This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

(Photo by Colros)

A special exhibit of renowned artist Quinquela Martin´s drawings is being showcased at the Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca.

In the evening Julio Morales y los Afro Argentos  will be playing their new material from “Un Pasaje a otro Planeta” featuring funk, Afro Cuban rhythms and electronic music at the Teatro Alvear

For dinner head to one of the city’s Italian restaurants (we suggest Doppio Zero) and order a plate of gnocchi. Local tradition says that on the 29th of every month money must be placed under a plate of gnocchi in order to increase fortune!

 

Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca Quinquela Martin

Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca

4301-1080 ‎

 

Teatro Alvear

Av. Corrientes 1659, downtown

4374 6076

 

Doppio Zero

Soldado de La Independencia 1238, Las Cañitas

4899 0162

Open Tue- Sat 8.30pm- closing and Sun 12.30pm-4pm

 

Wednesday

Aiming to promote the urban art scene in Buenos Aires Graffitimundo offers an off the beaten path tour of the city streets. Group tours are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting at 3pm for those interested in learning more about the local street art and the political and social context that is behind it. This is a great option to get to know another side of Buenos Aires. More information on meeting points and prices here.

In the evening head to the Abasto neighborhood for a taste of tango presented by the Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro at the Club Atletico Fernández Fierro starting at 10pm.

 

Club Atlético Fernández Fierro

Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto

caff@fernandezfierro.com

 

Thursday

(Photo by blmurch)

If your 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 (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum.

Book your place for the 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

 

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm

Tel: (54-11) 6319-1104

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by ag2078)

Take a walk down Puerto Madero to the ecological reserve where you can get the best view of the city and see some of the local flora and fauna!

In the evening join the BA Palermo Pub Crawl and get to know other travelers and the Buenos Aires nightlife. The pub crawl includes pizza, beer and wine from 10-11pm, complimentary shooters at 3 bars, drink discounts, and a club admission to Crobar, for a total of 100pesos. The night begins at Kuantum, in Palermo at 10pm.

 

BA Pub Crawl

15 5464 1886

Kuantum

 El Salvador 5567, Palermo

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Simba tango)

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo is being held every Saturday and Sunday until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo. Tickets available here. Av. Del Libertador 4350, Palermo. 4777-8005

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by sapiamaia)

Start the week by browsing books and sitting down for a read over coffee at the stunning Ateneo Grand Splendid. The impressive bookstore is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

 

Ateneo Grand Splendid

Av. Santa Fe 1860

4813.6052

 

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

 

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday

(Photo by doisporai)

Head to the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano where an impressive display of antique and religious objects, furniture, silver, and paintings dating back to the 1700´s are sure to take you back to a key historic moment where two very different cultures collided to define what South America is today. The museum will also be showcasing a special exhibit of renowned photographer Franz Mayer’s work.

Live jazz and tarot readings will be held at Centro Cultural Matienzo staring 6pm.

 

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano

Isaac Fernández Blanco

Suipacha 1422

4327.0272

 

Centro Cultural Matienzo

Matienzo 2424, Belgrano

info@ccmatienzo.com.ar

15-6610-1520

 

Wednesday

Head to the Carlos Gardel Museum to see the special exhibit on Tita Merello, a famous Argentine actress and singer.

In the evening Manu Chao will be playing at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets available here.

 

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2015

 

Estadio Malvinas Argentinas

Gutemberg 360, Caballito

 

Thursday

(Photo by neural.it)

The Cultura y Media 6 festival kicks of on Thursday and runs through to Saturday showcasing visual art work and mixed media which incorporates new technology and interesting ways of rethinking culture. Check out the full program here.

Book your place for the 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by blmurch)

Take a day trip to the local bakery, butcher shop and market where Teresita will show you all the traditional foods and ingredients. Afterwards go back to her home and learnt to make empanadas before having a delicious gourmet 4-course meal with wine pairings! More on Teresita’s culinary tour here.

In the evening head to the Teatro Verdi to participate in the great milonga that will be held as part of the Festival de Tango de La Boca! (make sure to arrange for transport to and from the location with the Hotel as La Boca is dodgy at night).

 

Teatro Verdi

Almirante Brown 763, La Boca.

4361-2547

4361-7837

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by El Garza)

The IV Festival de Musica de la Revolucion Mejicana will be held at the Palermo Rosedal this Saturday starting at midday and offering a variety of activities related to the Mexican revolution including live music and a food and culture fair. Av. Alcorta and Sarmiento.

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo is being held every Saturday and Sunday until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo. Tickets available here. Av. Del Libertador 4350, Palermo. 4777-8005

 

Coming Up: Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo

(Photo by Bruno Belcastro)

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo will be kicking off this weekend in Palermo. The event, which was first carried out in 1893,  is the most important Polo competition of the year and is also one of the most frequented social functions by the local elite and international polo players.

The tournament will begin this Saturday 19th of November and will be held every weekend until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo.

