Gabi Balan, Camping, self-service eatery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Lisa Alperovich, eat al fresco, guests choose music, multidisciplinary team, pop-up restaurant, outdoors eatery, Recoleta

Camping’s weatherproof cabin is made from a steel structure with a corrugated plastic skin that lets in natural light. It is mainly used for storage, it shelters a fridge, a sink, the till and some basic camping equipment to heat up food. The cabin is decorated with edible and decorative plants all around that bring the outdoors in as well as the woodland spirit to the camp.

Gabi Balan, Camping, self-service eatery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Lisa Alperovich, eat al fresco, guests choose music, multidisciplinary team, pop-up restaurant, outdoors eatery, Recoleta

Camping consists of a pop-up mobile cabin surrounded by an array of communal wooden tables. They have a short menu with affordable, simple camping-style food with a sophisticated twist that comes out in stages after a few bell rings. They serve lunch and dinners in a self-service and straightforward manner, just like real camping.

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Gabi Balan, Camping, self-service eatery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Lisa Alperovich, eat al fresco, guests choose music, multidisciplinary team, pop-up restaurant, outdoors eatery, Recoleta

The urban cabin restaurant is similar to Marti Guixe‘s Food Facility; instead of cooking, they source fresh meals from the restaurants next door. First, guests choose from a menu, pick a drink from the cabin’s fridge, which ranges from fresh fruit juices, to sodas, local craft beer or organic wine. Then guests order their food from a ‘boy-scout’ and enjoy their meal and music at a shared outdoor table. 

Gabi Balan, Camping, self-service eatery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Lisa Alperovich, eat al fresco, guests choose music, multidisciplinary team, pop-up restaurant, outdoors eatery, Recoleta

The large wooden tables are perfect for sharing with strangers or enjoying with a large group of friends. And there are even some tables with a grass top for seating, holding beers or as a seat for dogs. Guests can also choose the music, by connecting to the eatery’s website on the free Wi-Fi, which also works as an online radio that broadcasts in real time around the world. Once people finish their meals, all leftover organic matter, glass, paper and cardboard are recycled. 

Gabi Balan, Camping, self-service eatery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Lisa Alperovich, eat al fresco, guests choose music, multidisciplinary team, pop-up restaurant, outdoors eatery, Recoleta

Camping is located at Buenos Aires Design‘s terrace, in one of Argentina’s capital most affluent neighborhoods, Recoleta. It was envisioned by Gabi Balan, who created a horizontal organization together with a multidisciplinary team of people including an art director, an architect, a sound decorator and a meteorologist who watches out for bad weather. A poet-photographer shares the restaurant’s story on their Facebook Page.

Full moons are celebrated with a fire pit and live music, evoking happy childhood memories of camping in nature, right in the center of the busy Buenos Aires.

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Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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