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The temperature is getting cooler in May but the cultural life never stops. We have gathered all main events taking place in the city in May. Take your pick!

 

Exhibitions

Over My Dead Body - Mona Hatoum

Infinite Experience – MALBA

When: From March 20 to June 8

What: MALBA opens the 2015 season with Experiencia infinita / Infinite Experience. The event is less an exhibition than an experience that the viewer confronts. It consists of works that ensue in real time and partake of other disciplines such as theater and choreography.

Where: MALBA – Recoleta

Web: malba.org.ar

 

El Mago Desnudo – Laura Lima at Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art

When: Until June 7

What: Brazilian artista Laura Lima is considered one of the most relevant contemporary artists. El Mago Desnudo (The Naked Magician) evokes the tricks and artifices behind the artistic creation.

Where: MAMBA – San Telmo

 

Mona Hatoum: Over My Dead Body

When: Until June 14

What: Mona Hatoum work has been characterized by the reuse of commonplace and banal objects, inoffensive and harmless things rendered, in her production, hostile and suspicious.

Where: Fundación PROA – La Boca

Web: Proa.org.ar

See our blog post about this exhibition

 

Music and Performing Arts

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - L Elisir D'Amore

Teatro Colón – L’Elisir d’Amore

When: From May 8 to May 14

What: Comic Opera by Italian Composer Gaetano Donizetti

Where: Teatro Colón – Centro

Web: teatrocolon.org.ar

 

Polo Circo – Circus Festival

When: From May 7 to May 15

What: Buenos Aires Circus Festival, for children and adults

Where: Parque Patricios

Web: polocirco.com

 

Eat & Drink

Buenos Aires Celebra Patagonia

Buenos Aires Celebra Centro

When: May 16 and 17

What: A showcase of the cultural and gastronomical Offer from the provinces of Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos aires

Where: El Dorrego – Palermo

 

Sports

River Boca Superclasico

Supérclasico – Boca vs River football match

When: May 3 and May 13

What: Football archenemies River and Boca play for the National Tournament

Where: Bombonera (Boca Stadium) on May 3 – Monumental (River Stadium) on May 13

 

Others

Buenos Aires International Book Fair

When: From April 23 to May 11

What: The most important book fair in Latin America. Conferences and workshops.

Where: La Rural Convention Center – Palermo

 

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There is no doubt Buenos Aires has great food. But most visitors end up experiencing only steakhouses, because this is what Argentina is famous for: its flavorful, incredibly tender meat. If you are staying in Buenos Aires long enough to get tired of switching between Bife de Lomo and Bife de Chorizo, you will be relieved to know that there are excellent ethnic restaurants as well. Here is a shortlist:

 

Cocina Sunae

Cocina Sunae Buenos Aires

Owned by an Asian-American chef, Cocina Sunae is a closed-doors restaurant that specializes in dishes from South-East Asia, mostly Thai, Philippine and Vietnamese. Cocina Sunae offers a 4-courses fixed-price menu, with three options for the main dish. The menu changes every week and is currently priced a AR$290 (approximately USD30), plus beverages.

The decoration is quite plain but dishes are absolutely delicious. The restaurant caters to many expats and tourists and mostly young couples. Waiters speak good English.

Cocina Sunae is located on a quite street of Colegiales area. The exact location will be given to you upon reservation.

cocinasunae.com

 

Olaya

olaya

For the past few years, Peruvian food has grown to be very popular in Buenos Aires. Around 2012, plenty of improvised Peruvian restaurants suddenly opened, and as it often happen in those cases, many quickly closed. Olaya is one of the latests Peruvian openings and seems to be here to stay. It offers a Japonese-Peruvian fusion food in a modern, industrial decor.

Portions are large and can be shared. Try the “barco”, a selection of specialities to taste the classics of Peruvian cuisine. Prices are on the higher end – approx. AR$500 per person as of April 2015.

Olaya is on Humboldt 1550, Palermo Hollywood.

