Find links to all our favorite Palermo Hollywood Spots for drinks, music, food and more!
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The Dorrego flea market in Palermo, not to be confused with the outdoor antique market surrounding Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo, is a great place to look for knick-knacks, antique furniture and unique finds. The market, which opened approximately 25 years ago, is one of the largest in South America, and offers all sorts of distinctive objects from all around the globe due to the colorful migratory history of the country. There is also some interesting urban art in the surrounding area.
The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm and is located at the corner of Dorrego and Alvarez Thomas, at the limit between Palermo Hollywood and Colegiales.
If there is one thing Palermo Hollywood is known for, it is its great selection of restaurants! See below where to go for auteur meals, a bit of spice, or a generous portion of meat.
Award winning gourmet dining
Recently, Restaurant Magazine chose the world’s fifty best restaurants, and it just so happens that three of them are located in the Palermo Hollywood area. If fine dining is your kind of thing, then you will definitely want to stop by for lunch, brunch, or an extended tasting menu at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant which is known for its fish main courses, creamy risottos and famous yoghurt and granita dessert. Tegui is another to offer delectable tasting menus with three appetizer options, three main courses and three desert options that change depending on chef Martín Martitegui´s latest bout of inspiration. Paraje Arevalo is a pretty corner restaurant that also offers delectable auteur dishes and 6 or 8 course tasting menus.
Exotic and foreign cuisine
The area is also abundant in options that feature exotic foreign cuisine: Green Bamboo for Vietnamese, Sudestada for Thai, Bangalore for curries in a relaxed pub like atmosphere, Bar du Marche (a French bistro with a secret closed door Japanese restaurant atop), Paru for Peruvian and Japanese fusion cuisine, and Boteco do Brazil for yummy Brazilian food. Whatever your taste or preference in spice, you’re bound to find it at one of these hot dining spots!
The Argie Staples: Pizza, pasta, and meat
And of course, no respectable Buenos Aires neighborhood can be without its carb and protein eateries and Palermo is of course no exception to the rule. For the best Italian style pasta in the area head to Da Donato Cucina Paradiso,and to Siammo nel Forno for pizza, Morelia does grilled pizza and for asado there is the Uruguayan La Celeste or the typically Argentine El Bonpland and La Dorita de enfrente.
Palermo Hollywood also has many vegetarian restaurants. Check out the veggie list here.
Café culture is a porteño trademark, and the many gorgeous traditional cafés that are scattered around the city are proof that locals have thrived on cafecitos and medialunas ever since BA´s founding days. During the last few years, a new type of café has sprung offering a wider variety of pastries inspired by French and North American cuisine. In Palermo, cafés pop up every day, offering from scrambled eggs and bacon for a potent way to start the day, to the more understated and local caffeine and sugar combinations.
Café Montenegro serves Lavazza coffee, and many a foreigner chooses this lovely spot at the corner of Soler and Arevalo because quality java is a guarantee. Arévalo and Soler, Palermo Hollywood. 4040.3783.
The Italian style In Bocca al Lupo café offers top-notch coffee and also delicious sandwiches, nutella filled croissants, and all in a spacey luminous setting complete with an outdoor patio. Bonpland 1965, Palermo. 4774-3692.
Yummy cakes and Palermitan cozy feel
There is an overwhelming amount of cafés in the Palermo area, and the type that features flowery streamers and rustic atmospheres are the most popular. The most renowned and for good reason are the pioneer Oui Oui, Voltaire (lovely lighting and outdoor seating), Porota (passion fruit muffins!), and Pani ( famous for its sweet potato jam cheesecake). Of course, there are many others and if there’s one you’ve found that missed the list, please share with us!
Sipping on coffee and reading is the perfect match and Eterna Cadencia, our favorite neighborhood bookstore has tapped into this and also has a gorgeous café with natural light coming in from the rooftop windows. Honduras 5574, Palermo. 4774-4100.
For those who want a real porteño experience then stopping by El Bar del Gallego is a must. This corner café belongs to Don Emilio, who despite being offered millions for his prized location sticks to his guns and continues serving the local classics, as well as the bars specialty- a baguette with prociutto, cheese and butter. The bar will soon be moving to the opposite corner and so will be closed during the first fortnight of November. Bonpland 1703, Palermo Hollywood. 4771-1526.
The last fad to hit BA is brunch and it makes perfect sense in a city that parties until the early dawn that waking up late and leisurely brunching become a favorite weekend activity. Options for delectable breakfast+lunch experiences abound, and more so in Palermo, so we picked a few of our favorites in the Hollywood area.
Hernán Gipponi Restaurant: Our very own HG couldn’t go unmentioned, and is top of the top if we do say so ourselves! The restaurant´s diva-worthy brunch experience includes a tasting menu with juices, fruits, yummy medialunas, and then the trademark main courses featuring fish and meat, as well as Bloody Mary and coffee (of course!). Book your place in advance on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays at 3220 6820. Soler 5862.
Oui Oui: This cozy café was one of the first in the area offer European-style bakery (as its French name may suggest) and is one of the most popular, not only for brunch (which includes scrambled eggs, salmon, and scrumptious pastries), but also for lemonade and cakes in the afternoon. Nicaragua 6068. 4778-9614.
Pani: Right across from Oui Oui is this similar popular spot that places an emphasis on the sweet and offers a brunch menu that features dishes with both a foreign and a local flair including its famous Martín Fierro cake made with sweet potato jam. Nicaragua 6044. 4772-6420.
Olsen: The best this Scandinavian restaurant offers is its great selection of vodkas, and so, their post-Saturday fun Bloody Mary is definitely one of the highlights, along with the garden lounge chairs, of this classic Palermo Sunday brunching spot. Food has gotten better and worse reviews over the years, and the menu includes traditional Nordic flavors such as smorgasbord with yummy toppings and typical dishes such as scrambled eggs. Gorriti 5870. 4776-7677
Artemisia: And, for the healthy, this organic restaurant offers a brunch menu full with whole wheat bread, seeds, fruits and juices bound to restore energy and radiance! Gorriti 5996. 4776.5484.
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Buenos Aires is a city of artists and musicians, so catching quality live shows, both on a local and international level is pretty easy on any week without having to look to hard. Palermo Hollywood has a couple of very worthwhile venues that are dedicated to inciting tapping feet.
Club Niceto is a classic BA nightlife option that offers live music shows by local and international artists, and also cutting-edge theme based parties. More information on their program here . Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.
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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.