Buenos Aires Parks

Despite being a bustling city, Buenos Aires is surrounded by green and its many stunning parks, with important architectural landmarks, are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Below we prepared a list of some of the most important parks in Buenos Aires.

 

Plaza San Martin: Retiro is one of the city’s focal points and the gorgeous Plaza San Martín clearly reminds any visitor or passer by of the importance of this neighborhood. The stately park, in front of the Torre Monumental, holds the Jose de San Martin monument and the Monumeno a los Caidos de Malvinas. It is also chock full of lush Ombu, Linden and Floss Silk trees, and is surrounded by important buildings with stunning architecture.

(Photo by sapiamaia)

 

Parque 3 de Feberero: The lush extensive parks that were inaugurated in 1852 by caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas are a city emblem. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25 hectares made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden with an Andalusian patio and a small lake to pedal boat in, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a variety of activities related to Japanese culture.

(Photo by Luis Araujo)

 

Jardín Botanico: This mysterious and charming botanical garden has over 500 plant species amongst which a large cat community lives. There are also some lovely statues, a botanical museum, and a library. This is a great place to walk though or sit in to read a Borges short story!

(Photo by wallygrom)

 

Plaza Francia and surrounding parks: many beautiful extensive parks surround Recoleta. The most known is Plaza Francia, next to the Cemetery, and where the artisans fair is put on weekends. Also in the area is Plaza Naciones Unidas where the impressive Floralis Generica is located, and Plaza Las Heras, amongst others bordering Av. Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta.

(Photo by guillermopaladino)

 

Parque Lezama: This famous park in the heart of San Telmo is easily recognized by the bright colored cupolas of the Russian Orthodox Church, which overlooks the parks tipa and jacaranda trees. Also surrounding the park is the historic Bar  Britanico.  The Pedro de Mendoza monument, a gazebo, a pergola and a sculpture garden complete the charm of this lovely green space.

(Photo by Matias Garabedian)

 

Parque Centenario: In the Caballito neighborhood, Parque Centenario is a popular meeting point for afternoon mates and live evening concerts at the parks amphitheatre. Also in the park are a swan lake and the Fountain of the Irupé Flower, sculpted by renowned sculptor Luis Perlotti. Surrounding the park is the Museum of Natural Sciences and an Astronomy observatory.

(Photo by PezMico)

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by rodrigoferrari)

 

Don’t miss the Photography Biennial being held at the Centro Cultural Borges, right next to Galerias Pacifico. More than 220 artists from 39 countries are exhibiting their works that will be auctioned on the 14th of February at the MALBA. All the auctions proceeds are to go to Save the Children and Fleni Foundation. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun midday-9pm. Viamonte 525, downtown. 5555 5358/9. info@ccborges.org.ar,

In the evening New York City dance-punk band The Rapture will be staging an upbeat concert at Palermo Groove. Tickets here.

 

Tuesday

(Photo by piano piano!)

The Museo de Arte Decorativo is showcasing a special exhibit on Russian Icons and art from Tibet. Additionally the museums marvelous collection of European and Oriental paintings and sculptures, the great hall and the impressive staircase make it well worth a visit.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta.  4801-8248. Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.  Guided tours in English are available every day at 2pm.

Later on head to Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

 

Wednesday

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Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori Museum, the Planetarium and the Japanese Gardens.

Il Ballo del Mattone is putting on their Bossa Nova Wednesdays where they serve typical Italian-Argentine dishes. Gorriti 5950, Palermo. 4776-8648. reservas@ilballo.tv

 

Thursday

(Photo by Luciano Belviso)

For those of you interested in economics and Argentine economic history, head to the Museum of External Debt, which reopens this week, where you can find out more about the economic evolution of the country. Audio guides in English are available. Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. José E. Uriburu 781, 1st floor, Downtown.4374-4448.

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. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

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Book you place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day out in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons , the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado,  and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Take a day trip to, La Campiña, a 25 year old orange farm in the Buenos Aires town of San Pedro owned by a couple who wished to turn their love for the land into their life. Visits include a tour of the orange plantation (with the added joy of the orange blossoms perfume in the spring), of the selection process, of a dovecot, jam making area, storage and the restaurant. More information here.

The Buenos Aires Blues Festival kicks off this weekend at La Trastienda. Tickets here.

