Top 5 Downtown Restaurants

 

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Tomo 1: Situated in the centric Hotel Panamericano, Tomo 1, which has been around for more than 40 years, offers some of the  best local and French inspired gourmet food in Buenos Aires. The upscale elegant ambiance, the gorgeous bar,  extensive wine list and the delectable food, make this a foodie haven to experience. Carlos Pellegrini 521, Downtown. 4326-6695.

Sipan: 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. Paraguay 624, Downtown. 4315-0763. info@sipan.com.ar.

Dadá: This lively restaurant in the heart of the city is always full and for good reason. Its famous Lomo Dadá is reputed to be one of the best beef dishes in town. If you like a colorful, bustling atmosphere with a cafe feel and fantastic food then Dadá will deliver! San Martín 941, Downtown. 4314-4787

Club del Progreso: Traditional ‘Porteño’ food is served in this elegant historic club, which dates back to 1852. The stately restaurant with its antiquated decor, and open courtyard is the place to go to for a great meal and a trip back in time after, or before, an event at the Colon Theatre. Sarmiento 1334, Downtown. 4372 3380.

Club Sueco:  Scandinavian food is great for sit down dinners and also for light on the go lunches. Open sandwiches on rich rye bread, salmon, cheeses, greens and great pastries are part of this northern European cuisine´s charm. The Club Sueco, on the 5th floor of a ideally located building the downtown area is one of the city’s best options for this kind of meal. The clean, well-lit room, and the top quality ingredients, and recommended dishes like fish pâté make it the go to place for a great meal in the city.  Tacuarí 147, 5th floor, Downtown. 4342 0888.

Argentine Wines: Bonarda

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Next to Malbec, Bonarda is one of the most popularly cultivated grapes in the country, and also one of the most traditional. Its origins are disputed as some say Argentine Bonarda was brought from one of three regions in Italy, others say its a not really Bonarda but French Corbeau, and yet others suggest it is actually Californian Charbono. Perhaps, it is the ambiguity of its origins that make this grape so local in the end.

Originally this grape variety was used to make ordinary table wine until its potential for fine wine began to be explored. Since then, the Bonarda market has expanded and now produces both table and premium wines, which are awarded and consumed internationally.

The deep colored Bonarda wines reminisce to red fruits like raspberries,  strawberries and cherries. Aromatic, with moderate acidity and a slightly lower alcoholic content than Malbec, this velvety light-bodied wine is ideal to pair with pastas grilled meat and vegetables, and legumes.

 

For a special sample of 5 Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, book your place at our exclusive weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Buenos Aires for Football Fans

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One of the things Argentina is known for is its football (soccer) fever. With one of the oldest National Football Associations in the world, dating back to 1893, 2 world cups, 2 gold Olympic medals, and legendary players such as the famous Maradona and Lionel Messi (currently one of the top world players), the sport is more than just a game for the locals, it is a part of the culture.   Football is about belonging; each team represents a neighborhood, a social class, and is sacred to its fans. Present in tangos and chants, in parks and backyards, football is a great way to get to know the local culture which is why we’ve put together a few recommended places, tangos, and activities where it takes center stage.

Tangos:

El Sueño del Pibe

Patadura

Bars:

For sentimental paraphernalia: El Banderin

A traditional spot in the Almagro scene, El Banderín is a place with a very personal identity.  This welcoming bar got its name from the many national and international football team flags (banderin), which are hanging from every bit of free space on the wall.  The flags were collected by one of its first owners so there is not only variety but also a few relics and the warm ambiance makes it a special place to visit and sit down for a few beers. Guardia Vieja 3601, Almagro. 4862-7757.

To watch a game: Locos por el Fútbol

As the name suggests Locos por el futbol (Mad about football) is a bar for hard-core fans of the game. With various screens so that everyone can see, and a thematic menu, this is the place to go to watch a game, drink a beer and mingle amongst agitated fans.  Azcuenaga 1898, Recoleta. 4807-3777.

Tours:

 

Boca Experience:  If you want to watch a live game, get to know the stadium and the Boca Museum, this is a great tour to take as you will be transported to and from the stadium and have, tickets, seating and a guide to take care of you. More information here.

Buenos Aires Football Tour: Travel Tango offers tours of River Plate and Boca Stadiums as well as transport to and from the hotel and tour guides to accompany you to the matches. More information here.

Play Yourself!

Another interesting option is to engage in a game of football yourself. The BAFA (Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos) is an international group of guys who team up to play football, socialize, and top it of with great asados. More information here.

Day Trip to Tigre

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At the starting point of the Paraná delta, in the outskirts of the city, is the town of Tigre, set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. This rugged location surrounded by nature offers a variety of attractions including canoeing,  kayak  and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park.

