Recommended Palermo Restaurants: Local/ Casa Arevalo

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Paraje Arevalo is one of our favorite Palermo restaurants  and now chef-owners Estefanía Di Benedetto and Matías Kyrizis are bringing even more to the hip local scene. LOCAL Restaurant is their new restaurant that opened in 2012 and offers a more laid back version of their exemplary cooking.

The gem however is the next-door  Casa Arévalo, a gastronomic home where monthly pop-up dinners take place and are prepared by some of the most renowned city chefs.

This initiative, called TC Gourmet (un tour de cocineros) is part of a new culinary movement led by chefs who seek to redefine the local gastronomic scene.  Projects such as this one; GAJO, a deluxe team made of the city`s top chefs who combine their talents and local ingredients to deliver the best of fine dining at different venues around the city, and a group called A.C.E.L.G.A, which is comprised of renowned chefs and businessmen from the culinary world who organize different events, are part of this new wave of Argentine cuisine.

LOCAL is open from Tuesday to Sunday both for lunch and dinner. It is located at Arévalo 2063 in Palermo. Casa Arévalo offers pop-up events next door at Arévalo 2061.  4773-6119

Summer Café: Cocó Marie

A new addition to the Palermo scene, this daytime café meshes together everything summer. It is first of all a swimwear store, and also sells flip-flops, bags, other accessories, plants and flowers. It’s the perfect place to shop for that two-piece you need for lounging by the hotel rooftop pool and to stop for some great pastries or a light lunch in the shady outdoor patio. The cuisine, which they advertise as homemade and fresh, caters to the Palermo palate and includes salads, sandwiches and many a sweet treat for the afternoon. Armenia 1764, Palermo.4833 0950.

Margarita Paksa Retrospective at the MAMBA

The MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires) is displaying an extensive collection of the prolific Argentine artist Margarita Paksa’s work. The retrospective includes sculptures, drawings, digital and video art. Some of the subjects the artist deals with are subjectivity, perception, time and language in thought provoking pieces that invite the audience to participate and interact.

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Also on display are a photography and video art collection by Italian artist Massimo Listri, video art by Luz Linder, and an exhibition of sculptures and installations using wood and other organic materials by Alejandro Somaschini. Artists Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel have also intervened the museum walls with drawings and paintings.

The exhibition is open until the 30th of March from Tuesdays to Fridays from 11am to 7pm and from 11am to 8pm on weekends. Tickets are five pesos.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001.

Don’t Miss: Feria Masticar

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The Feria Masticar, a food and cooking fair organized by some of the city’s most prestigious chefs, kicks off today until the 18th of November.  Throughout the weekend, delicious food, top quality products and special cooking classes will all be offered at this first edition of the fair, which promotes itself under the slogan Comer rico hace bien (Eating delicious food is good for you).

A group called A.C.E.L.G.A, which is comprised of renowned chefs and businessmen from the culinary world, put the event together. The chefs themselves selected the products that will be on sale. Additionally, there will be plenty a chance to try some delicious traditional and novel local cuisine including a special menu by GAJO (a full list of participating restaurants and the menus they will be offering is available here). Also, some of Buenos Aires’ celebrity chefs will offer cooking classes and conferences throughout the three days (Find the full program here).

Tickets to the fair cost 30 pesos and include access to cooking classes and conferences (limited to available space). The fair will be open from midday to 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday. El Dorrego,  Zapiola 50, Colegiales

Parrilla Tour Buenos Aires

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Most visitors that come to Buenos Aires have a couple of must do´s on their list, and eating meat at a traditional parrilla is definitely on the top of it. Of course there are a lot of great spots to do this, and many to recommend, but for those looking for a full parrilla experience, the Parrilla Tour is mandatory.

There are two versions of this carnivorous adventure; one takes place in the San Telmo neighborhood, the other in Palermo. Both include stops at three different neighborhood parrillas of different styles, and a grand finale at an ice-cream parlor (newcomers to Argentina may not know it yet, but Argentine ice-cream is the best.) The guides have interesting information about Argie cuisine and culture, and also make sure to recommend the top cuts.

Both tours last approximately three hours. The Palermo tour takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays and the San Telmo tour takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Advanced booking is required and can be done at 155 808 9687 or by email to info@parrillatour.com.

New Bar in Town: The Shanghai Dragon

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The Shanghai Dragon is one of the newest additions to the Palermo Scene and it has a promising future. The bar is owned by the man in charge of the popular British pub Gibraltar in San Telmo and the Hindu Bangalore in Palermo.

As The Shanghai’s name obviously suggests, it is inspired by China. The menu features Asian food and delicious drought beer, a trademark in all three bars that keeps the happy bar-goers happy.

Other similarities with its older siblings are its tasteful decor and music, although The Shanghai is the biggest of the three.

The ultra cool ambiance and the artisanal beer Happy Hour from 5pm-10pm every day makes it well worth checking out!

Aráoz 1199, Palermo

Top Tango Venues in Buenos Aires

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If you’re visiting Buenos Aires chances are tango is on your agenda. Of course due to the popularity of this music genre and dance there are innumerable places to go to for live music, dancing, and tango shows. We’ve put some of them together to point you in the right direction.

Tango Shows

Complejo Tango: Complejo Tango is one of the most popular tango shows in the city and for good reason. They offer superb tango as part of their show, and also a tango lesson prior to it, plus, the food is good.  Av. Belgrano 2608, Buenos. Aires. 4941-1119. reservas@complejotango.com.ar

Rojo Tango: This stunning and intimate show is set in the flamboyant Faena Hotel and is one of the best, albeit pricy, tango shows in the city. For those who like elaborate costumes and choreographies, then this is the place. Faena Hotel & Universe.  Martha Salotti 445, 5787-1536.

