This Week: 20-26th of July

Monday

frienday

(Photo by Kompania Piwowarska)

Check out the MALBA’s two new exhibits, one of controversial Argentine artist Rogelio Polesello, and the other of a collection of video art by different artists that depict important historical and socio-political events. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

The country will also be celebrating Friendship Day, as it does every 20th of July, so make sure to book in advance for shows and restaurants. Taste the special menu created at UCO Restaurant for the occasion, and join the fun at one of the city bars or at the classic Monday party by La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex!

Tuesday

Take one of Foto Ruta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

Last chance to catch the Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci opera productions at the Colón Theatre! Tickets here.

Wednesday

nereidas

(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

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.

At 6pm, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Thursday

The annual Expo Rural kicks off until Sunday featuring horse shows, folklore, farm animals and more. More information here.

Later on, don’t miss Cuban jazz artist Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Centro Cultural Kirchner starting at 9pm. Tickets are free and must be picked up on a first come first serve basis two hours prior to the show. Bouchard 350, downtown.

Friday

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(Photo by Antonio García)

Friday is a day for indulging! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich will be playing live concerts with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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

On Saturday and Sunday evening, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich will be playing live concerts with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

On Saturday and Sunday you can also head to the Palermo Racetracks where the monthly Buenos Aires Market event will be taking place, offering great produce and food in a colorful outdoor setting! Avenida Libertador and Dorrego.

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.

Fierro Loves Hollywood: Organic & Green

(Photo by Kimberly Kling (Joyful Roots))

Vegetarian, raw, organic, healthy, natural and green are all adjectives that the Hollywood sector of Palermo has quickly adopted as its own, and in a meat-eating country like Argentina, that’s saying a lot! Below is our selection of (insert preferred adjective from the above list) restaurants. And, a quaint neighborhood market for shopping and some fun.

Bio – The first organic vegetarian restaurant to open in Buenos Aires in 2002 deserves first mention. Their menu offers a variety of flavorful dishes for breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner, and prioritizes the perfect balance between health and flavor. Humboldt 2199, Palermo. 4774-3880.

Artemisia- Run by a couple who are passionate about bringing healthy food to the table, this is a great place to try the seasonal dishes which are made primarily with everything organic.  Gorriti 5996, Palermo Hollywood. 4776-5484.

Buenos Aires Verde- Sustainable living and healthy eating are the pillars of this relaxed restaurant and store where raw dishes, outdoor seating and takeaway are also options.  Gorriti 5657, Palermo Hollywood. 4775 9594.

Meraviglia–  And, close by is another popular green hot spot with organic products to take away, baked goods and a great mostly vegetarian menu that also features fish and of course organic ingredients. Gorriti 5796, Palermo Hollywood. 4775 7949.

Mercado Solidario Bonpland- Three days a week, on Tuesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s, this organic neighborhood market opens to the public offering everything from organic food to cleaning products to a variety of items made by local indigenous communities. There are also cultural activities including live music and artistic events to promote sustainable living, fair trade and community cooperation. Bonpland 1660, Palermo Hollywood. 

Shopping for Antiques

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The ships from the old world that docked at the new found opportunity and riches in the unexplored lands of South America, and left behind some of their own wealth and culture. The port city of Buenos Aires is a treasure trove and as such displays this historic phenomenon in its many antique markets.

Generally, the neighborhood associated with nostalgic valuables is San Telmo, where the largest concentration of antique stores in the city is. It also hosts the weekly Sunday fair where the most endearing trinkets from the past can be found.  Another vintage and antiques hotspot is the Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo, which we often recommend as it is full of quirky colorful finds.  Further up north, in the outskirts of the city, are two smaller antique centers, both part of the Tren de la Costa circuit. At the Maipú station in Olivos, near the Quinta Presidencial (where the presidents live during their political term),  is another antique focal point with stores that sell toys, records, furniture, and oriental antiques, and a million other artifacts. During the weekends, the Barrancas station also features an antique fair by the railroad tracks.

Christmas Weekend in Buenos Aires

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Saturday

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.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

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

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Those who want to start partying early on in the weekend stop by Pacha where DJ Barem will be from midnight onwards.  Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Downtown.

Sunday

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.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta. 

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Last minute shoppers will love Noche Shopping, the night in which all shopping malls remain open until 4am, offering discounts and perfect gift-picking opportunities!

Monday

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

The MALBA will be open on the 24th from  midday to 6pm. Don’t miss the Tracey Emin and Oscar Muñoz exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta.  

For a unique Christmas with tango included book your place at La Viruta after midnight milonga and Christmas dinner. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

If you haven’t yetm hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing Christmas Dinner. Check out the mouth-watering menu here.  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Find all the Christmas Eve parties taking place around the city here.

Tuesday

Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous Christmas brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

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

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Stop by Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo and celebrate the music at the Latin Jam starting at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

* Keep in mind that transport is complicated on Christmas Eve so call taxi companies at least a day in advance.

Neighborhood Markets and Fairs in Buenos Aires

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Neighborhood markets are charming places to find local characters and unique flavors and knickknacks. Below is a list of markets in BA where you will come across traditional foods, trinkets, craftwork, bargain prices and freaky finds.

Belgrano

Feria Modelo de Belgrano: Foodies will enjoy this indoor European style fair which was started in the 50´s in a well preserved 1800´s building and is now the place to go for gourmet products such as Patagonian trout, mushrooms, cheeses, and unique meat cuts like quail or armadillo. Open Mon-Fri from 8am-1pm and 5pm-8.30pm, and Sat from 8am-1pm. Ciudad de la Paz and Juramento.

Barrio Chino: Also in Belgrano is the local china town, a popular place amongst locals and foreigners who seek oriental specialties, and unique colors and flavors.  Juramento and Arribeños.

Palermo

Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo: The Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

Recoleta

Feria de Artesanos Plaza Francia: If you´re looking for hand woven textiles, wood carvings, artisanal leather goods and other local craftwork the Artisans fair in Plaza Francia, right next to the Recoleta cemetery, is the place to go. Open on weekends and holidays from 11am-8pm. Av. Libertador and Pueyrredon.

San Telmo

Feria de Antiguedades de San Telmo: San Telmo is a world known antique center where valuable collectors items are sold, but also, where knick-knacks and unique objects from the immigrants that populated the country can be found.  Although the neighborhood is full of antique stores that can be visited during the week, it’s the fair on Sundays that gathers visitors and locals alike.  Defensa and Humberto 1.

Caballito

Mercado del Progreso: This food market in the Caballito neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city having opened in 1889. Colorful vegetable stands and butchers that sell meat fresh from the farms are what the market is known for. The market is also around the corner of the antique tram, which you can visit on the weekends.   Market open on Mon-Sat from 7.30am-1pm, and 5pm-8.30pm. Av. Rivadavia 5430.

Mataderos

Feria de Mataderos: The Mataderos fair is held every Sunday and offers regional foods, gaucho accessories, knitwear, and leather bags amongst others. Gaucho traditions, such as the “carrera de sortija” and typical dances from around the country are also carried out on a stage. The fair is on Lisandro de la Torre Avenue, in Mataderos on Sunday. To get there, we suggest you coordinate transport with the hotel, as you will have to go through some dodgy areas to arrive.

More:

For organic produce, eco products and a laid back atmosphere head to El Galpón de Chacarita. Wednesday and Saturday 9am to 6pm. Av. Fédérico Lacroze 4171, Chacarita. 4554 9330.

Cheap bargains, unusual finds (including odd shaped mannequins) and noisy crowds at the Once shopping district.