Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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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:

Las mejores sopas para entrar en calor

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Nada mejor para los días fríos de invierno que un plato calentito de sopa. Abajo compartimos nuestra selección de cinco opciones para tomar sopa en Buenos Aires y entrar en calor durante la temporada de frío.

Locro: Este típico guiso argentino está siempre presente en los días festivos nacionales y combina zapallo, maíz, distintos cortes de carne y legumbres.  La Morada en Recoleta lo prepara de mayo a noviembre. +54 11 4343-3003Larrea 1336, Recoleta

Bouillabaisse:  Esta sopa de mariscos es ideal para alegrar los días fríos y la que se prepara en UCO Restaurante es inigualable. +54 11 3220-6820. Soler 5862, Palermo. 

Sopa de cebolla: Un clásico francés de la temporada, esta sopa abriga y llena. El lugar para probarla es Brasserie Petanque.+54 11 4342-7930. Defensa 596, San Telmo. 

Picante crudi-vegana: A pesar de ser una sopa cruda, tiene suficiente picante para subir la temperatura y además es muy nutritiva. Ideal para quienes tienen restricciones dietarias y quienes se fijan mucho en la salud. La preparan en BIO.+54 11 4774-3880. Humboldt 2192, Palermo.

China: Ya sea con fideos de arroz, tofu, camarones o cerdo, las sopas chinas son una opción ideal durante el invierno. En el Barrio Chino de Belgrano hay muchas opciones, desde sopas servidas en la barra del supermercado, hasta las más elaboradas de los restaurantes de la zona.

 

Ouka Leele at Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta

Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma, better known as Ouka Leele, is a Spanish photographer who was actively involved in La Movida Madrleña, a countercultural movement that emerged in Madrid after Franco’s death and made freedom its core value.  Her pseudonym is inspired by a painting of a constellation of stars by El Hortelano, another important figure in the Madrid art movement.

Ouka Leele, who understands photography to be a form of visual poetry, combines photography and engraving techniques and fills her images with vibrant colors.

Throughout April The Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta will be showcasing a special exhibit featuring some of the artist’s best work.

The museum, decorated as a stunning Spanish renaissance palace, also features author Enrique Larreta’s extensive collection of sculptures, paintings and furniture, mostly from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Juramento 2291, Belgrano, 4784-4040.

Museum Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday from 1pm-7pm

Saturday from 10am-8pm

Top secret bars in Buenos Aires

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The Speakeasy trend has become quite a big thing in the Buenos Aires bar scene and there are many hidden spots to discover. Some of the most reputed city bars follow this trend and are not so secret anymore, however, they are still very much worth visiting.

878– Having won international awards for its quality drinks and atmosphere, and reputed amongst the cities bartenders and sommeliers, this bar is hardly a secret anymore. It is one of BA`s most well established bars and is always buzzing despite its understated entrance.  Thames 878, Palermo.

Frank’s Bar– Also in Palermo is this mysterious and relative newcomer to the city scene that has become another star bar in Buenos Aires. To get it you have to decipher the weekly password through the clues they publish on their Facebook page. Arevalo 1445, Palermo.

Ferona Club Social- Another Palermo gem is this bar/restaurant with terrace that serves great drinks, great food and all to the sound of great music. It is currently closed until the 24th of January. Humboldt 1445, Palermo.

Puerta Uno– This bar is located in Belgrano in the heart of china town, chances are if you´ve been in the area that you´ve walked past it plenty of times and never imagined that behind the insignificant black door there was such a stunning atmosphere. Juramento 1667, Belgrano

The Clubhouse: This exclusive urban members club is located in a four story house in Palermo complete will pool, bar and comfortable areas to lounge in and socialize. Art exhibits, pool parties, films screenings and more take place in this Buenos Aires haven. To get in, contact them here for a day pass.

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Top Romantic Dining Spots in the City

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Whilst the northern hemisphere is getting ready to light up chimneys and lay on blankets, Argentina is preparing for the glories of Spring; orange blossoms scenting the street, the purple flowers of the sunlit jacaranda trees, and gourmet courtships under the influence of some of the best wines in the world!  So where in Buenos Aires can a gent take a lady (or a lady a gent!) to make a good impression? Read on.

Belgrano

Pura Tierra: Top quality local delicacies are served in this acclaimed foodie heaven in Belgrano, The owner and award winning chef, Martín Molteni, offers the best Argentine cuisine using carefully selected seasonal ingredients. The dim lighting and great wine list create an intimate atmosphere; a prerequisite for any restaurant to be considered romantic! 3 de Febrero 1167, Belgrano. 4899 2007. 

Palermo

Lelé de Troya: Set in a renovated old house, this charming restaurant in Palermo serves Moroccan fusion food, and is best known for its amazing ambiance. Each room is decorated following a different color scheme and outside there is a garden full of flowers where it is also possible to dine. Costa Rica 4901, Palermo. 4832 2726.

Recoleta

La Bourgogne: French restaurants abound in Buenos Aires but none are so well known as this lavish dining haven set in the famous Alvear Palace Hotel. This a place for traditional romance and delicious food. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4805 3857.

San Telmo

Amici Miei: A favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, this Italian restaurant overlooks the charming Dorrego square in San Telmo. The food is superb and there is balcony seating overlooking the plaza where tango is regularly danced. Defensa 1072, San Telmo. 4361 2929.

La Boca

Patagonia Sur: Small and intimate this La Boca restaurant owned by Francis Mallmann has been considered one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. Offering typical Argentine dishes, superb wines of course, and a homey “campo style” ambiance, it is a great option both to celebrate love and to experience the best of local gourmet cuisine. Rocha 801, La Boca. 4303-5917.

Overlooking the river

Morena Beach: Although there are mixed reviews about the food, everyone agrees that this is one of the most romantic spots in the city. Why? Because it overlooks the river, has an intimate atmosphere and great service. It is THE place to go on a full moon if what you want is a great backdrop in a lavish setting! Club Náutico Puerto Norte, Av. Rafael Obligado 4899. 4786-0204.

Dining Hot Spot: Brotes del Alma

This laid-back Belgrano restaurant is a lovely quiet spot with a varied menu offering what could be described as Argie food with a twist. Options abound and include salads, bruschetta’s, the typical provoleta grilled cheese, stuffed pastas, meats and more. Their star dishes include their “entraña a la parrilla” (skirt steak) which they prepare with mozzarella cheese, tomato and prosciutto, and “lomo envuelto en panceta” (tenderloin wrapped in bacon). For desert don´t miss the traditional Argentine vigilante (cheese and quince or sweet potato jam) which they of course turned into something unique by using Brie and syrup.  (Find the full menu here).

They also offer special menus on occasions such as Valentines Day and Friendship Day, amongst others.

The restaurant opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 8.30pm to midnight. Reservations are encouraged. Olazabal 1422, Belgrano. 4781-4504. brotesdelalma@yahoo.com.ar

Top 5 Places for Steak in BA

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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.