Fierro Hotel News

During the last few months we have been working on hotel primping and have some great new additions for our guests as well as a stylish new image which you can appreciate in the photographs by Jocelyn Mandryk below, or come and see for yourself!

 

We also kept getting complaints from our guests that the beds were so comfortable they couldn’t get up so we just had to include Nespresso coffee machines in all of our rooms to entice them out of bed!

 

Another novelty is “Music to Walk the City By” a special podcast mixed by DJ Oliverio that you can download and take on your strolls through the streets of Buenos Aires!

 

 

 

 

Scan this QR with your smart phone or download here!

Finally, don’t forget to try the new lunch menu at HG or stop by for great Argentine inspired drinks and tapas during happy hour!

Hernán Gipponi Lunch Menu and Happy Hour

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, set in the ground floor of Fierro Hotel, has a lot of exciting news for 2012, starting with the new lunch menu  consisting of a 5-course meal for 100 pesos or 150 pesos with drinks included.  The restaurant has also incorporated a happy hour on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6pm-8pm featuring Argentine inspired drinks (35pesos x 2) and a savory selection of tapas. (Happy Hour Menu here).

The restaurant has also recently undergone some redecorating and is now playing customized music by DJ Oliverio who has also put together a super cool podcast for our guests to download and take on their walks around town!

 

Soler 5862,

Palermo Hollywood.

3220-6800.

info@hgrestaurant.com.ar

The Buenos Aires Zoo

(Photo by Diego3336)

The Buenos Aires Zoo is a special place in the city, not only because it displays a large variety of exotic animals, but also because it is an important investigation center and has beautiful architecture that dates back to the late 1800´s.

Eduardo Holmberg was an Argentine naturalist, author and an important figure for the country’s development of natural sciences. As the first director of the yet unbuilt zoo he put together a commission integrated by Florentino Ameghino, Carlos Berg and Lynch Ariibalzaga (3 renown zoologists and scientists) to design the layout. He also decided to have each of he pavilions designed in the architectural style of the country of origin of the animals that would go in them,  importing European, African and Asian species, which were exhibited next to many local animals. The purpose of the zoo was recreational in its origin but Holmberg encouraged scientific investigation first and foremost.

Now a days the Zoo maintains its scientific and ecologic focus and participates in investigations, conservation and educational projects and in many international conservation and wildlife foundations.  Additionally it welcomes local and international visitors who can enjoy the majestic beauty of the animals, and admire the stately premises.

Tours in English are available upon request and cover the history of the zoo, characteristics of urban zoos and more about the local flora and fauna. Reservations can be made at 4011 -9999 or visitasguiadas@zoobuenosaires.com.ar.

Nighttime visitations to the zoo are also offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and must be booked in advance at zoodenoche@zoobuenosaires.com.ar.

 

Buenos Aires Zoo

Open: Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm (Box office open until 5.30pm)

Av. Las Heras y Av. Sarmiento

Neighborhood Markets and Fairs in Buenos Aires

(Photo by jvc)

Neighborhood markets are charming places to find local characters and unique flavors and knickknacks. Below is a list of markets in BA where you will come across traditional foods, trinkets, craftwork, bargain prices and freaky finds.

Belgrano

Feria Modelo de Belgrano: Foodies will enjoy this indoor European style fair which was started in the 50´s in a well preserved 1800´s building and is now the place to go for gourmet products such as Patagonian trout, mushrooms, cheeses, and unique meat cuts like quail or armadillo. Open Mon-Fri from 8am-1pm and 5pm-8.30pm, and Sat from 8am-1pm. Ciudad de la Paz and Juramento.

Barrio Chino: Also in Belgrano is the local china town, a popular place amongst locals and foreigners who seek oriental specialties, and unique colors and flavors.  Juramento and Arribeños.

Palermo

Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo: The Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

Recoleta

Feria de Artesanos Plaza Francia: If you´re looking for hand woven textiles, wood carvings, artisanal leather goods and other local craftwork the Artisans fair in Plaza Francia, right next to the Recoleta cemetery, is the place to go. Open on weekends and holidays from 11am-8pm. Av. Libertador and Pueyrredon.

