Local Member Picks

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Personalized Tours

For a customized tour of the city with art historians, architects and other professionals, contact Eternautas at www.eternautas.com/en/tours.aspx.

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Restaurants

Oviedo, Berutti 2602. One of the best restaurants in town – very good cuisine, good fish, good beef, excellent cellar. Safe neighbourhood. In the style of the Parisian brasseries like Lipp.  Expensive, good value for money.  Phone number:  4822-5415. Also recommended by Condé Nast.

Sucre, Sucre 1676. Young, post-modern, trendy, expensive.  Chef, owner, and impresario Fernando Trocca has a flair for drama, and Sucre, the centerpiece of his fiefdom (which includes the equally fashion-friendly Bar Uriarte and Gran Bar Danzón) is pure theater. Phone number: 4782-9082. Recommended by Condé Nast.
 
Il Matarello, among the best Italian restaurants in town.  Unsafe neighborhood.  Expensive.  In La Boca.
Telephone number:  4307-0529
 
La Cabaña, Montevideo y Alvear.  Old name famous for beef in Buenos Aires.  In its new location, it lost most of its charm.   Tel. number: 4814-0001/2
 
El Globo, Hipólito Yrigoyen y Salta.  Spanish restaurant famous for its sea-food, near Avenida de Mayo.  It was in the restaurants and cafés in this area where Spanish immigrants, republicans and royalists, would have “café battles” in the thirties and forties.
 
Sarkis, Thames y Jufré. Excellent Lebanese and Middle East food, very well-known in Menem’s times. Good value for money. (Not too far from the venue)
 
El Desnivel, Defensa 855 – noisy, local, inexpensive, good beef.
 
La Brigada, Estados Unidos 465 – very good beef in San Telmo.
 
La Pétanque, Defensa 596 - French brasserie in the heart of San Telmo owned by Pascal, French Swiss restaurateur.   Good value for money. Telephone number:  4342-7930.
 
Sottovoce, Av. Libertador y Ayacucho.  Trendy, good cuisine.
 
Happening, Puerto Madero. Take a table at the terrace (not inside, too big, too noisy) and you will enjoy both the view and the food.  Expensive.
 
Olsen, Gorriti 5870.  Not too far from the venue.  Nordic cuisine.  Ideal for brunch but also for lunch and dinner.  With a garden in town. Phone: 4776-7677. Recommended by Condé Nast.
 
Sudestada, Guatemala 5602 – Asian cuisine.  Phone: 4776-3777
 
Sipan, Peruvian cuisine. Florida y Paraguay. Inside the Air France arcade.
 
El Obrero, Agustin Caffarena 64 (y Caboto), La Boca.  In a typical tin house, typical Italian/Spanish local food enjoyed by the biggest possible mix (football players, celebrities and tourists)  Paper table-cloths. Very noisy, inexpensive and popular. Phone: 4362-99125. Be careful in this neighborhood at night. Closed for dinner on Sundays. Recommended by Condé Nast.
 
Museo Evita, located in the Evita Perón Museum (also worth a visit) at 
J.M Gutiérrez 3926. Italian-inspired restaurant, in a lovely neighborhood. Reasonably priced. 
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Coffee and Tea Houses

Cafe Tortoni. Ok, so it's a classic. And a lot of tourists go there. But so do a lot of locals. Founded in 1858, Café Tortoni is the oldest coffee shop in Argentina, a gathering point for generations of intellectuals, politicians and artists. You'll find it at Avenida de Mayo 825, near the Plaza de Mayo. See www.cafetortoni.com.ar/index_ingles.html. Recommended by Condé Nast.

Tealosophy. a tea shop and tasting room with locations in Recoleta and Palermo. Founder and owner Inés Berton studied perfume making in New York before returning to Buenos Aires to found this unique shop. Teas are imported, selected and blended by the owner herself. See location information at www.tealosophy.com/eng/eng.html

Sirop Folie. Recommended by locals (and the New York Times) as the best 5'oclock tea option, Sirop Folie is located behind the restaurant by the same name at Vicente López 1661, Pasaje del Correo. See more at http://siroprestaurant.com/home.html. The restaurant is a tad on the expensive side, but trendy, fun and worth it!

Alvear Afternoon tea en l’orangerie www.alvearpalace.com/v3/index.php?secc=restaurantes&resto=tea&PHPSESSID=01e65054cd4cfe9d063d61489c7ce306

Afternoon tea at the Hyatt Hotel buenosaires.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp#4013

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Excursions

The Tigre Delta (see Excursions from Buenos Aires) is not just for day-trippers. Consider staying overnight at Rumbo 90 (http://www.rumbo90.com.ar/) or just stopping by to pamper yourself at their spa. Another highly-recommended option is the romantic, secluded-feeling La Pascuala Delta Lodge.

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Shopping

The fashion world meets in Palermo. For a listing of designers and their shops in the area, see  http://www.chicas.com.ar/2007/10/01/moda-en-palermo/ or just stroll the streets on a summer afternoon.

Bookstores

El Ateneo: The bookstore to end all bookstores, at least in South America, is the majestic and stunning El Ateneo Grand Splendid at Avenida Santa Fe 1960. Where else can you sit in a theater box and leisurely read a volume of Neruda, or sip a

cortado where Carlos Gardel once performed? In a city with a rich literary history and excellent bookstores, this theater cum bookstore is a historical and beautiful building to visit, and a great place to stock up on books and music. More info and history at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ateneo

Or if you are looking to browse the shelves near the Assembly venue, try:

Libros del Pasaje, Thames 1762    www.librosdelpasaje.com.ar 
Eterna Cadencia, Honduras 5574   www.eternacadencia.com

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