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.
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.
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.
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.