Dinner time! Top 10 restaurants review


Among the things we have to do when we visit a foreign country is to try some typical food, those tastes which make this place out-standing. Today we will present you a top 10 with the most famous restaurants and the chosen ones when we want to enjoy the culinary specialties that Buenos Aires has to offer.

# 1 Parolaccia Puerto Madero

Parolaccia Puerto Madero
Parolaccia Puerto Madero

Located in the exclusive Puerto Madero. A. M. de Justo 276. La Parolaccia, specialized in Italian food, offers a wide variety of gourmet dishes prepared with fresh pasta and sea food. Besides an excellent customer service, this restaurant offers an spectacular view of the river.

Website: www.laparolaccia.com

# 2 Las Cabras

Las Cabras
Las Cabras

Located in Palermo we will find one of the best options to try Argentinean meat. Located in Fitz Roy 1975, Las Cabras offers a wide variety of dishes prepared with fresh vegetables to go with the best grilled meat.

With a simple decoration and a great quality of attention, this restaurant is ideal to try typical Argentinean dishes in a good price.

 

 # 3 La cabrera

La Cabrera
La Cabrera

Located in Palermo Soho, Cabrera 5099. La Cabrera honors the national pride with the most exquisites cuts of Argentinean meat with classic and innovated side dishes. This restaurant is outlined for the abundance of the dishes and the excellence in the attention that is offered to its customers.

Website: www.parrillalacabrera.com.ar

 

# 4 Tegui

Tegui Restaurant
Tegui Restaurant

The most important characteristic of Tegui is that it’s an indoor restaurant, which from the outside does not allow to imagine the immensity and beautiful decoration of the place. The menu offers the chance to try different dishes, all of them of excellent quality and prepared with a lot of creativity. Located in Costa Rica 5852, Tegui is an ideal restaurant for couples who wish to spend and unforgettable gourmet experience.

Website: www.tegui.com.ar

 

# 5 Chila

Chila Restaurant
Chila Restaurant

Located in Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160, Chila offers to its customers a gourmet experience inspired by the best Argentinean products of the season. To preserve the excellence of the dishes, this restaurant has a changing and dynamic menu. It also has a wide variety of wines to its customers to have the chance to try the best national and international creations. Beside the high level of attention and decoration, this restaurant is located in Puerto Madero, one of the most beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

Website: www.chilaweb.com.ar

 

# 6 Sucre

Restaurant Sucre
Restaurant Sucre

Located in Belgrano, Sucre offers the best contemporary and international food created by the reinterpretation of different cuisines like the Peruvian, the Spanish, the Japanese and the Italian among others. It also has a wine cellar with a wide variety of national and international wines. What’s more it has a bar to enjoy a selection of drinks and appetizers. This luxury restaurant is located in Sucre 676.

Website: www.sucrerestaurant.com.ar

 

# 7 Pura Tierra

Pura Tierra Restaurant
Pura Tierra Restaurant

Located in Belgrano neighborhood, 3 de Febrero 1167. Pura Tierra utilizes the best Argentinean products to prepared their dishes. This restaurant has a season menu and a tasting menu, which proposes an 8 steps tour through the best dishes prepared with the best local and regional products.

Website: www.puratierra.com.ar

 

#8 La Bourgogne

La Burgogne Restaurant
La Burgogne Restaurant

Located in Ayacucho 2027, in Recoleta. La Bourgogne is considered the best French food restaurant in Buenos Aires. It has a big salon, the best personalized attention and the most exquisite dishes to offer its customers an unforgettable gourmet experience.

Sitio oficial: www.alvearpalace.com/v3/la-bourgogne.php

 

#9 Oviedo (Recoleta)

Oviedo Restaurant
Oviedo Restaurant

Located in Beruti 2602, Oviedo is a restaurant specialized in seafood dishes. It’s the best option for people who enjoy this kind of food. This restaurant has a wide and comfortable salon besides a great quality of attention.

Web: www.oviedoresto.com.ar

 

#10 Duhau Restaurante 

Duhau Restaurante
Duhau Restaurante

Located in Av. Alvear 1661 the main characteristic of Duhau Restaurante y Vinoteca is the amazing decoration. This restaurant has a menu with a great variety of dishes and the best attention. It also has a winery and a cheese room with over 45 kinds of cheese.

