Where to Shop in Buenos Aires: The City’s Best Boutiques

The streets of Buenos Aires lend themselves to days of aimless ambling and strolling. Complete with cobbled streets, plane trees, and architectural gems that range from Parisian style art-nouveau buildings to Spanish revival colonial houses in the Palermo barrios, it’s ideal for an afternoon of soaking up the city’s beauty and hopping from shop to shop.

While not always associated as a shopping capital like say London or New York, Buenos Aires is becoming a destination in its own right.  Known for its young set of emerging designers looking to push creative boundaries and provide shoppers with a fresh and unique look that is an alternative to bland high street offerings, it’s also home to some of the best leather goods in the region, and locally produced soft furnishings for the home.

If you know where to look, you might just end up leaving with a fuller suitcase than you expected.

Enseres Bazar

Enseres Bazar

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The Palermo Soho located interiors boutique offers unique, tastefully Instagrammable interiors that could easily look the part in a French Riviera style villa. Run by one of the city’s most stylish couples, Enseres Bazar specializes in kitchen accessories and utensils that’ll no doubt make the most reticent of cooks among us keen to get to the kitchen. Effortlessly chic, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to take home with you.

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Calzados Correa 

Calzados Correa

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A little off the tourist track in the more authentic feeling Almagro, Calzados Correa offers clients bespoke made shoes that are created on site by a team of highly skilled artisans. Started back in 1955 by Felix A. Correa, the store’s loyal client base often return year on year for what they know will be a high-quality pair of handmade shoes. With a selection of leather, you’ll even find capybara leather, a mammal unique to Latin America. Taking your measurements during an individual appointment, shoes are then usually ready to pick up two to three weeks later. Priced at around 130 USD, it’s a reasonable sum to pay for shoes that’ll most likely last a lifetime.

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Panorama

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Panorama’s stylishly curated shop floor brings in both self-confessed window shoppers as well as those looking to splurge looking for their next coveted purchase. Complete with matching accessories of backpacks and hats, shoppers will also find pop colored coats and coordinated outfits that beg to be tried on. Showcasing brands that are bang on trend on the Argentine fashion scene, look out for House of Matching Colours (a sporty casual brand) and Maydi (a sustainably made knitwear brand).

Panorama – República de la India 2905

Galería Patio del Liceo

Galería Patio Liceo

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A hip enclave off the bustling Avenida Santa Fe, Galería Patio del Liceo is not your average shopping mall. A center of emerging talent and bohemian artists on the Argentine shopping scene, the Barrio Norte located space is ideal for an afternoon spent perusing upcoming art, stocking up on vintage clothing and enjoying a cortado at the in-house garden patio cafe.    Concept store and fashionable boutique store Greens is one to watch for fashionable staples while Monoblock offers quirky stationary supplies.

Galería Patio del Liceo – Av. Santa Fe 2729

Facon

Facon boutique

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There are few things more enjoyable than shopping and sipping on wine as you go – watch out though, you might just find your purse strings are a little looser. While your bank balance might not be too happy, you can feel satisfied that your shopping habits are doing good in the wider community, all of the handpicked items are produced throughout Argentina by local artists and artisans. Ideal for picking up a few gifts, top choices include hand-woven rugs, organic leather goods, and gaucho knives. Doubling as a wine tasting venue, guests can expect to sample some of the country’s most exciting labels.

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An Insiders Look at Where to go Tango Dancing in Buenos Aires

Whether you’ve already caught a tango show or not, since you’re in its hometown Buenos Aires, you might be feeling inspired to pick up a bit of the fancy footwork yourself. Whether you’re mal coordinated with two left feet, or you’re a natural on the dance floor, Buenos Aires has plenty of places where you can easily give the dance a go.

While stepping into a milonga  (tango ballroom) could feel intimidating, tango culture in Buenos Aires is actually incredibly friendly and open – beginners needn’t worry.

If you’re looking for a dance partner there’s no shortage of willing accomplices (particularly for women) and one on one classes are readily available at affordable prices.

For those who haven’t yet adjusted to the Argentine clock (it’s nocturnal) be prepared to hang on a little – classes are late in the evening and if you’re looking to see the pros, the action doesn’t tend to get going in milongas until well after midnight.

