Buenos Aires is a coffee lover's dream. Something different awaits on every corner, from the old school to the new kids on the block.
- La Biela: Opposite Recoleta cemetery, this historical café is a good bet for a spot of people watching and has a varied menu. Quintana 600. Tel. 4804-0449. Recoleta.
- Las Violetas: This 1920s historic building is famed for its curved glass doors, its French stained-glass windows, and its Italian marble floors. Av. Rivadavia 3899. Tel. 4958-7387. Downtown.
- Café Tortoni: Argentina's oldest café. It is an essential cultural stop in Buenos Aires. Amazingly stylish and charmingly ceremonial. A must destination. Av. de Mayo 829. Tel. 4342-4328. Downtown.
- Bar Plaza Dorrego: An absolutely charming café. You can sip your submarino (hot milk with chocolate) by a picturesque window and watch the world pass by or grab an outdoor table on the busy plaza. Defensa 1098. Tel. 4361-0141. San Telmo.
- Florida Garden: Was a leader in literary and artistic avant-gardism back in the 1960s, and prominent artists have been gathering there ever since. Florida 899. Tel. 4312-7902. Downtown.
- El Federal: El Federal is one of the most historical bars in Buenos Aires. Carlos Calvo 599. Tel. 4300-4313. San Telmo.
- Bar Británico: Originally a popular meeting point for British railway workers and First World War veterans. Brasil 399. Tel. 4361-2107. San Telmo.
- Josephine’s: It is set in the heart of Recoleta on a tree lined plaza with beautiful outdoor seating. It offers a delicious and varied menu. Guido 1532. Tel. 4811-5464. Recoleta.
- Ninina: It is one of the new little spots in the heart of trendy Palermo Soho. The design is beautiful, simple yet modern. It attracts a mix of both locals and tourists. Gorriti 4738. Tel. 4832-0070. Palermo Soho.
- Cocú: Traditional french pastry shop in Palermo, still has the best pain au chocolat in town. Malabia 1510. Tel. 4831-4675. Palermo Soho.
- Oui Oui: This gorgeous french style cafe is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and tea! Nicaragua 6068. Tel. 4778-9614. Palermo Hollywood.
- Decata: The sweet goods are the stars here: tuck into a chocolate cheesecake to pear- and-almond pie. On a sunny day it’s easy to spend hours in the leafy courtyard. Honduras 6100. Tel. 4775-3143. Palermo Hollywood.
- Coffee Town: It is located inside the historic and famous Mercado de San Telmo, where coffee snobs, addicts and lovers gather for a quick shot of liquid gold. Bolivar 976. San Telmo.
- Mark’s Deli: Mark’s Deli is a favorite in Palermo. It brings a taste of New York Delis to Palermo Soho and does it just right. El Salvador 4701. Tel. 4832-6244. Palermo Soho.
- La Boutique de Jean Paul: This is a hidden gem featuring a Paris-style boulangerie and is part of the Alvear Palace Hotel. It bakes the best pastries in town and has its own deli. Ayacucho 2027. Tel. 4808-2485. Recoleta.
No trip is complete without a steak, or two, or three, or more. Decisions, decisions... where can you go...
Our meat lovers' guide book provided upon arrival will become your bible. Amen.
- Don Julio: Is a family-run steakhouse and perhaps the best and most unpretending one in the city. Should you want to take visiting friends, this is the right place. It offers traditional and relaxed vibe, premium meat and 150-plus wines. Have a look at the empty wine bottles exhibited and you will find that each one of them was signed by previous guests. Guatemala 4699 (and Gurruchaga). Tel. 4832-6058. Palermo Soho.
- La Brigada: Even if it is a trick, minds are blown when La Brigada's waiters cut a four-inch-thick steak with a spoon (it is a well-kept secret and the mystery resides in the fact that the edge is sharpened! So, please, don't reveal it!). Initially, this San Telmo restaurant was small but due to its excellent cuts has expanded upwards and outwards over the years. Those who are starved to death may opt for –and probably share– a kilo of delicious baby beef. Tip: try the offal. La Brigada cooks some of the best kid and beef chitlins in the city. Estados Unidos 465. Tel. 4361-4685. San Telmo.
