Buenos Aires Avenues: Leandro Alem

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Named after the UCR political party founder Leandro Alem, this bustling avenue spans from Plaza San Martín to Casa Rosada (Pink House), where government headquarters are located, and is a lesson in Argentine political and economic history.

You can start the tour at Plaza San Martín  which is full of shady trees and also where the Monument to the soldiers fallen in Malvinas/Falklands is placed. The neighboring Kavanagh building is another important landmark, and in front of Plaza San Martín, in the Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina, is  the Torre Monumental clock tower  which is another of the city’s historical sites. Further on, a few blocks with skyscrapers and banks form part of the central commercial district of the city, and here you will find some emblematic skyscrapers such as Torre Catalinas Norte, named after Alem’s unrequited love, and others such as the IBM tower and the Alas building. In front of Catalinas is the Edificio Dinamarca, which on weekdays has a good Danish lunch spot, Club Danés, on the 12th floor with a great view of the river and skyline.

Crossing Corrientes Avenue (from where you can see the Obelisco), the Centro Cultural Kirchner, once the central post office of the city, is well worth the visit and offers a lot of interesting exhibits and cultural activities. Other government offices line Alem until reaching the famous Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo, where government headquarters are located. Don’t miss out on one of the weekend tours before losing yourself on the other side in the San Telmo district as you look for antiques and a nice place to stop for coffee

Buenos Aires Cóctel 2016

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(Photo by Frank)

Buenos Aires is known for its great bars, and for the next few days, with BA Cocktail week in full swing until the 21st, visiting them will be a must. Some of our favorites include 878, Verne, Isabel, Victoria Brown, Gran Bar Danzón, Florería Atlántico, and Casa Cavia. Of course, there are many more, and the full list of those participating in the event can be found here. Throughout the week, you will not only find cocktails at discount prices, and some of the city’s best bartenders shaking things up, but there will also be cocktail classes and unique pairings such as cocktail and a burger. The full program is available here.

Buenos Aires es conocida por sus excelentes bares, y en los próximos días, va a ser imperativo visitarlos ya que se estará llevando a cabo la Semana del Cóctel. Algunos de nuestros bares preferidos en la ciudad incluyen 878, Verne, Isabel, Victoria Brown, Gran Bar Danzón, Florería Atlántico y Casa Cavia. Por supuesto que hay muchos más, y la lista completa de todos los bares que participan del evento se puede encontrar aquí. Durante la semana, no solo se van a ofrecer tragos especiales y con descuento, sino que también habrá clases de coctelería y maridajes únicos tales como la combinación trago-hamburguesa. El programa completo se encuentra aquí.

Downtown Bistro: Dill and Drinks

Set in the heart of the Buenos Aires downtown area, just blocks away from Plaza San Martín, Dill and Drinks combines welcoming decor, scrumptious food and excellent cocktails. The small bistro offers a special summer menu complete with gazpacho, ceviche, vichyssoise and more, and for those who want to stop by in the afternoon, a great selection of tapas. Their cocktails are one of their specialties and they also have a top of the line wine selection. Additionally, their bright 50’s style decor makes for the ideal setting to enjoy a quality meal, delicious drinks and a lovely time in an area where the culinary options are generally limited. If in the neighborhood visiting Plaza San Martín, viewing the Kavanagh building or roaming the Retiro area, then this is definitely a good option to stop for lunch, drinks or dinner.  They also offer cocktail workshops. San Martín 986, Downtown. 4515-0675.

Day of the Dead at Museo Fernandez Blanco

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In Mexican tradition, the deceased are remembered in a colorful celebration on the Day of the Dead. During this holiday, family and friends visit altars that are built for those who have passed, with offerings of sweets, marigolds, skulls (calaveritas) and more.

The Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco takes part in this festivity every year. This year it will pay homage to the lives of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, the Argentine Astor Piazzolla, renowned for his tangos and composition, and Carlos Loiseau “Caloi” who was a famous local cartoonist.

Tonight, starting at 6.30pm, the museum will inaugurate the altar that will be open to the public until the 11th of November.  Additionally, there will be traditional Mexican and Argentine dances. The Museum is also well worth visiting for its collection of Hispanic art, and live concerts.

Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco. Palacio Noel. Suipacha 1422, Downtown.4327- 0228.mifb_prensa@buenosaires.gob.ar

Buenos Aires Art Galleries

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Buenos Aires is scattered with galleries that represent the city’s booming art industry, and they are well worth visiting for collectors and art lovers. Most of the galleries can be found in three main areas, the Retiro and Recoleta circuit, Palermo, and San Telmo.  Monthly gallery nights are held in different areas of the city and are a great chance to get to know this flourishing aspect of it.

Some recommended galleries include:

Retiro area:

Ruth Benzacar: founded in the sixties, it is one of the most prestigious galleries in the city and deals in contemporary Argentine art. Florida 1000, Buenos Aires. 4313 8480. info@ruthbenzacar.com.

