Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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PH: Vinicius Pinheiro

A hoard of football fans waving flags and honking cars, a traffic jam of unruly commuters trying to get to the busy downtown area where bookstores and banks coexist, high rise, low rise, local and foreign, bridges and parks where teenagers kiss. Where do we begin the exploration of a city so big? A good place as any could be a map, and there, on the map of Buenos Aires, we can see where the River fans will be next Sunday, where students will celebrate Spring this Thursday, and some of the city’s best places to catch a glimpse of Latin American art; all on Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta.

This famous avenue that spans from the River Plate Monumental Stadium to the Buenos Aires Law School (Facultad de Derecho), was inaugurated in the 1910 centennial of the May revolution, and was planned with the help of the great landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Some of the avenues hotspots include:

Stadiums

River Plate Monumental Stadium: One of the most visited stadiums in the city, it hosts both football matches and live international acts. Plus, there is a River Plate museum close by to check out. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Right off Figueroa Alcorta, in Palermo, this smaller stadium is also often the host of live international acts. Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museums

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA): The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by twentieth century artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting temporary exhibitions and conferences .  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parks

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays was also involved in the landscaping and design of this group of parks which is composed of 25 ha., and 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, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a myriad of activities related to Japanese culture.

Floralis Genérica: Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Recoleta, this beautiful metal flower sculpture was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano. It has a built in system that allows it to open in the mornings at 8 am and to close at dusk. On the special nights of the 25th of May, the 21st of September, the 24th of December and the 31st of December, it remains open. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Shady, and full of trees, Figueroa Alcorta is also a nice Avenue to walk down as it has some beautiful architecture.

The Avenue even has its own song:

5 Ways to Experience Tango in BA

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PH: Zabara Alexander

With the Tango Festival and World Cup in full swing (more information here) ’tis the season to glamour up and get into the tango groove. Whether you’re more for the dance or for the music, here are our suggestions of 5 ways to experience tango while you’re in BA!

Take a tango class

Those that like to experience through participation will love learning the basics of this renowned Argentine dance, or taking their skills further with some lessons. Some suggestions are taking a class with Lucía and Gerry or heading to La Catedral in Almagro where you can stay on dancing the night away after learning your moves!

Watch a tango show

For those that prefer to watch and enjoy a meal, the city is full of tango shows to choose from. Café Los Angelitos and Piazzolla Tango at the Galería Güemes are great traditional spots, Gala Tango is another great option, otherwise Faena’s Rojo Tango is well known as an extravagant and all out experience.

Do a tango tour

To get to know the circuit of city milongas, which are the tango dance saloons, your best bet is a tango tour. Some options include Tango Streets,  Narrative Tango and Tango Trips.

Listen to live tango

If tango music is more to your liking than the dance itself, then you should definitely stop by for a drink at El Boliche de Roberto in Almagro or at Café Vinilo. For a more alternative experience, head to Club Atlético Fernández Fierro (CAFF) to watch a live tango orchestra. 

Shop for tango records

If you want to take back home a tango vinyl record, head to  Parque Centenario to browse the Sunday fair, or head to Tango Cerouno which is near the Recoleta cemetery.

Uptown BA

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PH:Colin Charles

Palermo is well known for being one of the city’s gastronomic hotspots that includes both restaurants and hip buzzing bars. Uptown bar is the newest to join the local scene, and it’s definitely the talk of the town with its impressive NY style metro station decor that includes part of a subway train itself.

Right next to La Mar, one of BA’s top ceviche spots, and just a few block away from Fierro Hotel, this is definitely the place to experience the renowned Buenos Aires nightlife. Since the bar has just opened in May and has caused quite a hub, we recommend booking in advance.  Arevalo 2030, Palermo. (0054 11) 2101-4897

Palermo es conocido por ser un polo gastronómico donde confluyen algunos de los mejores restaurantes y bares de la ciudad. Uptown es una de las últimas novedades de la zona y se destaca por su decoración única que imita una estación de subterráneo neoyorquina, con vagón de subte incluido.