San Telmo

Feria de Antiguedades de San Telmo: San Telmo is a world known antique center where valuable collectors items are sold, but also, where knick-knacks and unique objects from the immigrants that populated the country can be found.  Although the neighborhood is full of antique stores that can be visited during the week, it’s the fair on Sundays that gathers visitors and locals alike.  Defensa and Humberto 1.

Caballito

Mercado del Progreso: This food market in the Caballito neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city having opened in 1889. Colorful vegetable stands and butchers that sell meat fresh from the farms are what the market is known for. The market is also around the corner of the antique tram, which you can visit on the weekends.   Market open on Mon-Sat from 7.30am-1pm, and 5pm-8.30pm. Av. Rivadavia 5430.

Mataderos

Feria de Mataderos: The Mataderos fair is held every Sunday and offers regional foods, gaucho accessories, knitwear, and leather bags amongst others. Gaucho traditions, such as the “carrera de sortija” and typical dances from around the country are also carried out on a stage. The fair is on Lisandro de la Torre Avenue, in Mataderos on Sunday. To get there, we suggest you coordinate transport with the hotel, as you will have to go through some dodgy areas to arrive.

More:

For organic produce, eco products and a laid back atmosphere head to El Galpón de Chacarita. Wednesday and Saturday 9am to 6pm. Av. Fédérico Lacroze 4171, Chacarita. 4554 9330.

Cheap bargains, unusual finds (including odd shaped mannequins) and noisy crowds at the Once shopping district.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by jduvall71)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Construction of this regal building full of references to poet Dante Alighieri began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty. Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro. 4963-0457.

 

Tuesday

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Lots of Mexican themed activities will be held in Buenos Aires throughout the summer. Amongst them is the exhibit on Mexican deities and rituals “Dioses, ritos y oficios” being held at Fundación Proa in La Boca. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca. 4104-1000. info@proa.org

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Basilievich)

Whilst visiting the Casa Rosada (govt. Headquarters) area, don’t forget to stop by the Casa del Bicentenario where a special exhibit on Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa is being displayed. Riobamba 985, downtown. 4813-0301

Later on head to the Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience of the senses at the Dialogo en la Oscuridad exhibit in which the audience is guided through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat, in total darkness. You can also stay for the after office and wine tasting in the dark afterwards.  Opening hours from 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200.

 

Thursday

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Purchase an online PDF of Buenos Aires Domes (U.S $3.99) from Endless Mile and go on a dome hunt to discover these local architectural landmarks and the city while you’re at it!

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. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

(Photo by Chile con Karine)

Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Later on don’t miss Fierro´s new happy hour special from 6pm-8pm where unique Argentine inspired cocktails (2 x 35pesos) and tapas (10 pesos) will be served in the restaurant and hotel garden. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening head to La Catedral in the Almagro area for a fun informal tango lesson starting at 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro. 4342-4794.

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

 

Don’t miss brunch at one of these recommended venues!

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. Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero. 4010 9233.

Feria de Mataderos- Coordinate transport with the hotel and check out some of the popular local traditions at the Feria de Mataderos. Every Sunday at Lisandro de la Torre Avenue.

On Sunday Mayer Hawthorne will be presenting his combination of retro soul sounds with rap on his How Do You Do tour at La Trastienda. Tickets here.

Matambre

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Matambre is a typical and savory Argentine staple consisting of flank steak (beef, or pork)  prepared on the grill, in the oven, or boiled and stuffed with egg and vegetables.  Matambre actually comes from the word mata (kills) and hambre (hunger) and got its name because it is a fast cooking meat that Argies peck at while the rest of the slow cooking asado sizzles on the grill.

This local delicacy is well worth trying. The stuffed version (Matambre arrollado), available at any deli store (fiambreria), works very well as sandwich meat, a good picnic alternative.

You can also share this typical Argentine food with friends and family by making your own! See the Matambre Arrollado recipe below.

Matambre Arrollado- or  Stuffed Hungerkill 🙂

Marinade:

1 veal flank steak

1 liter of milk  (or ½ a cup of white wine and ½ a cup of vinegar)

1 garlic clove

1 tsp. thyme

2 bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

For the filling:

A few slices of bacon

6 Hard-boiled eggs (or as needed, this will depend on the size of the flank steak)

200 grams of spinach

2 carrots

1 clove of garlic

Finely chopped parsley

Flavorless gelatin or 2 beaten eggs with parmesan cheese.

