If you, like us, saw Accidentally Wes Anderson’s Instagram story the other day, you’ll be freaking out, like us, that they’re coming to Buenos Aires.
That’s right, having recently visited Budapest and Istanbul, they’ve come to Buenos Aires to spotlight its amazing architecture.
Accidentally Wes Anderson started out a thread on Reddit last year, a space where fans could share photos of architecture and locations around the world which look like they could be straight out of a Wes Anderson film.
Now in the form of a beautiful Instagram account and website, it’s a platform of appreciation for the famed director’s films, renowned for their quirky but pleasing aesthetic. If you haven’t watched one before (we would recommend you see to this immediately), think symmetry, bright pastel colors, and a hint of whimsical absurdity.
Combining the Andersonian aesthetic with wanderlust and a love for architecture has resulted in the creation of one of the most satisfying Instagram feeds around. In case you don’t already follow it, here’s a taste of what you’re missing out on:
In honor of the amazing Instagram account and, of course, of Wes himself, we put together this little tour of the city’s most Wes Anderson-esque spots so you can go and check them out. And there are many.
Wes Anderson in Buenos Aires: A Whistle-stop Tour
Start your day the right way with ice cream at Rapa Nui. There are five Rapa Nui shops in total, but we would especially recommend the ones in Colegiales and Palermo. The Palermo shop- with its immaculate white marble surfaces, little low-hanging copper lamps, and shelves weaved with draping ivy and Monstera deliciosa plants- is worth a visit just for its interior design, let alone their delicious ice cream.
You can find the Colegiales branch on Avenida Elcano in a renovated Victorian-era house. Outside there’s a fountain complete with a white marble statue, and you can take your ice cream upstairs to the balcony, where you can also find those pretty but peskily millennial Monstera deliciosa plants. Very Wes.
Now walk those freshly-consumed calories off with a trip to Casa Rosada. This is arguably one of the most Andersonian buildings of the city, and will be sure to feature on Accidentally Wes Anderson’s feed any day now. If you want to go the whole hog, take the free tour: inside is home to a delightful blend of symmetries and color-coordination.
Round the corner is the Centro Cultural Kirchner, where you can check out their latest art exhibitions before heading to your next location. It looks suspiciously similar to a pre-existing AWA post, but we still think it should make the cut. It used to be the city’s central post office, a fun piece of trivia which makes it even more fitting as a potential Wes Anderson film location.
Next stop: El Ateneo Grand Splendid. The symmetry here is unmatched in any other building, not to mention the fact that it’s an old Golden Age theater stacked to the brim with books. The most unexpected, extravagant bookstore around.
Stick to the Avenida de Mayo on your way there. Not only is it generously embellished with Art Nouveau architectural features (here’s the official map of Buenos Aires’ Art Nouveau Association, whose title translates as ‘The Grand Map of Porteño Art Nouveau’, which itself sounds like the title of a Wes Anderson film) that are oh-so-Wes, but you may also spot the Obelisco. There’s a blunt, somewhat fortuitous air to it which is undeniably Andersonian.
It should be approaching sunset by now- time to take a tour of the Palacio Barolo. Featuring leering gargoyles and hand-decorated staircase twisting all the way up twenty floors, be sure to watch the sun sink over the city at the very top, which is complete with a ginormous lighthouse bulb. Can you get any more Wes Anderson than that?
Almost last but not least, take a peek at the Basilica de Maria Auxiliadora y San Carlo. Just by looking at the picture, need we say more?
Finish off your night with a drink at Milión. Its charming, old-world vibes and original 19th century features makes this a real gem worthy of The Gran Budapest Hotel. If you’re channelling the nature-friendly feel of Fantastic Mr. Fox’s underground dwelling, head to Palermo’s Botecario or Parque. Their shelves, window sills and bars are stocked with crystal decanters and medicine bottles with fading labels, the ceiling dripping with ivy.
If your favorite film (like me) is Moonrise Kingdom, you can go the extra mile and cross the perilous waters between Argentina and Uruguay, for a special trip to the town of Colonia. Even the round windows of the ferry comply with the Anderson aesthetic, but impressively Wes is the fact that and the Old City has a lighthouse which is almost identical to Suzy’s special viewpoint.
Oh, and you can take your pick from its charming beaches to recreate that infamous beach scene. No judgement here.
Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for exciting AWA updates and, as dedicated fans are already aware, on your nearest cinema’s schedule for Wes Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs.