INTRODUCING BUENOS AIRES
Buenos Aires is a huge city blending the charm of Europe with the passion of South America. Get a taste for the high life in trend-setting Recoleta and Palermo with their hip boutiques and stately boulevards. Delve into the colonial churches and antiques stores of San Telmo. Or pay your respects to Evita in the labyrinthine Recoleta cemetery. This is an urban retreat where anything is possible and nothing’s done by halves.
A teeming metropolis, Buenos Aires is brimming with tango and football, steak and style.
Things to do
In Argentina, meat eating is a national obsession. To sample the authentic steak and Malbec experience, head for one of the city’s many parillas (steak houses) and – for medium rare – ask for jugoso. Of course, as a major global capital Buenos Aires also boasts cuisine from around the world – from Japanese fine dining to Scandinavian smörgåsbord. It’s a culinary melting pot, given an added richness thanks to the excellent local produce.
Buenos Aires is one of South America’s great cultural hubs. There’s a thriving theatre scene, countless tango classes, and incredible galleries such as the classic Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the modern MALBA. But much of the most memorable culture can be found on the city’s streets with murals on walls around town and exclusive galleries hidden off the high streets.
You’ll find something for every wallet in Buenos Aires. For designer brands, visit the Avenida Alvear in Recoleta or seek out up-and-coming talent in the streets around Palermo Viejo. For a fascinating glimpse of local life, make sure you visit one of the flea markets. Just talk to the concierge in your luxury hotel to find out what’s happening and when.
The Argentinians like to eat… and eat late. Most locals don’t have dinner until after 10pm – so, if you’re planning on waiting, make sure you book in advance.
Top Tip from SLH