This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Magia en foco)

Buenos Aires, vereda de libros (sidewalks of books) will be taking place this week throughout the city where bookshops will be displaying their material on the sidewalks of the City. To kick off the event there will be an experimental reading with music held at the Biblioteca Ricardo Güiraldes at 2.30pm, and a recycling activity at 4pm at the Biblioteca Martín del Barco Centenera, where sculptures will be made from discarded paper and cardboard.

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.

Biblioteca Ricardo Güiraldes

Talcahuano 1261, Downtown

4812-1840

Biblioteca Martín del Barco Centenera

Venezuela 1538, Monserrat

4381 1271

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

Tuesday

(Photo by masha_ioveva)

If your planning to visit the city center to see the obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colon Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum.

For a great gourmet lunch in the nearby area head to Restó, just 5 blocks away from the Palace.

In the evening the Canadian group Broken Social Scene will be playing their new album “Forgiveness Rock Record” at La Trastienda.

 

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm

Tel: (54-11) 6319-1104

Restó

Montevideo 938, Downtown

4816-6711

Cash only

La Trastienda

Balcarce 460, San Telmo

4342-7650

 

Wednesday

(Image by Belicosa)

Head to the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano where an impressive display of antique and religious objects, furniture, silver, and paintings dating back to the 1700´s are sure to take you back to a key historic moment where two very different cultures collided to define what South America is today. Additionally you can visit the altar of the dead which has been temporarily set up to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Later on head to Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere.

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano

Isaac Fernández Blanco

Suipacha 1422

4327.0272

Doppelganger Bar

Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo

4300 0201

Thursday

(Photo by echoaa23)

The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival is being held through the week and a photo exhibit and free jazz concerts will be staged at the Centro Cultural Recoleta starting at 3.30pm. A full program of Jazz concerts is available here.

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.

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junin 1930, Recoleta

4803-1040

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

Friday

(Photo by blmurch)

Head to the stunning Villa O Campo in the outskirts of the city,  which will be intervened by young artists from Thursday through the weekend.

In the evening the Personal Fest kicks off with shows by The Strokes and Goldfrapp amongst others. Tickets here.

Villa O Campo

Elortondo 1837, Beccar

4732-4988

Personal Fest at Estadio GEBA

Av. Figueroa Alcorta 5575, Palermo

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by viajero)

The Personal Fest closes with shows by INXS, Sonic Youth and Calle 13 amongst others. Tickets here. Estadio GEBA. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 5575, Palermo

7th Bossa Nova encounter in Argentina will be held at the Parque Centerario starting at 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Díaz Velez 4800, Caballito.

We All Scream for Ice-cream

(Photo by LWY)

Hot sunny days call for refreshing treats and there’s nothing like ice-cream to indulge in after visiting the city sites. Brought to the city by Italian immigrants, the delightful sweet cream has been made perfect by the quality local dairy and unique regional flavors amongst which, of course, dulce de leche reigns.  As anyone who has walked the streets of Buenos Aires knows, ice cream parlors abound, which is why we have put together a suggested list of places to try the very best the city has to offer.

Persicco–  Probably one of the most respected and well-known ice-cream shops in the city with many branches including one in Palermo, Las Cañitas, Caballito, Downtown, Martinez, Recoleta, and Pilar.   They offer two unique chocolate flavors; Chocolate Goldoni (chocolate mousse ice cream with white chocolate coated cereal) and Chocolate Persicco (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, cognac and nuts) and also serve kosher, light options, and some flavors that are approved for people with celiac disease.

Cadore- This traditional ice cream shop opened first in the late nineteenth century in the Italian region of Cadore. In the 1950´s the Olivotti family that founded it moved to Argentina opening up their shop in the Av. Corrientes theatre district,  where the old family recipes are still prepared today. This is the place to go for a classic dulce de leche ice cream. Corrientes 1695, downtown. Buenos Aires. 4374-3688.