- La Cabrera: It is a stylish parrilla. Steaks are accompanied by a variety of spicy side dishes such as pickled onions, roasted garlic and a diversity of mashes. The chorizos (sausage) are really delicious and the 600 gram ojo de bife (rib eye) is not for the chicken-hearted. It is an enjoyable experience and it is worth visiting this restaurant while in town. There are two locations next to each other. Tip: every night from 7 pm to 8 pm a “Happy Hour” menu is offered at a 40% discount. José Antonio Cabrera 5099. Tel. 4831-7002. Palermo Soho.
- El Establo: Our Co-Founder's favorite parrilla. He invariably orders the same dish: ojo de bife (rib eye) and papas fritas (french fries) and even has his own personal Heinz and Colman's English Mustard hidden behind the bar. This traditional parrilla attracts both locals and visitors. Paraguay 489. Tel. 4311-1639. Downtown.
- El Mirasol: This family and friendly vibe restaurant opened in 1967. El Mirasol grills a variety of traditional cuts of beef, including a 2.2 pound baby beef. The menu is also big on offal: mollejas, chinchulines and morcillas of superior quality served on the side with a homemade chimichurri sauce, a condiment prepared with tomato, garlic, lemon, olive oil, red pepper and oregano. Posadas 1032. Tel. 4326 7322. Recoleta.
- Cabaña Las Lilas: The 400-seater restaurant overlooking Puerto Madero is famous for its huge and tasty T-bone just as for its delicious ojo de bife. It offers a wide selection of wines to back up a complete and perfect menu. One of the priciest steakhouses in town. Alicia Moreau de Justo 516. Tel. 4313-1336. Puerto Madero.
- Rio Alba: One of our Co-Founder's favorite. She used to go here with her family when she was a child and in her opinion it is still the best of the best. Meat is one of the menu highlights. Age average of clients is high, and waiters have been there for over 30 years. If you are looking for a charming and animating place, this option is not for you. Instead if steak is your deal, look no further, you won't be disappointed. Av. Cerviño 4499. Tel. 4773-9508. Palermo Nuevo.
- El Obrero: The interior design is fading beauty: mismatched cutlery, chipped plates, cracked painting and tango and football remembrances. Food is exquisite: you can taste slices of tender meat, a variety of salads and fries. It is worth a visit though the place is no longer a hidden gem and not as cheap as it once was. This restaurant is frequently visited by Francis Ford Coppola when in town. Agustín Caffarena 64. Tel. 4362-9912. La Boca.
- La Carnicería: An amazing modern bistro. A small place with cool and young vibe. A meat hideaway that offers good grilled dishes in a contemporary style. The menu includes all of the asado favorites: sausages, sweetbreads, provoleta (grilled cheese), premium steaks and smoked meats, everything cooked with the best onda. Thames 2317. Tel. 2071-7199. Palermo Soho.
So much to do, so much to see... Where do you start? Perhaps spend the morning strolling around the historic Recoleta cemetery to see Evita’s final resting place or an evening at Teatro Colón.
- Recoleta Cemetery: This cemetery is BA's number-one attraction, and a must on every tourist's list. La Recoleta has its own dark side and ghostly legends. Its innumerable "streets" are lined with impressive statues and marble mausoleums. You can stroll for hours in this amazing city of the dead. You can scrutinize the crypts and unravel the history of its inhabitants. Heroes, past presidents and politicians and the just plain rich and famous have made it past the gates here. People are just dying to get in!
- Teatro Colón: This exquisite and impressive seven-story building is one of Buenos Aires' finest landmarks. It’s the city's main performing-arts venue and the only facility of its kind in the country, a world-class forum for opera, ballet and classical music with wondrous acoustics. It occupies an entire city block and can seat 2500 spectators and provides standing room for another 500. The theater's opening night was a presentation of Verdi's "Aïda" and visitors have been delighted ever since. The luxury of this building and its breathtaking performances makes this one the city's top cultural attractions. Guided tours available daily.
- Obelisco: One of Buenos Aires most famous monuments, the Obelisco was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Spanish settlement on the Río de la Plata. It rises up 67 meters (220 feet) above the oval Plaza de la República. The Obelisco is also often used as the zero point for measuring distances from the city center.
- Casa Rosada: The presidential palace is called Casa Rosada for its façade, originally painted with a mixture of white washed paint and ox blood. The offices of the current Argentine president are here, but the presidential residence is located in the restful suburbs of Olivos, north of the city center. It has always occupied a key role in Argentine history. Eva Perón would preach from its balconies to a multitude of fervent Argentines.
