This Week: 21-28 April

Monday

Via BASA

Via BASA

Long weekend? Longer week ahead? One bar that’s open on the barman’s day of rest is BASA. Head downtown and snap up the Moscow Mule (photo) – head bartender Ludo makes the ginger beer in house. Happy hour from 7pm. BASA Basement Bar, Basavilbaso 1328, Retiro.

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

And at HG Restaurant, it’s the final night of our special Malbec-paired dinner in tribute to Malbec World Day. Check out our Facebook page for menu details, as there are some surprises – white Malbec, anyone?

Tuesday

Via Shop Hop BA

Via Shop Hop BA

Need to get your winter wardrobe fixed up? Allow cool hunter and stylist Sophie Lloyd from Shop Hop BA to lend an expert hand. Her bespoke shopping tours suit all budgets and styles – and can take in tango fashion to lovely leathers and appointment-only showrooms.

Wednesday

Via Cocina Sunae

Via Cocina Sunae

Southeast ASian restaurant Cocina Sunae recently started to open its doors on Wednesday nights. Avoid the weekend rush and treat yourself to a mid-week spice kick you won’t regret. For a real bang, order a ginger kamikaze.

Thursday

Courtesy of Club 69

Courtesy of Club 69

In what has become the autumn mid-week party of the moment, go and get High on the Roof in Recoleta at Primafila.  Expect a beautiful crowd starting the weekend early with these early-evening rooftop sessions that ends at 1am. Entrance is free but by list only, so stop by for supper before shaking off the calories on the outdoor terrace. Once you’re done but still need to groove, head to Palermo classic Club 69 for funk, break-dancing and drag acts.

Friday

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

We’ve got one word for you: TFIF! Our happy hour in the gorgeous back garden puts in its monthly appearance so it’s time to Thank Fierro It’s Friday. With cocktails by guest bartender Fede Cuco and tunes from Buddha Beats, start your weekend right with some hot tapas from Hernán Gipponi’s master hands, cool drinks and pumping tunes. From 6.30pm, Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.

Weekend

Via Ursa

Via Ursa

A fashion and art combo is on at one of our fave galleries on Saturday as Galeria Mar Dulce hosts a pop-up clothing sale with Ursa. US designer and artist Elizabeth Gleeson brings her sustainable knitwear – much of it produced by a women’s group in a Buenos Aires slum – to Palermo. Think loose-knit cardigans in bright and breezy colours that are perfect for the coming winter months. From 3pm. Uriarte 1490, Palermo Soho.

Via Graffiti Mundo

Via Graffiti Mundo

Every Sunday, Graffiti Mundo runs a bike tour to check out some street art hotspots around the city. Get your pedal on and bring your artist’s eye to the three-to-four hour tour around Palermo and check out works such as this rather appropriate stencil by Cabaio.

 

Guest Blogger: Day in the Life of Personal Shopper Sophie Lloyd

For me, the perfect day off consists of my three favourite things: shopping, eating and exercise. Even though I like to indulge in a bit of Buenos Aires’ nightlife, I’m not one for sleeping in late and, when I do have a free day, I prefer to get up and out of the house and make the most of it. A typical day goes something like this…

Via The Lost Asian

Via The Lost Asian

Breakfast: Le Blé

I like to start the day the right way with a hearty breakfast (to cure the effects of the unhealthy quantities of Malbec I’ve likely consumed the night before). One of my favourite local breakfast spots is French-style bakery Le Blé. Since it’s just two block from my house in Palermo Hollywood, I can roll out of bed (probably still wearing half my pyjamas) and wake myself up with one of their signature bowls of milky coffee. I usually accompany this with a tasty breakfast bagel or pain au chocolat or both, depending on my mood. The flaky almond croissants are pretty good too. Honduras 5999.

Via Wikimedia

Via Wikimedia

Morning: Jog around the Rosedal

I used to hate running, loathe it in fact, but a couple of years of sweat and perseverance and a half marathon later, it’s now my preferred form of exercise. It helps me clear my head, sweat out the toxins and escape the world for a while. Once I’ve allowed my breakfast to digest for at least an hour, I don my fuschia pink Nike running shoes (a recent birthday present from by dear Buenos Aires friends), plug myself into my iPod and head down to the Bosques de Palermo to join the swarm of runners and rollerbladers going around and around and around the Rosedal circuit. I always feel like a million dollars afterwards. Rosedal, Bosques de Palermo.

Via Pick Up The Fork

Via Pick Up The Fork

Lunch: Pehache

This is one of my best-loved boutiques and lunch spots in Palermo Viejo. Tucked away at the back of a beautifully-furnished pehache-style house in which everything is for sale (and I want to buy everything in the shop) is a delightful cafe with a leafy outdoor patio and pond. The homemade lemonade with mint and ginger and the quinoa salad score highly. I might also treat myself to a glass of Malbec. It is my day off after all. Gurruchaga 1418.

Via Melissa

Via Melissa

Shop: Melissa

Since I’m in the neighbourhood and it’s necessary in my line of work, I can’t help but indulge in a bit of retail therapy. One of my biggest weaknesses at the moment are Melissa’s candy-coloured plastic shoes, the Brazilian brand that made the jelly shoe famous back in the 80s and is now widely known for its chic plastic footwear that’s a result of designer collaborations with big names in fashion such as Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu and Gareth Pugh. Plastic shoes, you say, how can they possibly be comfortable? Well, trust me, they are, even the plastic stilettos and wedges. I’ve owned six pairs of them. And their bubble gum-flavoured scent is a comforting reminder of childhood. They’ve come out with some stylish-looking plastic cowboy-style boots with a velvet looking finish for autumn/winter that are at the top of my wish list. Gurruchaga 1739.

Via La Nación

Via La Nación

Dinner: El Refuerzo

I love the atmosphere and cluttered decor at this dinky traditional San Telmo eatery. It’s worth the wait outside on the pavement for a table and given that there are only about six tables, you’ll almost always have to wait. The menu board, while small, changes regularly and the food is consistently delicious, ranging from homemade pasta to fish dishes and some of the most tender melt-in-your-mouth pork I’ve ever tasted. Note: the portion sizes are huge and big enough for two. Chacabuco 872.

photo (8)Personal shopper Sophie Lloyd runs Shop Hop personalised shopping tours. To make a reservation, mmail her at: infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com

 

 

High Tea Fashion at Fierro Hotel

(Photo by whatsthatpicture)

Shop Hop BA  and Fierro Hotel have put together a unique event for the lady fashionistas in the city, and all in perfect time for Christmas shopping.

The event, which will take place on Wednesday the 21st of November at 5 pm in the lush hotel garden, will bring together some of Buenos Aires’s trendiest designers, including Gabriela Horvat, Marina H Diseños, Escudo Prana, Delgè, Blue Bagz Tees and  Adeli Paris. Meeting many of them will be possible, browsing and shopping as well, and to top it all off there will be a choice of five wines to sip on and a cold buffet and tapas from the hotel’s renowned Hernán Gipponi Restaurant.

Attendance must be confirmed in advance at infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com and the cost is 150 pesos which includes the snacks and wine. Fierro Hotel is on Soler 5832, Palermo.

More information about Shop Hop BA is available at www.shop-buenosaires.com