La Catedral

 

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A bohemian take on the traditional milonga, La Catedral is based in a disused dairy factory. The outside is fairly non-descript – you could easily walk by none the wiser of what’s going on inside. Its walls are adorned with locally created art and draped with red fairy lights. Full of tango dancers of all levels, it attracts a particularly international crowd – perfect for those making their first foray into the dance. If you’re looking to learn the basics head to one of their group classes, on from around 8 PM, (be prepared to wait a little as the place isn’t really known for punctuality). Later on performances and live music kick off from around midnight, leading on into the early hours. The kitchen is also known to be excellent with a vegetarian menu – not so common in this carnivorous capital.

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Queer Tango

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For those who hate the idea of following a stiff gender code, head to San Telmo’s Buenos Ayres Club on a Tuesday night for a LGBTQ milonga night. Turning tango on its head, and shaking up gender roles in this typically male-led dance, the night brings in dancers of all levels who aren’t afraid to challenge tradition and want to leave dated gender roles at the door. A great way to take an alternative look at the changing local scene.

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Bar Los Laureles

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One of the city’s historical bares notables, entering Bar Los Laureles is like taking a trip back in time to the 19th century. Located in Buenos Aires’ southerly Barracas neighbourhood, it’s a little out the way for most of the city, but worth the trip to see a true remaining part of Argentine heritage. Throughout the week it’s a neighbourhood watering hole but come the weekend, it transforms itself into a lively milonga.

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La Viruta

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If you’re not keen on rubbing shoulders with pro dancers and just want to give learning the basics a go, La Viruta, based in the Armenian Cultural Centre is a good place to start. You’ll find a whole mixture of tourists and locals who come here to learn – throw your fears to the side and prepare to dance. Lessons tend to take place a little earlier here, from around 6:30 PM, later on, be prepared to sit back and let those in the know take over the floor.

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Salón Canning

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An iconic Palermo haunt, Salón Canning is well known on the professional tango circuit. Dance lessons are available earlier on in the evening but by midnight the place will be packed out with the city’s finest tango dancers swirling across the venue’s polished wooden floors. If your moves don’t quite cut it, there’s always space for spectators who are welcome to sip at a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

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Spring is Here! New Menu at UCO Restaurant Arrives

As Buenos Aires bursts into shades of purple and pink, we’re quickly reminded why Spring is by far our favourite season at Fierro Hotel. Sunny afternoons and balmy evenings mean it’s the perfect season to be outdoors in Buenos Aires enjoying yourself – preferably with a cocktail or wine glass in hand. 

At UCO, Fierro Hotel’s in-house restaurant, we’ve created a brand new Spring menu to get you in the mood for Buenos Aires’ most picturesque season.

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To be enjoyed inside or in the green surroundings of our newly refurbished garden patio, if you arrive here between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM, you’ll have the bonus of being in time for our new happy hour. With a hugely extensive wine menu covering all regions of Argentina (not just your average Malbec) and a few of our latest cocktail concoctions, there’s likely a tipple for every taste.

We like to make sure our menus are always seasonal and incorporate locally produced food, with this in mind, our head chef, Francisco García, has been busy at work coming up with plenty of new culinary creations ready for you to sample. Highlights include our new spicy Peruvian style rice, made up of yellow hot pepper, coriander, lemon, white fish and prawns, it’ll certainly pack a punch for lovers of spice.

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With a few new editions to our mains menu, perfect for sharing among friends is our T-Bone beef, served with potatoes, and roasted vegetables, weighing in at one kilo it’s an impressive dish to behold!

For self-confessed red meat lovers, there’s also our Patagonian lamb shoulder to try – cooked for 18 hours and served with baked humita, seasonal vegetables and a flavourful jus, the slow cooking time makes the meat irresistibly succulent.

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If you’re looking for something a little more vegetarian-friendly why not try our latest pasta creation. Made up of burrata cheese, smoked aubergine, roasted tomato, pistachio, and a sprinkling of black olive dust, the filling comes wrapped in a tortellini pasta shell – believe us when we say you’ll be back for more!