Web: http://buenosaires.park.hyatt.com.ar/es/hotel/dining/DuhauRestauranteandVinoteca.html

Ypu can´t miss any of these restaurants, and then, of course, write back to us to let us know what you think of them!


[SURVEY] So, are you a hotel or an apartment kind of person?


Hotel or apartment? Both options are very different and each one has its benefits. Where did you have the best stories?  In a private apartment or in the lobby of a hotel? Answer this 5 questions – it won’t take you more than a minute – and let us know: Are you a hotel or an apartment kind of person?

Share your experience with us and you will learn from other´s experiences!

 Hotel Vs Apartments

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2-day Buenos aires guide for art lovers


For art lovers, we offer a 2 day schedule to enjoy from the different artistic expressions located in different spots of the city. With this guide we propose a tour through the art in Buenos Aires, bearing in mind all the important information to consider.

Day 1

– 09:30

We’ll start our tour in the National museum of fine arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) located in 1473 Libertador Av.

Inaugurated in 1932, the museum exhibits over 1500 pieces of national and international artists. It also has temporary exhibitions that can be of artists recognized in the whole world or of new artists.

National Museum of Bellas Artes

The National Museum of Fine Arts, an icon in the city landscape

After enjoying the exquisite art that the National Museum of fine arts has to offer we can continue our day with a little bit of Latin-American art, but not without having lunch first.

- 12:00 hs.

On our way to the Latinamerican Art Museum (Museo Nacional de Arte Latinoamericano - MALBA), located on the street called Pres. Figueroa Alcorta, we will find magnificent culinary options for all the tastes.

For gourmet food lovers, you can enjoy of a wonderful lunch in Red Point. In this restaurant, there are many specialties prepared with seafood or the best Argentinean meat.

Located a few meters away from Red Point, you’ll find Dashi, a restaurant that offers the most traditional Japanese food.

Located next to the museum we’ll find Café des Arts. This French restaurant offers international dishes in the finest area and the best personalized attention.

- 14:00 hs

We start put visit to the Latinamerican Art Museum (MALBA) located in 3415 Pres. Figueroa Alcorta Av.  

MALBA Museum

MALBA – Latin American Art Museum

The MALBA is dedicated to latinamerican art of the twentieth century. At present it exhibits paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, collages, photographs and installations of latinamerican artists,

Leaving the museum, after finishing out first day surrounded by art, we can enjoy the parks located around the museum, where we can spend a beautiful time outdoors. There we will find the Floralis Genérica, a metallic sculpture located in Plaza de las Naciones Unidas.

Day 2

- 10:00 hs

Having to take in consideration the opening hour of the museums un Buenos Aires, we will start our second day taking a walk through one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Buenos Aires called Puerto Madero, which stands out for its beautiful and modern architecture.

Among the spots of Puerto Madero that we can’t miss we find “el Puente de la Mujer” (The Brigde of the woman), built in 1998 and the central Market, located in Pierina Dealessi and Macacha Guemes. There we will have different options such as fast food, pastries, home-made ice-cream, candles, pottery and even accessories of design.

- 12:00 hs

- Fortabat Art Collection

Located in 141 Olga Cossettini St., it was built by Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat. This ultra modern space located in Puerto Madero, exhibits the Fortabat family’s private collection, which includes pieces of national and international artists such as Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.

Fortabat Art Collection

Fortabat Art Collection

- 15:00 hs

At only 20 minutes by car, the next stop in out tour will be the Museum of decorative art located in 1902 Libertador Av.

Built in 1937, the museum is a symbol of the french influence in Buenos Aires. By walking through the residence, we can appreciate the private collection of Josefina de Alvear and her husband Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar, whose families had great influence in the political matters of the country.

Decorative Art Museum

Decorative Art Museum

This way we finish our tour through the most important museums of Buenos Aires, the ones you can’t miss if you’re an art lover.


November 2013 Buenos Aires Events Calendar


Hello to all, in today´s post we leave you a very complete calendar with the most important events ongoing in BA during November 2013.

So many beautiful events go on in this lovely city! If you are planning to come to any of these vents, Baires Apartments can offer you a variety of apartaments to rent in Buenos Aires for your stay during the congress/event. Contact us!

