, Buenos Aires)

Founded by his widow, Maria Kodama, the foundation came into existence on the 24th of August 1988. What once was Borges’ family home, between the years 1938 and 1943, today is a museum dedicated to the author’s life and work. Here he wrote “Las ruinas circulares”, one of his better known short fiction pieces.

1. 2) Av. Pueyrredón 2190, Buenos Aires.

On our way to the Recoleta Cemetery (very much worth a visit in it’s own right), we will walk past one of Borges’ many homes in the city. On the fifth floor at 2190 Pueyrredón Avenue we can stop and appreciate, not only one of the most beautiful parts of Buenos Aires, but also where he lived from 1929 until 1939. A small footnote on our Borgesian journey.

2) The Recoleta Cemetery
(Junín 1760, C1113)

Arguably the most beautiful cemetery in the country, and for sure one of the most stunning in Latin America, the Recoleta Cemetery is home to many of the most illustrious argentine families. A history lesson hiding within, this place is very much worth a visit, especially for photography aficionados.
The cemetery hosts Borges’ family mausoleum, where his mother is buried. He himself lies in Geneva, having died there, continuing a somewhat sad tradition of national writers finding their final resting place abroad.

3) La Biela
(Av. Presidente Manuel Quintana 596, C1129ABO)

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After a morning of heavy walking around Recoleta we will all be tired, so what better place to stop and have a coffee than La Biela, one of the most iconic (and yes, touristy) cafes in the city.
La Biela’s history is rather remarkable, which is of course why it’s visited by porteños and foreigners alike. Once a popular destination for the likes of Fangio and Borges, inside we will find a cacophony of portraits, photographs and statues, all celebrating their famous customers. Yes, it is ok to go ahead and take a photo with Adolfo Bioy Casares and Borges, we have all done it, no one is judging.

3. 1) Av. Quintana 222 and 263

On our way to our next stop we can walk through Quintana avenue and tick two of Borges’ other homes off our list. It is at 222 that Borges lived shortly after returning from Europe and at 263 where he resided from 1943 until 1946.

4) Plaza San Martín
(Maipú 1210, C1006)

Yet another place worth seeing on it’s own merit, Plaza San Martin, named after the General José de San Martin, was witness to most of Borges adult life. Walk around or sit on a bench and enjoy a good book, do it Borges style!

4.2) His final home in Buenos Aires

Borges spent his latter years on the 6th floor, apartment B, at 994 Maipu avenue. He moved here in 1944 and lived there with his mother until she died aged 99, in 1975. Here, most poetically perhaps, is where he eventually lost his sight, from a condition inherited from his father.

5) Back to Palermo

As mentioned above, Palermo is where it all started, so it is where we shall end our small tour. On the originally named “Jorge Luis Borges” street we can find another two homes. The first one is at 2135, where he spent his childhood, and the second one is at 2147, where his grandmother used to live.
If we are too tired to walk, the 152 bus should take us back to Palermo, just ask for the Av. Santa Fe 3901 stop.

6) Borges 1975
(Jorge Luis Borges 1975, C1414DGG, CABA)

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For the end, a personal recommendation. On the same street at 1975, you will find a bookshop called Borges 1975. Regardless of whether during the day or at night, this is a nice place to visit: unpretentious and simple yet deeply porteño, this bookshop comes to life at night. Enjoy a pizza or a glass of wine with a new book or, if you’re lucky, take advantage of their live jazz shows and art exhibitions and relax after a very Borgesian day!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at UCO Restaurant.

Known as Día de San Valentín, in Buenos Aires loved up couples as well as a few Tinder dates, will be flocking to the city’s streets and looking to enjoy the most romantic, or commercial night of the year – depending on how you look at it.

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Not as widespread as festivities over in Europe or the U.S, our top pick is to spend an evening with us at UCO, sampling delicacies from our four course, wine paired menu. Away from the chaos of Palermo’s packed streets, you can expect to spend a sophisticated and tasteful evening with us in the comfort of our cozy restaurant.

Paired with an exclusive selection of Bodega El Esteco wines, chosen from their Cafayate based vineyards, our head chef, Francisco García, has been hard at work crafting a four-step menu to leave your date in awe of its culinary delights, and hopefully of you too.

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Beginning with refreshing langoustine carpaccio served with mango, avocado, and a yellow garlic sauce, say cheers and kick off your celebrations with a glass of white sparkling wine.

Moving on to a light but flavorful combination, starry-eyed diners will be able to sample a combination of burrata cheese, figs, and hazelnuts, married with a 2017 Blanc de Noir.

Leading on to a meaty main, we’ll be serving up a classic cut of entraña with a difference. Along with a potato gratin and roasted peppers, lovebirds will be sipping on an Old Vines 2018 Malbec.