- Puerto Madero: The city's youngest and least conventional barrio. Puerto Madero is home to old brick English-style warehouses that have been completely remodeled and converted into some of the city's most fashionable offices, hotels, lofts and restaurants. Pedestrians enjoy walking along the cobbled promenades and there are plenty of trendy restaurants and cafés to check out.
- Congress: The seat of Argentina's Congress is located at the western end of Avenida de Mayo (at the opposite end of Casa Rosada). This national historic landmark was built between 1898 and 1906. The Palacio del Congreso is a colossal building topped with a green dome setting a precedent of contemporary argentine public-works. It was completed in 1906 resembling the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
- San Telmo: San Telmo is an enchanting neighborhood full of cobblestone streets, colonial residences and a rich history and culture. Just a few minutes walk south of Plaza de Mayo, you will step one hundred years back into the past. A stroll around Plaza Dorrego is one of the highlights, particularly on Sundays, where visitors can enjoy the restless and animated market. This cobblestoned plaza located in the heart of San Telmo is the oldest city square after Plaza de Mayo and is an enjoyable meeting place both for locals and turists.
- La Boca: La Boca is largely a locals' bohemian and proletarian neighborhood. Its colorful tiny houses are often characterized as a symbol of Buenos Aires. Caminito is the barrio's most famous street, full of art vendors, street musicians and tango dancers twirling for your spare change. Home to Boca Juniors, a visit to La Bombonera (the chocolate box) is a must for all football fans.
Everything but "The Steak"
Italian, French, Armenian, American, Japanese sushi and classic Spanish tapas to name but a few. A city that satisfies every appetite.
- El Malvón: Serrano 879. Tel. 4774-2563. Villa Crespo.
- Coco Café: Cabello 3794. Tel. 4843-7491. Palermo Nuevo.
- Nucha: Armenia 1540. Tel. 4833-9345. Palermo Soho.
- Maru Botana: 11 de Septiembre 982. Tel. 4772-2478. Belgrano.
- Fifí Almacén: Gorriti 4812. Tel. 2072-4295. Palermo Soho.
- Le Pain Quotidien: Armenia 1641. Tel. 4831-5709. Palermo Soho.
Brunch and Tea Time
- Las Cholas: Good food at bargain prices is what keeps this popular eatery always crowded. You can choose the typical parrilla cuts or the traditional argentine foods like locro and cazuela (meat and veggie pottages). This was the first premise to open and there are several branches all over the city under different names: Las Cholitas, Las Cabras, La Hormiga. All of them serve the same menu. Cash only. Arce 306. Tel. 4899-0094. Las Cañitas.
- Dandy: Varied menu and good cocktails too, this venue has a fully renovated image and layout. Classic spot for a weekend afternoon. Av. del Libertador 2410. Tel. 4803-7675. Palermo Nuevo.
- La Panadería de Pablo: This lunch venue with a dazzling patio is the icon of refinement. The menu is delicate and brief. Emphasis is placed on bruschettas, fresh salads and sandwiches. Defensa 2694. Tel. 331-6728. San Telmo.
- Museo Evita: Its pleasant and charming patio may be one of the prettiest spots in the city to enjoy an outdoor lunch in a green environment. Locals and visitors come here to taste the gourmet sandwiches, steaks and salads. The restaurant's cuisine is refined and lunch specials are good too! Juan María Gutiérrez 3926. Tel. 4800-1599. Palermo Nuevo.
- L’Orangerie at Alvear Palace: People in Buenos Aires are used to dine out late (around 9 pm to 11 pm even!) so afternoon tea is the best energizer between lunch and dinner. Why not do it in style at the Alvear Palace Hotel's mythical afternoon high tea? Waiters in white gloves serve an interminable selection of pastries and special sandwiches on fine china. Av. Alvear 1891. Tel. 4808-2949. Recoleta.
- Gioia at Park Hyatt: Alvear 1661. Tel. 5171-1330. Recoleta.
- Elena at Four Seasons: Put on your best pants because this award-winning restaurant is pure lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch bliss and joy. The space has a natural elegance with a magnificent staircase that leads you up to soaring ceilings, checkered tiled floors and sumptuous leather furnishings. Pony Line, the adjacent bar, prepares some of the best cocktails in the city and its burger is worthy of an affair in the Presidential Suite. Posadas 1086. Tel. 4321-1200. Recoleta.
