This Week: 29th of June- 5th of July


la giralda

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A rainy winter forecast makes for the perfect chance to browse through books at the Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

In the afternoon, stop for some churros with dulce de leche at La Giralda or for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200



(Photo by Paradasos)

Renowned artist Vic Muniz, who makes art from food and other unlikely materials, will be showcasing his work in the Retiro area at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero until the 14th of September. Av. Antartida Argentina 1355, downtown.

At 8.30pm, the Argentine football team will be playing the semi-final round of the copa América against Paraguay.

At 9pm, don’t miss the free concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional that will be interpreting pieces of Russian classical music at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. Two tickets per person will be handed out on a first come first serve basis two hours prior to the function. Bouchard 350, Downtown.



(Photo by Edson Hong)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

From 9pm onwards you can stop by Isabel Bar in Palermo, one of the hottest nightspots for cocktails in the city. Uriarte 1664, Palermo. 



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Check out the MALBA’s two new exhibits, one of controversial Argentine artist Rogelio Poleccelo, and the other of a collection of video art by different artists that depict important historical events. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the evening, call up to book your place at Colegiales based closed door restaurant Treinta Sillas and sample a flavorful meal paired with delicious wines. 4492-7046



(Photo by Nic Taylor)

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening, at 7pm, the Festival Piano Piano kicks off at the Centro Cultural Kirchner with performances by Hernán Jacinto and Danilo Pérez. More information here.

Saturday and Sunday

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday at 5pm, head to the Punte de la Mujer in Puerto Madero, dressed in white and with a mirror, to participate in an artistic performance by renowned Argentine artist Marta Minujín.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

On the Argentine Table: Sandwiches de Miga

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Sandwiches de miga are typical sandwiches eaten usually at social gatherings and as afternoon snacks. They probably originated from the Italian Tremezzino sandwiches and are made up of either two or three layers (known as dobles or triples) of thin crustless bread (or miga) and a variety of fillings which may include different combinations of ham and cheese, heart of palms, pineapple, anchovies, eggs, blue cheese, olives and more.

The famous tostado is a grilled ham and cheese miga sandwich that is usually served in city cafes. Otherwise, a broad variety of these local delicacies are sold in bakeries at a very reasonable price or at traditional cafes like Tortoni and Las Violetas.  A great place to try them in Palermo is in Santa Paula bakery (Scalabrini Ortiz 3154, Palermo).

Must See in Buenos Aires #5

Casa de la Cultura

Originally belonging to “La Prensa” newspaper, this luxurious 19th century french style building is now the governments cultural headquarter. Offering exhibitions and concerts, it is a historic and  architectural gem that is still very much alive.
Guided tours in both Spanish and English are offered every Saturday at 4PM and 5PM and also on Sundays from 11AM to 4PM (starting every hour.)
Additionally, on Fridays at 7.30PM The Golden Room hosts choral ensembles and on Sundays tango at 6PM.
If you’ve already been to Cafe Tortoni and want to try another traditional cafe close-by,  walk a couple of more blocks down Av. de Mayo to the Cafe Los 36 Billares, and team up for a game of pool.

Espacio Casa de la Cultura

Av. de Mayo 575, Subsuelo
or Av. Rivadavia 576
Te. 4323-9669