Jauja- This Patagonian ice-cream shop with a branch in Palermo offers top quality ice creams without artificial flavoring or additives. They also make their own chocolate, priding themselves on the quality of their ingredients. Their creative approach to ice cream making has led to an ever changing menu of flavors made from unique combinations and fruits such as quince and rasperry-malbec. Cerviño 3901, Palermo – 4801-8126.

Arkakao- Tea house, restaurant and most of all gourmet gelateria, this extension of the Italian Kakao and the Piemontese Venchi serves some of the best ice cream in town thanks to the imported Italian nuts and chocolates and the quality local milk, all without additives or preservatives and produced daily to ensure a freshness. The detailed care of the ingredients  and process make Arkakao ice cream delectable and perfect. Additionally they offer a variety of serving options for those looking to span out of the traditional “cucurucho”. Quintana 188, Recoleta. 4813-7585.

Via Flaminia- Another of Buenos Aires’ renowned classic ice cream stores is this elegant downtown parlor, which was founded in1965 in Florida street. Their ice creams are known for their creamy perfection with traditional tastes such as sambayon, and chocolate flavors being their specialty. Florida 121, downtown. 5032-9911.

Argentine Wines: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the queen of white varieties, and although it is undoubtedly a very French monarch, it has been warmly welcomed by the Argentines, who chose it as their number one white wine -at least before the Torrontés boom. Adaptability is, after all, one of the many virtues of this grape, which is being grown quite successfully in most of the wine regions of the country, particularly in the cooler heights of Valle del Uco, in Mendoza.

Chardonnay is usually mid to full bodied, and can be buttery and toasty, depending on its exposure to oak. It offers an array of flavors, which depend on the climate in which they are grown: Warmer regions yield wines infused with the aroma of tropical flowers, pineapple and bananas, whereas cooler places deliver leaner wines, more mineral and acidic, with the scent of apples and citrus. In its different styles, it pairs well with seafood, fish, pasta, poultry and some cheeses.

For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Buenos Aires Photo

(Como un secreto se seduce a si mismo by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Photo from texas_Ivn_2000)

The Palais de Glace  in Recoleta will be hosting the annual Buenos Aires Photo festival this weekend. The fair, which is the only one of its kind in Latin America will be showcasing collections from over thirty galleries from Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Cuba, Venezuela, Spain, Chile, United States and Canad. The event will take place from the  27th-30th of October from 1pm-9pm and will cost a 30 peso entry fee.

This is a great opportunity to see Latin American photography and is  just a few blocks away from the must-see Recoleta Cemetery as well as from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the MALBA.

 

Buenos Aires Photo

Palais de Glace

Posadas 1725, Recoleta

4804 1163

buenosairesphoto@artealdia.com

Info@buenosairesphoto.com

Buenos Aires International Design Festival

(Photo by fernandoprats)

The Buenos Aires International Design Festival kicks off this Friday promising for an interesting weekend full of activities at the CMD (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño)  in Barracas.

With the future city as a central theme, the exhibits and events will include bike rides through city neighborhoods led by fashion designer Martin Churba,  Olivier Hanocq, and architect Emiliano Espasandín, exhibitions of the city terraces, video installations and photography, and an international exhibit on upcoming projects amongst others.

Free transport will be available every hour and a half from the Colon Theatre from 12-8pm. The #12 bus is also an option. We suggest getting there by cab for allthough Barracas is a lovely area, it is off the beaten path and has a dodgy side to it.

More information on the neighborhood bike rides, timetables and starting points here, and you can find a bike rental option here.

Festival Internacional de Diseño

CMD

Algarrobo 1041, Barracas

4126-2950

cmd@buenosaires.gob.ar

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by ‘J’)

Head to the stunning new Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero, which is showcasing the centers’ opening Ernesto Neto exhibit, curated by the Tate Modern’s Jessica Morgan.

Because the city is celebrating its “cafe-bar day” there will be special deals and performances around the city. We recommend you catch the free tango show at 6pm at the historic Esquina Homero Manzi café.

