What you need is one full day out of your busy schedule in Buenos Aires to fully comprehend and absorb the neighbourhood of Palermo. You need the full day actually to have three meals in three different classy restaurants, some good amount of time to walk around the blocks and a dedicated time exclusively to observe the people who can range from being stylish, to fashionable to outright outlandish.

Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

Despite its expansive grandeur, Palermo's niche neighbourhoods feel approachable

Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos AiresOff the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

Think of approaching the exploration of this neighbourhood of Buenos Aires from the perspective of arts and not from science. What I mean to say is that do not follow rules, there are no theories or tips to tell you to start from point A and then take a right to eat at restaurant B and so on. You get the point right? You should have the right mindset to explore Palermo from the perspective of art so that it is abstract, it is very personal to you and subject to your own interpretation. From our experience of this fantastic part of the Argentine capital we will share a few discoveries we made which are worth sharing and chances are very strong you won’t find them in Lonely Planets travelogues.

Palermo's open air restaurants and cafes are worth your time! Its character continues to enhance the core of Buenos Aires Sit down, relax and sip a glass of real fruit juice from one of the juice bars in Palermo

Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

It sells tea collected from accross the world but mixed in unique combinations that can refresh the senses and sooth the spirit, creating a moment

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An interior decoration boutique near Palermo area which we discovered while randomly walking around the Palermo Hollywood area

Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

Translation: Thank you for coming! Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

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First was the serendipity of surrendering into the numerous aroma of Tealosophy. Secretly located between the Avenue Armenia and Gurruchaga, this place is the treasure island of all things tea! You will fall in love again with your sense of smell when you will enter into this place. Never before we discovered something like this. The shop itself is very cosy where the varieties of tea in pots are stacked neatly in the shelves. Spicy, Clementine, Darjeeling, Jasmine Flowers and many more permutation and combination of tantalising tea all under one roof. Don’t forget to buy a few cans of your favourite flavours as souvenirs. Just next to this place was an antics showroom called Paul & Co. Step in to get lost in time with carefully decorated vintage furniture, cutleries, beds and sofas. There was a strange mystery in this place. Both these places being next to each other and slightly inside hidden from the main roads in Palermo added to the extra intrigue of discovering them by chance and not by plan.

Tread carefully when entering contemporary art gallery Schlifka Molina — Valeria Vilar’s wafer-thin installation litters the floor with little space to maneuver.

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Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

Being amazed by these hidden gems in the neighbourhood, we stepped out to look for more such unique discoveries. We didn’t have to go that far as the Schlifka Molina gallery was just on the same road. This was a contemporary art gallery that represents and exhibits works of national and international artists, with the aim of making galleristic curatorial practice and experimentation as a practical platform to other fields. The way this gallery was designed and the artefacts displayed resonated very strongly the creative vibe of Argentina. You will have surely thought to visit national museums and galleries to know about Argentina’s past history but if you really want to know the story of the creative lot of Argentina and where the country is heading in terms of arts, you have to visit this gallery. Most notable here was the exhibition titled “El pájaro del brujo” — The bird of the witch — where the Argentine Vilar’s exhibition was striking, unusual, and unnerving in equal measure, drawing influence from Kenya Hara’s Japanese book of poetry “White”. The artefacts were strewn across the floor in a way making full use of the available space on the floor. It created as if a 3D experience of total immersion into the art.

Off the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos AiresOff the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos AiresOff the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos AiresOff the beaten track in Palermo in Buenos Aires

That was not the end there. Palermo is a true hotbed of creative genius. While walking randomly we then stood in front of the workshop and gallery of the Veron Mora- Morada. The way he has created his exhibits using day to day objects that will leave you in awe. You will have never thought of making a piece of art out of pencils, would you? Or what about nails? Other than getting struck by hammer to hang your photo on the wall, you will be surprised to see the same nails being used to create a piece of heart or something of artistic value, innovative we had to say. Palermo was one place in Buenos Aires where you will get to see clothing brands and retails outlets you will have not seen anywhere in the world. That meant that the brands were either local or regional and that increased their appeal. Boutique shops, designer showrooms all with pure Argentine roots and creativity were there for your discovery. Again, don’t rush in Palermo. Just wander around, take a pause and move on.
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