Argentina’s Top Ice Cream Flavors

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One of the things Argentina is known for is its delicious ice-cream. Now that the Spring-Summer season is in full bloom, indulging in this sweet treat is a must! Below is our pick of top five local flavours. If you go out for a cone on the night of the 21-11 from 7pm onwards, ice-cream shops will be offering a 50% discount!

Dulce de leche: The most classic Argie ice-cream flavor is local trademark caramel. You can have it plain, or granizado which means it comes with chocolate chips, with almonds, brownie chunks, and whatever other combination the stop you go to may have thought up.

Menta Granizada: Perfect for hot summer days, this chocolate chip mint flavor is a local retro classic that many still choose, although never near as much as dulce de leche.

Sambayón: This rich and creamy eggnog flavor is perfect for those that like a little liquor in their ice-cream flavor. A classic favorite amongst older generations.

Maracuyá: Passion fruit ice-cream is relatively new to the Argie heladería scene but it is definitely a hit, specially for those that like creamy vibrant fruit flavors. Those that like lighter, fresher fruit flavors can choose from flavors “al agua” which are prepared with water instead of milk.

Specialty ice-creams: For those that are bold and like to experiment, most ice-cream stores have their own special and unique flavors which can range from malbec ice-cream to marroc (a typical Argentine candy).

If you are staying at Fierro, make sure to stop by UCO to try a delicious scoop of our special cinnamon ice cream!

 

This Week: 3rd to 9th of August

Monday

graffiti

(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

Fierro Hotel is kicking off the month with a renovated façade that showcases the work of talented local street artists. Want to see more? The unexpectedly warm winter weather is perfect for strolling the city streets on one of Graffitimundo’s tours which will show you the who is who and the whereabouts of Argentine street art.  More information here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

For some great post-dancing fugazzeta pizza, go to the nearby Los Cocos. Av Córdoba 3303, Almagro

Tuesday

mate

(Photo by Sam Verhaert)

The new exhibit at the MNBA (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) features indigenous art from Paraguay. Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

And while on the topic of Paraguay, practice Spanish and try some mate, a typical drink inherited from the Guaraní culture, at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

Wednesday

música

(Photo by Carolina Bello)

If you’re in the San Telmo area, stop by the Ethnographic museum and learn more about the Argentine indigenous community. Moreno 350, San Telmo.

Later on, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Thursday

The Museo de Arte Hispanoaméricano Isaac Fernandez Blanco, located in the stunning Palacio Noel, is featuring a special retrospective of Ecuadorian photographer Hugo Cifuentes.  Suipacha 1422, downtown.

In the evening, the first performance of Antidiaspora, featuring music by Argentine musicians developed in France, will be taking place at the Colón Theatre. Functions will be taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. Tickets here.

Friday

helado

(Photo by Filipe Fortes)

Expect Summery warm weather on Friday and make sure to stop by one of our recommended spots for ice-cream after spending the day outdoors!

In the evening, the first performance of Antidiaspora, featuring music by Argentine musicians developed in France, will be taking place at the Colón Theatre. Functions will be taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

las nereidas

(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

For an off the beaten path outing, check out the Caballito neighborhood and stop by Parque Rivadavia where the Buenos Aires Market gourmet food fair will be taking place throughout the weekend. Av. Rivadavia 4800, Caballito.

Head to the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero and look for the stunning monument La Fuente de las Nereidas which depicts the birth of Venus, and was sculpted by Lola Mora, one of Argentina’s most renowned women artists.

You can also stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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If your planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colon Theatre, first head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba. The stunning palace is now Aguas Argentinas´ (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso.  6319-1104

One Table, the city’s top Monday gastronomic event, is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people at a unique dining experience. Booking in advance is a must! 3220-6820.

Tuesday

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The Dorrego flea market in Palermo Hollywood is one of the neighborhood’s top attractions for antiques and unique finds!  Dorrego and Álvarez Thomas.

In the evening, renowned tango group Otros Aires will be presenting their new record, 4, at Boris Club de Jazz. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Wednesday

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Head to the MALBA and check out the Liliana Porter and Elba Bairón exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Later on, head to the gorgeous Colón Theatre where a ballet production of Cinderella is being staged throughout the week. Tickets here.

Thursday

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A very warm day is forecast for Thursday so outdoor sightseeing and stopping for some well reputed Argie ice-cream are mandatory! Find a list of our favorite ice-cream parlors here.