El bar está ubicado al lado de la reconocida cebicheria La Mar, a tan solo unas cuadras de Fierro Hotel y es el lugar indicado para conocer la famosa noche porte;a. Dado que Uptown abrió sus puertas en mayo y que goza de mucha popularidad recomendamos reservar con anticipación. Arevalo 2030, Palermo. (0054 11) 2101-4897

 

Buenos Aires Agenda: April/Abril 2017

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José María Pérez Nuñez

Buenos Aires is under the effects of Autumn and will be cooling down as the month advances which means more time for indoor culture, and delicious dining. Below, this month’s main events in the city.

Events/Eventos

Easter: This month, Easter, which is a national holiday, will be taking place from the 13th to the 16th of April. Get ready for some rosca de pascuas and chocolate eggs.

Pascuas: Este año las pascuas, que son feriado en Argentina, se festejan del 13 al 16 de abril, época para comer la típica rosca y huevos de chocolate.

Konex Classical Music Festival: 19-23 April, classical music lovers should definitely stop by this festival which will be homaging Beethoven this year.

Festival Konex de Música Clásica: Un imperdible para los amantes de música clásica que este año hace homenaje a Beethoven y se lleva a cabo del 19 al 23 de abril. 

BAFICI Film Festival: The biggest independent film fest of the year in Argentina takes place from the 19th to the 30th of April. We recommend you buy your tickets in advance.

BAFICI: el Festival de Cine Independiente de Buenos Aires se lleva a cabo del 19 al 30 de abril y es uno de los eventos culturales más importantes de la ciudad. Recomendamos adquirir sus entradas con anticipación. 

Annual International Book Fair: Buenos Aires is a literary city and its international book fair is a great opportunity to find books, readers and writers all in one place. This year it will be carried out from the 27th of April to the 15th of May.

Feria del Libro: Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria y la Feria Internacional del Libro que se lleva a cabo todos los años es el lugar ideal para encontrar libros, lectores y escritores, todos en un mismo espacio. Este año se lleva a cabo del 27 al 15 de mayo. 

Art/arte

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Thomas Leuthard

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two exhibits this month, one of the art collective General Idea, and the other of Argentine artist Gastón Pérsico’s work . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: Este mes, el MALBA presenta dos muestras, una del colectivo artístico General Idea, y el otro de la obra del artista argentino Gastón Persico. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Fundación PROA: Fundación PROA is still showcasing its Yves Klein exhibit. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: La fundación continúa teniendo en exhibición la obra de Yves Klein. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museum is showcasing an exhibition of Xul Solar’s work .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes tiene en exposición una retrospectiva de la obra de Xul Solar .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

FOLA: The Latin American photography library is showcasing the works of Vivian Maier, Angelica Dass, and Dani Yako. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

FOLA: La Fototeca Latinoamericana está mostrando la obra fotográfica de Vivian Maier, Angelica Dass, y Dani Yako. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

 

3 Parques para descubrir en Buenos Aires

Uno de los atractivos de Buenos Aires es que a pesar de ser una gran ciudad, está llena de parques y árboles. En la zona de Palermo, el Jardín Botánico en Plaza Italia y el Parque 3 de Febrero son populares y suelen atraer tanto locales como turistas, pero para aquellos que se quieran aventurar un poco más, elegimos tres parques que vale la pena descubrir en Buenos Aires.

1- Parque de la Memoria

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PH: Gustav´s

Este punto situado en la costa del Río de la Plata, se irguió para conmemorar a las víctimas del terrorismo de estado. En él se encuentran monumentos y esculturas, exhibiciones de arte que invitan a la reflexión, y un centro de documentación por lo que es un lugar interesante para entender mejor la identidad local que lleva la marca indeleble de este momento trágico en la historia Argentina. Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745, downtown.

2- Parque Centenario

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PH Beatrice Murch

Ubicado en el barrio de Caballito, y diseñado por Carlos Thays, el Parque Centenario es muy concurrido donde la gente se junta para pasar un rato al aire libre y compartir unos mates.  En el centro hay un pequeño lago, y también cuenta con una asociación de astronomía en uno de sus lados, un anfiteatro en el que se programan conciertos gratuitos, un Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, y los fines de semana, una feria de libros.

