Must See in Buenos Aires #6: Casa Rosada Tour

(Casa Rosada by Elton Melo)

Originally built as fort in 1594, the Casa Rosada, or Pink House, is one the city’s most emblematic buildings both because of its striking appearance and because it is the government headquarters.

During Domingo Sarmientos presidency the eye catching structure was painted pink, it is said, as a symbol of unity between the red and white colors of the Unitarians and Federals who fought against each other during the civil war.

Throughout the many political upheavals, the pink house has always been a place where the people have gathered and manifested and where the action has appeared to take place.  The famous Evita speeches, the declaration of war against the Falkland islands were made public on its now famous balcony and many celebrations and riots have taken place in the small plaza facing the government building.

The stunning architecture, unique memorabilia and historic and political importance of this landmark make it a definite must see.  Free tours of the Casa Rosada are offered on weekends from 10am-6pm starting at the main entrance facing the plaza.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(El Estanciero, an Argentine version of Monopoly at the Museo de la Ciudad. Photo by i_gallagher)

Start the week off by visiting one of the few open museums on Monday, the Museo de la Ciudad (The City Museum). Current exhibitions include a display of the city’s doors, toys and musical instruments amongst others.

In the evening check out Opera Remix at the Maipo Theatre. This group of lyrical singers formed at the Colon Theatre present, as the name suggests, a remix of Opera, giving it a pop twist.  Tickets here.

Don’t miss out on some of the best pizza in town on the other side of Corrientes Avenue at Las Cuartetas.

Museo de la Ciudad 

Defensa 219 / 223, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm

Maipo Theatre 

Esmeralda 449, Downtown

4394-5521

Las Cuartetas

Av. Corrientes 838, Downtown

4326-0171

Tuesday

(A 10 peso note from the Santa Fe Province in 1882. Photo by lu6fpj.)

For those of you interested in economics and Argentine economic history, head to the Museum of External Debt where you can find out more about the economic evolution of the country. Audio guides in English are offered.

Just a few blocks away from the museum is Av. Santa Fe which is great for shopping, and for an outstanding lunch, ten blocks away from the museum, is Spanish restaurant Oviedo.

In the evening head to chic downtown bar Le Bar for some great cocktails and live music.

Museum of External Debt

José E. Uriburu 781, 1st floor, Downtown.

4374-4448

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm

Oviedo

Beruti 2602, Recoleta

4821-3741

Open: Mon-Sat 12-4pm and 8pm-closing.

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

From 10pm onwards

Wednesday

(Little Red Riding Hood in Palermo. Photo by Oye Apitoño!)

Explore the city by setting out to find these three odd monuments: The football monument in Plaza de Mayo, a monument of Little Red Riding Hood in the Palermo 3 de Febrero parks and a small version of the Statue of Liberty at the Barrancas de Belgrano Parks (Sucre and Vertiz).

In the evening head to the Centro Cultural Konex in the Abasto area for their Wednesday La Garufa event where you can take a tango lesson at 8pm and witness/dance in a milonga at 11pm.

Centro Cultural Konex 

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864 3200

Thursday

(Warholized Borges by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino)

Walk the Corrientes Avenue and explore books stores, cross the 9 de Julio Avenue where the famous Obelisco is and then head to one of the Notable Bars/Cafes in the area. Because Buenos Aires is the 2011 book capital, these cafes and bars will have Borges books available for you to read whilst enjoying a cup of coffee with pastries.  In the Corrientes area you can try La Giralda (Av. Corrientes 1453), El Gato Negro  (Av. Corrientes 1669), and Mar Azul (Tucumán 1700).

In the evening head to the Boris Club de Jazz to check out Pablo Decal’s presentation of his new album at 10pm.

Boris Club de Jazz

Gorriti 5568, Palermo Hollywood

4777-0012

Friday

(Ponchos by Eduardo Amorim)

Check out some of the cultural expressions of the rest of the country by visiting the exhibit of La Pampa artists and artisans being held in the Casa de la Cultura.

In the evening Cesar Ilella and La Negra Charga bring music from the north of the country to the intimate stage of La Trastienda in San Telmo.

Casa de la Cultura del FNA

Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Downtown

4808-0553

La Trastienda

Balcarce 460, San Telmo

Saturday and Sunday

(Details from the pillars of the Casa Rosada)

Take advantage of the free weekend tours of the Casa Rosada (the government house).

Tours run from 10am-6pm.

On Saturday Dancing Mood is playing at Niceto Club, one of the city’s hottest nightspots.

Niceto Club

Niceto 5510, Palermo

4779 9396

Our Dining Picks: Peruvian-Japanese Fusion at Sipan

(Ceviche al canto rodado.)

A recent boom of Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurants have sprung in Buenos Aires and Sipan is one of our top picks.  An upscale downtown restaurant with a secondary Palermo location, they offer product quality above all.  Not only is their food exceptional but also, their wide range of piscos make it unique in town. If passion fruit, seafood, condimented rice and a pisco sour sound like a treat to you, then you will love Sipan.

