Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Leandro Alem

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La Avenida Leandro Alem, que lleva el nombre del fundador del partido político Unión Cívica Radical (UCR), abarca 13 cuadras desde Plaza San Martín hasta la Casa Rosada, sede del Poder Ejecutivo, y ofrece una lección de historia política y económica argentina.

Para comenzar el recorrido, conviene arrancar desde Plaza San Martín que además de brindar la sombra de sus árboles, es donde está situado el Monumento a los caídos en Malvinas. El Edificio Kavanagh, sobre uno de los laterales de la plaza, es otro punto emblemático de la ciudad, y cruzando la Avenida, está la Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina donde se ubica la histórica Torre Monumental. Un poco más adelante, sobre los laterales de Leandro Alem, se elevan torres y bancos que conforman la zona comercial central de la ciudad. Entre los edificios más emblemáticos de la zona, se encuentran la Torre Catalinas Norte, que lleva el nombre de un amor no correspondido de Alem, y otros como la torre IBM y el Edificio Alas. Frente a la Torre Catalinas, el Club Danés, ubicado en el piso 12 del Edificio Dinamarca, es una excelente opción de almuerzo los días de semana con vista panorámica al río.

Cruzando la Avenida Corrientes, punto desde el cual se puede ver el Obelisco, está el Centro Cultural Kirchner, ex Correo Argentino, que ofrece una variedad interesante de propuestas culturales. Algunas oficinas estatales completan el recorrido que desemboca en la Casa Rosada y en Plaza de Mayo. Durante los fines de semana y feriados se pueden hacer tours de la Casa Rosada antes de cruzar hacia San Telmo para recorrer la feria de antigüedades y parar a tomar un café en algunos de los bares emblemáticos de la ciudad.

 

FILBA: BA’s International Lit Fest

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PH: Dara or

Heads up readers, Buenos Aires is wrapping up September with a bookworm compost fest that starts on Wednesday 27th of September and lasts all the way up till Sunday. It’s the city’s annual FILBA international literature festival, and this year the alphabet is getting more swing than ever.

Interspersed between the usual black rimmed debates there are a couple of sparkly speckled surprises including performances, live music, a silent reading party and more.

One of the many changes of the Festival this year is the location, a clear symptom that the literature scene in the city has grown and will continue to do so. Events will be taking place at the MALBA, the National Library, the Margarita Xirgu Theatre and the Casa Victoria OCampo. The topic of this edition is violence.

Some suggestions include:

MALBA: Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo

27/09: Dance performance at 8pm.

28/09: Interview with Juan Echenoz.

29/09: Theatre performance based on a dialogue between John Gerassi and Simone De Beauvoir.

Also, on Thursday and Friday at 7pm, you can tour the museum’s Diane Arbus photography exhibit while listening to a reading of related literary texts.

National Library: Agüero 2502, Recoleta

On Saturday and Sunday most events will take place in the National Library. From 4pm onwards there will also be a book fair, and on Saturday, a literary performance between 4 and 6pm (sign up here: talleres@filba.org.ar  and bring along a book to donate), drinks and a poetry reading at 7.30pm, and a feminist poetry party at 9pm.  On Sunday, wind down at the Silent Reading Party at 4pm, and then head to the 5.30pm screening of four authors’ favourite violent film scenes.

Margarita Xirgu Theatre: Chacabuco 875, San Telmo

Julieta Venegas and Martín Buscaglia will play together at a live concert that will take place on Friday at 9.30pm. To get tickets, stop by the theatre on any of the festival days between 4pm and 8pm  and donate a book.

Casa Victoria O’Campo: Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Palermo

The rationalist house of emblematic local literary figure Victoria O’Campo will be hosting a special photography exhibit as part of the festival.

5 Ways to Experience Tango in BA

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PH: Zabara Alexander

With the Tango Festival and World Cup in full swing (more information here) ’tis the season to glamour up and get into the tango groove. Whether you’re more for the dance or for the music, here are our suggestions of 5 ways to experience tango while you’re in BA!

