To meet a Palace of European style, it is not necessary to take a plane. The Buenos aires city It is full of architectural gems that often go unnoticed by the locals, confused in the daily whirlwind, between offices and traffic. But, if we pay attention, we can get big surprises, like the one that awaits us inside the Navy Center.
Located on the street Floridain it downtown Buenos Aires, just opposite Galerias Pacifico, this historic building is really worth a visit. Although it may not look like it from the outside, it is one of the most luxurious palaces in Buenos Aires, with a European style that allows us to travel without leaving the city. But that’s not all: in addition to its architectural and historical proposal, the Naval Center offers breakfast and lunchand is open to the public.
A little piece of Europe in Buenos Aires
The Naval Center was founded by a group of young officers of the Argentine Navy —graduated from the first promotions of the Naval Military School—, May 4, 1882. The club was born with the intention of having a “meeting place where you can exercise healthy camaraderie, expose your concerns publicly, give conferences about the technological advances of the profession through which the results of the explorations, experiences and discoveries of all kinds that its associates will carry out”. Its first headquarters were at 438 Adolfo Alsina Street.
The current building was founded in 1914, on Florida Street at 801, at the intersection with Av. Córdoba. According to the official Tourism website of the City Government, the headquarters of the Naval Center was designed by the architects Gaston Louis Mallet, of French origin, and Jacques Dumant, of Swiss origin. With a facade of eclectic stamp, the building constitutes one of the main exponents of the Beaux-Arts style in Buenos Aires. The Art Nouveau portal stands out, made of iron and bronze from the foundry of old cannons used in the struggle for national independence. The sumptuous interior lounges are heavily influenced by the Belle Epoque style.
Since its opening, and for almost a century, the only ones who were authorized to enter and enjoy its facilities were the members of the club. A few years ago, however, guided tours began to be offered to the public, which had to be suspended due to the pandemic. At the momentthe doors are open againbut only to enjoy breakfast or lunch at very affordable prices.
Of course: whoever wants to access the building must respect the dress code which, fortunately, has been quite relaxed compared to the traditional one: while before you could only enter in a suit and tie (and the members had to eat with the suit on), today only It is forbidden to enter sportswear or shorts.
a different meal
Enjoy a different gastronomic experience, within the framework of this beautiful European-style palace, is undoubtedly a great plan for locals and tourists. A little secret that not many know and that allows you to take refuge from the maelstrom of the City.
The breakfast It is offered from 9.30 to 11.30, and includes a promotion of a coffee with two croissants and a juice $350. The lunch It is from 12 to 3:30 p.m., and includes a main course, dessert, drink and coffee $1300. Naval Club members have a 20% discount. In addition, you can pay in cash, with a credit or debit card.
Reservations can be made by phone, at 4311-5486/1011 to 1016 (ext. 604) or by e-mail (email@example.com).
Apparently well worth a visit.
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