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The cobbled streets of Palermo Viejo

cobblestoneCobblestones are often retained in historic areas, even for streets with modern vehicular traffic. Many older villages and cities in Europe are still paved with cobblestones, and in recent decades, cobblestones have become a popular material for paving newly pedestrian streets in Europe.

Paving with cobblestones has always allowed a road to be heavily used all year long. It also has the additional advantage of not getting muddy in wet weather or dusty in dry weather.

The fact that cars make a lot of noise when rolling over cobblestone might be thought as a disadvantage, but it has the advantage of warning pedestrians of their approach.

Palermo Viejo is well known as one of the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires where cobblestones can still be found. Low houses, lined up trees and cobbled streets are part of the mystical and bohemian feel of the neighborhood that charmed locals and tourists as well.

But lately most of the cobblestones have started to be removed and many streets are getting paved, loosing a highly appreciated feature and changing the identity of this neighborhood.

volante_empedradosFor all this, the neighbors and merchants of Palermo Viejo have started a heritage defense movement of the neighborhood of Palermo Viejo, and signing a “Protection Act” petition to the Government of the city of Buenos Aires.

If you happen to be walking around Palermo Viejo, you’ll probably start finding these flyers, defending the cobbled streets, and its many advantages.

Cobblestones are part of our “porteño” cultural identity and heritage. Removing them is like erasing our history.


Buenos Aires, “City of Fashion”

Buenos Aires "City of Fashion"

Buenos Aires “City of Fashion” (Source: http://palermoviejo.org )

“City of Fashion” is a new event that invites you to discover Buenos Aires from the point of view of one of its most important creative industries: fashion & clothing design.

Both emerging and well known designers will present their collections in different venues along the city of Buenos Aires.

This coming Saturday, between 5 and 10pm, there will be a special fashion show in one of the most creative district of Buenos Aires: Palermo Viejo.

There will be special art interventions, live music shows, street styling contests and many other activities.

Where: Plaza Palermo Viejo, Costa Rica & Armenia | From: 5 to 10 pm.

Source: Centro Metropolitano de Diseño

New kids on the block (of Palermo)

At Palermo there is always something going on. As the trendy neighborhood of Buenos Aires, there are always new bars & restaurants opening on a monthly basis.

These are the new places to go:

Boteco do Brasil
Have the Prato feito carioca for lunch. Also, caipirinhas, cold guarana or a strawberry, orange and guarana smoothie are a must.
Bonpland 1367

Soria Bar
One of the new & beautiful Palermo bars. Great for having drinks at the patio or terrace on summer evenings.
Gorriti 5151

This pastry shop make some of the best desserts in the city. Arevalo and Voltaire.

Cruz Diablo
The biggest attraction is the bar, located almost on the sidewalk. Perfect for drinks.
Fitz Roy 1715

Try the pineapple & salvia Margarita.
Guatemala 4540

Design in Buenos Aires: Top 10 list (part one)

Travelers choose to visit a city for its landscape-natural and urban, its comforts, its people, its culture. And design in Buenos Aires became one of the most important features: Buenos Aires has been elected as the “city of design” in 2005, by UNESCO, in the context of the program ‘Creative Cities Network of the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity’.

This means a great acknowledgment.

 In Buenos Aires you may find a non conventional offer. Small objects which may give character or personality to a house area, or pieces of furniture which offer a young, functional and warm atmosphere to any place. In the case of clothes, there is a wide and particular proposal which has given further steps and offered non standard articles without being sectary or elitist. Maybe the closest definition to this trend is a certain sophistication which mixes up urban Latin spirit with influences from the European movement -always present in the Buenos Aires culture.

Here’s our top 10 Design list (part one):

  1. Juana de Arco: El Salvador 4762- Mariana Cortes, founded Juana de Arco 10 years ago as a place to create, display, sell and live. Its hallmark is the patchwork design, which enables to generate new combinations, breaking patterns and tearing imagery and references. Juana de Arco works with the reinterpretation of types, shapes and textures.
  2. Salsipuedes / Almazen de lanas: Honduras 4814- Mariana Delger translate and expresses her inner world through different knitting techniques.
  3. HE Brothers Estebecorena: El Salvador 5960- Brothers Javier and Alejo Estebecorena’s clothes are based on the conceptual and technological development of form and function, seeking the development of an ergonomic product.
  4. No brand: Gorriti 5876- Hernán Berdichevsky and Gustavo Stecher, graphic designers, founded Nobrand in 2001. They created 75 icons that represent the idiosyncrasies of our national identity with multiple references to aesthetics, characters and places of our country.
  5. Dam: Honduras 4775- Carola Besasso founded DAM in 1998 in Palermo Viejo.  DAM philosophy: unique garments with a retro look.

Buenos Aires must see places

If you only had one day to tour around Buenos Aires…what would you do? Here’s our selection of the must see places, within a day, that would give you a glimpse of Buenos Aires

Let’s start with the BA typical view: The Obelisco on 9 de Julio avenue. We have always considered this as the widest avenue in the world (counting its two boulevards).  Along Av.Roque Sáenz Peña (Diagonal Norte) you get to Plaza de Mayo, the city founding center. The sites and buildings bearing the greatest historical relevance are there. You may observe them by taking a walk around the square:

  • Cabildo (Bolívar 65)
  • Metropolitan Cathedral (San Martín on the corner of Av. Rivadavia)
  • Casa Rosada (Pink House) (Balcarce 50)
  • Palacio de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (City Hall building) (Bolívar 1).

From Plaza de Mayo, you can walk on to San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city. Churches, markets and museums are also included in the business circuit of antique shops.  The main ones are along Defensa street. They offer a wide variety of furniture, sculptures, glassware, silverware and toys, usually from Europe or Argentina. If you visit San Telmo on a Sunday, do not miss Plaza Dorrego, the oldest in the city after the Plaza de Mayo, where a traditional antique flea market is held. Clothing, linens, magazines, records, dishes, lamps, ornaments can be found here. Around Plaza Dorrego, mimes, tango singers and dancers display their skills on the streets. Surrounding the plaza, a number of bars and restaurants complete the walk.

If you head south, you’ll reach La Boca. The ride is about 10 minutes by bus (152 or 86 bus lines run on Paseo Colón, under Lezama Park) or by taxi.
Caminito street is a kind of outdoor museum: painters, musicians, dancers, living statues, and street performances. An ideal place to get lost in the crowd and remember that no stages are needed to perform the comedy of life.

You can continue and stroll around Puerto Madero: the newly recycled old city port has now become an important gastronomic area. Lunch here, with a view to the river could be a great idea, specially if you’ve been walking nonstop…

Then, 130 or 93 bus lines take you from Puerto Madero to Recoleta: one of the most distinguished areas in the city. You can visit the Cemetery, where you can see, among others, Eva Perón, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Facundo Quiroga´s vaults. A historic fact: Domingo French, immortalized in school history books along with Antonio Beruti, both exhibiting light blue and white ribbons in May Revolution, was buried there in 1825. Another site to visit: Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Junín 1898).

You can finish your hectic day by Walking around Palermo large parks or get back to the Palermo Viejo area.  Window-shopping and ethnic food are two options to conclude a bustling day in Buenos Aires.