Take a tango class

Those that like to experience through participation will love learning the basics of this renowned Argentine dance, or taking their skills further with some lessons. Some suggestions are taking a class with Lucía and Gerry or heading to La Catedral in Almagro where you can stay on dancing the night away after learning your moves!

Watch a tango show

For those that prefer to watch and enjoy a meal, the city is full of tango shows to choose from. Café Los Angelitos and Piazzolla Tango at the Galería Güemes are great traditional spots, Gala Tango is another great option, otherwise Faena’s Rojo Tango is well known as an extravagant and all out experience.

Do a tango tour

To get to know the circuit of city milongas, which are the tango dance saloons, your best bet is a tango tour. Some options include Tango Streets,  Narrative Tango and Tango Trips.

Listen to live tango

If tango music is more to your liking than the dance itself, then you should definitely stop by for a drink at El Boliche de Roberto in Almagro or at Café Vinilo. For a more alternative experience, head to Club Atlético Fernández Fierro (CAFF) to watch a live tango orchestra. 

Shop for tango records

If you want to take back home a tango vinyl record, head to  Parque Centenario to browse the Sunday fair, or head to Tango Cerouno which is near the Recoleta cemetery.

Las mejores sopas para entrar en calor

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Steve Petrucelli

Nada mejor para los días fríos de invierno que un plato calentito de sopa. Abajo compartimos nuestra selección de cinco opciones para tomar sopa en Buenos Aires y entrar en calor durante la temporada de frío.

Locro: Este típico guiso argentino está siempre presente en los días festivos nacionales y combina zapallo, maíz, distintos cortes de carne y legumbres.  La Morada en Recoleta lo prepara de mayo a noviembre. +54 11 4343-3003Larrea 1336, Recoleta

Bouillabaisse:  Esta sopa de mariscos es ideal para alegrar los días fríos y la que se prepara en UCO Restaurante es inigualable. +54 11 3220-6820. Soler 5862, Palermo. 

Sopa de cebolla: Un clásico francés de la temporada, esta sopa abriga y llena. El lugar para probarla es Brasserie Petanque.+54 11 4342-7930. Defensa 596, San Telmo. 

Picante crudi-vegana: A pesar de ser una sopa cruda, tiene suficiente picante para subir la temperatura y además es muy nutritiva. Ideal para quienes tienen restricciones dietarias y quienes se fijan mucho en la salud. La preparan en BIO.+54 11 4774-3880. Humboldt 2192, Palermo.

China: Ya sea con fideos de arroz, tofu, camarones o cerdo, las sopas chinas son una opción ideal durante el invierno. En el Barrio Chino de Belgrano hay muchas opciones, desde sopas servidas en la barra del supermercado, hasta las más elaboradas de los restaurantes de la zona.

 

Hot Places for Hot Soup

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PH: Chris Ford

During the chilly winter days, there’s nothing better than a heartwarming plate of soup. Below, our pick of five flavourful soup options in BA to keep warm during your stay.

Locro: This typical Argentine soup eaten on national holidays combines pumpkin, maize, meat cuts and legumes for a filling and hearty meal that’s perfect for the cold winter days. Try it all year round at La Morada in Recoleta. +54 11 4343-3003Larrea 1336, Recoleta

Bouillabaisse: The heartwarming seafood soup is perfect for cheering up the chilly weather and the one served at UCO Restaurant is bound to please.+54 11 3220-6820. Soler 5862, Palermo. 

French Onion Soup: A classic winter special, this french soup will both warm and fill you up. Try a great version at Brasserie Petanque.+54 11 4342-7930. Defensa 596, San Telmo. 

Spicy Vegan Raw: Nutritious, light and yet with enough spice to heat things up, this soup is ideal for those with dietary restrictions that want to keep warm and also healthy, available at BIO.+54 11 4774-3880. Humboldt 2192, Palermo.