November 2013 Buenos Aires Calendar

NOV 2013 Calendar. Click on the image to enlarge

Click on the image to view it in full-size resolution.

We have selected the most important events going on this month and he hand picked the following apartments as suggestions for renting for the ones coming to attend this events.

CASA FOA (4 oct – 10 nov): Bartolomé Mitre 559

2 or 3 people

Viamonte & Florida

Reconquista & Viamonte III

Bartolome Mitre & Libertad

4 or 5 people

Cerrito & B. Mitre

Cordoba & Reconquista II

 

BIEL LIGHT + BUILDING (5 nov – 9 nov): La Rural

2 or 3 people

Santa Fe & Gurruchaga

Borges & Paraguay IV

Santa Fe & Humboldt

4 or 5 people

Segui & Salguero II

Salguero & Arenales

 

EL OJO DE IBEROAMÉRICA: (6 nov – 8 nov): Macacha Guemes 351 (Hotel Hilton)

2 or 3 people

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso VI (Hotel Faena)

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso II (Hotel Faena)

4 or 5 people

A. Moreau de Justo & San Juan II

Juana Manso & P. Dealessi III

 

II CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE CÍNICA MÉDICA Y MEDICINA INTERNA (5 nov – 8 nov): Centro de convenciones UCA

2 or 3 people

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso VI (Hotel Faena)

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Juana Manso & Guemes Macacha

4 or 5 people

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Juana Manso & Azucena Maizani

 

12th CONGRESS WFTIN: (9 nov- 14 nov): Macacha Guemes 351 (Hotel Hilton)

2 or 3 people

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso VI (Hotel Faena)

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso II (Hotel Faena)

4 or 5 people

A. Moreau de Justo & San Juan II

Juana Manso & P. Dealessi III

So now you know, don’t forget to let us know if you need accommodation in Buenos Aires during your event.


I want to get to know BA, but i only have 3 days! Help!


Relax, if you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires for only 3 days, the best we can do it is knowing which are the activities the city propose according to our interests. The different schedules below will help you plan your trip and activities to enjoy it to the most.

3 days for the whole family

Buenos Aires is a city that has a lot of entertaining activities for all ages. In this guide, we will visit in 3 days the most beautiful places in the city for the families to visit.

Day 1

- 10:00 hs

The first stop in our tour will be the Buenos Aires Zoo located in Palermo. The main entrance is located in Las Heras Av. and Sarmiento Av. (Plaza Italia). The value of the entry is AR$ 75 and free for children under 12 years old.

Located in Palermo, the zoo hosts 2500 animals belonging to 350 different species. It also has a farm were it’s allowed to interact and feed the animals.

By lunch time, inside the zoo we will find fast food restaurant, where we will be able to have lunch outdoors and surrounded by animals.
-  14:00 hs.

Located at only 15 minutes by car, our next stop will be the Museum of the kids. After spending time outdoors, the museum of the kids is a space created for children inside the Abasto shopping mall.

There, children will have the chance to play, learn and enjoy of puppets shows, gardening and painting. At the same time, family can also walk through the shopping mall, buy clothes from exclusive brands and enjoy a refreshment from the restaurants located in the mall.

Museum of kids

Road by car to the Museum of kids

 

Day 2

- 10:00 hs

The second day of our tour we will visit the Participative Science Museum (Museo Participativo de ciencias prohibido no tocar). Located in Recoleta, 1930 Junin St. The value of the entry is AR$ 40.

Created with the purpose of playing while we learn, the museum has exhibitions of mechanics, nature and electricity among others, always under the premise that it’s forbidden not to touch.

- 13:00 hs

After visiting the Participative Museum, located just a few minutes by walking, we will find La Biela, a traditional café built over 150 year ago. In this café you’ll have a variety of fast food dishes with a gourmet touch.

- 15:00 hs

The next stop of our family tour through Buenos Aires is located 10 minutes away by car.

The Planetario Galileo Galilei, is located on the “3 de Febrero Park”. The purpose of this place is to encourage Astronomy investigation. To achieve that it has a screen with the highest LED technology where visitors can enjoy recreational and didactic shows.

After visiting the Planetario of Buenos Aires, the entire family can walk through the park, better known as “los bosque de Palermo“.

