Establishment neighborhood
Blumm Flower Co.
Cavia 2985, Palermo
Tucked into the corner of the beautiful retail and restaurant concept that is Casa Cavia, walking into Blumm is an all senses on deck experience—every surface is covered in bright blooms, and their fresh scent fills the space. Owner and master florist Camila Gassiebayle is a former fashion stylist and consultant and her unique aesthetic is what sets Blumm apart. The arrangements are strictly seasonal and more bohemian than done up. Order a bunch, let Gassiebayle work her magic, and enjoy a coffee next door, or browse the chic selection of vases, pots, and botanically themed books (all of which make great gifts).
República de la India 3139, Palermo
With a résumé that includes stints at Nicholas Kirkwood and Roksanda in London, native Argentinian Agustina Dubié wanted to start her label on home ground; the resulting boutique is now right beside the verdant botanical gardens. Dubié makes the kind of clothing you want to live in—soft yet structured leather jackets, slouchy tees, loose shirtdresses, and voluminous pants in an easy-to-pair, monochromatic palette. And while the clothes are beautiful, we love the shoes, too, (comfy slides, patent flats, and square-toed ankle boots).
Fierro Hotel
Soler 5862, Palermo
The Fierro is located in the quieter, more residential area of Palermo known as Hollywood. An intimate, boutique option, this hotel may be small but it has all the expected amenities—including a rooftop pool and sauna. Rooms are modern and tastefully appointed with writing desks, super soft sheets, and rain showers. The on-site restaurant Uco is much-loved by locals and visitors alike serving up farm-to-fork food and a full Irish breakfast in the mornings (thanks to influence of Irish chef Ed Kerrigan). A hidden gem behind the property is the garden, a verdant space that feels like the tropics—it's a great spot to sit with a post-dinner drink under the twinkling lights strung between the trees. The Fierro is not the over-the-top option but it’s comfortable, practical, and has its own charm.
El Salvador 5986, Palermo
Partners in business and in life, Miguel Esmoris and Cecilia Miranda (one a food photographer, the other a fashion photographer), fused their marriage with their passion for beautiful things and opened Enseres (which translates, appropriately, to 'equipment'), the most beautiful, impeccably curated kitchen and homewares store. Stacked on rustic timber shelves are all manner of stemware, ceramics, cutlery, and appliances. So much thought has been poured into this place, right down to the packaging: each purchase comes lovingly wrapped in craft paper and twine, with a thoughtful little recipe card attached.
Polo Season
Arévalo 3065, Palermo
We'd be remiss not to mention the all-important polo season when talking about Buenos Aires, or Argentina, for that matter. While there are three main events, The Tortugas Open, The Hurlingham Open, and The Argentine Polo Open Championship, the Polo Open Championship is the main event and happens in BA in what Argentinians call the 'Cathedral of Polo' in the Palermo neighborhood (typically from November into early December). Aside from all the action happening on the horses, polo events also come accompanied by some pretty serious food and late-night revelry. It's totally worth planning your trip to BA around this time of year. Trust.
Anushka Elliot
Cabello 3791, Palermo
Anushka Elliot's ethereal dresses and tunics in loose linens and floaty silks serve as ideal transitional pieces, perfect for both the pampas and the city. A little bohemian, her designs are a reflection of time spent studying in Palermo and in London with a stint at American Vogue. By appointment only, Elliot’s Palermo showroom is well worth a visit if you're looking for one-of-a-kind pieces you can't find elsewhere or to add a heavy dose of femininity to your wardrobe.
Bosques de Palermo
Av. Infanta Isabel 410, Palermo
An urban park that acts as effectively as a communal backyard for millions of Porteños with three artificial lakes for boating, trails for walking and biking, as well as that delightful fusion of culture and the outdoors that many Latin cities do so well. The 989 acres are teeming with pretty groves and rose gardens (home to over 12,000 roses), but our favorite is the Poet’s Garden, filled with bronze busts of famous wordsmiths from Pirandello to Shakespeare.
Republica de la India 2905, Palermo
Panorama is one of the more avante-garde boutiques in the city in the sense that the owners (a trio of Argentine designers) adhere strictly to stocking the best edit of emerging Argentinian talent. The store itself is a completely white space, save a few pops of neon, highlighting the colors and textures of the pieces displayed. Browse through buttery leather bags by Le Bas, chunky knits from Maydi, and dresses from a handful of under-the-radar brands. This multi-line concept store is the perfect for bringing home something you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Croque Madame
Av. Del Libertador 1902, Palermo
In a city that has a picturesque café on every corner, Croque Madame has the distinguishing factor of being part of the very beautiful Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The outdoor terrace is a buzzy, cozy situation surrounded by lush greenery, the ideal spot for a continental breakfast (flaky croissants, OJ, endless jam), or a quick coffee. While admittedly there are a few Croque Madame Café’s dotted around the city, this one is all about the location—surrounded by museums, it's perfect for a caffeine-centric pick-me-up between exhibits (with some stellar people-watching on the side).
Casa Cavia
Cavia 2985, Palermo
Some people head to Casa Cavia for the flowers, others for the books–we go for the incredible mix of both, as well as its stellar restaurant and gorgeous perfumery. This hybrid concept shop is actually a multi-use space inhabiting a drop-dead gorgeous 1920's Palermo home, renovated by design team Kallos Turin. When you first walk in, you're hit with the scent of the fresh florals artfully arranged in bouquets and displayed in each room. The first floor hosts the florist, Fueguia 1833 parfumerie, shop, and restaurant, where chef Pablo Massey offers his inventive take on traditional Argentinian dishes. There's also an impeccable garden and the in-house Ampersand Publishing company which produces and sells books all in one place. On the second floor, there's a beautiful library where they host readings, presentations, and classes. Pro tip: Come late afternoon to peruse the wares, have a glass of wine, and stay for an early dinner (a rarity, given the city's proclivity to eat late, but so worth it for the quiet).