This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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If you´re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colón Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas’s headquarters (the local water company) and also as a museum. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso. 6319-1104.

In the evening, French singer and songwriter Laetita Sadier will be staging a live show at Boris Club de JazzGorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

 

Tuesday

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Don’t miss the latest Argentine fashion at the BAF Week which kicks off on Tuesday. For this Autumn- Winter season fashion designers and illustrators paired up to show inspiring ways of keeping warm and staying pretty.

Later on, stop by the trendy Palermo Club Niceto for Andrew Bird’s live show. The renowned multi-instrumentalist indie artist will be playing starting  9pm.  Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Stop by the Juan Gatti exhibit in the Sivory museum behind the Palermo Rosedal and then head to the Planetarium where an audiovisual exhibit by the same artist is being screened.

In the evening, the hip Palermo Shanghai Dragon hosts happy hour and a weekly beerlingual bilingual pub quizAráoz 1199, Palermo

Thursday

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Weather forecasts anticipate sunny days and perfect temperatures, ideal for a walk in the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

Later on stop by the stunning Colón Theatre where Sleeping Beauty is being projected in 3D from Tuesday’s to Saturday’s at 8pm.  Cerrito 628, Downtown.

Friday

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Book your place for a special lunch with the Argentine Experience who will give you the 411 on everything local and feed you great Argie meat and more! They also organize mate and dulce de leche tastings. More information here.

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.

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.

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

Elton John will be playing at Estadio Velez Sarsfield on Saturday. Get your tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is featuring a new exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. An exhibit by British artist Tracy Emin is also being exhibited. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

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Weather forecasts anticipate a warm sunny day, ideal for a walk in the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

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

Wednesday

The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

In the evening head to Niceto Club in Palermo where Colombian salsa orquestra La  33 will be staging a live show starting 9pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Thursday

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Catch one of the Palacio Barolo Tours which take place at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm or at 8.30pm including a glass of wine. The stunning city landmark is full of references to Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and is a must.  More information here.

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings  include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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La Boca’s Caminito is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions and stopping by the Museo Quinquela Martín to check out the neighborhood’s influential artist’s work is mandatory when in the area.  Avenida Don Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

Don’t miss the live Japanese music concerts that will be held at the Japanese Gardens throughout the weekend at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm. There will also be tea and sweets from 11am onwards.

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

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

Top Buenos Aires Views

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Palacio Barolo: This architectural landmark, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri, began its construction in 1919, destined to be the tallest structure in Latin America at the time. The view from the top balcony is stunning, so much so that they offer a New Year midnight tour to see the fireworks from one of the best vantage points in the city. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm, and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

Galeria Guemes: This historic gallery, considered to be the city’s first skyscraper, where Antoine de Saint Exupery used to spend much of his time, and where Julio Cortazar set his story “The Other Sky”, has the only 360° view of the city. Unfortunately it is not always open to the public, and will be closed until spring. Florida 165, Downtown. 4331-3041.

Hotel Panamericano: This lavish downtown hotel overlooks the 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk and the Colón Theatre. It has a privileged view at the top floor where the solarium and spa are, and the Buenos Aires program “Miradores de Buenos Aires” often does tours to visit the stunning location (book your place with one of their tours at 4323-9400, int. 2756).  Carlos Pelegrini 551, downtown. 4348-5000.

Reserva Ecologica: The ecologic reserve in Puerto Madero has one of the best views of the city, albeit from the ground. This is one of the best spots to see the sunset behind the backlit city buildings, framed by leafy trees.  The ecologic reserve is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday and can be toured on weekends from 9.30am-4pm. One Friday a month, the closest to a full moon, a nocturnal tour of the reserve is organized. To participate you must call to sign up on the previous Monday. Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero.  4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 int. 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Buenos Aires- Open for Christmas

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A common question visitors ask themselves when spending Christmas abroad is what attractions will remain open. In Buenos Aires a lot closes on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so we put togeather a list of some of the places that will remain open (other than many of the city restaurants, cafes and bars).

