Viví Francia: A Week of French Culture in BA

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Throughout the week the city will be filled with activities relating to French Culture including cuisine, arquitecture, fashion, music, film, and more. The event will take place from the 16th to the 23rd of September at different venues around the city.

The agenda includes tours to the French Embassy, an urban design tour of Palermo, a Santa Fe avenue tour, a visit to the Botanical gardens, tango influences in Recoleta, and a French hotspot tour in Retiro and Recoleta. (Find the tour schedules here).

There will also be live music events, theatre and film screenings (find schedule here), French lessons at the Alianza Francesa (here), conferences about Parisian fashion (here), and an interesting gourmet option including a French wine tasting at Grand Cru, a tea tasting event at Chez Pauline and a conference about French cuisine (more information here).

New in Town: Rey de Copas

September has brought a new French restaurant and welcoming tapas bar  to the Palermo Scene.  Although still in its initial opening phase, Rey de Copas is already making a name for itself.

At the front of the spacious venue is the restaurant, in charge of Alex Sourou who was the talent behind the hidden and well-reputed Les Anciens Combattants. The celebrated chef is known for his classic French cuisine, attention to detail, and for his friendly manners.

At the back is the impressive bar and lounge area which stands out for its ethnic decor and artistic quota, brought by the venue’s owner, artist Sebastian Paez Vilaró.  The bar serves cocktails and French inspired tapas (think delicious home made paté) and meanwhile entertains the eye with its unique objects, such as trumpets, Venetian marionettes, and art work. Gorriti 5176, Palermo / T. 2068-5220

Top 5 French Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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La Bourgogne– The city’s most distinguished French Restaurant, in the city’s most distinguished hotel, the Alvear Palace, offers one of the best, albeit pricy, dining options Buenos Aires has to offer. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4808-2100. labourgogne@alvear.com.ar

Brasserie Petanque: This San Telmo based French Brasserie offers great quality, abundant servings, amicable service and a wonderful selection of wines. We recommend their sweetbreads! Defensa 596, San Telmo. 4342-7930. info@brasseriepetanque.com.

Chez Nous: This bright and elegant restaurant in the Recoleta based Algodon Mansion offers a great menu of French-Argentine fusion cuisine. Plus they have an annex cognac bar and a glass-covered patio with a fireplace that is great for winter! Montevideo 1647 – Recoleta, 3530-7777

La Maison: A hidden gem in the bustling Palermo scene owned by a friendly French Mademoiselle from Lyon. The at home feel of this lovely recycled house, the welcoming service, and great drinks and food make La Maison a place worth revisiting. Honduras 5774, Palermo. 3979 2970. info@lamaisonba.com

L’Atelier: Way off the beaten path, in La Lucila neighborhood is one this suburban favorite. Savory dishes and a great wine list to complement ensure this lovely French restaurant is here to stay. Av. Libertador. 3836, La Lucila. 4005-5244