3- Parque Avellaneda

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Un poco más alejado de Palermo, ubicado en el barrio de Flores, se encuentra el Parque Avellaneda que tiene un trencito que lo rodea y un centro de arte contemporáneo en la Casona de los Olivera, una hermosa casa antigua del 1800.  Av. Directorio and Lacarra, Flores. 

3 Off the Beaten Path Parks in Buenos Aires

One of the great things about Buenos Aires is that despite being a big city, it’s got plenty a park and trees. In the Palermo area, the Botanical Garden in Plaza Italia and the stunning 3 de Febrero parks are common attractions for locals and tourists, but for those that like to stray out a little more, we chose 3 off the beaten path parks in Buenos Aires that are also well worth exploring.

1- Parque de la Memoria

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PH: Gustav´s

This spot along the coast of the Río de la Plata was created to commemorate the victims of the military coup. It’s outdoor sculptures and monuments by the river side, its quality art exhibit, and its archives and documentation center make it an interesting place to learn more about the local identity and indelibly marked by this tragic moment of the local history. Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745, downtown.

2- Parque Centenario

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PH Beatrice Murch

Located in Caballito and designed by Carlos Thays, Parque Centenario is a favourite in the area where people often gather to spend some time outdoors and share some mates. There is a small lake in the middle, as well as an astronomy association on the side of the premises, an amphitheatre where there is usually a program of free live concerts,  Argentine Museum of National Sciences, and a weekend book fair.  Av. Patricias Argentinas, Caballito

3- Parque Avellaneda

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A little further away,  in the neighborhood of Flores, is this stunning park with a little choo choo train that goes around it and a contemporary arts center located in the beautiful Casona de los Olivera which dates back to the 1800’s.  Av. Directorio and Lacarra, Flores. 

 

 

Buenos Aires culinaria y literaria

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PH: Floris van Halm

Buenos Aires es conocida por su tradición literaria y en los últimos diez años también ha adquirido reconocimiento por su movida gastronómica. Este fin de semana se combinan ambas en Feria Leer y Comer donde el sábado y el domingo habrán puestos de comida, librerías, firma de libros y charlas y debates acerca de cocina y literatura de 12 a 21 hs. , y un evento de tango el domingo a las 19hs. Concepción Arenal 4865, Chacarita. 

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PH: Nuria Pico

El sábado a la noche, también se lleva a cabo La Noche de las Librerías en la que las librerías, principalmente de la Avenida Corrientes, ofrecerán actividades relacionadas a la industria editorial y a la literatura. Habrán lecturas de poesía, debates, talleres y performances en diferentes locales y también en la calle, así como un jam de jazz a las 19hs. en el living Alfonsina Storni en Corrientes 1900, y una exposición de libros antiguos con visita guiada en el hermoso Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. Se invita además a todos los lectores a comprar un libro de alguna editorial independiente y compartir una foto del mismo en las redes sociales con el hashtag #indiebookday.

This Weekend: Buenos Aires for Bookworms and Foodies

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PH: Floris van Halm

Buenos Aires is known for its literary heritage and in the last ten years has developed a gourmet cuisine scene that has also become one of its attractions. This weekend both combine at Feria Leer y Comer (Read and Eat Fair) where there will be food trucks, book sales, signings and literary and culinary talks and debates from 12 to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Concepción Arenal 4865, Chacarita. 

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PH: Nuria Pico

Also this weekend, on Saturday night is La Noche de las Librerías (Bookshop Night) which will offer the possibility of attending poetry readings, debates, and of visiting different bookshops around the city. The event will take place from 6pm to midnight, mostly on Avenida Corrientes, and also offers some activities that non spanish speakers can also understand such as an outdoor jazz jam at 7pm at the Alfonsina Storni stand on Corrientes 1900, and an exhibit of antique book at the beautiful Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Palace of Running Waters). Readers are also invited to buy a book published by an independent publisher and to share a picture of it on social media with the hashtag #indiebookday.