 

Faena Arts Center

Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero

4010 9233

 

Esquina Homero Manzi

Av. San Juan 3601, Boedo

4957-8488

 

Tuesday

(photo by santiagonostalgico)

Pay a visit to the Bicentennial House where a permanent exhibit of Argentine history is showcased and where you can also access the temporary display on Argentine economic and political history. The museum of the external debt is another alternative for those interested in the economic history of the country.

In the evening the Cuban orchestra, Buena Vista Social Club, will be playing live at the Luna Park.  Tickets here.

 

Casa del Bicentenario (Bicentennial House)

Riobamba 985, downtown

4813.0301

 

Luna Park

Av. Madero 420, downtown

5279-5279

 

Wednesday

(Photo by emehacheese)

Start the day by exploring color and space at the MALBA (museum of Latin American art), which is showcasing an exhibit of Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez’s work centering on these subjects.

In the evening starting 9pm, the Recoleta Cultural Center is staging Hombre Vertiente, an experimental performance including acrobatics, special lighting and interaction with the public, directed by Pichón Baldinu, one of the De La Guarda founders.

 

MALBA

Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

4808 6500

 

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junin 1930, Recoleta

4803-1040

 

Thursday

(Photo by worldofoddy)

Experiment with your perception at the Centro Cultural Konex where the temporary exhibit “Dialogo en la Oscuridad” will guide you through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat, in total darkness. The exhibit is held from 5pm-9pm

Afterwards stop for 5 o’clock tea at the stunning Las Violetas teahouse, which is just a few blocks away.

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.

 

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

4864-3200

 

Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.

4958-7387

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by Rennett Stowe)

Catch a horse race at the Palermo racetracks and whilst you’re there take a look at the temporary exhibit of Gardel by local artists.

In the evening Aerosmith makes a comeback on the stage of Estadio Unico de La Plata. Tickets here.

Friday nights are also great for drinks at posh Isabel Bar.

 

Hipodromo de Palermo (racetracks)

Avenida Del Libertador 4101, Palermo

4778 2800

 

Isabel Bar

Uriarte 1664, Palermo

4834 6969

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by micmol)

The international design festival will be held during the weekend and will be hosting alternative activities such as bike rides through city neighborhoods led by fashion designer Martin Churba,  Olivier Hanocq, and arquitect Emiliano Espasandín. More information here.

Also this weekend Buenos Aires Photo 2011 being held at the Palais de Glace in Recoleta from 1pm to 9pm. More information here.

Top 5 Places for Steak in BA

(Foto by murilocardoso)

Don Julio: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there’s no place like Don Julio for a mandatory sample of Argentine meat. A relaxed homey environment, good wine but most of all a great place to satiate your inner carnivore.  Guatemala 4691, Palermo. 4831-9564.

El Pobre Luis- Luis Acuña is the Uruguayan owner of this popular parrilla in the Belgrano area. Decorated with football shirts and offering some Uruguayan specialties as well as traditional Argentine asado cuts (which they cut themselves!) this is undoubtedly a meat eaters heaven. Arribeños 2393, Belgrano. 4780-5847.

Parrilla Rolaso: This neighborhood parrilla serves abundant portions of top quality meat cooked to perfection. The service is good, they have a good wine selection and their own refrigerated wine cave. Julián Alvarez 600, Villa Crespo. 4854-8411

El Obrero: This mythical restaurant in La Boca decorated with football paraphernalia and antique wooden furniture, is another great option for good quality asado although they also serve other great traditional meals. Definitely a place to try, although preferably during the day as the area is a little dodgy at night. Caffarena 64, La Boca. 4362-9912

Cabaña Las Lilas: Because they serve their own beef, this famous upscale Puerto Madero restaurant is a safe bet for a great quality dinner or lunch . Popular amongst tourists and generally crowded it is best to book in advance. Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Puerto Madero. 4313 1336.

Guests staying at our Terrace Suite can also make use of the grill. Instructions on how to make an asado are available here, or otherwise the front desk can arrange for an asador to come and make it for you!

Find a list of meat cuts with their translation on Landing PadBA´s  How to Order Coffee and Meat in Buenos Aires.