Bosques de Palermo

Going to los “Bosques de Palermo”

Day 3

- 10:00 hs

The third day in Buenos Aires, we will visit the neighbourhood called San Telmo, the oldest one of the city. The style of the buildings offer the chance to see how Buenos Aires was in the past. Located in San Temos, there is a park called “Plaza Dorrego”, which is surrounded by restaurant where you can have a magnificent breakfast.

While walking through San Telmo, we suggest to visit the Walk of the Comic (Paseo de la historieta). Starting in Chile St., then Balcerce St., turning right in Belgrano St. and left in Paseo Colon Av., we will find the sculptures of the most popular Argentinean comics.

Walk of the Comic

Walk of the Comic

- 14:00 hs

Located at 25 minutes away by car, we will arrive to the Natural Science Argentinean Museum (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales), located in 490 Angel Gallardo Av. The value of the entry value is AR$ 10.

The museum was built in 1937. Its purpose is to exhibit all the natural discoveries made in the country. It has fossils found in different places and the researches made from each discovery.

Natural Science Argentinean Museum

Natural Science Argentinean Museum

So now you now. 3 days, all the stuff you need to do before leaving. In future post we’ll be making tour day suggestions for specific interests. So keep coming back and we’ll have fresh information for you.

So, when will you be back in BA?

We miss you!


Squares in Argentina. Places to meet and gossip


When you walk through the towns of Argentina it is inevitable that at some point you will come across a square. Our cities are born and built around them. Nearby are schools, churches, the town hall… but there are others, especially those far from the town centres, that rely upon the personalities and stories of those who visit them.

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t have a strong childhood memory of being at one. This is because Argentineans can find green spaces at squares, as well as various games for kids to enjoy. Hammocks, slides, seesaws, carrousels, all brightly painted and their sounds inviting kids to come and play.

Families gather at them on Sundays and during the summer holidays. Women with their deckchairs and mate, the little ones with their footballs and, if there´s enough space, a kite. There, friendships are made that last forever. But these places don´t only belong to childhood. During your teens they are usually the scene for flirting and your first kiss, and where you go if you want to share secrets with your friends. In this sense it becomes a space somewhere between public and private, because as time passes it continues being both, but at the same time at one with all its memories.

Squares in Argentina

The green spaces and the blue sky are a beautiful sight of Buenos Aires

And just as the seasons pass by in front of the squares, so does life. You go from a child having fun playing games, to a teenager being up to no good, to adulthood and bringing other kids to experience the magic you felt when you were young. (Most likely that when no one´s looking we´ll give into temptation and climb back into the hammock to feel like we´re flying again).

These places reflect the spirit of the community that surrounds them. Sometimes they are taken care of by their neighbours, who plant flowers and paint games or the walls with creative and colourful images. They are the home of various celebrations such as carnivals, championship victory parades, town anniversaries, cultural events and national holidays, amongst others.

By not being designed for tourists, but rather for the good of the community, it is where ´local colour’ is most genuine and evident.

Some of them include:

  • Parque Las Heras (Palermo), surrounded by the streets of General Las Heras, Coronel Díaz, Jerónimo Salguero and Juncal.
  • Plaza Jardín de los maestros (Recoleta) found between Marcelo T. de Alvear, Pizzurno and Paraguay.
  • Plaza Francisco Canaro, situated in Cochabamba between Combate de los pozos and Sarandí. It is home to murales of the celebrated Patoruzú and is open from 8am until 9am in the summer.
  • Plaza Conesa (Quilmes), surrounded by the streets of Conesa, Moreno, Lavalle and Colón.
  • Plaza Ameghino in Parque Rivadavia, surrounded by Av. Rivadavia, Doblas, Beauchef and Rosario.

These probably don´t appear in tourist guides like the famous Plaza de Mayo or Plaza Congreso, with their towering monuments and statues of important figures of the country´s past. However they are spaces that show off the part of Latin American culture that perhaps goes unnoticed by those who visit them regularly. What unforgettable memories will they leave you with?


A Guide to Buenos Aires: Student visas


Argentina’s educational system is considered the best in South America.  Not surprisingly, students and young professionals from all over the world choose to enroll in Argentina’s many universities.  The combination of quality education and the rich culture offers an unparalleled  opportunity for students desiring a unique experience both in their studies and daily life.