 

Sarkis

sarkis

There is an important Armenian community in Buenos Aires but the city only has an handful of good Armenian restaurants. Sarkis is extremely popular because it offers very good Armenian food at an unbeatable price. Their lamb kafta is very good, as well as the mezzes. The place is nothing fancy but service is very efficient and everything looks clean.

There is always a long line at the door and people seem to be willing to wait as long as two hours to get a table. Go early (the restaurant opens at 8pm) or be ready to wait.

Sarkis is on Thames 1101, Palermo

 

Green Bamboo

Palermo Hollywood restaurants: Green Bamboo

Located in the hearth of Palermo Hollywood, Green Bamboo offers very good Vietnamese food in a youthful atmosphere. The restaurant attracts a crowd of 30-something porteños on a date and tourists.

Décor is somehow kitsch and music is a little loud, but it manages to create a very pleasant atmosphere. Cocktails are very good. Price are a bit high, around AR$400 to 500 per person.

Green Bamboo is on Costa Rica 5802, Palermo Hollywood

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If you are staying in Buenos Aires for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, you should definitely book your restaurant in advance. For Christmas, the offer is limited as many places are closed. We have contacted many restaurants to find you the best menus for these special dates! You will find a detailed list below.

 

If you have a reservation at Palo Santo Hotel for these dates, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help you arrange a restaurant table.

 

Restaurants opened for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve in Buenos Aires

 

Palacio Duhau Restaurant (Recoleta)

Palacio Duhau New year's Eve Dinner

Mood: 5-star Palace Hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch

Price: AR$ 3.100 to 3.400 (Christmas Eve), AR$3.900 to AR$4.890 (New Year’s Eve, including party), AR$1.200 (brunch)

What: 7-courses menu with high-end wines and champagne; complete brunch with entertainment for children

Our opinion: Palacio Duhau has a beautiful terrace and 5-star service

 

Hilton Puerto Madero

Hilton Buenos Aires

Mood: International Hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch

Price: AR$1.680 (Christmas Eve), AR$2.535 (New Year’s Eve, including party), AR$560 (brunch)

What: 5-courses menu with very good wines, special menu and entertainment for children

Our opinion:

 

Casa Cruz (Palermo)

casacruz

Mood: Elegant Restaurant

Opened for: New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$1.800

What: 4-course menu (wine included) and party

 

Crizia (Palermo)

crizia

Mood: Elegant Restaurant

Opened for: New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$2.350

What: 6-course menu (wine included) with live jazz band

 

Il Gran Caruso (Palermo)

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Mood: Traditional Italian Restaurant

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$900 (Christmas), AR$1000 (New Year)

What: 3-course menu (wine included)

 

Lo de Jesus (Palermo)

lo-de-jesus

Mood: Argentinean Grill House

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$890 (Christmas), AR$990 (New Year)

What: Fixed menu (to be defined)

 

Café de los Angelitos

cafe-angelitos

Mood: Tango Show and Dinner

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: USD400 – 550 (VIP placement)

What: 3-course menu with wines and music until 3am

 

Rojo Tango (Puerto Madero)

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Mood: Over-the-Top Tango Show in a 5-star hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: USD700

What: 4-course menu with wines and party until 3 am

 

Please remember that if you have a reservation at Palo Santo Hotel for these dates, you can contact us to help you book a table. Most restaurants are fully booked days before the event, so plan in advance!

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Located in the not-so-glamourous area of Constitución, Aramburu Bis is a gem in Buenos Aires gastronomical scenery. It is the second restaurant of chef Gonzalo Aramburu and constitutes a more accessible alternative to his original restaurant, Aramburu. If you want to discover Argentine Cuisine further than grilled meat and empanadas, we highly recommend it!

Aramburu Bis

Aramburu Bis is located in Constitución, a popular area not far from San Telmo. The setting is very modern and rustic at the same time: the large steel ceiling lamps contrast very nicely with the raw wood chairs and table. Some cooking equipment and pots hang over the tables. There are some individual tables and other communal tables, fit for several groups of 2 to 8 diners.