Salt and pepper as needed.

Mustard- optional

Putting it together:

1- Remove the fat from the fatty side of the flank steak

2- Combine the marinade ingredients in a deep dish and  allow the flank steak to sit in the marinade overnight if it’s made with milk, or for a few hours if done with the vinegar and wine.

3- Boil the eggs, grate the carrots, and finely chop the garlic and the parsley.

4- If you choose to oven bake then spread the flank on a large piece of foil with the fatty side up, if you’re going to boil then skip the foil.

5- Spread with mustard (optional), sprinkle with salt and cover with garlic and parsley.

6- Place the spinach leaves along the flank.

7- Cover the spinach with the bacon.

8- Spread the grated carrot on top.

9-  Place the eggs in a long side row at around 4 cm from the border of the flank.

10- Sprinkle with the gelatin powder or cover with the egg and parmesan mixture (this is to hold the filling together).

11- Roll up the flank. If you’re baking then roll it with the foil and secure the ends well with toothpicks and bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour per flank kilo. If you’re boiling sew the all the edges with a needle and thread.

12-  Wrap the flank roll in a light cotton cloth and tie up with cotton string.

13-  Boil the roll in salted water for approximately 1hour per kilo of flank (the flank you choose should weigh around 2kgs).

14- Remove from the water and place a cutting board and something heavy on top whilst it cools for approximately 5 hours.

15-  Remove the cloth and strings and serve sliced.

Take it Outside

(Fierro Hotel garden)

Warm summer afternoons and nights are perfect for outdoor socializing and what better than great drinks and breezy terraces or gardens to do so?  Head to one of these city hot spots and quench your thirst for the seasons nighttime fun or afternoon lounging.

Ferona Club Social: This speakeasy is both a restaurant and a bar with various seating areas, quirky decor, D.J, and of course a lovely and popular terrace. If you’re looking for a house party feel and lively crowd then don’t miss out on this Palermo centered secret, which incidentally reopens today- the challenge is.. to find it!!

Milion: 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 also working as a swinging bar with plenty of seating space (although it is quickly taken), great cocktails, and a beautiful courtyard, ideal for summer days. The bar also has a restaurant but the food doesn’t really stand out so we recommend going for drinks. Paraná 1048, Recoleta. 4815-9925.

Congo: Congo Bar is one of the hottest nightspots in the Palermo scene and there is good reason for it. Trendy locals line up at the door well into the night, as is usual in the city, to trade the entrance fee for Congo currency which can then be exchanged for the first drink of the night. Once inside, the brown and beige leather interior serves as a backdrop for the beautiful men and women who either mill around the bar, are seated at one of the hard to get tables or are enjoying one of the famous “Bossa Nova” drinks in the garden, the Congo jewel. Honduras 5329, Palermo. 4833-5857

Sonoman: One of the first bars to open with the Palermo boom, Sonoman promises good music, outdoor and indoor bars and seating and a loyal upbeat crowd.  They also serve food and we recommend to get there early for drinks and good seating. Fitz Roy 1655, Palermo. 4775-7179

Olsen: Although Olsen is more Scandinavian restaurant than bar, it is actually a great place to go for drinks as they have an incredible selection of international vodkas, great cocktails, and one of the best outdoor seating areas in the city complete with comfy backyard sofa-chairs. You might want to try some smorrebrod whilst you’re at it as well. Gorriti 5870, Palermo. 4776-7677. olsen@fibertel.com.ar

Cultural Summer in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Throughout the summer months free cultural activities will be set up outdoors for the public to enjoy.  Outdoor film screenings of Argentine movies will be held on weekends at the Palermo rose gardens,  Folklore concerts will be staged at the Anfiteatro Costa Sur in Puerto Madero,  and The Anfiteatro Parque Centenario will be hosting theatre, film, music and poetry events, amongst many other outdoor venues in the city that will also be staging musicals and clown shows.  For the closing of the event on the 18th of February, a milonga will be staged in front of Caminito in La Boca where Max Van De Voorde and Solange Acosta, winners of the 2011 Tango Championship, will show off their dancing skills.

These free cultural events will be offered from the 14th of January-18th of February so if you’re visiting the city and want to check some of them out  click here to find the full program.