Each year Argentina receives tens of thousands of foreign students into their universities and study programs.  Given this large influx of foreign students, the official procedure and documentation necessary to study abroad rarely presents major problems or difficulties.  However, a common question of potential or future study abroad students is whether they will need a student visa to live and study in Argentina.  The answer to this question depends on a few factors: the student’s country of origin, the planned duration of their stay, and sometimes, the particular type of program the student enrolls in.  The last two factors are often interrelated.

The first thing to find out is whether citizens of a student’s country of origin are required to have a visa to enter Argentina.  Note for most countries a visa is not required prior to entry into Argentina, rather a 90 day tourist visa is issued at customs upon arrival.  Furthermore, for students coming from these countries a student visa may not be necessary if their course of study will last less than 90 days.  If duration or program requirements dictate that a the student obtain a student visa, the student will need to visit the Dirección National de Migraciones.  At the DNM they will need to present the inscription certificate of the participating university, passport, and a certificate attesting that the student does not have a criminal record over the past 3 years for students from MERCOSUR countries (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Venezuela).  Students from outside MERCOSUR countries must provide these same documents as well as proof of the absence of a criminal record for the past 5 years and a legalized birth certificate.

For students wishing to study in Argentina from countries that are required to have a visa to enter the country, the process is slightly more complex.  First, the Argentine institution at which these students wish to study must request a form from the DNM that will authorize these students to come into the country.  Once this has been obtained, the student will then need to visit the Argentine consulate in their country and present proof of their identity, absence of a criminal record over the past 5 years, a legalized birth certificate, as well as additional evidence of their ability to support themselves in Argentina.

In general, this process proceeds smoothly and many university programs will provide detailed instructions to students if a student visa is necessary for their course of study.  For more information we suggest you check out the DNM’s website or the Argentine consulate in your country.  Additional information about Argentina and studying her can be found here.

 

 

 


A Guide to Buenos Aires: How to get around


Buenos Aires offers a wealth of memorable experiences for visitors.  However, with so much to see and do, it can be a challenge to figure out just how to spend your time here.  Of course there is no one “best” way to experience Buenos Aires, and different people will enjoy different aspects of this immense city.  With this in mind, we’d like to present a series of guides offering practical information that will help ensure your stay in Buenos Aires goes smoothly, no matter your reason for visiting.  Combined with the great sites we’ve highlighted in this blog, we hope this information we’ll help you get the most out of your stay.  So enjoy!  And for any accomadations needs you may have, please check out our main website.

Buenos Aires is huge.  Stretching from the banks of the Rio de la Plata to Pampas of Argentina’s interior, the federal capital officially takes up 78.5 square miles but includes a metropolitan area of near 4800 square miles.  To explore this entire territory would be an arduous task and an unnecessary one.  The most famous barrios found nearest the Rio de la Plata, from La Boca in the south to Belgrano in the north, contain all of the most popular tourist destinations.  However, even when you limit Buenos Aires to these barrios, you still need to know how to get around.  Therefore, we offer this guide for transportation around the city.

Walking

While not the most glamourous or speediest form of travel, walking is often the most enjoyable way to discover the city.  Buenos Aires is a wonderful walking city and most of its streets are on a grid system, making navigation simple.  Walking is also the best way to get a true feel for the city and a great way to stumble upon stores and restaurants you may not have noticed otherwise.  Furthermore, you get an up close view of Buenos Aires’s mix of architectural styles that adorn many of the buildings lining the larger avenues.  Due to Buenos Aires size, however, walking may not always be convenient; luckily, numerous other transportation options exist if your destination is outside of walking range.

Subte

Buenos Aires boasts South America’s oldest subway system, and today it remains one of the quickest and simplest ways to move through the city.  Thousands of porteños depend on the subte to bring them to and from work everyday.  Trains are generally punctual and run from 5Am to 10PM Monday through Saturday and 8AM to 10PM Sundays.  Currently a oneway ticket costs $2.50 Ar., which can be purchased at a boleteria next to the subway’s turnstiles.  Not surprisingly, trains tend to fill up during rush hours in the morning and evening.  If you desire to avoid cramped travel it may be best to avoid taking the subte during these hours.

The subte has 6 lines: A, B, C, D, E , and H.  Lines A, E, B, and D start in Downtown, next to Plaza de Mayo, and spread apart as they move west into the metropolitan area.  Lines C and H run perpendicular (north-south) and allow passengers to connect to the other lines without traveling all the way to Downtown.