How to get there:

By train:

The train is one of the fastest ways to get to Tigre and you have the option of taking the regular train or the “Tren de la Costa” which includes a scenic view and the possibility to stop at different train stations where you can shop for antiques (Borges station) or organic food (San Fernando station on Saturdays.)

Direct train from Retiro Terminal Station
- At Retiro station you have to take Mitre line train going to Tigre. Trip duration: 50 minutes.

Tren de la Costa from Retiro
 Terminal Station

1. Retiro to Tren de la Costa: At Retiro station you have to take the Mitre line train heading to Mitre station. Once you have arrived at Mitre station you have to cross the bridge over Maipu 2600 Ave, which takes you to Maipu station of Tren de la Costa.

2. Maipú station of “Tren de la Costa” to Tigre: At Maipu station of Tren de la Costa you have to take the train going to the Delta. It is a 30-minute long trip in a modern train with a beautiful view of Rio de la Plata and you can get on and off as you please.

Getting to Tigre by bus- Take Line 60 bus which starts its route at Constitucion. Trip duration: 90 minutes.

Getting to Tigre by car- Take Panamericana Highway up to Acceso Norte, then Tigre road on the ‘Autopista del Sol’

For a great lunch on your way to Tigre stop by Tipula, a Spanish inspired gourmet restaurant belonging to Fierro Hotel’s chef, Hernan Gipponi. Vicente Lopez 76, Martinez. 4793-7185.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Casa FOA-CMD is an annual design market showcasing architecture, interior design, art and landscaping ideas. The fair is held in the historic neighborhood of Barracas until the 10th of October.  Due to safety we suggest you take a cab to get there or one of the fairs free van rides which leave every hour and half from Cerrito 570, Downtown (12 am, 1.30pm , 3pm, 4.30pm y 6pm.) The last van returns to the city at 8pm.

In the evening head to the DOT shopping center to watch some of the exciting movies about kayaking experiences, long boards, climbing and more being screened at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour starting at 8pm.

 

Casa FOA- Centro Metropolitano de Diseño

Algarrobo 1041, Barracas.

Open from 12-8pm

Entry fee: 25pesos on Mondays, 50 pesos Tuesday-Friday.

 

DOT Shopping

Vedia 3632, Nuñez

 

Tuesday

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An exhibit of neoclassic terracotta ornaments, which became popular in both local and Greek domestic architecture during the early nineteenth century, is being displayed at the Museo de la Ciudad in San Telmo.

In the evening The Police guitarist, Andy Summers, joins forces with bossa master Menescal to present United Kingdom of Ipanema at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 223, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Gran Rex

Av. Corrientes 587, San Nicolas

 

Wednesday

(Chimichurri. Photo by From Argentina with Love)

Amongst this weeks many fairs is the Caminos y Sabores fair, exhibiting a variety of local foods and products and the Vinos y Bodegas fair, especially for those interested in local wines and wineries.  Both Fairs will be held at La Rural in Palermo until the weekend.

Later on head to the new “it” place, the Rio Cafe, for drinks,  where they will be hosting their weekly Wednesday Rock in Rio.

 

La Rural

Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo

 

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 10pm-3am‬

 

Thursday

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Take advantage of the sunny weather to explore the city’s monuments such as the Floralis Generica in Recoleta, The Puente de la Mujer in Puerto Madero and Canto al Trabajo in San Telmo.

Later on book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine sommelier association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

In the evening, successful modern tango group Gotan Project presents their new album at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Gran Rex

Av. Corrientes 587, San Nicolas

 

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com

 

Friday

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Hop on a sailboat in Puerto Madero and set off to see the city from the river. Smile on Sea offers 2 ½ hour trips, extended 4 ½ hour trips, full day trips and night sailing where you get to see the sun set behind the skyscrapers.  Contact: info@smileonsea.com.

Later on head to the MALBA for a special screening of black and white mute Argentine film ‘Nobleza Gaucha’ with live orchestra music at 5pm.

In the evening Ricky Martin presents his new album M.A.S (Musica, Alma, Sexo) at the River Plate Stadium. Tickets here.

 

MALBA

Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

4808-6500

 

River Plate Stadium

Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Nuñez.

4789 1200

 

Sat-Sun

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Mike Patton, Faith No More’s front man, presents a one of a kind concert of 50’s and 60’s Italian Pop songs with an orchestra of 24 musicians. Tickets here. Sat 17th-Sun 18th at the Coliseum Theatre. Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125, Downtown. 4816 3789.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers open up the Pepsi Music Festival with their new record I’m With You. Tickets here.. Sunday 18th at the River Plate Stadium.. Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Nuñez. 4789 1200.