Sipan

Paraguay 624, Downtown

4315-0763

info@sipan.com.ar

Recommended Bar: Milion

(Photo by ComandZed)

This beautiful French style 3 story house was discovered by its now owners in 1999. They immediately fell in love with the place and decided to restore it and give it back its splendor. Today, this lovely building is not only restored but working as a swinging bar with plenty of seating space (although it is quickly taken), great cocktails, a beautiful courtyard and a restaurant. The stunning setting, the vibrant crowd, the music and the quality drinks make this bar well worth the visit.

Milion

Paraná 1048, Recoleta

4815-9925

Off the Beaten Path: Museo Casa de Yrurtia

(Canto al Trabajo- Rogelio Yrurtia by puroticorico)

Once the home of sculptor Rogelio Yrurtia, this beautiful colonial house displays his belongings including interesting objects, textiles (which he collected) and ceramics, many from China, Japan, Holland and Java, a collection of Argentine paintings, and many of his own sculptures and sketches of some of the city monuments which he was responsible for. Amongst the monuments you may have seen whilst walking through the city are  “Canto al trabajo” on Paseo Colon and Independencia in San Telmo, “Justicia” in the Tribunales Palace, and Monument to Coronel Dorrego on Suipacha and Viamonte amongst others.

Museo Casa de Yrurtia

O Higgins 2390, Belgrano

4781-0385

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 3pm-7pm. Closed on national holidays.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(ArteBA by Fabio Tellez)

Today is the last chance to visit ArteBA for those that weren’t able to last week. In the vicinity is Feria Puro Diseño (the best of Buenos Aires Design) which is on until Wednesday.

In the evening head to the Carlos Gardel Museum for a tango concert.

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Almagro

4964-2015

Open: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun- 11am-6pm

Concerts: Mondays at 6.30pm

Tuesday

(Floralis Generica in Recoleta by henry0)

For the more athletic, an urban running tour around Recoleta and Palermo is a great way to squeeze in some exercise whilst getting to know interesting information about the city sites, which also work as rest stops. More information here.

In the evening the Argentina Independent is hosting a May Pub Quiz (in English) in La Tribu bar where you can meet people and maybe win something! Another great option for the night is heading to nightclub Bahrein for its Tuesday Drum and Bass party.

Bar de La Tribu

Lambaré 873, Almagro

Starting 8PM

Contact: events@argentinaindependent.com to reserve your place in a team.

Bahrein

Lavalle 345, downtown.

From 11pm onwards (remember partying starts later here at pox 1am)

Wednesday

Independence day “pastelitos”  by j-cornelius)

Celebrate the Argentine Independence by heading to the Feria de Mataderos (we recommend you take a cab) where you can experience the national folklore, and typical customs related to the gauchos. Don’t miss out of the “locro”, a typical soup made on national holidays which has legumes and different meat cuts. Another festive bite to try are the “pastelitos” which are sweet crispy pastries filled with sweet potato jam or quince jam.

In the evening, the Rio Café host their Wednesday hit “Rock in Rio”.

Feria de Mataderos

Mercado Nacional de Hacienda

‪Lisandro de la Torre Av. and Los Corrales Av.  ‬

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 11pm-3am‬

Thursday

(Palacio Paz by alanlangdon)

Take an English tour of the stunning Palacio Paz at the Circulo Militar at 3.30pm and discover the Parisian influence on Buenos Aires architecture.

In the evening, catch Canadian circus group PSY at Parque Patricios for a great show that is sure to surprise you.

Palacio Paz

Av. Santa Fe 750, Downtown

4311-1071

PSY- Polo Circo

Combate de los Pozos 1700, between Garay and Brazil, Parque Patricios.

Tickets: 40 pesos, available on location or at Casa de la Cultura.

Friday

(Clavel del Aire-Luis Perlotti  by felixion)

Check out some of the local sculpture at Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti set in the sculptors home and atelier in Caballito. Also exhibited in the museum is a temporary display of ceramics by Carlota Cairo.

In the evening continue with the art scavenging at the monthly gallery nights, where you can explore the cities art galleries amongst enthusiastic crowds.

Another alternative is heading to the Oreja Negra to listen to some of Pablo Dacals’ talent and music.

Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti

Pujol 644, Caballito

4433-3396

Open: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

La Oreja Negra

Uriarte 1271, Palermo

info@laorejanegra.com.ar

The show starts at 9pm. Entrance fee 30 pesos.

Saturday and Sunday

(Planetarium by henry0)

Visit the Planetarium  at 3pm to get a very special view of the sun.

Our Dining Picks: Restó (Sociedad Central de Arquitectos)

(Edible flowers by Ginger Jam)
Set in the local architects society in Recoleta, this intimate French style  auteur restaurant is the favorite of many local chefs for its quality and innovative dishes. Edible flowers,  exotic vegetables  and  recommended stuffed quail are all part of  chef  Guido Tassi´s flavorful repertoire.

Restó
Montevideo 938, Recoleta
4816-6711
Opens:
Mon-Wed from 12am – 3pm
Thur-Fri from 12am – 3pm and from 8pm – 11pm
Cash Only