Closed Doors Restaurants
- Mishiguene: It isn't your Bubbe's Friday night Shabbat dinner. This exclusive and stylish Jewish restaurant recreates Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Israeli, and Middle Eastern dishes combining fresh ingredients and modern techniques that appeal to fond memories. The bone-in pastrami will leave you absolutely verklempt. Lafinur 3368. Tel. 3969-0764. Palermo Nuevo.
- Gran Dabbang: It delivers flavor and style to a city with a traditional meat-and- empanadas preference. Fresh and local products are essential to these plates blurring the borders of Latin American and Asian ingredients and flavors. Av. Scalabrini Ortiz 1543. Tel. 4832-1186. Palermo Soho.
- Dada Bistro: This Bistro or simply Dada, is probably one of the city's most recommended restaurants and a charming and delightful bars. Dada is permanently mentioned by locals as their favorite meeting point. The chalkboard regularly changes and chilled lagers, a fine boutique wine list and good cocktails complete this pleasant scenario. San Martín 941. Tel. 4314-4787. Downtown.
- Sarkis: This long-standing Middle Eastern restaurant offers fabulous and well-priced food, come with a group to taste many exotic dishes! You may start with the roasted eggplant hummus, keppe crudo (raw meat), boquerones (marinated sardines) or parras rellenas (stuffed grape leaves) and then follow up with kekabs or lamb in yogurt sauce. At lunch time it is less busy but expect a long wait for dinner. Thames 1101. Tel. 4772-4911. Palermo Soho.
- Gran Bar Danzón: Gran Bar Danzon's restaurant deserves as much attention as its renowned bar. Its contemporary and cosmopolitan menu includes dishes such as duck confit with a crisp coating, streaked with a blueberry and balsamic reduction. Here you can find a wide selection of sushi and an excellent salmon sashimi. Besides you can taste lasagnette with ragu of lamb, beans, sun-dried tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, mint and basil that is another highlight, as is the risotto and the spicy chicken croquettes garnished with caramelised carrots and fennel. Libertad 1161. Tel. 4811-1108. Recoleta.
- Nola: Both locals and foreigners join at this small Palermo pub for a delicious pollo frito (fried chicken) served on the sidewalk –one hand clenched around a pint glass and the other clutching a drumstick. Though Nola opened a few years ago, it has already created a myriad of desperate fried chicken and beer lovers. The best option? The chicken sandwich topped with exquisite homemade sauces. Gorriti 4389. Tel. 6350-1704. Palermo Soho.
- Sipan: Japanese-Peruvian food seems to be all the rage in BA and Sipan is ranked first. This elegant and dimly-lit restaurant located at Hotel Palermitano offers tasteful sushi and ceviche dishes along with seafood appetizers heaped on ceramic spoons and stir-fried marinated pork. Try the delicious passion-fruit pisco sour. Uriarte 1648. Tel. 2577-6000. Palermo Soho.
- Sucre: Located in the residential neighborhood of Belgrano in a tree-lined area and out of the tourist trail, Sucre is a high-concept restaurant and is at the cutting-edge of modern Argentine cuisine. Though there are fusion accents, foams and frills, variation always works. The chef stops short of frivolity and uses the finest ingredients (both seasonal and local). A fantastic wine selection, creative cocktails and a remarkable interior design make Sucre one of Buenos Aires' top restaurants and no doubt one of our favorites. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Sucre 676. Tel. 4782-9082. Belgrano.
- Brasserie Petanque: A delightful and pure French brasserie with a nice ambience and airy atmosphere to spend a long lunch in San Telmo. The menu is plenty of Gallic standards and includes a lot of delicacies and treats to choose from an exceptional boeuf bourguignon, tenderloin with potato gratin, trout with almonds, steak tartar and escargots, served by efficient and friendly waiters. For desserts, the crème brulee, the profiteroles and the classic hot chocolate pudding are a must. Defensa 596. Tel. 4342-7930. San Telmo.
- Osaka: The superb Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine makes this prestigious restaurant a superstar on the Buenos Aires dining scenery. Its assorted creations go from duck-confit-stuffed samosas and deep-fired Peruvian-style fish in Japanese mushroom sauce. Osaka has two branches, one in Palermo Hollywood and another in Puerto Madero. The ambience in the latter is much more attractive. Juana Manso 1164. Tel. 5352-0404. Puerto Madero.
