On the surface, the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo Soho bears a striking resemblance to its New York and London counterparts. But beneath the ever-expanding roster of boutiques, the sidewalk cafes, and the trendy eateries, beats a distinctively South American heart, one that has turned this area into the destination for both cutting-edge designers and traditional artisans.
This 100-year-old supplier for Argentina's polo teams has created a casual line for those who prefer wearing horses to riding them. Polos and classic T-shirts with limited-edition crests hang from the ceilings and line the worn wooden shelves, while casual khakis and jeans are draped throughout.
Costa Rica 4677
tel. +54 1 4311 5963
Born and raised in the leather-making industry, Anahi M has direct contacts to the main tanneries in Argentina and it shows in the quality of the leathers she uses for her bags and other accessories. The suede fanny pack (yes, a fanny pack!) is surprisingly chic, as is the wristlet adorned with a chunky buckle in shades from rich brown to hot orange.
Costa Rica 4604
tel. +54 1 4834 6005
On the hunt for some golf-inspired preppy clothes tinged with a bit of South American flair? Try Felix, possibly the one-stop shop for indulging the inner Upper East Sider in every guy, with gingham shorts, wonderful patterned shirts, and boat shoes.
Godoy Cruz 1645
tel. +54 1 4833 5262
You'll know it by the huge bronze doors outside (not by the sign, because there isn't one). This cavernous restaurant is also one of the cities chicest, the place for beautiful people and equally beautiful food. The changing menu is as eclectic as the crowd and has its hits and misses, but you're here for more than just the food.
tel. +54 4833 1112
A good option for lunch, dinner, drinks, or a Sunday brunch, Olsen brings a bit of Scandinavia to Argentina. The dÃ©cor makes use of pale wood and minimalist features, while the menu focuses on fish, including Nordic classics like smoked salmon and herring. As for drinks, vodka is the only way to go.
tel. +54 1 4776-7677