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Closing the three-course meal with a bang is our decadent dessert, the Alfa Centauri choco-galaxy. Consisting of hazelnut ice cream, pistachio fudge, and an eclair served with a berry and Cinzano granite, it’s truly out of this world.

For those who fancy something a little lighter, but nevertheless packed full of flavour, give our take on a Galub Jamun a try.  Made up of an Indian style sponge, homemade greek yoghurt, a confit of pear and spiced tea ice cream, the aromatic dessert is not to be missed.

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Don’t forget to take a look inside our next door wineshop and tasting space Cava UCO. With plenty of different labels to choose from, feel free to pop in for a tasting or perhaps to purchase what you most enjoyed drinking with your dinner. All guests who stay with us in the adjacent Fierro Hotel will receive a complimentary tasting.

 

5 Speakeasies in Buenos Aires

Outside of the U.S and Europe, Buenos Aires might just be the capital for speakeasies. Full to the brim of fabulous cocktail bars, they’re often exclusive and are perfect for a more special evening. Known for playing host to the city’s most talented bartenders, and serving up the most creatively mixed cocktails, these watering holes are sure to wow even the most discerning guests. A well-known city of the night, Buenos could offer you a lifetime of exploring hidden gems and trying tantalising tragos, but we know you’re short on time so we’ve chosen a selection of the unmissable one.

Anasagasti

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Set in an old mansion located on the border of Recoleta and Palermo, you could be forgiven for thinking that a lucky someone still lives here. With no outdoor sign or obvious indication that the place is actually a cocktail bar, it’s up to you to trust the address and ring the bell. Inside the decor is grand and speaks of a golden age gone by, think velvet futons, throne-like seats, and gothic style candle lighting. Combining the old with the innovative – expect to see an excellent selection of spirits as well as quirky reinventions. Adventurous drinkers should look out for creative cocktail ingredients like blue cheese, pollen, and eucalyptus bitter on the list.

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Victoria Brown

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Curiously themed around legendary British monarch, Queen Victoria and her late supposed affair with her servant James Brown, by day the space is a cafe offering a delicious array of cakes. Come sundown though, a bouncer emerges and the back part is transformed into one of the most well-stocked cocktail bars in the city. Displaying an array of colorful concoctions in each cabinet, you’ll be hard pushed to make a decision and will want to try a bit of everything. Restyling classic cocktails, expect to find alternative reworks of negronis, caipirinhas, and martinis.

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Uptown

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Take a trip to the New York Subway and forget you’re in Buenos Aires at all. One of the more difficult bars in Buenos Aires to gain access to, make sure you’re dressed in your glad rags and look the part to fit in with some of the city’s most glam and trendy bar-goers. If you make it past the style conscious bouncers, you’ll find yourself in what looks like an old subway car before the doors open and you can walk into the bar itself. If it’s not just cocktails you’re after, make sure to check out their extensive sushi menu too.

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La Calle

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Located behind legendary pizzeria, La Guitarrita, La Calle bar has made a name for itself in its own right. Best to head to this one a little later in the evening, catch the DJ in the converted VW camper van decks who’ll no doubt be playing a variety of house and electronic tunes, La Calle attracts a young hip crowd who will no doubt start dancing once it’s well past midnight. Serving up an eclectic list of specialist house cocktails, one of their iconic classics includes one served up in a mate gourd. La Calle is the speakeasy to go to if you don’t fancy finding out complicated passwords or dressing too glam.

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La Pasionaria

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So not just strictly speaking a cocktail bar but a closed door eating experience too, La Pasionaria is as sophisticated a drinking spot as it gets. Located in a chic and stylish antique shop, by night the Palermo venue transforms into a live music performance space serving up gourmet food, complete with delectable cocktails. All seated around a communal dinner table, expect diners to be a varied bunch and for conversation to be a big part of the experience too. Well stocked with eclectic collectible items, you may just end up getting serious house envy or even walk away with a stash of new purchases ready to kit out your apartment with.

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Buenos Aires Avenues: Av. Libertador

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Spanning from Retiro to Tigre, Av. Libertador is one of the main thoroughfares of Buenos Aires. It is also one of the more upscale Avenues in the city, and has much fewer bus lines than other avenues in BA. It is 30 km. long and is named after San Martín. From its most southern tip in Retiro to where it ends up north, here is what you will find on this emblematic avenue.