- Fervor: This typical restaurant with white tiled floors and two tiers is a chic spot for a mature crowd. Traditional dishes like ojo de bife and tortilla de papas are high-quality options though the real star is the grigliata di mare, a huge seafood tray that combines calamari, shrimp, cuttlefish, scallops, baby squid and salmon with a variety of creamy sauces. Generous portions, excellent service and a pleasant ambience. Posadas 1519. Tel. 4804-4944. Recoleta.
- Chan Chan: Fair prices and relatively quick service are the key features of this eye-catching Peruvian eatery. At lunchtime it becomes crowded with office workers devouring plates of ceviche (seafood cured in citrus) and ajiaco de conejo (rabbit and potato stew). Besides, there are plenty of arroz chaufa (Peruvian-style fried rice) dishes downed with a spicy pisco sour or a jar of chichi morada (a sweet fruity drink). Hipólito Yrigoyen 1390. Tel. 4382-8492. Downtown.
- La Mar Cebicheria: Buenos Aires is not certainly famous for its seafood. What is available is usually mistreated, afresh and of not so good quality. Fortunately, Peruvian star La Mar came to teach Argentines the art of ceviche making. Just a few steps across the entrance to a sunny terrace and you will be immediately ready for some ceviche and pisco. It's open for both lunch and dinner. Arévalo 2024. Tel. 4776-5543. Palermo Hollywood.
- Club M: BA is jammed-full of sushi bars, most of which just serve jumbled salmon rolls stuffed with cream cheese. Omakase, hidden behind a secret door in Bar du Marché wine bar, does things differently offering a Nikei menu that fuses Peruvian and Japanese flavors. This intimate place has room for only 16 people, so reservations are a must. Nicaragua 5946. Tel. 4778-1050. Palermo Hollywood.
- Burger Joint: If you are looking for one of the most appetizing burgers in BA, take the way to this popular and graffiti-covered spot. Pierre Chacra, a NYC-trained chef, offers just four supreme options. Try the Mexican (jalapeños, guacamole and hot sauce) or Jamaican (pineapple, cheddar and bacon) along with hand-cut fries. Jorge Luis Borges 1776. Palermo Soho.
- Sudestada: Sudestada's menu is inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, and includes exquisite curries, stir-fries and noodle dishes. If you order them spicy, they are indeed spicy! Don't forget an exotic cocktail or tempting lychee licuado (smoothie). The popular set-lunch special is great value. Guatemala 5602. Tel. 4776-3777. Palermo Hollywood.
- Social Paraiso: It's chef-owner is Federico Simoes and his Syrian-Lebanese origin is displayed in an ever-changing and varied menu that includes different meat and seafood dishes. But the maracujá (passion fruit) mousse and Szechwan-pepper ice-cream served between caramelized apple slices are preferred by popular acclaim. Honduras 5182. Tel. 4831-4556. Palermo Soho.
- Las Pizarras: At this casual and homey yet excellent restaurant, Chef Rodrigo Castilla cooks up an ever-changing variety of selective dishes such as grilled venison or rabbit stuffed with cherries and pistachios. Those with meeker stomachs may choose the asparagus and mushroom risotto or any of the homemade pastas. The chalkboard menu on the wall spotlights the relaxed atmosphere. Thames 2296. Tel. 4775-0625. Palermo Soho.
- Aramburu: Located in the somewhat rough Constitución neighborhood where two powerhouse restaurants abide, Aramburu's elaborate and far-fetched 12-course tasting menu refocuses Argentine cooking. Sommelier Juliana Carrique leads from the front of the house and surprises guests with top service and breathtaking local wine pairings. Down the street, folksy baby brother Bis is open for lunch and dinner. Bear in mind the team's new underground bar Bis. Salta 1050. Tel. 4305-0439. San Telmo.
- Sunae Asian Cantina: Although we are in South America, the Porteño palate begins to sweat at the slightest sprinkling of pepper. Spice lovers bunch up and get a fix at the Southeast Asian Sunae Cantina. Previously a closed door restaurant (private supper club), Cocina Sunae first opened at Christina Sunae's home, but since has turned brick-and-mortar to offer saucy homemade family recipes and excellent curries. Humboldt 1626. Tel. 4776-8122. Palermo Hollywood.
