Creme de la Creme Tours

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Buenos Aires is a great city for shopping as there is something for every taste and at Creme de la Creme Tours they know this and have put together several different options for visitors looking to land in the perfect shopping spots.

They offer four tours, Savvy, Souvenir, Offbeat and Artscene.

The Savvy tour is perfect for travelers who want to head straight into the Argentine designer scene. (BAF Week is coming up for this crowd of tourist fashionistas too, so stay tuned. )

As the name implies, Souvenir is for buying typical Argentine products such as mate gourds, leather, silver and more. The great thing about this tour is that it allows for instant access to quality souvenirs, while avoiding tourist scams.

Offbeat is for the eccentric spirits who are on the quest for great vintage finds. Buenos Aires is a great spot for this and Creme de la Creme doesn’t stop at clothes but also includes books, records and more on their tour.

Finally, the Artscene tour is the perfect way to get to know the who is who in contemporary local art.

To book a tour, contact Creme de la Creme at info@cremedelacreme.com.ar.

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.

Christmas Weekend in Buenos Aires

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Saturday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

PM Open air music- Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo form 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Those who want to start partying early on in the weekend stop by Pacha where DJ Barem will be from midnight onwards.  Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Downtown.

Sunday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta. 

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Last minute shoppers will love Noche Shopping, the night in which all shopping malls remain open until 4am, offering discounts and perfect gift-picking opportunities!

Monday

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

The MALBA will be open on the 24th from  midday to 6pm. Don’t miss the Tracey Emin and Oscar Muñoz exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta.  

For a unique Christmas with tango included book your place at La Viruta after midnight milonga and Christmas dinner. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

If you haven’t yetm hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing Christmas Dinner. Check out the mouth-watering menu here.  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Find all the Christmas Eve parties taking place around the city here.

Tuesday

Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous Christmas brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

The Tierra Santa religious theme park will be open on Sunday the 25th from 4pm-10pm and Santa will be there to hand out sweets for the children. Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, Downtown. 4784-9551

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Stop by Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo and celebrate the music at the Latin Jam starting at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

* Keep in mind that transport is complicated on Christmas Eve so call taxi companies at least a day in advance.

Top Alternative Argie Gifts for Christmas

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Gift giving can be hard for some and tricky for others, thankfully, travelling is a great opportunity to purchase creative and unique presents. Typical gifts from Argentina include delicious dulce de leche, mates, tango music and wine, but there is a lot more! Below are our picks for this years Argie Christmas list and you can find more suggestions from last year’s Christmas here.

Gabriela Horvat jewelry: Those who are staying at the hotel have surely noticed the stunning designs by this contemporary Argentine jeweler that are displayed in the hotel lobby. The artistic combination of modern forms with typical materials such as silver and knits make these pieces ideal present candidates. Plus, you can purchase them at the hotel.

Dotta Filetes: Filete Porteño is an Argentine decorative painting style that is typical in the world of tango and nostagic Buenos Aires. Dotta Filetes has incorporated that style to make traditional mates decorated with artful flowers, as well as other objects including shoe shiner’s boxes,, platters, and more in this truly local decorative style. Find their products here.

Fluffy sheep skin slippers: for those who are returning to the northern hemisphere, these slippers will make winter all the cozier sans the cold toes. They are available at stores that sell regional products and probably at a discount price since they are out of season in Argentina.  You can also contact the people at Tacún who specialize in leather and sheep skin items. For those who will be staying in the hot weather, the fresh alternatives are alpargatas, which are comfy fresh shoes with jute soles (Paez has some colorful modern options.)

On the culinary front:

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Traditional gifts regarding food and drink from Argentine would typically include dulce de leche, Havanna alfajores, and a good Malbec, all great choices, however don´t overlook these alternative picks:

Regional Alfajores from Cordoba filled with quince jam or Tucumán alfajores that are filled with meringue and cane sugar. (find our top pick of Argie alfajores with links to where to find them in BA here).

Torrontés wine is the typical white Argie counterpart to Malbec and is just as stellar a gift for cheery toasters.

Local gourmet olive oil is also gaining quite a reputation. Find the best brands of Argentine olive oil  here.

International Artisans Fair

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The annual international artisans fair is taking place at La Rural in Palermo until the 9th of December, and it is a great opportunity to purchase beautifully crafted objects, art and decorations and to watch the talented artisans at work.

The fair exhibits traditional, regional, artisanal pieces from Latin America and around the world, and more contemporary displays. It is divided into sections offering pottery, basketwork, knives, leather goods, clothes, musical instruments, jewelry, games, woodwork, pieces crafted in metals, paper, knits, textiles, glass and more. Additionally, there are specially selected pieces that are awarded for their craftsmanship.

If you´re looking for a unique silver encrusted mate to take home, marvel at the meticulous weavers, or think a charango would make a great Christmas present, then a visit to this fair is a must. Tickets cost 26 pesos and opening hours are from 3pm to 10pm.  Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

December in Buenos Aires 2012

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Summer is creeping up on us in Buenos Aires, and as Christmas and New Year approach, the hotel’s rooftop pool and the lovely garden (where we host our Thank Fierro its Friday happy hour) are proving to be welcome respites from the early heat, and perfect for anticipating the fun times ahead. December is after all a month to celebrate and toast to another wonderful year.

Those who will be spending Christmas in the city can find a breif description of what to expect here, and here to catch a glimpse of what the local New Year is all about.  We will also be posting specific information for this year’s festivities throughout the month.

Other great events  taking place throughout December are:

International Artisans Fair: From the 4th to the 9th of December artisans from around the world will gather at La Rural where they will display their masterful crafts just in time for Christmas shopping.

San Telmo Tango Festival: From the 2nd to the 8th of December tango music and dancing will be present at the charming neighborhood’s parks and theatres.

Abierto Argentino de Polo: The final tournament of the most important Polo event of the year will be taking place on the 8th of December. Tickets here.

Rock & Reggae Festival 2012: The first edition of this laid-back music festival will be taking place from the 7th to the 9th of December at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

International Concerts

6th of December: Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland will be staging a live show at Groove in Palermo. Tickets here.

8th of December: Norah Jones will be playing at the Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

13th  and 15th of December: The legendary Madonna will be putting on a live show at the Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

31st of December: Electronic music fans will get the chance of greeting 2013 to the sounds of John Digweed who will be at Crobar in Palermo for a special New Years Party. Tickets here.

High Tea Fashion at Fierro Hotel

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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