Buenos Aires Valentine Day Options to Indulge your Senses

Valentine’s Day is coming up this Tuesday and Buenos Aires is the perfect city for romance! Below, our suggestions for you to splurge, delight in and explore with your lover, or to spark up a conversation with someone new.

Sight

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PH: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina

For an alternative Valentine’s date, take a Foto Ruta Photography Tour and discover the city together while capturing snapshots on the way!

If you’re into art, or even if you’re not, stop by the MNBA (National Fine Arts Museum) in the French Style Recoleta neighborhood and find as many love stories as you can in the artworks. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta

Sound

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PH: Kevin Dooley

For those that don’t feel like slow dancing but feel like dancing anyway, don’t miss the La Grande orchestra that kicks off its 2017  repertoire this Tuesday alongside Villa Diamante at 8pm. Santos 4040, Villa Crespo 

Those who want to jazz up the evening can stop by Bebop Club in San Telmo which will be hosting a Woody Allen jazz night from 9pm onwards. Moreno 364, San Telmo. 

Smell

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PH: Philip Edmondson

To indulge in the sense of smell, stop by Fueguia, a unique perfume lab where you can sample unique scents and maybe pick out a perfume for your beloved. Av. Alvear 1680, Recoleta. 

Wine is both an indulgence for the nose and for the palate, plus it’s a great for a date. Stop by the Gran Bar Danzón wine bar, or head to Bar du Marché‘s new venue in Nicaragua 6002 in Palermo which will open on Monday the 13th. Otherwise, ask one of the UCO som’s to guide you through the restaurant’s great wine list!

Taste

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At UCO you can also pamper your significant other with a special Valentine’s Tasting Menu which is bound to be better than love itself. Book in advance! Soler 5862, Palermo

You can also kill two birds with one stone at Florería Atlántico which is both a flower shop and a great dining spot! Arroyo 972, Retiro

Touch

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PH: BeGreen_Studio

If you want to get away for the day, head to the Delta Eco Spa in Tigre where you can explore a unique location plus get a massage. Río Carapachay 605, Tigre

Top 5 Fairs in Buenos Aires

Shopping season is here with Christmas right around the corner and this year we propose looking for unique gifts at some of the city’s most well known weekend fairs where you can find antiques, handmade crafts, one of a kind designs, typical local tokens and more.

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San Telmo: Probably the most famous, the San Telmo fair is known mainly for its antiques, however it has also become a spot for artisans to sell some of their carefully crafted designs as well.  Defensa and Humberto 1, San Telmo

Other things to do in the area: stop by the MAMBA and check out some great contemporary art exhibits, and then pause for a chocotorta at the Pride Café.

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Lauro Maia

Parque Lezama: Also in San Telmo, this fair is located in Parque Lezama which is set in front of a stunning Russian Orthodox church and next to the National History Museum. Defensa and Brazil, San Telmo

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Ligia Berg

Plaza Francia: This fair which takes place in the stunning Plaza Francia in Recoleta just in front of the MNBA (the National Museum of Fine Arts) is a great place to buy leather, silver and knits, and is well known for the quality of the products and designs. Av. Libertador and Av. Alvear, Recoleta

Other things to do in the area: tour the Recoleta Cemetery and stop by traditional café La Biela for a break.

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Mariano García-Gaspar

Plaza Serrano: The Palermo fair in Plaza Serrano is surrounded by stores that open up on weekends for new and upcoming designers to showcase and sell their stuff. Also, it is full of great spots to stop for a bite or drinks.  Honduras and Serrano, Palermo

Other things to do in the area: Walk a few blocks to the Botanical Garden and cool off in the shade after an afternoon of shopping, or stop for some wine and a good read at nearby wine & bookstore, Alamut.

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Feria de Mataderos: slightly further away from the city center, this Sunday fair is perfect for those looking for typical local products and gaucho style souvenirs. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales, Liniers

Other things to do in the area: the Bolivian market which offers andean food and complements opens on Sundays in front of the fair, and the Mercado de Liniers, which commercializes cattle, is right next to it.