- iLatina: Even the meatiest of meat eaters will hit that sad moment when they reach their BA cow limit. Luckily, the Macías siblings serve at iLatina an appreciated beef option. Located in a charming revamped house at Villa Crespo, this reservation-only restaurant transports dinner to the beaches of Colombia by serving a seafood-rich tasting menu with flavors of the Caribbean coast. Murillo 725. Tel. 4857-9095. Almagro.
- Casa Félix: Based in Chacarita neighborhood, it is one of the most unconventional and original places for dinner. Diego Felix and his wife Sara receive guests at their home three times a week to enjoy the exquisite five-course tasting menu. Dishes are mainly based on vegetables or fish and elaborated using herbs, vegetables and spices sourced during the couple's trips throughout Latin America. The results are incredible! Each course is paired with its own wine and accompanied by an enthusiastic description by the chef. Guests are mainly a mix of curious tourists, expats and locals. Booking in advance is needed. Giribone 947. Tel. 15-4147-8100. Chacarita.
- Paraje Arévalo: Located at a peaceful Palermo Hollywood corner, this little restaurant is one of the most picturesque, charming and enjoyable venues that you never even imagined. Decoration is simple. Paraje Arévalo focuses on the excellent food that reaches a level hard to find in this city. The young chef-owner keeps on cooking up masterpieces in the kitchen, with keen eye on presentation. The restaurant has a very simple and delicate design with trim white linens, large windows, an old-fashioned refrigerator and an antique bicycle placed below a window. Most important: the food. Paraje Arevalo offers a fixed price tasting menu, 6-8 courses, that is monthly updated. Arévalo 1502. Tel. 4775-7759. Palermo Hollywood.
- Tegui: This trendy hideaway is tucked warily behind a graffitied wall and unpretentious black door. Ring the bell and wander through this refined home turned restaurant. Its contemporary décor is highlighted by black and white items. The wine cellar covers the entire front wall up to the ceiling forming a splendid scenery while there's smoking to be had in the garden. The open plan kitchen at the back of the restaurant allows guests to gaze at the catering process. The VIP room, adjacent to the kitchen, offers guests an exclusive dining experience with compliments to head chef Germán Martitegui. The menu is simple, 3-4 main courses updated weekly, depending on the season and availability of ingredients. Costa Rica 5852. Tel. 4770-9500. Palermo Hollywood.
Nothing stirs Argentine emotions more than a River-Boca “superclásico”. Surrounded by fúbtol fans and beating drums, this is a once in a lifetime experience and will leave a lasting memory.
River Plate: River Plate Stadium based in the Núñez neighborhood is named after the city's estuary of Río de la Plata and is commonly known as "El Monumental". River Plate has won most domestic competitions in Argentina with 44 titles in First Division and 2 titles in Second Division championships. The team's colors are red and white and its big competitor, Boca Juniors, calls them "gallinas" (chickens), to mock them. The Stadium also hosts lots of international music events. Guided tours are available at venue.
Boca Juniors: This stadium is located in La Boca neighborhood and is River Plate's biggest competitor. A match between both teams is called a Superclásico (super classic) and this event is the most important of all Argentinian football matches. Diego Maradona, one of the world's most infamous players, played for this club and he can usually be seen on match days. In 1906 Boca Juniors adopted the colors of the flag of the first boat to sail into the port at La Boca, a Swedish ship, therefore the blue and yellow of the Swedish flag were adopted as the new team colors, according to the legend. Guided tours are available at venue.
Fútbol tickets as always are hard to come by, demand is strong, but our local presence and contacts will assure your seat in the stadium! Ask for details.
Bars and Cocktails
A city with an endless choice, from Speakeasy bars with secret passwords and hidden doors, to classic french houses with high ceilings and chandeliers. Craft beers to cocktails, the choice is yours.
- Floreria Atlantico: One of BA's most fetching bars. This basement speakeasy is located within a flower shop with an air of mystery which is probably the reason for its success. Business people, expats, artists, hipsters, both local and foreign, gather here for the excellent cocktails, delicious tapas and main dishes cooked on the parrilla grill. If you are a gin lover, owner Renato Giovannonni produces and sells his own brand, Príncipe de los Apóstoles, infused with mint, grapefruit, eucalyptus and yerba mate. Reserve ahead for dinner. Arroyo 872. Tel. 4313-6093. Recoleta.