FILBA- The international literature festival being held this week in Buenos Aires offers a variety of activities and lectures relating the literature. The festival closes on Sunday with a  reading in English by South African Nobel Prize winner John Maxwell Coetzee of one of his unedited stories at 8pm at the MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

 

 

 

Our Dining Picks: Chila

(Photo of Puerto Madero by Leandro´s World Tour)

Soledad Nardelli is the chef in charge of this successful top notch Puerto Madero auteur restaurant where every dish is unique in its combination of flavors and presentation.  Overlooking the docks and with one of a kind details such as the Malbec bread in the bread basket, Chila is one of the best restaurants in the city for its quality, innovative combinations, ambience, service and the impeccable wine list. A foodie favorite, great for a business lunch or dinner, or for enjoying fine dining with a loved one.

Tickets to Buy in Advance: Rock Concerts and more!

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September

Andy Summers & Roberto Menescal: 13th September 2011

The guitarist of The Police, Andy Summers, joins forces with bossa master Menescal to present United Kingdom of Ipanema at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Gotan Project: 15th September 2011

The successful modern tango group presents their new album at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Ricky Martin: 16th of September 2011

The Latin lover returns to Argentina to present his new album M.A.S (Musica, Alma, Sexo) at the River Plate Stadium. Tickets here.

 

Mike Patton: 17th -18th September 2011

Faith No More front man presents a one of a kind concert of 50’s and 60’s Italian Pop songs with an orchestra of 24 musicians at the Coliseum Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Pepsi Music Festival Opening: 18th of September 2011

The Red Hot Chili Peppers open up the Pepsi Music Festival with their new record I’m With You at the River Plate Stadium. Tickets here.

 

Judas Priest and Whitesnake: 18th September 2011.

Heavy metal fans get a double treat on the farewell tour of these two legendary bands that will be playing at Estadio Racing Club de Avellaneda. Tickets here.

 

Philip Glass: 20th of September 2011

The experimental composer and pianist graces the Coliseum Theatre’s stage this month. Tickets here.

 

Marianne Faithfull & Marc Ribot: 22nd of September 2011

This legendary singer, songwriter and actress and great guitarist Marc Ribot will be presenting a special acoustic show at the Coliseum Theatre as part of the Horses and High Heels Tour. Tickets here.

 

FIBA VIII Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires:  24th September- 8th of October

The international theatre festival brings the best staged performances from around the globe. Program and tickets here.

 

Pepsi Music  Festival: 24th , 27th , 28th of September 2011

The yearly rock festival brings a great line up of bands this year:, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol, Primal Scream, Riddim, Bulldog, Jarabe de Palo amongst others. Tickets here.

 

October

 

Personal Fest  Opening: 2nd October 2011

Lenny Kravitz opens the annual Personal Fest and presents Black and White America at the Estadio G.E.B.A. Tickets here.

 

Buraka Som Sistema: 6th of October 2011

The popular Portuguese group bring Kuduro, a music-dance from Angola influenced by  sungura, afrobeat and ragga to Niceto Club in Palermo.

Tickets here.

 

Guns N Roses: 8th of October.

The legendary rock band returns to Argentina on their world tour of Chinese Democracy at Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

 

Eric Clapton: 14th October 2011

This superb guitarist will be gracing the stage of the River Plate Stadium. Tickets here.

 

Deep Purple:  15th and 16th  October 2011

The Hard Rock band has been rocking since the 60’s and considerately visits the large community of local fans every few years, this time at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

 

Aerosmith: 28th of October 2011

Aerosmith makes an unforgettable comeback on the stage of Estadio Unico de La Plata. Tickets here.

 

November

 

Personal Fest:  4th -5th of  November 2011

Featuring shows by The Strokes, Goldfrapp, Sonic Youth, INXS and Calle 13 amongst others at Estadio G.E.B.A.  Tickets here.

 

Ringo Starr: 7th and 8th  of November 2011

Once a Beatle and still a star, the famous Ringo will be playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

 

Faith No More: 8th of November 2011

This influential 90’s band will be playing at Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

 

Chris Cornell: 9th November 2011

The Soundgarden and Audioslave front man brings his solo tunes to the Gran Rex Theatre for a unique acoustic show.  Tickets here.

 

Megadeth: 10th November 2011

The popular bands heavy thrash metal shows sell out every time they come to the city, and this is no exception which is why they added this new date for their shows at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

 

Creamfields: 12th  November 2011

The best electronic party of the year brings Groove Armada, John Didweed, Sven Bath, and Pete Tong amongst others to the set at the Autodromo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Tickets here.

 

Chango Spasiuk:  12th of November 2011.