-The MALBA museum will be open on the 24th from midday-6pm. City museums run by the government (find a list here) will also remain open on Saturday the 24th of December from 10am-7pm.

-The ecological reserve  in Puerto Madero will be open all weekend from 8am-6pm. Please note that if it should rain it will remain closed. Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550 Costanera Sur. 4893-1640/1580

-The Recoleta Cemetery will be open all weekend on its regular timetable from 7am-5.45.

-On the 25th  there will also be a tour in Spanish of the palaces on Av. Alvear, the architecture and the lifestyle of the local aristocracy.  The tour will begin at 5 pm at the Iglesia del Pilar, next to the Recoleta Cemetery, and will cost 20 pesos per person. To sign up in advance call 155 850 3110

-The San Telmo antique market will also remain open this Sunday as usual, all though it may be scanter of exhibitors.

-The Tierra Santa religious theme park will be open on Sunday the 25th from 4pm-10pm and Santa will be there to hand out sweets for the children. Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, Downtown. 4784-9551

Cinemas

Cinemark Palermo, and Puerto Madero will be closed on the 24th and open on the 25th of December from 6pm onwards.

Hoyts cinemas will be open on the 24th and closed on the 25th. Timetables are yet to be defined.

Churches

If you would like to attend Christmas mass in English you can go to the Parroquia Madre Admirable near Retiro at 10am. Arroyo 917, Downtown. 4393-3887

Otherwise the United Community Church in the Acassuso town in the suburbs of the city, offers a Christmas Eve Service of candles and carols on Saturday at 7.30pm, and a Christmas service on Sunday at 10am, both in English. Av. Sta. Fe 829, Acasusso. 4792-1375

Other celebrations

Throughout the week there will also be celebrations of the Jewish Januka Festivities organized by YOK. Different activities involving art, cooking and partying will be held in the city including a party on the 24th and happy hour on the 25th of December to celebrate the occasion. Check the full program of activities here.

 

 

Closed Venues will include- Feria de Mataderos, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Planetarium, Fundacion Proa, Faena Arts Center.

5 Outdoor Buenos Aires Attractions

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As the days get warmer and the sun shines bright, exploring the city out in the fresh air becomes more appealing. Fortunately, one of the great things about Buenos Aires is that despite being a gigantic urban labyrinth, its streets are lined with lush trees and there are plenty a park and a place to explore outdoors.

 

Parque 3 de Febrero: The lush extensive parks that were inaugurated in 1852 by caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas are a city emblem. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25 hectares 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 with an Andalusian patio and a small lake to pedal boat in, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a variety of activities related to Japanese culture.

 

Recoleta parks and Cemetery: The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most famous attractions of Buenos Aires and for good reason. Great political figures, scientists, writers and other important characters of the city are buried in this cemetery full of stories of broken hearts, love and hate, friendship, obsession, loyalty and ghosts. The architecture of the vaults is also pretty spectacular which is why it’s a must visit. Other attractions in the area include very extensive and lovely parks, museums, architectural gems and the famous Floralis Generica monument.

 

Puerto Madero: Pierced by the river, this upscale area is lined with renovated warehouses that were turned into hip restaurants overlooking sailboats and bridges. Modern and upscale, it is a great place to walk through, and lunch in. The elegant Puente de la Mujer (woman’s bridge), and the Fragata de Libertad (a ship turned into a museum) are the main attractions of this carefully cared for area.

 

Reserva Ecológica: Behind Puerto Madero is a unique ecosystem that naturally emerged from deposits of rubble used for the construction of a highway in the 70s and 80s.  It has become a great place for bird watching within minutes of the city, and also has the best views of the city’s skyline. Guided tours of the reserve are available on weekends from 10.30am-3.30pm and a monthly nocturnal visit is conducted which you must book a week in advance for. More information on nocturnal tour dates here.

 

Tigre: In the outskirts of the city, on the opposite side of town, is an island lined by small rivers and streams. The rugged location surrounded by nature offers a variety of attractions including canoeing, kayak and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park. More information here.