The Ultimate Girls' Day Out

Argentina, Buenos Aires Guide (A): The Ultimate Girls' Day Out

Buenos Aires is famous for its glamour: from cutting edge fashion to ladies who lunch, high society events to underground arty parties. Girls just wanna have fun, and what is more fun than exploring a new city in style? Let me be your girly guide to the shops, beauty spots and places to show off your latest fashion finds!
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Guide Name: The Ultimate Girls' Day Out
Guide Location: Argentina » Buenos Aires
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 6.0 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 13.2 Km
Author: Hollie Cayzer
Author Bio: Hollie Cayzer is originally from London and decided to move to Buenos Aires to enjoy the passion of South America in what is a distinctly European layout. Instantly feeling at home, she started teaching English, dancing Tango and practising her awful Spanish as often as possible. These days, she lives in Palermo and designs and makes clothes in her spare time.
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Galerías Pacífico
  • Fancy Fingers & Lady Gardens
  • Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid
  • Alvear Palace Hotel
  • Roho Hair Boutique
  • La Cabrera
  • Milion
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Galerías Pacífico

1) Galerías Pacífico

Girls and shopping; we go together like Buenos Aires and Tango. Luckily, tango isn’t the only thing this city is good for, and the many malls that are dotted around the place offer a wide selection of shops to quench any girl’s thirst. The Beaux Arts style building that houses Galerías Pacífico was originally home to the fine arts museum. It’s not surprising then, that a trip to this mall is not solely a shopping experience. Not only can you find all of the top Argentinean brands, alongside other famous names such as Christian Dior and Tiffany’s, but you can also admire the breathtaking hand painted murals that adorn the ceilings, and the excellent photographic exhibitions that are displayed in the Jorge Luis Borges Cultural Centre that is also found inside the mall.
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Fancy Fingers & Lady Gardens

2) Fancy Fingers & Lady Gardens

What better way to continue the ultimate girly day than a bit of pampering? Being such a glamorous city, Buenos Aires hosts beauty salons on almost every block. And whilst girls love to be spoilt for choice, sometimes what we really look for when it comes to waxing is a good recommendation, as there are some things that we cannot afford to lose in translation. Without further ado, book yourself in at Fancy Fingers & Lady Gardens where Sarah, a native English speaking certified Wax & Nail Professional, will welcome you into her home studio and offer a girly chat alongside a professional beauty treatment. See the website for more information and how to book: www.ladygardens.net
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Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid

3) Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Even if you’re not the bookish type, there are plenty of reasons to step inside what has been named as one of the top ten bookstores in the world. As you walk to the back of what appears to be an ordinary bookstore, you will suddenly discover the perfectly preserved remains of what was once Teatro Grand Splendid, a theatre that displayed the musical delights of the 1920s, and was where many Tango classics were recorded. These days, floor to ceiling bookshelves line the carved walls, the theatre boxes are used as reading rooms, and what would be the stage is a café – get yourself a coffee and enjoy the quiet yet powerful ambience of an architectural treat.
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Alvear Palace Hotel

4) Alvear Palace Hotel

For a real ‘ladies who lunch’ experience, go for an exquisite afternoon tea at L’Orangerie, found in the majestic Alvear Palace Hotel. A favourite of Eva Peron’s back in the forties, the hotel stands proudly on the corner of Avenida Alvear, its buttoned down doormen wait to whisk you through the revolving doors and transfer you into a world of chandeliers and regal charm. Follow the fashion of dressing up for this affair; ladies here tend to go all out - heirloom jewelry and elegant dresses. Try to get a table in the garden, where red-coated waiters will offer a choice of seventeen perfectly blended teas, and tempt you with course after course of finger sandwiches, scones, puff pastries and desserts.
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Roho Hair Boutique

5) Roho Hair Boutique

Get ready to rub shoulders with local rock stars at this ultra hip hair salon. As you approach the neon flashing sign out front, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this place was some kind of Boliche, an Argentinean nightclub. In fact, Roho Hair Boutique takes everything you need from a Boliche - the DJ set, the decor, the bar and the beautiful people and whisks it into an absolute dream of a hair salon. Tap you foot to the latest beats as you get cut, washed and blow-dried into a new you. Go for something edgy; this place has a degree in cool. And don’t bury your head in magazines – keep your eyes and ears alert for any celebrities who may happen to be getting revamped at the same time!
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La Cabrera

6) La Cabrera

Nothing gives a restaurant a good recommendation like people waiting outside for a table. The good news is that the hostess at La Cabrera offers glasses of Champagne and hors d'oeuvres while you wait. Once inside, you will be attended to by a team of apron clad waiters topped with flat caps who will gladly make any steak lover’s dream come true.

I recommend sharing a main dish with friends; the steaks here are of gigantic proportions and you should actually specify if you want an individual serving. Don’t worry about ordering anything to come with your steak - a plethora of side dishes will be automatically delivered to your table to accompany your meal. Think artichokes, sundried tomatoes, puréed squash and olive pâté.
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Milion

7) Milion

After dinner, head over to Milion, a converted mansion that plays host to a bar that is not members only, but definitely conveys a certain secretive atmosphere. Climb the winding staircase to discover the many lounge type rooms, decked out with plush leather armchairs and contemporary art. Make your way over to the bar to sample one of the many cocktails on their list. I personally recommend the Frozen Margarita with Basil, this luminous green drink sounds like it wouldn’t work, but its outstanding taste is just one of the many surprises about this place. Once drinks are firmly in hands, wander out onto the balcony which overlooks the gorgeous walled garden, magically decorated with white fairy lights. Make your way down the magnificent stone staircase to take a seat amongst the foliage, gaze at the stars overhead and decide what to do tomorrow.

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