In the evening, catch the stunning Fuerza Bruta show that is being staged at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

Friday

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If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not a vegetarian chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

The Planeta Terra Fest featuring Travis, Lana del Rey and Beck will be taking place at Tecnópolis. Tickets here.

In the evening, stop by Fierro‘s monthly Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour now from 7pm to 10pm! 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.

On Saturday, PM Open Air Music will be taking place with live music and more from 3pm onwards at San Pedro de Jujuy 101, Retiro.

On Saturday, Paco de Lucía will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

On Sunday, the Feria de las Naciones kicks off  with a great selection of foods and traditions from different countries at La Rural in Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Museo de Antioquia)

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!

Summer in Buenos Aires

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The summer season in Buenos Aires runs from the 21st of December- 21st March and is one of the quieter seasons in the city as the locals go on holidays to their beach houses and tourists settle in. This is especially true during January, the peak of the high season in Argentina.

Temperatures in BA are high in the summer, and it is also very humid, so bring light summer clothing and don’t forget your bathing suit! (Check out Fierro Hotel’s pool here)!

Fortunately the city is full of spacious parks with shady trees, many with sun loungers and beach umbrellas, which make for great resting spots, picnic grounds and also tourist attractions. Such is the case of the 3 de Febrero Parks and Botanical Garden in Palermo, the Recoleta parks, the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero, and the Tigre Delta (more information on outdoor attractions here.)

Additionally the river allows for some aquatic activities including sailing (see smile on sea for sailing options), canoeing, and even windsurfing and kite surfing in the outskirts of the city (see Peru Beach’s water sport options).  The river however is not fit for swimming so reserve that for the hotel pool!

Due to the large influx of foreign tourists to the city during this season, tourist attractions, museums, art exhibitions, live music and tango shows amongst other abound. Many do however close for Christmas and New Years and reopen in January.  And, another of the seasons highlights is the delicious local ice-cream!

We All Scream for Ice-cream

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Hot sunny days call for refreshing treats and there’s nothing like ice-cream to indulge in after visiting the city sites. Brought to the city by Italian immigrants, the delightful sweet cream has been made perfect by the quality local dairy and unique regional flavors amongst which, of course, dulce de leche reigns.  As anyone who has walked the streets of Buenos Aires knows, ice cream parlors abound, which is why we have put together a suggested list of places to try the very best the city has to offer.

Persicco–  Probably one of the most respected and well-known ice-cream shops in the city with many branches including one in Palermo, Las Cañitas, Caballito, Downtown, Martinez, Recoleta, and Pilar.   They offer two unique chocolate flavors; Chocolate Goldoni (chocolate mousse ice cream with white chocolate coated cereal) and Chocolate Persicco (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, cognac and nuts) and also serve kosher, light options, and some flavors that are approved for people with celiac disease.

Cadore- This traditional ice cream shop opened first in the late nineteenth century in the Italian region of Cadore. In the 1950´s the Olivotti family that founded it moved to Argentina opening up their shop in the Av. Corrientes theatre district,  where the old family recipes are still prepared today. This is the place to go for a classic dulce de leche ice cream. Corrientes 1695, downtown. Buenos Aires. 4374-3688.

Jauja- This Patagonian ice-cream shop with a branch in Palermo offers top quality ice creams without artificial flavoring or additives. They also make their own chocolate, priding themselves on the quality of their ingredients. Their creative approach to ice cream making has led to an ever changing menu of flavors made from unique combinations and fruits such as quince and rasperry-malbec. Cerviño 3901, Palermo – 4801-8126.

Arkakao- Tea house, restaurant and most of all gourmet gelateria, this extension of the Italian Kakao and the Piemontese Venchi serves some of the best ice cream in town thanks to the imported Italian nuts and chocolates and the quality local milk, all without additives or preservatives and produced daily to ensure a freshness. The detailed care of the ingredients  and process make Arkakao ice cream delectable and perfect. Additionally they offer a variety of serving options for those looking to span out of the traditional “cucurucho”. Quintana 188, Recoleta. 4813-7585.

Via Flaminia- Another of Buenos Aires’ renowned classic ice cream stores is this elegant downtown parlor, which was founded in1965 in Florida street. Their ice creams are known for their creamy perfection with traditional tastes such as sambayon, and chocolate flavors being their specialty. Florida 121, downtown. 5032-9911.