Easter in Buenos Aires

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Easter weekend is coming up and should prove to be an eventful festivity given the enthusiasm that the naming of the new pope brought about the Argentine people. Also, since Monday and Tuesday have been added as national holidays in memory of the soldiers in the Malvinas war, the long weekend should prove to be extra long and many a porteño will leave the city for a few days of rest.

On Good Friday expect very little to be open except restaurants, museums and cinemas. We recommend double-checking beforehand.

For those who wish to participate in the religious festivities, the Buenos Aires Via Crucis, in which the fourteen stages of the cross are reenacted, will kick off at 8.30pm at Plaza Lorea on Av. de Mayo and Luis Saenz Peña and will end at Plaza de Mayo.

On Sunday the Catedral Metropolitana will be offering a special Easter mass, and otherwise the Parroquia Madre Admirable in Retiro offers Catholic mass in English at 10am.  Afterwards, the fun part is of course hunting for Easter eggs, breaking lent, and feasting on chocolates and rosca de pascua, a traditional pastry that is prepared for the occasion. Expect restaurants (specially parrillas) to be packed so book your places in advance.

For an alternative Easter celebration, head to the city of Tandil towards the south of the Buenos Aires province, where the locals go every year to gather around the sculptures of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Don’t forget to shop for the best Easter eggs at these tempting chocolateries!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is showcasing a new exhibit until the 1st of July on the work of Grete Stern.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado that serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Take a private tour with Buenos Aires Historico Tours. Their guides are historians and other humanities graduates from the Buenos Aires University and they will show you a unique side of the city! 4307-8539.buenosaireshistorico@yahoo.com.ar

Polish your Spanish and make new friends at the Tuesday conversation classes organized by Bueno, Dale! Spanish School in different city bars. The hour long practice sessions are open for all levels and all one must do is show up from 7pm to 8pm with a 30-peso fee. The location of each event is announced via Facebook.

 

Wednesday

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Take a walk down Pasaje Rivarola, a beautiful hidden street which appears to be stuck in time in the historical downtown area. Built in 1926 and characterized by its mirrored buildings on both sides, it is a regular location for film productions looking for an old fashioned feel. Whilst you’re there visit “La Chacarita de Los Relojes”, a small shop specializing in antique clock and watch restoration.

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson starting at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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Book a special shopping tour with Creme de la Creme. Roam the vintage scene, find the perfect souvenir, get into local designers or discover the art scene in Buenos Aires.  More information here.

Book your place for one of Anuva Wine tastings and discover great Argentine wines.

Friday

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Check out the newly remodeled A-line subway and stop at some of the city’s most emblematic historic landmarks including Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada, Casa de la Cultura, Café Tortoni and 36 Billares, Congress, Las Violetas and Parque Centenario.

If you are a Beatles fan head to Boris Club de Jazz where Nube 9 will stage a live show at 10pm and interpret the White Album. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar

In the spirit of Easter go on an easter egg chocolate shopping spree at gourmet chocolateries Vassalisa in Recoleta, Tikal in Palermo, and Compañia de Chocolates in Palermo and Recoleta.  We also recommed you try the traditional rosca de pascua.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Don’t miss the free concert at the Colón Theatre at 11 am on Sunday. Pick up your tickets in advance! Cerrito 628, Downtown.

On Sunday The Killers will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Top 5 Chocolateries in Buenos Aires

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Chocolate seems to be everywhere lately, as the city prepares for Easter. If the sweet aroma of cacao tempts you, you will surely want to stop by one of the following places:

El Viejo Oso: This traditional chocolaterie had its origins in the early forties when Gustav Hermann landed in Argentina after studying patisserie in Switzerland. He began a small marzipan business that evolved into a chocolaterie. His son Claudio then went to study chocolate making in Germany. In the nineties, armed with new knowledge, Claudio turned the chocolaterie into what is now El Viejo Oso, specializing in truffles. The shop has since expanded and has six stores. For Easter they make spectacular eggs from top quality chocolate and since Pesaj is also around the corner they are offering chocolate covered matzá. More information on their facebook page.

Vasalissa: Although newer to the scene than El Viejo Oso, Vasalissa was born from a long tradition of Russian candy and chocolate makers. Founded by mother and daughter Dadi and Federica Marinucci, the chocolaterie combines a chocolate making legacy left behind by Abrascha Benski (Dadi´s father), a careful selection of top quality ingredients and an esthetic element from Dadi and Federica’s artistic backgrounds. The result; smooth, delicious chocolates presented in delicate wrappings that make delightful gifts.

Tikal: This unique chocolaterie combines artisanal processes with carefully selected ingredients from all over the world. Their unique procedure includes a 50-hour method using machines from the 19th century. Since they don’t use additives, they have a rotating menu where top quality seasonal ingredients are featured including cacao from Ghana, Ecuador, Venezuela and Trinidad.

Compañia de Chocolates: Chef Daniel Uria is behind this gourmet chocolaterie. His culinary formation in patisserie and later on his chocolate studies in Germany, New York and Valrhona, were a first step towards what would later be this chocolate lovers heaven. The Palermo and Recoleta stores feature a wide variety of chocolates of course, and also ice creams and baked goods.

Mamuschka:  This typical Bariloche chocolaterie is the favorite of many an Argentine from the south and has a branch in Buenos Aires for Porteños to delight in. Their marzipan is well known as is their “chocolate en rama” (chocolate branches), a typical local format that resembles tree bark.