Colectivos

Step foot on any street in Buenos Aires and you will notice dozens of numbered buses carrying passengers all over the city.  Since buses cover the entire city they are the most popular form of transportation for porteños and are incredibly inexpensive.  However, colectivos require some knowledge of the city’s layout and at least a general understanding of a few bus routes.  Travelers may experience some initial difficulty if they are unsure of where they are going or the particular bus route to use.  If you plan on using Buenos Aires’s bus system it’s worth picking up a “Guia T”.  This pocket-sized booklet contains maps of the city broken down into grids and lists of the corresponding bus routes between each numbered grid.  At certain bus stops you can find a list of the route’s stops.  They are often written underneath the sign that displays the bus’s number.

Perhaps the most inconvient aspect of colectivos is that, unless you have a sube card, each bus requires that you pay for your fair in coins.  Once you enter a bus, you indicate your destination to the driver (or the corresponding price to this destination) and then insert coins into a machine behind the driver.  While the fair is extremely cheap (the average fair at this moment is around $1.25 Ar.) it may take a traveler a few purchases in Argentina before they have enough change to use for the bus.  However, once you have change and a general knowledge of the layout of the city, colectivos are a great way to travel.  Not only are they efficient and reliable but you get superb views of the city’s many barrios as you travel to your destination.

Taxis

Taxis are almost as ubiquitous as colectivos on the streets of Buenos Aires.  Today all cabs are black and yellow and are required to have a meter.  They are simple to wave down and you can also order one from your phone.  While fares are relatively inexpensive, compared to the low rates of the subte and colectivos they are the most expensive form of travel in Buenos Aires.  However, with taxis you never have to contend with the tight squeezes of rush hour that can occur in both colectivos and the subte.  When hailing a taxi, look for an illuminated “LIBRE” sign located on the front windshield that indicates the cab is empty and available for pick up.

Some more help

If you are unsure how to arrive at any destination in Buenos Aires a great resource to use is the city’s website mapa.buenosaires.gov.ar.  By clicking on the “Como Llegar” tab, you are able to enter your current location and the address or location you want to travel to.  The map will then provide a number of travel options including subte lines (if any subte stops are near) and bus numbers, listing them in order of fastest to slowest with an estimated time of how long each will take.

 


The Charm of Old San Telmo


Just south of Plaza de Mayo and la Casa Rosada you’ll find the cobblestone streets of San Telmo.  Life moves a little slower in this section of Buenos Aires, especially when compared to the bustling avenues of Palermo or Recoleta.  Fewer cars traverse up and down the small streets and the crowds of tourists or business people that can populate the sidewalks and cafes around central Buenos Aires thin out as you enter this barrio.  As the oldest neighborhood of the city, San Telmo has witnessed countless transitions as Buenos Aires has grown over the years.  The worn grandeur and eclectic architecture of San Telmo’s buildings reflects its long history, a history that has endowed this barrio with a character distinct from any other section of Buenos Aires.

Once the original industrial section of Buenos Aires, the area came to support the city’s growing middle class as well as its aristocratic elites in the 1800s.  These wealthy porteños lived in lavish mansions built alongside structures dating back to the city’s colonial era.  However, the landscape of San Telmo was forever changed when a yellow fever epidemic struck Buenos Aires near the end of the 19th century.  Desperate to escape the disease, the majority of San Telmo’s residents fled their homes and resettled in the northern part of Buenos Aires in what would become Recoleta or Barrio Norte.

In their exodus, the former inhabitants of San Telmo abandoned hundreds of residences and mansions.  A number of these structures were torn down to make parks while others became tenant homes, known as conventillos, that housed the multitude of immigrants flooding into Buenos Aires from Europe during this period.  Within a few years San Telmo had transformed from the well-to-do residential center of Buenos Aires to a crowded multinational immigrant community.  This community would have a major impact on the city as well as porteño culture, building such structures as the Russian Orthodox church, with its iconic onion dome spires, and giving birth to Tango.  Even today most porteños cite the southern barrios of San Telmo and La Boca as the birthplace of their culture.

