GAUCHO - BUENOS AIRES DESIGNER, CARMEN VILS
Carmen Vils, one of the designers behind the Gaucho aesthetic, reveals her favorite Bs.As. haunts and hangouts.
Eat, Drink & Dance
Best foodie hangout
"Savor the perfect humitas at 1810 Cocina Regional – they have three branches in the city and serve awesome, authentic dishes from Salta, Jujuy and Tucuman. If you're the one cooking, head to Barrio Chino [Chinatown] in Belgrano to shop for spices, mushrooms and the best seafood."
PHOTO COURTESY OF SALVAJE
My favorite neighborhood
"It's got to be Palermo for the art, the food and the overall vibe – you can easily fill 24 hours here. Ninina will supply your caffeine hit – they toast and ground their own coffees and serve it at the perfect temperature. Salvaje takes bread and baking seriously, with a sweet-and-salty menu that's perfect for brunch. Come evening, join the it-crowd for an intimate dinner at Proper , hidden behind an unmarked door on Aráoz 1676.
"Escape underground – literally – to Uptown & The Bronx on Arévalo 2030, a subterranean speakeasy that looks and feels like a subway station. After passing through turnstiles and a vintage train car, you reach an amazing reclaimed interior that's matched by great drinks and music."
Dance till dawn
"Rose in Rio is where the party's at in BA – think multiple dance floors, a huge stage and a fabulous location in Costanero Norte."
SEE & SHOP
"Kostüme is a BA Fashion Week fixture – a destination for urban minimalism, Argentina-style."
"From flea-market finds to bona fide heirlooms, San Telmo Market is a treasure-trove of unique pieces – and with its 1890s façade, it's a landmark in itself."
PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL FRENCH GALLERY
"Part café, part bazaar, part secret garden, Paul French Gallery is a hidden gem in Palermo Soho. Scour the shop for rustic-industrial pieces to fill your home, from hand-knitted blankets to divine books and kitchen utensils, then enjoy a drink amid the lush foliage."
PHOTO COURTESY OF MACBA MUSEUM
Expos for inspo
PHOTO COURTESY OF PRESIDENTE BAR
Watch the world go by
"Half a block away from our Algodon Mansion in the Recoleta district, the Presidente Bar is where most of Buenos Aires' great and good pass through at some point."
"Any newcomer to BA has to go see El Obelisco on Av. 9 de Julio, in the middle of Microcentro [downtown]. Erected in 1936, it's both a vision of modernity and a love letter to the past. It's no coincidence that the 'Paris of South America', as BA was known back then, has its own take on a Parisian monument."
CULTURE & TRIPS
"For an escape from the norm, Microteatro fuses theater and food in a very cool way. Set in an old BA mansion, the space presents simultaneous plays that are no longer than 15 minutes each – so you can buy tickets to the ones you want to see and hang out at the bar in-between."
Corrientes Avenue is the place to go for an incredible amount of theaters offering thousands of different plays, musicals, stand-ups, and so on. If you want to lose yourself in the company of some great actors and entertainers, come to the street that never sleeps."
SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO
Hit the road
"From horseback riding and Gaucho shows to boutique hotels and restaurants, the ultimate weekend escape for porteños is San Antonio de Areco, two hours from the city. Perfection in the pampas."