This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Carola)

Don’t miss the Photography Biennial being held at the Centro Cultural Borges, right next to Galerias Pacifico. More than 220 artists from 39 countries are exhibiting their works that will be auctioned on the 14th of February at the MALBA. All the auctions proceeds are to go to Save the Children and Fleni Foundation. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun midday-9pm. Viamonte 525, downtown. 5555 5358/9. info@ccborges.org.ar.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto, 4864-3200.

Tuesday

(Photo by deglispiriti)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) is showcasing a collection of Italian art from 1860-1945 until the 19th of February.  Opening hours Tue-Fri 12.30pm-8.30pm and Sat-Sun from 9.30am-8.30pm. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

Wednesday

(Photo by blmurch)

La Manzana de las Luces is a block of historical buildings that housed the first public school, university and library. On this block is the San Ignacio church, the oldest in Buenos Aires. A mysterious set of tunnels, dating back to the 1700’s is another of this landmarks attractions that can be toured starting 3pm. Perú 272, San Telmo.

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 10.30pm. Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto. caff@fernandezfierro.com.

Thursday

(Photo by Carlos Novillo Martin. Rus)

Go on the San Telmo Art Walk, offered by Juanele every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm and discover the who is who and what is what of the neighborhood’s art-ridden streets. The three-hour walk includes a tour of both the street art and galleries. More information here.

For a unique evening, book your place at 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. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Pop sensation Selena Gomez will be playing live at Estadio GEBA in the evening. Tickets here.

Friday

(photo by Brian Negin)

Start the week by visiting the Evita Museum to find out more about this emblematic political figure. Guided tours in English can be booked in advance and last about an hour. Tue-Sun 11am-7pm.  Lafinur 2988. 4807-0306.

Later on stop by one of these recommended bars for Happy hour! Or head to the  Luna Park to watch multilingual African reggae singer Alpha Blondie perform.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by scrambldmeggs)

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.

The Summer Blues Festival will be taking place at La Trastienda this year with a focus on the harmonica. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Start the week by paying a visit to the Carlos Gardel Museum and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. If you stay until 6.30 pm you can watch some live tango and at 8pm  a screening of the monthly tango film (with English subtitles!) which is the documentary “Astor Piazzola, La otra cara del tango.” this month.

Later on head to Isabel, a glitzy posh bar with a dark seventies inspired interior in Palermo that offers great drinks which you trade purchased casino chips (isabelinas) for.

 

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2-15

 

Isabel

1664 Uriarte, Palermo Soho

4834 6969

 

Tuesday

(Photo by blmurch)

Take advantage of the sunny forecast and spend some time getting to know the city outdoors on one of the city bike tours.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz for some live music and drinks.

 

Boris Club de Jazz

Gorriti 5568, Palermo

4777-0012

info@borisclub.com.ar

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Julio Costa Zambelli)

Zona Norte- Start the day off with a meditation at 10 pm in the San Fernando Tren de la Costa station where you can also enjoy a nourishing organic breakfast at the organic market. Then continue on to Tigre for a day out on the river.  More information on Tigre and how to get there here.

In the evening stop for drinks at  Rio Café or indulge in one of Hernán Gipponi’s tasting menus. (check out The Lost Asian’s great review of the restaurant.)

 

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 10pm-3am‬

 

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Thursday

(Photo by boonj)

Head to Plaza de la República (Av. 9 de Julio and Corrientes) to catch a glimpse of Las cajas voyeuristas,  an urban intervention by the Mexican Dora García who stages scenes of forgotten women of Mexican history inside “voyeur boxes” that spectators peek into.  Starting at 1.30pm. More information here.

Later on 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.

In the evening the popular Portuguese group, Buraka Som Sistema, bring Kuduro, a music-dance from Angola influenced by  sungura, afrobeat and ragga to Niceto Club in Palermo. Tickets here.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Niceto Club

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

4799-9396

 

Friday

(photo by vtveen)

Sign up for one of the city’s religious tours, which take you to different temples and churches in the city for an overview of the religious identity, history and architecture of Buenos Aires. The tours are carried out the first and third Fridays of every month starting at 10AM. Book your place at cultos@buenosaires.gob.ar or visitasguiadasdgcul@yahoo.com.ar, or by phone: 4323-9410 / 4323-8000 int. 2855/2797

In the evening check out the city’s other religion (football)  at the Argentina vs. Chile match, which starts at 8pm at the River Plate Stadium.  Tickets here.

 

River Plate Stadium

Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Belgrano

4789-1200

club@cariverplate.com.ar

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Metropolis by Fritz Lang)

On Saturday the legendary rock band Guns N Roses return to Argentina on their world tour of Chinese Democracy at Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

Check out the MALBA´s special screenings of silent films with live music from the National Film Chamber Orchestra. On Saturday there will be a midnight screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and on Sunday at midnight a screening of Metropolis. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Off the Beaten Path: Day Trip to San Isidro

(Museo Pueyrredon by Fernando)

Although out of the way from the downtown area, San Isidro is a historical neighborhood founded in 1706, which is well worth visiting. The upscale residential area still conserves many of its colonial constructions and offers shady streets lined with jacarandas to walk thorough and explore.

Start the day early and take the Mitre train from Retiro or Carranza station (close to the hotel). Check that you get on the train going to Mitre, which is where you have to get off.  Cross the Maipú Avenue and go into the Tren de la Costa. Take the train to the Barrancas station where a weekend antique fair. A close walk away is the Pueyrredon Historical Museum set in an old homestead where General Pueyrredon and San Martin planned strategies against the Spanish. Whilst in this area of San Isidro you can stop for lunch at La Anita, an old food store with a courtyard which was turned into a restaurant preserving the 100 year old furniture.

Get back on the train and get off at the San Isidro station where you can walk up the beautiful Mitre Park to get to the neo-gothic San Isidro Cathedral. Around the block, set in the Tres Ombues lane is the well worth visiting Beccar Varela museum at Quinta los Ombues, which was built during the vice royal period, and displays the historic heritage of the area.

Only ten blocks away is the stunning Villa O Campo where you can explore the local literary legacy, walk through stunning gardens and end the afternoon by having scones at the Villas teahouse.  On your the way there is El Altillo pizzeria a neighborhood classic and El Piove ice cream where the owners have their ice cream maker displayed and it is sometimes possible to get a scoop right from the churners.

Museums

Pueyrredon Historical Museum

Rivera Indarte 48, Acassuso

4512-3131

Quinta Los Ombues

info@quintalosombues.com.ar

Adrián Beccar Varela 774, San Isidro

4575-4038

Villa O Campo

Elortondo 1837, Beccar

4732-4988

Places to eat

La Anita

Vuelta de Obligado 415, Acassuso.

4743-7604.

El Altillo

Av. Libertador 17000, San Isidro

4743-0990

Piove Ice Cream

Av. Libertador 17002, San Isidro

47477856