Aramburu Bis - Buenos Aires

The menu is a modern take on Argentine Cuisine: Ojo de Bife Ahumado (smoked ribeye with kabutia pure, sweet potatoes chips, pesto and braised leak), Raviolones de Conejo (rabbit ravioli with mushrooms, herbs and tomato), Churrasquitos de Higado de Ternera (veal liver steaks with truffled potatoe pure, grilled peppers and fried egg) are some of the main courses. For desert, the arroz con leche (rice pudding) is absolutely stunning.

Aramburu - Ojo de Bife

Finally, the service is friendly and efficient and the breadbasket – served with a delicious olive oil – is great. And they have a very nice wine list too. For now, price is very accessible: around USD25 per person. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!

 

Aramburu Bis

Humberto Primo 1207

4304-5697

aramburubis.com.ar

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Of course, as in all family reunions in Argentina, asado (barbecue) is a very popular option. But many Argentineans have Italian and Spanish ancestors and have inherited their culinary traditions and traditional Christmas dishes.

The Argentinean Christmas table often include:

Vitel Toné (vitelle tonnato)

Vitel Tone Christmas Dish

Vitello tonnato is a well-known Italian dish of cold, sliced veal covered with a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavored with tuna. In a country were meat is delicious and unexpensive, vitel toné is a popular first course for a Christmas meal

 

Roast suckling pig (lechón asado)

Argentina Christmas Dishes

This typical Spanish dish consists in a whole pig usually cooked in a bakery oven and served cold. In the old days, bakeries used to lend their ovens so the neighbors could cook their pig.

 

Pan dulce

Pan Dulce Argentina

A delicious sweet brioche with lots of nuts and almonds. Combines perfectly with a glass of champagne!

“Pan dulce” is the Spanish variant of Italian Panettone. From November to January, all bakeries and even supermarket sell their pan dulce. It is also a common tradition that employers give their employees a Christmas basket include one “pan dulce”.

 

Turrón and sugared almonds

Turron

Also a tradition inherited from Spain.

 

Christmas Eve dinner usually ends long after midnight. Young people then use to go out with their friends and most clubs are open and crowded. Families use to gather again for lunch on Christmas day, for yet another day of overeating!

 

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Feria MASTICAR - Buenos Aires Food FairFeria MASTICAR (oct 16- oct 19) is an initiative by a group of Argentinean chefs, ACELGA (a rather un-translatable play on a vegetable name). The group gathers famous chefs – some of them appear on TV- in an effort to promote a new generation of cooks, more relaxed and close to the public than their older peers.

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We have a good news for all “Dulce de leche” fans! You CAN easily make it at home. How? Out of condensed milk. Easy as that.

Homemade Dulce de Leche

To make your homemade Dulce de Leche you will need:

- One can of condensed milk

- A large pot

- Water

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From a culinary point of view, having both Spanish and Italian ancestors is a great asset: hot chocolate in Buenos Aires is delicious. During winter months – June, July and August -, the traditional combo hot chocolate and churros (chocolate con churros) is a must. The warm, crispy batons combine perfectly with the tick and creamy beverage. Delicious.

Buenos Aires chocolate con churros

We have tested many bars to find the best chocolate and churros in Buenos Aires. Here are our picks:

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If you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires you have certainly heard about Palermo. Over the years, Palermo, in particular the areas called Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho have become the most sought-after neighborhood in the city. During your stay here, you MUST spend at least a day in Palermo.

At Palo Santo Hotel, we are Palermo experts! Most of our team live work and go out in the neighborhood. Let us guide you through a perfect day in Palermo.

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Buenos Aires is a great city to visit with kids. People are very friendly with children and, overall, restaurants and hotels have quite some space to accommodate families.

Yet, eating out with small children can be stressful. Luckily, in Buenos Aires most restaurants are very welcoming. We asked parents from Palo Santo Hotel staff where they felt more at ease when going out with their family. Our experts recommended the following children-friendly restaurants in Buenos Aires:

Are you planning a trip to Buenos Aires with kids. You might want to check out our list of 10 things to to in Buenos Aires with kids

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