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

@mortenjoyeria

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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Photo Credit: @mortenjoyeria

 

PERCHERO FEDERAL  – LOCAL 45

@tienda.ina.ini

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!

INA INI

Photo Credit: @tienda.ina.ini

 

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. 

RomanelaBo

Photo Credit: @romanelabo

 

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!

Greens

Photo Credit: @greensshop

 

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!

Callis

Photo Credit: @callistextil

 

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! 

INDIO

Photo Credit: @indioshop

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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