Palermo:

Braga Mendez brings together thirty top-level artists producing independently and collectively, valuing a commitment to the idea of art stripped of a commercial focus.   Humboldt 1574, Palermo. 4775-5577. info@galeriabm.com.

Hollywood in Cambodia: Set atop a Palermo bar this hip space specializes in street art and is run by street artists. The gallery produces monthly shows and hosts many art related activities. Thames 1885, 1st floor. Palermo. hollywoodincambodia@gmail.com.

Arte x Arte: is a 1800m2 space dedicated to photography, video art and new media. They work to promote both the local artists in Argentina and abroad, and to introduce foreign artists to the local scene. Lavalleja 1062, Villa Crespo. 4773-2738.

Mar Dulce: Paintings, drawings, prints and photography by Argentine and Uruguayan upcoming artists are presented at this Palermo centered gallery. Uriarte 1490, Palermo. galeriamardulce@gmail.com

San Temo:

Arte Pampa: This gallery is dedicated to contemporary artwork that reflects the local traditions and heritage. It is a great place to buy gifts or something with a local feel to take back home.  Defensa 917, San Telmo. 4361-1138.

Zavaleta Lab: Also dedicated to contemporary Argentine art, they are intent on discovering and promoting new talents and are constantly renewing their program. Venezuela 571, San Telmo. 4331-2439.

5 Emblematic City Landmarks

Obelisco: This Buenos Aires icon at the center of the emblematic 9 de Julio avenue in the heart of the city is a well-known city landmark. It has been standing since 1936 and was built to celebrate the foundation of the city.  The obelisk has since functioned as a meeting point to celebrate world-cup football wins, and to stage shows such as Julio Bocca’s last dance and a Placido Domingo live concert, amongst others. It is also often decorated to commemorate many occasions, such as the Bicentennial or the memorable 2005 world Aids day – in which it was covered by a giant condom!

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Torre Monumental: The Palladian-style tower in front of Retiro train station was a gift to the city from the British to commemorate the centennial of the May Revolution. Initially, its name was Torre de los Ingleses, but the name was changed after the Falklands/Malvinas war.  Still, it stands as one of the city’s signature monuments, displaying the Irish shamrock, the Welsh dragon, the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

(Photo by morrissey)

Monumento de los Españoles: This stunning monument on Sarmiento and Libertador avenues in Palermo was donated in 1910 by the local Spanish community to commemorate the May revolution, although due to many complications in its construction it wasn’t inaugurated until 1927. The bronze and marble monument, which is also called “La Magna Carta y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas,” consists of a  representation of the Pampas, the Andes, Chaco and Rio de La Plata regions on its base, and at the top of the monument, a statue of the Republic.

(Photo by InnerCore)

Puente de la Mujer: This beautiful modern bridge in Puerto Madero was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by tango dancers. Its unique  and elegant design, which includes a complex rotational system to allow boats through, has made it famous worldwide.

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

Floralis Generica: Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano is responsible for the impressive steel and aluminum flower the heart of Recoleta. The sculpture, which closes its metal petals at night and reopens with the sunlight, is symbolic for rebirth and hope.

(Photo by matt.hintsa)

Buenos Aires Parks

Despite being a bustling city, Buenos Aires is surrounded by green and its many stunning parks, with important architectural landmarks, are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Below we prepared a list of some of the most important parks in Buenos Aires.

 

Plaza San Martin: Retiro is one of the city’s focal points and the gorgeous Plaza San Martín clearly reminds any visitor or passer by of the importance of this neighborhood. The stately park, in front of the Torre Monumental, holds the Jose de San Martin monument and the Monumeno a los Caidos de Malvinas. It is also chock full of lush Ombu, Linden and Floss Silk trees, and is surrounded by important buildings with stunning architecture.

(Photo by sapiamaia)

 

Parque 3 de Feberero: The lush extensive parks that were inaugurated in 1852 by caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas are a city emblem. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25 hectares made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden with an Andalusian patio and a small lake to pedal boat in, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a variety of activities related to Japanese culture.

(Photo by Luis Araujo)

 

Jardín Botanico: This mysterious and charming botanical garden has over 500 plant species amongst which a large cat community lives. There are also some lovely statues, a botanical museum, and a library. This is a great place to walk though or sit in to read a Borges short story!

(Photo by wallygrom)

 

Plaza Francia and surrounding parks: many beautiful extensive parks surround Recoleta. The most known is Plaza Francia, next to the Cemetery, and where the artisans fair is put on weekends. Also in the area is Plaza Naciones Unidas where the impressive Floralis Generica is located, and Plaza Las Heras, amongst others bordering Av. Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta.