This renown Argentine musician and composer returns to Buenos Aires after two years of absence to bring back traditional songs to the stage of the Opera Citi Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Pearl Jam: 13th of November 2011

The popular grunge band celebrate their 20 years at Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

 

Britney Spears: 20th of November 2011

The pop diva stops by Buenos Aires on her Femme Fatale World Tour to put on one of her famous shows at Estadio Unico de La Plata. Tickets here.

 

March 2012

 

Roger Waters: 7th , 9th , 10th , 12th , 14th , 15th , 17th , 18th of March 2012.

The British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd will be back to the city and due to the outsold shows will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium.  Tickets here. http://eventos.livepass.com.ar/eventperformances.asp?evt=44

Buenos Aires Nightlife: Bar-Pub-Electro Club

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One of our favorite nightspots in the city, The Shamrock or Basement Club, in the heart of Recoleta, might appear to be the perfect place for a pint at first glance. However, and although ‘pinting’ is most definitely allowed, this is no ordinary pub as down the stairs, in the, you guessed it, basement, is a perfect sized electro club where some of the city’s best DJs make sure everyone dances to the break of dawn.  The early opening hours, the great crowd of locals and tourists alike, the Thursday happy hour, and the blasting beats make The Shamrock one of our top picks for great party nights!

 

The Shamrock

Rodriguez Peña 1220, Recoleta

4812-3584

Open from 6pm on weekdays and 8 pm Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

We Recommend: A Rural Expedition to an “Estancia”

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With the arrival of spring and sunny days to come the span of activities broadens in the outskirts of the city where short trips to the countryside make for a great way to experience what the local culture is all about.  As your are probably very well aware of, one of the focal points of Argentine tradition is the countryside, home of gauchos and many an unfortunate cow.  The estancias are rural estates that not only carry out typical rural activities but also have a rich history depicting the settlement patterns and land disputes of this young country.

Horseback riding, polo, fishing, and Fiesta Gaucha (including folkloric dances and races) are all offered as part of the Estancia experience.

Some places to check out are:

La Candelaria Estancia & Polo Club

A top-notch estancia offering everything from gaucho shows to parachuting and massages in a gorgeous French style chateau surrounded by fragrant nature.

Estancia Santa Susana

This typical estancia outside the city regularly celebrates a Fiesta Gaucha with traditional meals and activities. This is a great day trip option in which transport to and from the Estancia is included.

Estancia La Horqueta

Built on the shore of a lagoon and surrounded by trees this natural haven offers canoes, bird watching, and horseback riding. Plant lovers will get a chance to walk around the estate with Enrique Pierri, an expert on the surrounding vegetation.

More options here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Luis Muñoz)

Head to La Rural in Palermo to check out Expotrastiendas Art Fair, organized by the Argentine association of art galleries.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

 

Expotrastiendas at La Rural

Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo

 

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

 

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday

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Take a guided tour in English at 11am or 4pm of the spectacular Congress Palace.

In the evening the centric and hip Le Bar is serving some of the best drinks in town, and also showcasing a interesting photography exhibit by Pix Talarico.

 

Palacio de Congreso

Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849, Downtown

Tours available Mon, Tue, Thus, Fri at 11am and 4pm.

 

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

 

Wednesday

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ANDA Responsible Travel is a tour agency that promotes social and environmentally friendly tourism.  One of the alternatives they offer is booking one of their experts to discuss in-depth economy, politics, history and culture of Argentina over coffee.  Choose one of the city’s historical cafes and get into context.  More information here.

In the evening get your dose of tango at Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso where orchestra Ojos de Tango will be playing at 21.30.

 

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

Defensa 1575, San Telmo

4307 6506

 

Thursday

(Photo by Luciano Belviso)

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.

Later on Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine sommelier association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

Jazz fans will get a special treat on Thursday evening as the John Scofield Quartet will be playing at the Gran Rex Theatre starting 9.30pm. Tickets available here.

 

Museum of External Debt

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

4374-4448

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Teatro Gran Rex

Corrientes 857, Downtown.

4322-8000

 

Friday

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Weather forecasts anticipate a warm sunny day, ideal for a walk in the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

In the evening head to aphrodisiac restaurant Te Mataré Ramirez where a free temporary exhibit of contemporary art is being displayed from 8.30pm onwards. Staying for a rather expensive dinner with an erotic puppet show is also an option.

 

Ecological Reserve

Av. Tristán Achával Rodriguez 1550

4315-4129

Open: Tue-Sun 8am-6pm

Saturday and Sunday

 

Te Mataré Ramirez

Gorriti 5054, Palermo

4831-9156

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Head to the off the beaten path Caballito neighborhood where you can visit the natural sciences museum, a large market (Mercado del Progreso) and take a ride on antique trams.