Tickets available here.

 

Campo Argentino de Polo

Av. Del Libertador 4350 – Palermo

4777-8005

Spring in Buenos Aires

Spring festivities are common in most countries as it is the season of renewal and rebirth. In Argentina, every 21st of September students celebrate their day and the arrival of spring by gathering in parks to share picnics and listen to live bands anticipating the months to come.

Buenos Aires is particularly nice in the spring as the moderate temperatures, flowering vegetation and wide range of activities bring it to life.

Some of the city´s spring highlights are:

The City Flowers:. The Palermo rose garden (Rosedal) is one of the most stunning parks of the city and is at its brightest in spring when its over 12000 variety of roses are in full bloom. The purple jacarandas also pop up paving the city streets with their unique purple flowers whilst the abundant orange blossoms perfume the air. There is also currently an exhibit of flower sculptures by local artists being displayed at the Plaza San Martin.

(Photo by ag2078)

High Handicap Polo Season:  Buenos Aires is known for it’s Polo tournaments which are held from the end of August to the beginning of December. More information on matches herePolo Elite also offers polo lessons and English speaking polo player guides for the tournaments.

(Photo by daveoleary)

Live music and performances: Spring is the season for international rock and pop acts and festivals, the Creamfields electronic festival, the independent theatre festival and jazz festival, all held through the months of September-December. More information of this year’s line-up and tickets here.

(Photo by alrom)

Spring is also a wonderful season for short trips to estancias, to Tigre and to small towns like San Antonio de Areco, amongst others. Outdoor tango is also danced in many parks at dusk and you’re sure to smell weekend asados comming from the peoples houses.

We Recommend: A Rural Expedition to an “Estancia”

(Photo by ChrisGoldNY)

With the arrival of spring and sunny days to come the span of activities broadens in the outskirts of the city where short trips to the countryside make for a great way to experience what the local culture is all about.  As your are probably very well aware of, one of the focal points of Argentine tradition is the countryside, home of gauchos and many an unfortunate cow.  The estancias are rural estates that not only carry out typical rural activities but also have a rich history depicting the settlement patterns and land disputes of this young country.

Horseback riding, polo, fishing, and Fiesta Gaucha (including folkloric dances and races) are all offered as part of the Estancia experience.

Some places to check out are:

La Candelaria Estancia & Polo Club

A top-notch estancia offering everything from gaucho shows to parachuting and massages in a gorgeous French style chateau surrounded by fragrant nature.

Estancia Santa Susana

This typical estancia outside the city regularly celebrates a Fiesta Gaucha with traditional meals and activities. This is a great day trip option in which transport to and from the Estancia is included.

Estancia La Horqueta

Built on the shore of a lagoon and surrounded by trees this natural haven offers canoes, bird watching, and horseback riding. Plant lovers will get a chance to walk around the estate with Enrique Pierri, an expert on the surrounding vegetation.

More options here.

We Recommend: Polo Lessons!

(photo by 7scout7)

 

Since 1610 the gauchos were already on their horses playing “Pato”, a national sport very similar to Polo. Nowadays Pato it is still played but Polo has taken a bigger stand and has become, one of the most successful sports in Argentina, next to football and rugby. Polo players such as Adolfo Cambiaso, and Nacho Figueras have become obtained great national and international acclaim exemplifying the quality of the sport in Argentina.

The popularity of the sport has led there to be many Polo tournaments which are great events to attend, and it is also possible to take a Polo lesson, which is a fun alternative to get to know this interesting sport.    In Buenos Aires, Polo Elite offer individual and group lessons in English for all levels. They also offer the opportunity to go to a polo match with an English speaking polo player to guide you through the game.

You can find an overview of Polo rules here.

Polo Elite

4942-0558

info@poloelite.com

This Week in Buenos Aires

Those of you visiting Buenos Aires this week may be wondering what will be going on given that Easter tends to promise more quiet time than action and attraction, however, fear not, the city always has something interesting to offer. Literary madness takes a hold of the city starting Wednesday when the annual International book fair is launched and religious celebrations and easter eggs follow as the locals take a few days off from the city leaving it clear of the busy bustle.

Monday

Take a walk down Pasaje Rivarola, a beautiful street which appears to be stuck in time in the historical downtown area. Built in 1926 and characterized by its mirrored buildings on both sides, it is a regular location for film productions looking for an old fashioned feel. Whilst you´re there visit “La Chacarita de Los Relojes”, a small shop specializing in antique clock and watch restoration.

In the evening head to Club Severino for a wild party hosting a gore night promising laughs and scares, make up artists and special effects.  We suggest you take a cab as the surroundings of Av. de Mayo and La Casa Rosada, where the club is located, is a bit dodgy at night.

Pasaje Rivarola- Bartolomé Mitre 1300, between Talcahuano and Uruguay.