(Photo by guillermopaladino)

 

Parque Lezama: This famous park in the heart of San Telmo is easily recognized by the bright colored cupolas of the Russian Orthodox Church, which overlooks the parks tipa and jacaranda trees. Also surrounding the park is the historic Bar  Britanico.  The Pedro de Mendoza monument, a gazebo, a pergola and a sculpture garden complete the charm of this lovely green space.

(Photo by Matias Garabedian)

 

Parque Centenario: In the Caballito neighborhood, Parque Centenario is a popular meeting point for afternoon mates and live evening concerts at the parks amphitheatre. Also in the park are a swan lake and the Fountain of the Irupé Flower, sculpted by renowned sculptor Luis Perlotti. Surrounding the park is the Museum of Natural Sciences and an Astronomy observatory.

(Photo by PezMico)

10 Neighborhoods to Explore in Buenos Aires

1 Retiro: Full of movement and busy commuters going to and fro the central train station and bus terminals, this lively neighborhood is great for people watching and has wonderful sites too. The San Martin Park with its Malvinas monument, the Torre Monumental, The Kavanagh Building, the stunning Military Palace with its museum of arms, the Fernandez Blanco Hispanic art museum and the art galleries around calle Arroyo, make Retiro a great place to visit.

(Retiro train station by carlosoliveirareis)

2 San Nicolas: Next to Retiro, often know as downtown, this emblematic neighborhood is known for its many notable bars such as La Giralda and Confiteria Ideal, for the famous Obelisco and Corrientes Avenue where you can find Broadway like theatres, bookstores galore and the best pizzerias in town, and for its architectural landmarks such as Tribunales, the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, and the stunning Colon Theatre.

(9 de Julio Avenue by puroticorico)

3 Puerto Madero: On the other side of San Nicolas, crossing the Leando Alem Avenue is Puerto Madero. This area, which is pierced by the river, is lined with renovated warehouses which were turned into hip restaurants. Modern and upscale, it is a great place to walk through, and lunch in. The elegant Puente de la Mujer, the Fragata de Libertad (a ship turned into a museum) and the Ecological Reserve through which you can get one of the best views of the city, are worth checking out whilst in the area.

(Puerto Madero by matt.hintsa)

4 La Boca: A well-known neighborhood in the turistic circuit because of its colorful houses and its historic relevance in the unique migratory patterns that defined the city’s identity in the early 20th century. Places worth checking out are Caminito, fundacion PROA (great art exhibits), the Quinquela Martin museum and the Boca stadium.

(La Boca by Paula Soler-Moya)

5 Barracas: This historic off the beaten path neighborhood was originally occupied by the emblematic families of the city who built beautiful palaces, houses and churches. An outbreak of yellow fever however scared these families out of their homes at the end of the 19th century and working class later populated it. A textile factory, and a chocolate factory amongst other were opened attracting more workers. These factories however closed in the eighties, and the construction of nearby highways impoverished the once rich neighborhood even more. This coexistence of classes and structures with interesting places such as churches, factories, pasaje lanin, and an underground meeting spot for secret societies make Barracas a very interesting place to visit. We do insist that you go with someone who knows the area as there are parts of the neighborhood that are very unsafe. Eternautas, for example offers a great tour of this area.

(Pasaje Lanin by jafsegal)

6 San Telmo: Another favorite on the turistic circuit, San Telmo is a colorful and lively neighborhood known for its antique fair on Sundays. Apart from its antique shops, it has many lovely traditional bars (El Federal, Bar Seddon, Bar Dorrego), a buzzing modern art and design scene (check out the MAMBA museum) and a lot of tango shows both on and off the streets.

(San Telmo antique fair by Paula Soler-Moya)

7 Monserrat: The historical and “political” neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Monserrat is where Congress and the government house (Casa Rosada) are set. Also in the area is Plaza de Mayo, Palacio Barolo, the subway line, which still keeps the charming old-fashioned wagons, Cafe Tortoni and Los 36 Billares and La Manzana de las Luces, an old jesuit residence dating back to the 1700’s.

(Cabildo by loco085)

8 Abasto and Almagro: (They’re really two neighborhoods but since they’re next to each other and have so much in common we decided to join them.) These buzzing cultural neighborhoods are considered to be tango epicenters as none other than Carlos Gardel was raised there. Consequently, the Carlos Gardel museum is in this neighborhood, as well as many tango bars and milongas such as La Catedral and El Bar de Roberto. Other places to visit are Confiteria Las Violetas, one of the most beautiful teahouses in the city, and the Centro Cultural Konex where original and lively shows are often staged.

(Pasaje Zelaya by mccopa)

9 Recoleta: the rich families of the city populated this luxurious emblematic neighborhood when they fled from Barracas due to the yellow fever outbreak. The lush parks and elaborate French architecture come to mind when Buenos Aires is referred to as the Paris of South America. The famous Recoleta cemetery is a must visit in the area, as well as the two art museums (MALBA and MNBA), the Duhau Palace, the Floralis Generica sculpture next to the national school of law and La Biela cafe.

