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Exploring Buenos Aires with
restaurator and creative director
Guadalupe Garcia.

Known for its colorful facades and mishmash of colonial-era and modern architectural styles, Buenos Aires has something for everyone, from ardent foodie to design aficionado. It’s a city of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and endless creativity—qualities that are all evident at the culinary hotspot Casa Cavia.

It is the brainchild of filmmaker-turned-creative director Guadalupe Garcia. She is one hundred percent “por teña”, that is to say, born in Buenos Aires, García was raised in the middle-class barrio Belgrano – “a lovely, family-oriented neighbourhood, with lots of trees and shops lined along the Avenida Cabildo" – and now lives in upbeat Palermo Hollywood, a district known for its buzzy nightlife scene, although she also sees an alternative side: “Living here is personalized because of the relationships one develops in the barrio. It has a very neighbourly spirit”, she says.

Although García has experienced life on foreign soil— she seized oppor tunities to study digital marketing, design, and film-making in London, Los Angeles, and Barcelona—, she has always easily slipped back into her home city. She’s enamored by Buenos Aires’ strong entrepreneurial spirit, a capital where—despite Argentina’s turbulent economic cycles—creativity prevails and ideas are turned into reality. “I analyze Buenos Aires a lot! It’s a city where people make their dreams come true”, she says.

Bearing that in mind, Garcia has selected locations that, much like Casa Cavia’s interdisciplinary approach, mix and match disciplines; places made by people with the same urge and drive as hers.

Casa Cavia and Blumm Flower Co.
by Guadalupe Garcia, Cavia 2985

There’s a story behind every dish, book, and bouquet at Casa Cavia. Located in a renovated 1920s mansion, this cultural hub in Palermo fuses gastronomy, literature, and olfactory ar ts by integrating design and food as a means of communication and creativity.

As well as a restaurant serving dishes by top chef Julieta Caruso and a bar offering inventions by star mixologist Lucas López Dávalos, the building also houses Ampersand, a specialist publisher run by Garcia’s mother, Ana Mosqueda, and the Blumm flower boutique.

“Camila of Blumm approached me, unable to open her own florist storefront, but told me if she could take on the space, she’d totally kill it”, Garcia says about the florist. “I really feel that in order to make something happen in Buenos Aires, you simply need to have the urge to do it.”

El Vestidor
by Florencia Tellado, Soler 4853

In Palermo, a textile treasure trove awaits at Florencia Tellado’s atelier. Here, Tellado not only creates a dazzling array of headwear but also works as a wardrobe stylist for screen and theater productions. Her vibrant studio is abuzz with pickups, deliveries, and rentals, and even includes a hat hospital.

Juan Pedro Caballero
by Pedro Peña and German Sitz, Thames 1719

Churros are an Argentine favourite, and a specialty of Juan Pedro Caballero, a cozy churrería that opened last August. Reminiscent of old-school churrerías with its retro vibe and hand-painted murals, the eatery's kitchen opens to the street so that passers-by can watch the pastry chefs in action. Classic churros come with a chocolate dip, stuf fed ones with milk and pastry cream – and fancier ones with lemon curd, meringue, coconut, passion fruit, or mango.

Donut Therapy
by Gustavo Castillo, Thames 1999

Around the corner from Tellado’s base, the city’s first real donut shop, which star ted out with sidewalk pop-ups, is helmed by Venezuelan chef Gustavo Castillo, a recent migrant to Argentina. On of fer are over fif teen varieties of ar tisanal yeast donuts that are made in an open kitchen in small batches throughout the day in order to ensure ultimate freshness.

La Carnicería und Chori
by Pedro Peña and German Sitz, Thames 2317
and Thames 1653

These two projects by Colombian chefs and gastronomical entrepreneurs Pedro Peña and German Sitz revisit emblematic Argentine cuisine. An intimate alternative to crowded steakhouses, La Carnicería serves grass-fed beef directly from one of the owners’ farms, as well as pork, lamb, and fish options. Sides and entrees depend on seasonal produce available at local markets. For a more casual snack, Garcia opts for fast-food joint Chori. This hip meeting point stands for the reinvention of the classic Argentine sausage sandwich choripan—a grilled pork chorizo sliced in half, slapped in a roll, and served with spicy chimichurri sauce.

Fundación MALBA
Figueroa Alcor ta 3415

MALBA, the city’s premier location for Latin American ar t from the early 20th centur y to today, consists of a permanent collection and revolving temporary exhibitions. Next to works by renowned painters such as Diego Rivera, Wilfredo Lam, and Frida Kahlo, the museum also focuses on contemporary photography and multimedia installations.

Del infinito Art Gallery
by Estela Gismero Totah und Julian Mizrahi, Quintana 325

A center for modern and contemporary art, Del infinito is dedicated to suppor ting experimental works spanning painting, illustration, video, and installation, as well as promoting art that utilizes new technologies. Located in a century-old building in the neighbourhood of Recoleta, the two main exhibition areas have showcased works by national and international talent, among them important avant-garde Argentine artists such as Raúl Lozza and Enio Iommi.

Enseres Bazar
by Miguel Esmoris and Cecilia Miranda, El Salvador 5986

Enseres sells handmade ceramics, cutlery, and glassware, among many other ar tisanal products. It was co-founded by photographers Miguel Esmoris and Cecilia Miranda (working in food and fashion, respectively) who carefully curate this eclectic interior store.

Net muebles
by Alejandro Sticotti, Godoy Cruz 1740

The physical manifestation of architect and designer Alejandro Sticot ti’s por tfolio, this furniture store characterizes his love for wood and penchant for clear lines. Completely designed and produced in Palermo, the contemporary creations include chairs, tables, shelving systems, and lamps.

Credits – Text: Sorrel Moseley-Williams for FvF Productions, Photography: Ignacio Colo for FvF Productions.