Piazzolla Tango: A treasure cove of mischief and distorted fantasies, the basement of the Pasaje Guemes, with its cabaret, theatre and restaurant, has charmed its eclectic public during the 1920′s throughout the 50′s. Now a days Piazzolla Tango offers the chance to visit the beautiful interior of the cabaret, theatre and restaurant whilst serving dinner and staging great tango shows! San Martin 170 // Florida 165, downtown. 4344 8201.

Milongas

Confitería La Ideal: This beautiful confiteria is one of the oldest in the city. Built in the early 1900’s it is graced with high ceilings, vitrauxs, chandeliers, a marble staircase and an old lift reminiscent of a past magnificence. The gorgeous coffee house is also one of the nicest places to go for tango lessons, live tango shows and milongas. Suipacha 380, Downtown, 5265-8069

Salon Canning: For those who are looking for a more authentic and local tango experience, then an evening at Salon Canning should definitely be on the agenda. This Palermo centered milonga is THE place where local tango veterans dance the night away. Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Palermo. 4826-8351

La Catedral: This somewhat grungy alternative tango hall in Almagro is popular amongst the younger more laid back tango crowds which start the night early with a tango class and then dance the night away into the early dawn. The ample space, the mismatched chairs, the Carlos Gardel shrine add to its appeal whiles its vegetarian restaurant is loved by some and hated by others (eating can always happen else where at the nearby Pierino for example, a family restaurant owned by Italians). All in all, a great place to take a tango lesson and dance all night afterwards in a laid back and fun atmosphere. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro. 155-325-1630.

Live Tango Music

Los 36 Billares: This traditional cafe on Av. De Mayo is an old city treasure that regularly stages tango shows for its local and foreign guests. Also close by is the famous Cafe Tortoni, where shows are also occasionally staged. Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown,  5353-6670 info@los36billares.com.

El Bar de Roberto: Gardel and other tango-passionates frequented this traditional bar, which was bought by a Spaniard from Asturias in the 1930s. Now a days it’s still kept as in the day, with the same bottles adorning the walls and late night live tango sessions to charm the intimate and usually crowded bar. Bulnes 331, Almagro. 4862-0415

Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro: This youthful and energetic tango orchestra delivers an alternative tango sound at many local popular venues. They are well worth taking into consideration both for the tango and the cool vibe of their shows.

Outdoors

If watching tango dancers out in the fresh air is more to your liking, then you can find talent on San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego on Sundays. You can also find milongas and tango lessons at La Glorieta in the Belgrano neighborhood where a more local crowd gather to dance under a charming arbor.

Take it Outside

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Warm summer afternoons and nights are perfect for outdoor socializing and what better than great drinks and breezy terraces or gardens to do so?  Head to one of these city hot spots and quench your thirst for the seasons nighttime fun or afternoon lounging.

Ferona Club Social: This speakeasy is both a restaurant and a bar with various seating areas, quirky decor, D.J, and of course a lovely and popular terrace. If you’re looking for a house party feel and lively crowd then don’t miss out on this Palermo centered secret, which incidentally reopens today- the challenge is.. to find it!!

Milion: This beautiful French style 3 story house was discovered by its now owners in 1999. They immediately fell in love with the place and decided to restore it and give it back its splendor. Today, this lovely building is not only restored but also working as a swinging bar with plenty of seating space (although it is quickly taken), great cocktails, and a beautiful courtyard, ideal for summer days. The bar also has a restaurant but the food doesn’t really stand out so we recommend going for drinks. Paraná 1048, Recoleta. 4815-9925.

Congo: Congo Bar is one of the hottest nightspots in the Palermo scene and there is good reason for it. Trendy locals line up at the door well into the night, as is usual in the city, to trade the entrance fee for Congo currency which can then be exchanged for the first drink of the night. Once inside, the brown and beige leather interior serves as a backdrop for the beautiful men and women who either mill around the bar, are seated at one of the hard to get tables or are enjoying one of the famous “Bossa Nova” drinks in the garden, the Congo jewel. Honduras 5329, Palermo. 4833-5857

Sonoman: One of the first bars to open with the Palermo boom, Sonoman promises good music, outdoor and indoor bars and seating and a loyal upbeat crowd.  They also serve food and we recommend to get there early for drinks and good seating. Fitz Roy 1655, Palermo. 4775-7179

Olsen: Although Olsen is more Scandinavian restaurant than bar, it is actually a great place to go for drinks as they have an incredible selection of international vodkas, great cocktails, and one of the best outdoor seating areas in the city complete with comfy backyard sofa-chairs. You might want to try some smorrebrod whilst you’re at it as well. Gorriti 5870, Palermo. 4776-7677. olsen@fibertel.com.ar

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.

Buenos Aires Nightlife: Bar-Pub-Electro Club

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One of our favorite nightspots in the city, The Shamrock or Basement Club, in the heart of Recoleta, might appear to be the perfect place for a pint at first glance. However, and although ‘pinting’ is most definitely allowed, this is no ordinary pub as down the stairs, in the, you guessed it, basement, is a perfect sized electro club where some of the city’s best DJs make sure everyone dances to the break of dawn.  The early opening hours, the great crowd of locals and tourists alike, the Thursday happy hour, and the blasting beats make The Shamrock one of our top picks for great party nights!

 

The Shamrock

Rodriguez Peña 1220, Recoleta

4812-3584

Open from 6pm on weekdays and 8 pm Saturdays. Closed Sundays.