(Floralis Generica by Evelyn Proimos)

10 Palermo: This extensive neighborhood has become the it place for dining, shopping and going out. Its lovely corners, gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels, unique design stores make it fun and lively. Its gorgeous 3 de Febrero parks with its rose garden, Japanese garden, Botanical garden and Zoo, and the racetracks complete this bustling areas appeal.

(Rosedal by claudioruiz)

This Week in Buenos Aires

The 9th National Dance Championship, the Quilmes Rock Festival, the International Human Rights Film Festival, Marta Minujin’s art installation, a Tower of Babel made of books, and Arte BA, the country’s most important art fair all take place this week.

Monday:

(Palermo Corner by André M.)

The Palermo area is great to walk around and explore. Small cafes, great and unexpected stores by independent designers and contemporary galleries such as Braga Mendez Gallery, Milo Locket art space  and Galeria Foster Catena  are well worth visiting.

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.

Book your visit to Marta Minujin’s art installation “Tower of Babel” made of books.

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday:

(Marta Minujin´s Tower of Babel by Gustav´s)

With your previously booked place, visit local reknown artist Marta Minujin’s Tower of Babel made of books which is being displayed in Plaza San Martin. Whilst in the area, check out the Cavanagh Building, and the glorious Retiro area.

In the evening head to the Wherever Bar which specializes in whiskies, and British rock. Their happy hour is from 5pm-9pm.

Tower of Babel

Plaza San Martín

Opening hours: 11am-10pm

Wherever Bar

Fray Justo de Oro 2476, Palermo

4777-8029

whereverbar@hotmail.com.ar

Wednesday

Robert Doisneau- Picasso et Francoise Gilot

Visit French Robert Doisneau’s photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, which is half a block away from the famous must see cemetery. For a sweet treat and some warm afternoon tea, head to close by Sirop Folie.

In the evening head to La Viruta to watch some of the local dance talents as they compete in the 9th city dance competition to the sound of melodious milongas and soulful tangos.

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junín 1930

Opens: Mon-Fri  2pm-9pm.

Saturdays and Sundays 10am-9pm

4803 104

Sirop Folie

Vicente Lopez 1661, Pasaje del Correo, Recoleta

4813-5900

9th National Dance Championship

La Viruta

Armenia 1366, Palermo

4774-6357

Entrance fee: 30 pesos

The show starts at midnight.

Thursday

(ArteBA 2009 by manuchis)

Arte BA is a contemporary art fair hosted every year in Buenos Aires and showcasing some of the most talented and prestigious artists of today’s scene.  Also in the area are the Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

In the evening Jack Johnson plays in the Quilmes Rock Festival, (tickets here), Michael Bolton plays in Luna Park (tickets here) and Motley Crue present themselves in Estadio Malvinas Argentinas (tickets here).

Arte BA

La Rural

Av. Sarmiento 2704

4816-8704

Entrance Fee: 38 pesos

Opening Hours 1pm-9pm

Friday

(Vintage beer ad)

Visit the city’s museum headquarters housed in a legendary building once belonging to the Munich Brewery. The museum, in Puerto Madero and close to the ecologic reserve, is showcasing the brewery’s vintage advertisements from 1920’s-1957.

In the evening Jamiroquai will get the crowds revved up for the Quilmes Rock Festival. Another great option is Le Bar’s Pompeya party.

Museum Headquarters

Cerveceria Munich

Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero

4516-0944

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm

Tour guides in English must be booked: 4516-0944 int.215

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

Saturday and Sunday

(San Isidro Cathedral by Juan Pablo G. Volonté)

Take a day trip to the San Isidro neighborhood in the outskirts of the city and visit Quinta Los Ombues, one of the oldest homestead in the city where a small historical museum is displayed overlooking a beautiful viewpoint of San Isidro. Close by is the San Isidro cathedral and an artisans fair in a shaded park. Also in San Isidro is the Casa de Victoria OCampo well worth visiting and having some tea with scones in.

On Saturday evening Tricky is presenting his tenth album “Mixed Race” at 7pm in Groove.  Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo. Tickets here.

On Sunday evening the dance competition closes with a milonga at the corner of Av. San Juan and Av. Boedo.

Off the Beaten Path: Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco

(photo by sebastian-dario)

A Neocolonial building with a beautiful Spanish style courtyard houses the Isaac Fernandez Blanco collection of Hispanic-American art.  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 colided to define what South America is today.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 2pm-6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12am-6pm. English tours must be booked in advance.

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco
Suipacha 1422, Downtown
4327- 0228

English Tours
4327-0272.
mifb_educativa@buenosaires.gob.ar