Club Severino

Hipolito Yrigoyen 851

11pm onwards

Tuesday

A compilation of Argentine documentary photography (1850-2010) is being exhibited at the Centro Cultural Recoleta until this Sunday. A great opportunity to get a feel of the city’s history.

Afterwards head to the nearby “Clasica y Moderna” a book store and restaurant where you can browse for books,  have a meal or listen to live music. Ana Moraitis  sings live greek music at 9.30 PM. (check the web page for their music program if you’re planning to go at another date)

If you’re in the mood for some clubbing later, head to Palermo where nightclub Kika hosts “Hype”  their  Tuesday hit party.

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junin 1930

4803-1040

Opening hours- 2pm- 9pm

Clasica y Moderna

Av Callao 892, Recoleta

4812-8707

clasica@clasicaymoderna.com

Kika club

Honduras 5339, Palermo

4137-5313

info@kikaclub.com.ar

Wednesday

For those interested in the local politics and upcoming elections the British-Argentine Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast at the Hotel Panamericano de Buenos Aires to present an analysis of presidential candidates for 2011. The breakfast is $120, to attend send an email to eventos@ccab.com.ar.

For a look at geometric latin american art,  head to the Palais de Glace and check out the “MADI”  exhibition displaying works from Argentine, Uruguayan and Brazilian artists that took part in this movement.

Close by is the display  “Infinito Paisaje”  by Brazilian artists Katia Maciel and André Parente, where they showcase interactive installations and video projections about landscapes and love stories.

In the evening, the Centro Cultural Konex hosts their weekly Milonga “La Garufa” where the traditional tango genre meshes with a modern approach. Beginner and intermediate classes are offered at 8pm, advanced at 9.30pm and the milonga, with a live orchestra starts at 11pm.

Hotel Panamericano

Carlos Pellegrini 551

4348-5000

Palais de Glace

Posadas 1725, Recoleta

4804-1163

Infinito Paisaje

Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Arenales 1540, Recoleta

4333-1300

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

Thursday

A big event this week is the Argentina-England Copa de las Naciones polo match being played in Palermo. The event begins at midday offering live shows and lunch and the match begins at 3pm. Tickets available here.

Later on in the evening, tour the city s art galleries in its first Gallery Night of the year.

A great place for drinks later at night is 878, a hidden bar in Palermo with a great selection of whiskies and cocktails.

Campo Argentino de Polo

Av. Libertador 4300 and Dorrego, Palermo

4777 6444

878

Thames 878, Villa Crespo

4773-1098

Friday

Good Friday is probably the slowest day of the Easter holiday. You have two choices, you either experience the local Easter celebrations or you find something alternative to do. If you go for the first option, you might enjoy going to “Tierra Santa” a surreal religious theme park which has recreated old jerusalem, the resurrection of Christ and many biblical stories including the genesis. There will also be a staged Via Crucis,  but we recommend you experience this  in Av. de Mayo starting at 8.30pm in Plaza Lorea where the the procession will be accompanied by a choir and an orchestra.

If you want something alternative to do, head to the MALBA and check out the Grette Stern and the Nineteenth Century exhibition hosted at 5pm. Hitchcock fans will also be able to catch one of the movies being screened.

Later on at night go to Club Niceto for their Friday “Invasion” bash.

Tierra Santa

Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, Costanera Norte

0800-444-3467

info@tierrasanta-bsas.com.ar

Plaza Lorea- Rivadavia and Paraná

MALBA

info@malba.org.ar

Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

+54 (11) 4808-6500

Club Niceto

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

4779-9396

Saturday

In the spirit of Easter go on an easter egg chocolate shopping spree at gourmet chocolateries Vassalisa in Recoleta, Tikal in Palermo, and Compañia de Chocolates in Palermo and Recoleta.  We also recommed you try the traditional rosca de pascua.

In the evening the Centro Cultural Recoleta hosts a clown and music show at 7pm.

Vasalissa

Avenida Callao 1940, Recoleta

(0)11 4806 4158

Tikal

Honduras 4890, Palermo

Compañia de Chocolates

Beruti 4634, Palermo

(5411) 4776-4614

info@companiadechocolates.com

Rodriguez Peña 1847, Recoleta

(5411) 4813-9434

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junin 1930

4803-1040

Sunday

If you would like to attend Easter mass in English you can go to the Parroquia Madre Admirable near Retiro at 10am. Otherwise the United Community Church in the Acasuso town on the suburbs of the city offers services in English.

Sunday is also a great day to take a day trip to an estancia where traditional meals and shows are offered. More information on estancias and bookings here. http://www.estanciasargentinas.com/eng/index.php

Parroquia Madre Admirable

Arroyo 917, Downtown

4393-3887

The best polo in the world is played in Argentina.The best polo in the world is played in Palermo. And this happens at the “Campeonato Abierto Argentino de Polo”. With Adolfo Cambiaso (H) as the main star is the only tournament in the world where you can see as many celebrities as players (or maybe more!) and lots of glamour. 

So what makes Cambiaso so special? Check it out on this video