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Followed by a pallet cleansing melon granita, for our pièce de résistance, guests will be able to dig into a pistachio dacquoise, served alongside a peach mousse and a scoop of Madagascan vanilla ice-cream. Topped off with a glass of 2017 Cosecha Tardía Torrontés, it’ll be a fitting end to a gourmet evening.

For foodies and wine-lovers looking to impress their date, please contact us via +5411 3220 6820 or write to us at restaurant@fierrohotel.com To allow plenty of time to savor and truly enjoy our Valentine’s Day menu, we suggest a reservation between the hours of 8 PM and 9 PM.

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Restaurants and Bars in Palermo Hollywood

For cocktail connoisseurs, devout foodies and remote workers looking for cozy cafes, Fierro Hotel’s Palermo Hollywood location couldn’t be more ideal. With around 130 restaurants in the vicinity (according to TripAdvisor), travelers choosing to stay in Fierro Hotel will be spoilt for choice when it comes to gourmet dining options, creatively mixed drinks, and well-sourced coffee.  

The hub of Buenos Aires’ booming, diverse, and inventive restaurant and bar scene, you may find that Palermo Hollywood offers almost too much choice. To make the decision a little easier, we’ll be sharing with you a few of our favorite spots in the barrio.

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La Mar Cebichería

Part of Gastón Acurio’s stellar international envoy of Peruvian restaurants that take in Miami, Sao Paulo, and Lima, La Mar Cebichería is undoubtedly one of the best in Buenos Aires. Serving up ceviche with a bite, the lime and chili flavored tiger’s milk is some of the punchiest you’ll taste outside of Peru. Accompanied by piscos with a definite kick, any of their causas rellenas are worth a try too.

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Aldo’s

With a couple of bases across the city, Aldo’s is a hot choice for oenophiles looking for a lengthy wine list along with a sophisticated bistro style food menu. With impressive floor to ceiling shelves of wine, there’s plenty of bottles to choose from. However, with friendly staff who are more than happy to make suggestions, you’ll find your ideal wine match in no time. As an added bonus, if you have any leftover wine after the meal, they are happy to wrap it and send it home with you.

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The Argentine Experience

If you’re looking to meet other travelers, learn about the country’s distinct cuisine and rituals, head to The Argentine Experience for a dinner party style evening. Offering guests a three-course wine paired menu, diners sample modern recreations of meaty cuisine (vegetarians are well looked after too) as well as a diverse selection of regional wine. Interactive too, guests make empanadas and can opt for the additional cocktail hour and learn how to shake up a few drinks. 

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Tegui

Covered in street art at the front, you’d be forgiven for not giving more than a passing glance at the front of Tegui. Upon entering the discreet door though, diners are greeted with a sleek and elongated dining hall. Argentine chef Germán Martitegui serves up refined Mediterranean fare while balancing his other job cohosting Argentine MasterChef. Highlights include the grilled oysters served with strawberries and seaweed. 

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El Perón Perón

Restaurant El Perón Perón is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed. Paying homage to the divisive Perón leadership, the place feels more like a shrine than a restaurant. Stuffed full of memorabilia, photographs, and notes of gratitude, you’ll certainly feel the level of support and popularity the Peróns held. A popular meeting point for supporters of peronismo, you may even hear the regimental march halfway through the evening. Serving classic Argentine food, drinks are strong and pack a punch. 

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Uptown

One of the most talked about bars to open in Buenos Aires in the past few years, bypassing the picky bouncers and gaining access to Uptown is a pretty coveted feat. Based on the gritty New York subway, visitors enter via a metro station and train car before heading  into the subterranean cavernous bar. Well attended by a team of highly skilled bartenders, drink making comes with an almost theatrical approach. Often hosting invited DJs, Uptown is the place to start your night.

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Ph: Panachic 

Frank’s

Once a secret speakeasy, Frank’s has climbed its way up onto rankings of the World’s best bars. Now, practically on everyone’s radar, it’s definitely not unknown anymore, but it’s still an experience not to be missed. With password only access, a riddle or a clue is posted on their Facebook. Only granted entrance with the correct answer, visitors have to then speak the password through a red telephone. If you make it to this stage, a 1920s themed interior and some of Buenos Aires’ most refined cocktails await.

Arévalo 1443

vico

Ph: SalPimenta

Vico Wine Bar

A wine lover’s dream, the second location of Vico is a one-stop shop for those looking to taste a range of lesser-known boutique Argentine wines. The wine bar which is one of the chicest around, houses over 170 different variations in electronic temperature-controlled cabinets.  Slightly futuristic in nature, guests are given a glass upon arrival as well as a charged card.  Visitors are then free to wander at their own pace and select what they want to try from each cabinet, using the card to pay for each glass. Choosing between a sample or a generous glass full, it’s a great way of trying a huge selection of wines.

Honduras 5799