Our first night in Buenos Aires we headed towards Plaza Serrano in Palermo Soho. Although some of the streets we took from the apartment seemed a bit dark and potentially shady, a lot of them actually had really amazing apartments. Mansions, even. Is there anything better than peering into peoples’ lit-up homes at night? Ok, now I sound shady.
As we got closer to the plaza, the streets became cobbled, the area became more charming and cute clothing stores lined the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it was late and pretty much everything was closed, but it definitely gave us a feel for Argentine style.
We also discovered some cool street art walking through Palermo Soho.
By the time we got to the plaza, it was only 9pm or so, which is extremely early by BA standards. People weren’t kidding when they say the clubs don’t get started until 2am. So after taking a stroll around the plaza, we settled on a bar, the Sheldon, that had an awesome mural of a tiger and was hosting a live performance as part of a CD release party. It was the perfect environment for a cocktail.
When we finally felt it was socially acceptable to hit up a bar/restaurant, we headed back towards the apartment to check out La Pena del Colorado, per our host’s recommendation.
There was a live band playing, which was cool. However, there was only one waitress for the entire venue, so the service was quite slow. The good news is they had a wide variety of traditional Argentine and Andean dishes, so it was a good first dinner to experience the culture. I ended up getting quinoa stew, which was tasty and felt hearty yet healthy (if not especially flavorful).
By the time we got our food, ate and paid, we had closed the place down. Luckily, the apartment was only a block away.