EVEN THE KID GAUCHOS ARE BADASS IN MATADEROS, BUENOS AIRES

EVEN THE KID GAUCHOS ARE BADASS IN MATADEROS, BUENOS AIRES

After 17 hours of traveling on the red eye (with a connection via Atlanta on Delta with no mishaps… miracles do happen!), we arrived in Buenos Aires on an early Sunday morning and checked into Palermo Place. Located in the heart of trendy Palermo Hollywood (the epicenter of chic restaurants and bars) Palermo Place is a small boutique hotel with a big heart. Before I even flew over, the amazing front desk ladies, Florencia and Leticia, helped buy my ferry tickets to Uruguay because the Buquebus site wasn't recognizing my foreign credit card and booked us a really affordable and safe airport taxi. When we finally arrived, they greeted us with a huge welcome (the complimentary bottle of Patagonian wine and alfajores helped too). I'll take that over any 4-star chain any day.

FLORENCIA

FLORENCIA

LETICIA

LETICIA

Since it’s the only Sunday we’d be in town for, we hit up the incredible Feria de Mataderos with Madi Lang from BA Cultural Concierge. I enlisted the help of Madi for a historical day guide for the Monday around BA, but because she is such a sweetheart, she came and met us a day early at our hotel to take us to the massive weekly fair in Mataderos. About a half-hour (and 60 pesos) away from Hollywood, Mataderos which means slaughterhouse in Spanish, is a rural area known for its livestock and gauchos (cowboys). On Sundays, there are musical performances by locals and hundreds of food and craft stalls filled with one-of-a-kind jewelry, shoes, artwork, jams, cheeses… everything.

Be prepared to polish up on your Spanish before arriving. Most residents speak little English, so learn your essentials like "cuanto questa" (how much does this cost?), "donde esta el baño" (where is the bathroom?), "la cuenta, por favor" (the bill, please), "de nada" (thank you), and "perdon, hablas Ingles" (excuse me, do you speak English?), and if the menu doesn't offer an English side, you may have to sneak out your Spanish dictionary, or suck it up and be adventurous, you're on vacation! You just may end up ordering your new favorite dish.

Here's Day 1 in Buenos Aires in pictures:

BREAKFAST AT BARTOLA

BREAKFAST AT BARTOLA

ENTERING FERIA DE MATADEROS

ENTERING FERIA DE MATADEROS

ALL SMILES IN THE STALLS

ALL SMILES IN THE STALLS

THE OG GAUCHO

THE OG GAUCHO

FIRST STALL STOP: SHOES AT CALZADO

FIRST STALL STOP: SHOES AT CALZADO

HANDMADE LEATHER SANDALS

HANDMADE LEATHER SANDALS

TALKING MATE GOURDS

TALKING MATE GOURDS

"HOLD ME TIGHT AND SUCK ME SLOW"

"HOLD ME TIGHT AND SUCK ME SLOW"

IN THE HEART OF THE FAIR

IN THE HEART OF THE FAIR

RINGS ON RINGS ON RINGS. NO COMPLAINTS.

RINGS ON RINGS ON RINGS. NO COMPLAINTS.

REGRET NOT BUYING THIS ENTIRE SCARF RACK. GORGEOUS.

REGRET NOT BUYING THIS ENTIRE SCARF RACK. GORGEOUS.

LA POSTA DE LORENZO PULPERIA

LA POSTA DE LORENZO PULPERIA

READY FOR ALL THE EMPANADAS

READY FOR ALL THE EMPANADAS

LOCRA AND EMPANADA, MADE FRESH TO ORDER

LOCRA AND EMPANADA, MADE FRESH TO ORDER

LOCALS COME TO TANGO

LOCALS COME TO TANGO

TANGO ON THE STREETS

TANGO ON THE STREETS

MATE GOURD MAKING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS HERE

MATE GOURD MAKING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS HERE

MATADEROS MUSEUM TERRACE REALNESS

MATADEROS MUSEUM TERRACE REALNESS

FERIA DE MATADEROS AT SUNSET

FERIA DE MATADEROS AT SUNSET

MATE BREAK

MATE BREAK

MATE READY

MATE READY

MET THE MOST ADORABLE COUPLE, ANTONIO AND ANGELA, WHO TOLD US HOW THEY FELL IN LOVE AND MOVED TO BUENOS AIRES FROM ITALY...  HEART, MELTING.

MET THE MOST ADORABLE COUPLE, ANTONIO AND ANGELA, WHO TOLD US HOW THEY FELL IN LOVE AND MOVED TO BUENOS AIRES FROM ITALY...  HEART, MELTING.

BACK AT THE HOTEL: THE LADIES OF PALERMO PLACE DO IT BETTER

BACK AT THE HOTEL: THE LADIES OF PALERMO PLACE DO IT BETTER

DINNER AT OLSEN. 

DINNER AT OLSEN. 

FRESH BAGELS TO START IS ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN

FRESH BAGELS TO START IS ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN

PUMPKIN SOUP WITH GREEN APPLE COMPOTE AND BLUE CHEESE TOAST

PUMPKIN SOUP WITH GREEN APPLE COMPOTE AND BLUE CHEESE TOAST

SAUTEED CHICKEN LIVERS ON ENDIVE, SHALLOT CREAM AND SOURDOUGH TOAST

SAUTEED CHICKEN LIVERS ON ENDIVE, SHALLOT CREAM AND SOURDOUGH TOAST

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