SoHo in Buenos Aires

When I was living in New York, one of my favorite things to do on a spring weekend was walk around SoHo, grab brunch at Felix, maybe do a little shopping, and check out the street art.  For the first day of summer in Argentina, I headed over to Palermo, the SoHo of Buenos Aires. Palermo is actual the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires so it has been divided into Palermo Chico (think mansions and upscale residences), Palermo Viejo (Oldest and most historical), Palermo SoHo and Palermo Hollywood are known for fashion, design, restaurants, bars and street culture.

 I started off the day with breakfast at Mama Racha, a cute restaurant near Plaza Armenia with outdoor seating on the ground level and a roof area (which fyi almost all of the restaurants/ bars have a great roof top- worth exploring!).  Once you finish your delicious freshly squeezed orange juice and huevos rancheros start wandering through the neighborhood; there are tons of cute boutiques, unique home stores, art galleries restaurants and bars.  Need a break? Enjoy a glass of vino at one of the many outdoor restaurants surrounding the craft market in Plaza Julio Cortázar.  I’m told it’s also home to some great night life. After you have had your fill of shopping, it’s time to get cultural:) Unfortunately because I was there over Christmas the Botanical Gardens, Zoo and Galileo Galilei Planetarium were all closed, but since it was beautiful out, we kept walking and came upon the Monumento de los Españoles (above) by sculptor Agustín Querol, known as the Magna Carta and the Four Argentine Regions. This marble monument with bronze figures that symbolize the Andes, the Rio de la Plata, the Pampa and Chaco. To be honest, coming up to the statue kind of made me feel like I was in France.

After checking out the monument keep walking…just keep telling your self you are burning off the steak from the night before! Besides, there are some incredible parks with lakes, and sculptures on both sides of the street that are worth exploring and of course you won’t want to miss the Galileo Galilei Planetarium. Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but not only is the structure itself an architectural gem, it is surrounded by water so it looks like its own little island. Have a great time experiencing Palermo!

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