San Telmo fell into a state of decline as the upper classes of Buenos Aires continued to settle elsewhere in the city.  However, as early as the 1960s a number of local artist began to take an interest in the historic barrio.  The formation of artist guilds during this period paved the way for the recent rejuvenation of San Telmo as the center of Buenos Aires’s arts scene.  Numerous galleries now fill what were once defiled mansions built centuries ago, helping to bring international attention to San Telmo’s thriving contemporary arts.

In addition to the museums, art spaces, and historic churches found within its domain, San Telmo is also know for its weekly fair.  La Feria de San Telmo takes place every Sunday from morning till mid afternoon bringing thousands to wander up and down avenida Defensa, where they admire the wide variety of items for sell.  Known in particular for the rich selection of antiques, the San Telmo fair also features street performers, food vendors, and tango displays ensuring a great time whether you decide to buy anything or not.

Past the end of the fair, near the termination of avenida Defensa, sits Lezama park, one of the open spaces created by the demolitions that took place after the yellow fever epidemic.  Its design was the work of legendary urban planner Carlos Thays–the same designer behind the Botanical Gardens and many of Palermo’s parks. However, like most of San Telmo, Lezama park’s history goes back much further. Most historians agree that it was on one of Lezama’s hills that the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza first landed in 1536 and founded Buenos Aires.

The rich history of San Telmo can be felt at every turn in this enchanting barrio.

Here at Baires Apartments, we have a number of apartment rentals in the San Telmo area. Please visit the San Telmo link on the side of this page to view our San Telmo apartment listings.

 

 


The Parks of Palermo


Los Bosques de Palermo

The barrio of Palermo is popular for more than just restaurants, chic living, and nightlife.  It also contains the most green space of any barrio in Buenos Aires.  Acres of parks complete with lakes, gardens and even a zoo allow the residents of Palermo to escape the noise and bustle of the big city without leaving their neighborhood.

Sunny afternoons and weekends bring people in droves to the parks, known as Los Bosques de Palermo.  Here they relax in the sun sipping mate, rollerblade or bike along the park’s paved streets, or rent a paddleboat andcruise one of the small lakes.  Palermo’s park system extends from Avenida Santa Fe northeast following Avenida Sarmiento towards Jorge Newbery Airport and the Rio de la Plata river.  The section of parks nearest the airport features a concentration of sport facilities including the Hipodromo, where throughout the year horses race in front of a grandstand built in the late 1800s.  Polo is another passion of Buenos Aires, and Palermo is its proud home in Argentina.  Near the Hipodromo are numerous Polo fields along with a rugby stadium, golf course, and tennis courts.

Parque 3 de Febrero is the largest of the parks.  Completed in 1875 by architect Carlos Thays, its 25 hectors consist of a number of distinct parts including a few lakes, a rose garden (el rosedal) with a beautiful white bridge, Japanese gardens (jardin japones), and a planetarium.  It’s worth taking an afternoon or more to explore this peaceful space.  In fact it may become one of your favorite places to spend a few relaxing hours.

Avenida Sarmiento splits 3 de Febrero in two, and if you follow it South you’ll arrive at Plaza Italia.  Here the intersection of Sarmiento, Avenida Santa Fe and Avenida Las Heras surrounds a large monument of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian general.  At the top of this intersection sits the city zoo, where for only a few pesos you can view Bueno’s Aires collection of animals from around the world.

Jardin Botánico

The botanical gardens lie in between Avenida Santa Fe and Las Heras.  Also designed by Carlos Thays, Jardin Botánico reflects the strong European sentiment that influenced the upper classes of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century.  This love for European styles, particularly the urban design and architecture of 1800s France, can be found throughout Buenos Aires, especially in Jardin Botánico.  Among the park’s ornate greenhouses and meandering garden paths stand 33 works of art placed beside arrays of meticulously maintained flora.  Not surprisingly these sculptors, monuments, and busts mimic important works of European art.  The garden even features separate sections dedicated to the particular gardening styles of Italy and France.

A little quieter than 3 de Febrero, the botanical gardens is the perfect place to read a book or contemplate René Magritte’s theories of art. All of Palermo’s parks are free except for the Jardin Japones, which costs 16 pesos to enter.

If you wish for the thrills of a big city with the peacefulness of nature near by, than Palermo is the place for you.

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An example of one of the Botanical Garden's sculptures