Everybody likes a good secret. And in Buenos Aires, you haven't truly made it until you're in the know when it comes to one of the city's many hidden restaurants, bars, art galleries or shops. Here, we let you in on where we like to hang out behind closed doors.

Kill the Duck

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What happens when a young chef who's worked in some of the best kitchens across the city decides to strike out on his own? You get a nine-course seasonal tasting menu served in the studio apartment of a chef — Ramiro Chevez of Kill the Duck, to be exact. Each week, Chevez scoots his bed over and pulls out the dining table for six in order to serve a menu that includes deer tartare with red berries, quail with Andean potatoes and, of course, duck. Although you may be sharing the table with a complete stranger, after nine dishes and a bottle (or two) of wine, the night feels like an intimate dinner with close friends. 

Where: Location disclosed to guests
When: Every Fri., 8:30 p.m.
How: To reserve, contact via Facebook or email killtheduck.reservas@gmail.com.


Suspiria Resplandoris

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Although it's technically not a speakeasy, Suspiria Resplandoris, on a quiet block in Palermo, looks any other apartment from the street. But behind this door hides a bar opened by legendary local bartender Fede Cuco just last month. The bar is meant to mimic the feel of a slick '70s or '80s horror flick, with the name itself lifted from two icons of the genre: Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (El Resplandor in Spanish). Choose from 13 cocktails, 13 wines and 13 dishes. We recommend El Fernet, a new take on a local classic with house-made cola, fernet and a touch of lemon vodka. 

Where: Nicaragua 4346 (Scalabrini Ortiz), 1414 Buenos Aires
When: Tues. & Weds., 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thurs., 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
More info: +54 11 4832-2774; Facebook


Galeria Union

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As the name suggests, Palermo Hollywood is one of the city’s showiest neighborhoods. Fancy restaurants, upscale clothing boutiques, hipster coffee shops and trendy bars are spread proudly throughout the area. But Galeria Union sits comfortably off the street in the back end of a duplex apartment. The gallery focuses on emerging artists, many of whom came up as mural artists in the city’s vibrant street art tradition before turning their attention to the canvas. Check out Georgina Ciotti's show Alquimia, a collection of large-scale paintings that explore the relationship between animal instincts and human nature.

Where: Costa Rica 5929, 1414BTK CABA
When: By appt. only.
More info: 
+54 11 4775-2935; galeriaunion.comEmail info@galeriaunion.com to make an appt.


Manto Abrigos

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Baby, it’s cold outside. Jackets, hats, pillows and blankets line the shelves of this Villa Crespo home turned showroom and make us want to curl up and get cozy until the end of winter. Manto Abrigos is an independent brand focusing on handmade clothing and accessories. Threads are sourced from the north to bring a little of its warmth and color to our urban jungle. 

Where: Darwin 1154, Building D 1A, C1414CUX CABA

When: Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m.
More info: 
+54 11 4855-5218; mantoabrigos.com.ar

By Kevin Vaughn

When Kevin isn't writing about Buenos Aires food and culture, he's guiding travelers to Buenos Aires with his intimate arts and lifestyle tours via Buenos Aires Art Tours. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.