Buenos Aires, argentina 

architecture, tango and incredible culture  

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 

Buenos Aires is a blend of faded European elegance and Latin energy, of magnificent architecture, passionate tango and incredible culture. Porteños will tell of the capital's rich immigrant history--Italian, Spanish and Russian amongst many others--translating in a vibrant culinary and cultural scene.  Best of all, the city is an easy hop skip and jump from Australia with Air New Zealand. Here, our favorite Parrillas, medialunas and shopping in Buenos Aires. For a chance to win a trip to explore Buenos Aires as a Flight Centre Correspondent, click here. *


ITINERARY
 

stay

Home Hotel in Palermo, nestled amidst lush gardens, nearby to BA's best restaurants, bars & shopping. 

EAT/ DRINk

To caffeinate: 
Take your coffee with a medialuna (a buttery, flaky croissant-like pastry. Medialunas are to Porteños what bagels are to NYers)

LAB Cafe in Palermo
Salvaje Bakery in Palermo
Lattente in Palermo
Merci in San Telmo
La Giralda (an old school spot in Centro--get the hot chocolate & dulce de leche filled churros) 
For lunch:
Artemisa Cocina Natural in Palermo for a healthy, meat-free bite
Everyone is excited about Chori--a Palermo snackbar selling traditional Choripan (a kind of chorizo sandwich) 
La Cocina in Recoleta for delicious empanadas
Los Infernales in San Telmo
El Sanjuanino, a little touristy, but the empanadas are worth it

Parrillas: the best of BA's infamous steak dining
Parilla Don Julio in Palermo. An institution--the steak here is famous. Book ahead. 
Las Cabras. This busting no-frills Parilla always has queues. The portions are huge, the house wine is delicious and the steak is amazing. 
Fervor. One of BA's best.
La Cabrera. No visit to BA is complete without a visit to La Cabrera. The steak is incredible, the sides are huge. Book ahead. 
Drink:
A malbec tasting at Pain et Vin in Palermo--super cute little wine bar with a great selection of small production wines
416 Snack Bar Buenos Aires in Palermo
Floreria Atlantico, a speakeasy style bar hidden behind a florist shop facade.
Presidente Bar. 

DO & SHOP
 

Tango:
See a show at Cafe Tortoni because you should, but know it will be touristy. After, seek out a milonga, a traditional dancehall where tango is practiced.  Some of the best include: El Beso, La Viruta and Obelisco Tango. However, our absolute favorite was watching the evening Tango at La Glorieta de Belgrano park--where locals come to dance under a beautiful old bandstand. Watch Tango as the sun sets over BA--it's magical. Thursday through Sunday evenings from 7pm. 

Sunset at Palacio Barolo. One of Buenos Aires' most iconic buildings and the best place to watch sunset over the city. Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, its height a reference to each canto, the number of floors to verses per song, and is divided in structure according to hell, purgatory and heaven. The view is indeed heavenly and worth climbing the 22 flights of stairs. Book a sunset tour, sip malbec, marvel at BA's skyline and listen to live music. Don't miss.   

Fola Fotateca Latinoamericana. See the work of Latin America's best photographers. 

La Recoleta Cemetery. Wander among the incredible statues and marble mausoleums and discover the history of BA's past presidents, military heroes, influential politicians and rich and famous. 
Grafitti Mundo street art tour of Palermo. We loved this tour, which helps to shed light on Argentina's complicated political situation through art and murals. 

A few of our favorite shops: Patron for local jewelry and leather designers. FACON casa + vino for just about everything--woven rugs and blankets, pottery & homewares, plus the cutest winebar and cafe. 

- January 2018. *competition closes 18th January and is available for Australian residents only 

 

 

 

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