1-) Recoleta

The famous Recoleta Plaza Francia Park borders with this Avenue and has a great artisans fair. On the opposite hand is the Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum. Also along this avenue is the stunning Museo de Arte Decorativo.

2-) Palermo

Continuing up the park lined Avenue, upon reaching Palermo, we will find the famous Monument to the Magna Carta and the Four Regions of Argentina (more commonly known as Monumento a los Españoles). At this intersection we also have the old BA Zoo, now an ecopark, on one corner, and the entrance to the renowned rose garden (Rosedal) on the other.  A little further up the road we will find the Palermo horse tracks before getting to Belgrano.

3-) Nuñez

In Nuñez, right at the border between the capital and the suburbs, is Memorial Museum and  Haroldo Conti cultural center, both which used to be a detention center during the military coup. It is a relevant historical spot with a exhibits and a lot of artistic programs aimed at bringing awareness to human rights issues.

4-) San Isidro

Once in the suburbs the high rise buildings mellow out and in San Isidro the avenue leads to the nearby historical Quinta Los Ombues and to the stunning Cathedral and park.

5-) Tigre

Finally, the avenue ends in the Tigre delta which is worthwhile exploring on a boat. You can find a list of suggested tours here.

 

Terrazas de Buenos Aires

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Mientras los pájaros hacen sus nidos en las copas de los árboles, nosotros encontramos nuestros propios espacios verdes para disfrutar de unas copas, de buena música y de romances floridos de primavera. Aquí, nuestra selección de 5 terrazas porteñas para aprovechar la nueva estación.

SKY Bar en el Hotel Pulitzer: A partir del 20 de Octubre, el Pulitzer abre las puertas del SKY bar con DJs, tragos y vista panorámica de la ciudad incluida. Av. Maipu 907, downtown

Alvear Roof Bar: De jueves a domingo, a partir de las 18hs., este bar de Recoleta en lo alto del Alvear Palace es el lugar ideal para disfrutar de la hora mágica. Av. Alvear 1891, Recoleta

Crystal Bar- Alvear Icon: Para quienes además de aire quieran un poco de glamour, el Crystal Bar en el piso 32 del Alvear Icon en Palermo es el lugar indicado. Aime Paine 1130, Puerto Madero

Santa Terracita: Un bar a puertas cerradas en Chacarita que se caracteriza por su terraza y por su ambiente relajado y bajo perfil. Para conseguir la dirección hay que comunicarse con ellos vía  Facebook .

Sheldon Bar: Quienes prefieran quedarse en Palermo, pueden acercarse al Sheldon, conocido tanto por su terraza como por su ambiente animado. Honduras 4969, Palermo

Los huéspedes de Fierro Hotel también pueden disfrutar y tomarse un trago en la pequeña piscina con terraza, o sino, en el jardín del hotel. El hotel también cuenta con una suite con terraza y jacuzzi.

A Top a Terrace

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While the birds nest in the treetops, we found our own rooftop hotspots to fly up to this Spring. Check out our pick of BA’s top 5 terraces for song singing and flower flirting now that the weather’s warming up again.

SKY Bar at the Hotel Pulitzer: From the 20th of October onwards, live DJ sets, drinks and a superb view of the city, all at the Pulitzer’s SKY bar. Av. Maipu 907, downtown

Alvear Roof Bar: Open from Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to midnight, this Recoleta centered rooftop bar is perfect for cocktails at magic hour. Av. Alvear 1891, Recoleta

Crystal Bar- Alvear Icon: For those that like glamour, the recently opened Crystal Bar on the 32nd floor of the Alvear Icon in Puerto Madero is the place to go. Aime Paine 1130, Puerto Madero

Santa Terracita: Much more low key and laid back is the closed door bar Santa Terracita in Chacarita.Send them a facebook message for instructions on how to get there. 

Sheldon Bar: For those that want to stay in Palermo, the Sheldon is popular both for its outdoor area and its lively music. Honduras 4969, Palermo

Fierro Hotel guests can also relax at the rooftop relax pool with a drink, or at the hotel garden.  For a private terrace with a jacuzzi, there’s always the Terrace Suite.