Chinese: whether with dumplings, seafood, rice noodles or tofu, chinese soups are always a delicious option for cooler days. In the Belgrano Barrio Chino (chinatown) you can either grab a quick one at one of the soup bars in the chinese supermarket or choose one of the many restaurants in the area.

 

 

Buenos Aires Art Spree

(PH: Estrella Herrera for  Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Several artistic events will be taking place next week in Buenos Aires to wrap up May. The most well known is the annual arteBA fair, the biggest art fair in Latin America that will take place from May 24th to May 27th in La Rural, in Palermo. This year,  the  new FACA art fair  will also be taking place parallel to arteBA from the 25th to the 28th at the Palermo racetracks with food trucks, a beer lounge and DJ’s.

As if two art fairs in one week weren’t enough, the FAENA Arts Center will be showcasing a selection of works from the Biennale of Moving Things from the 23rd to the 30th of May. Also, the first Gallery Day event, taking place in La Boca, San Telmo and Barracas will be carried out on the 20th of May from 3-7pm.

Find out more about current exhibitions and other important BA events in our monthly agenda here.

La próxima semana, la ciudad se despide de mayo con un festín artístico en el que participa toda la movida del arte local. Para empezar, arteBA, la feria de arte más grande de latinoamérica, inaugura el 24 de mayo y se lleva a cabo hasta el 27 en La Rural en Palermo. En simultáneo, la nueva Feria de Arte Contemporáneo (FACA) abre sus puertas el 25 hasta el 28 en el Hipódromo de Palermo donde además habrán food trucks, patio cervecero y DJ’s. 

Como si fuera poco, se suma también una muestra con una selección de obras de la Biennale of Moving Images de Génova en el FAENA Arts Center del 23 al 30 de Mayo. Además, el 20 de mayo se lleva a cabo el primer Gallery Day con circuito en La Boca, San Telmo y Barracas. 

Más información acerca de exhibiciones de arte y otros eventos importantes en la ciudad aquí. 

Top 5 Fairs in Buenos Aires

Shopping season is here with Christmas right around the corner and this year we propose looking for unique gifts at some of the city’s most well known weekend fairs where you can find antiques, handmade crafts, one of a kind designs, typical local tokens and more.

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Pedro Maia de Brito

San Telmo: Probably the most famous, the San Telmo fair is known mainly for its antiques, however it has also become a spot for artisans to sell some of their carefully crafted designs as well.  Defensa and Humberto 1, San Telmo

Other things to do in the area: stop by the MAMBA and check out some great contemporary art exhibits, and then pause for a chocotorta at the Pride Café.

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Lauro Maia

Parque Lezama: Also in San Telmo, this fair is located in Parque Lezama which is set in front of a stunning Russian Orthodox church and next to the National History Museum. Defensa and Brazil, San Telmo

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Ligia Berg

Plaza Francia: This fair which takes place in the stunning Plaza Francia in Recoleta just in front of the MNBA (the National Museum of Fine Arts) is a great place to buy leather, silver and knits, and is well known for the quality of the products and designs. Av. Libertador and Av. Alvear, Recoleta

Other things to do in the area: tour the Recoleta Cemetery and stop by traditional café La Biela for a break.

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Mariano García-Gaspar

Plaza Serrano: The Palermo fair in Plaza Serrano is surrounded by stores that open up on weekends for new and upcoming designers to showcase and sell their stuff. Also, it is full of great spots to stop for a bite or drinks.  Honduras and Serrano, Palermo

Other things to do in the area: Walk a few blocks to the Botanical Garden and cool off in the shade after an afternoon of shopping, or stop for some wine and a good read at nearby wine & bookstore, Alamut.

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Feria de Mataderos: slightly further away from the city center, this Sunday fair is perfect for those looking for typical local products and gaucho style souvenirs. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales, Liniers

Other things to do in the area: the Bolivian market which offers andean food and complements opens on Sundays in front of the fair, and the Mercado de Liniers, which commercializes cattle, is right next to it.