October 22, 2013

Around Town: Palermo Nuevo


Shopping in Palermo Nuevo - Showroom on Cabello Street. 

Palermo Nuevo is a small residential area, housing some of the city’s most luxurious houses, trendy boutiques, bars and outstanding restaurants. It has a polished feel, with broad tree-lined sidewalks and high-end cafes spread throughout, perfect for sitting outside and watching the day pass by.

Quieter at night than the nearby Palermo Hollywood and Soho neighborhoods, it is nevertheless within walking distance to both; and with Libertador Avenue just a few blocks away, the rest of the city is quickly and easily accessible. An added benefit is the area’s proximity to the Parks of Palermo, a beautiful network of parks and gardens, extremely popular for running, biking or relaxing.

A classic in the neighborhood is the famous Guido’s Bar (Republic of India 2843), serving at noon and evening homemade pasta and antipasti fatto in casa, served by its owner.

Orecchiette with truffles  - Guido's Bar

Great Restaurants and places to eat in Palermo Nuevo

An alternative for lovers of design and aesthetics is Leopoldo. Is that in this bar / restaurant deco Javier Iturrioz and Cynthia Cohen works frame a fun space that merges timeless and universal aesthetic codes with a delicious menu and creative and delicious drinks.

What to take: beer and signature drinks accompanied by delicious dishes such as "finger food

Leopoldo's Bar - Palermo Nuevo

Voulez Bar
Take breakfast at Voulez Bar, with croissants, or go for a walk to Palermo and make a stop at the classic “Doney” for coffee and orange juice are part of the mystique of the neighborhood. Address: Cerviño 3802/3812.

As described by the owner, "the idea is that the client can connect with the food", so the menu varies daily, every morning it is posted on Facebook, and the plates are displayed for each customer to choose their lunch. There are always two salads, three sandwiches, four entrees, a pie and a soup. All products are fresh and in small portions to try more than one option and have a picnic lunch. Address: Bulnes 2707

Voulez Bar - Palermo Nuevo.

La Dorita
Back-to-basics La Dorita grills up well-priced steaks served in a casual atmosphere – televised fútbol games indoors, sidewalk tables outdoors.Order the house wine and a mini parrillada (mixed grill) of three different cuts of beef.
Address: Cabello and Bulnes Street.

Cultural life comes with the Evita Museum (Cabello 3926), which also has a bar and restaurant with a menu for lunch. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm, and Tuesdays admission is free. During the weekend, the theater Sarmiento (Avenida Sarmiento 2715) has a varied theatrical billboard, with very good prices.

Museo Evita - Restaurant 
Jauja Ice cream!  

Jauja is famous ice cream shop from the patagonian region. They are originanly from Bariloche and last year they decided to open one shop here in Buenos Aires. They have some especial flavors like wine, beer and realy good fruit flavors from differents berrys.

Ice Cream - Jauja Ice Cream Parlour - Palermo

Persicco and Volta are great ice cream chains located in this neighborhood. The Ice cream is really good.

Jauja: Address: Cerviño 3901.
Volta: Avenida Libertador 3060.
Persicco: Salguero 2591.

Attractions in Palermo Chico

Galileo Galilei Planetarium- Palermo

Palermo Chico 

Simply meaning Little Palermo, this part of Buenos Aires’ largest barrio is tucked away in its easternmost corner. It is bounded by Avenida del Libertador to the south and the train tracks to the north, and the streets Tagle to the east and Cavia to the west.

Characteristic of Palermo’s many aliases; the barrio is also referred to as Barrio Parque. This is the place of millionaires and ambassadors, local television and sporting celebrities.

An introduction to Palermo Chico

The modern day origins of Palermo can be traced back to 1836 when Juan Manuel de Rosas, a politician and military leader, acquired land and built a residence on the corner of Avenida del Libertador and Avenida Sarmiento. However, plans for Palermo Chico were not drawn up until 1912. The idea was to take advantage of the land used during for the Industrial Exhibition of the 1910 centenary celebrations.

The French-Argentine landscape architect Carlos Thays was handed the responsibility of designing the barrio. It is split into two distinctive sectors with Avenida Figueroa Alcorta running through the middle. The northern side is characterized by its grand mansions and Tudor-style homes complete with private gardens. Whilst the south side also displays opulence, from the 1940s the barrio witnessed the development of large apartment blocks.

Pink Lapacho - Palermo Chico

Things to see, do or both

Palermo Chico is a wonderful barrio for walking, especially so if you have an interest in architecture. The streets around Plaza Republica de Chile are home to numerous embassy and government buildings. Across Figueroa Alcorta, between Tagle and Ortiz de Ocampo, the spider’s web of streets is lined with some of the most lavish homes in the city. This is the area of the celebrities.

The barrio is also popular with art enthusiasts and has some notable galleries and museums. Check out MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinamericano de Buenos Aires) on Figueroa Alcorta to see the work of Rafael Barradas and Diego Rivera plus temporary exhibitions from the likes of Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. Come on Wednesday for half price admission (free for students). Whilst in the area, go to Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo to find weaponry, sculpture and antique furniture collections.

Palermo Chico is particularly enjoyable during La Noche de Museos when all the city museums are open to the public for free. Other venues in the area are Mueso de Arte Popular Jose Hernandez, which is set in the former home of the prestigious Bunge family, and MAMAN Fine Art gallery.

Inside the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires ( MALBA )

For a small barrio there is certainly plenty to keep you occupied. Should you want a rest then head to the western side and Plaza Alemana. Another creation of Carlos Thays, the park is a popular hangout of local residents. Being fenced off, there are no dogs thus it is devoid of the pet excrement that often blights the city. From here, you can cross to the Jardin Japones or continue along either Figueroa Alcorta or Libertador to El Rosedal and the Planetarium.

Croque Madame Patio

Nightlife and Restaurants

On the whole, Palermo Chico is a quiet residential barrio and you won’t find the bars and nightclubs representative of Las Canitas, Hollywood and Soho. That said, there a handful of cafés and restaurants worth a look.

Croque Madame (Libertador 1902). Part of the Museo Nacional Arte Decorativa, the restaurant’s classy décor befits its location. Ask for a window seat upstairs for views of Plaza Republica de Chile or sit on the patio. The French-inspired menu is full of delights, including quiches, vol-au-vents and, of course, croque madam.

Le Pain Quotidien (Salguero 3075). This Belgian bakery chain is a cracking spot for breakfasts of croissants and muffins, baguettes and soups, coffees and juice. Stop by and join the neighborhood housewives around the communal table or head upstairs and make use of the free WiFi.

Le Pain Quotidien - Palermo Chico

Patricia Villalobos (Castex 3327). The well-to-do love the concept of high tea in Buenos Aires and this small café in the back streets of the barrio is a great place to join in the ritual. All the porteño favorites are available: medialunas with quince, dulce de leche alfajores and chocotorta. It’s often full but you can order to takeaway and sit in one of the nearby plazas.

Rond Point (Figueroa Alcorta 3009). Occupying a prime corner spot with views towards Recoleta, the restaurant’s glass façade does its classy vibe justice. In fact, time your visit right and you may just rub shoulders with local football stars and politicians. Dinner is a little overpriced but the set lunch menu is a winner – three courses and a hearty glass of wine. Dishes range from lamb sirloin to pink salmon.

Town Homes in Palermo Chico.