- Frank’s: With one of the most uncommon entrance policies (first, you should enter a phone booth and then a secret code), a boutique stocking erotic accessories and décor items to a private gentlemen's club, this speakeasy is destined to impress. Request us the password in order to be let in, this changes weekly. Arévalo 1443. Tel. 4051-0226. Palermo Hollywood.
- Victoria Brown: Hidden behind a large draped door inside a captivating coffee shop, this speakeasy serves up exquisite food and high-quality and tasty cocktails. It is a trendy place so dress up and come early to get a sofa or a booth. The industrial-décor ambience is gorgeous and refined and even the bathroom fittings are stylish and creative. Reserve ahead for dinner. Costa Rica 4827. Tel. 4831-0831. Palermo Soho.
- Basa: This fashionable, elegant and upper-class restaurant creates the right atmosphere with open spaces, dim lighting and lounge-y sofas. Have a look at the cocktail list –Moscow Mule is highly recommended especially in warm days. Basa isn't cheap so drop by during happy hours (starting at 7 pm on weekdays, 8 pm on weekends) for drink specials. It offers a diversity of good dishes and DJs provide the sounds on weekends. Basavilbaso 1328. Tel. 4893-9444. Downtown, Plaza San Martin.
- Doppelganger: This cool and pleasant corner bar is one of the only places you'll find in BA to sip a perfectly mixed Martini. The reason: Doppelgänger specializes in vermouth cocktails. It has a quiet atmosphere and a delightful and extensive menu: start with the journalist, a Martini with a bitter orange juice touch, or go for Don Draper, the bar's bestseller –an old-fashioned. Av. Juan de Garay 500. Tel. 4300-0201. San Telmo.
- 878: This was one of the first closed door speakeasies in the city since it opened its doors. 878 is a buzzing and animated drinking hole and has been part of first dates and hookups thanks to the consumption of all kinds of excellent cocktails. Pineral, Hesperidina, Cynar and Fernet are traditional drinks that honor the city's aperitivo culture. Thames 878. Tel. 4773-1098. Palermo Soho.
- Puerta Uno: A hidden bar located in Chinatown, behind a discreet black door, and it may happen you think you are in the wrong place. Once inside, the dimmed lighting, loud music and open-air patios make this venue a cheerful and enjoyable nightspot. It's not exactly a well-kept secret, but the great selection of drinks and cocktails make it totally worth checking it out. Juramento 1667. Tel. 4706-1522. Belgrano.
- Milion: It is, no doubt, the most exquisite and charming bar in Buenos Ares. Million has been at the top of the bars for the last 12 years and still overwhelms its competitors. Though it maintains its original extravagant design, the classic architecture is delicately offset by vanguard art displays and projected visuals harmonizing the space with its new and style-conscious clients. The stars of the show at Milion are the cocktails rather than the food, but if your intention is to eat, try and grab a table on the wonderful terrace under the stars. Paraná 1048. Tel. 4815-9925. Recoleta.
- Antares: Ale-lovers celebrate: this place is a shelter for beer fans craving a good pint and those with an audacious nature that might even try something different. Antares's aim is to introduce customers to the pleasures of its assorted brews. There are seven varieties to try, including Scotch ale, honey beer and cream stout, with an eighth "brewmaster" special edition beer, which changes every three to four months. Food is mostly hearty Bavarian fare, but also includes tapas, platters and main courses using the house beers. There are several branches. The main one is located in Palermo Soho. Armenia 1447. Tel. 4833-9611. Palermo Soho.
- Soria: The combination of a haven-like garden environment, ambient lighting, good music and buena onda staff make Soria a summer favorite. This homey watering hole will make you feel as relaxed as if you were at your bohemian friend's backyard. The finger-licking squids complement perfectly with the fairly priced house drinks while promising DJs spin their stuff for a horde of dapper twenty somethings. Gorriti 5151. Tel. 4832-1745. Palermo Soho.
Out of Town
Bored with city life? Do something different, get out of town and within no time you can be riding with the gauchos at a traditional Estancia or boating down the Rio de la Plata and its canals.
Organized tours available for all of the above. Ask for details.
- San Antonio de Areco: Located in the north of Buenos Aires Province and just an hour away from the city, it welcomes many day-tripping Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) who are willing to enjoy of its peaceful ambience and picturesque colonial streets. The town dates from the early 18th century and maintains the traditions of the gaucho and criollo (people of pure Spanish descent born in the New World). Villagers are mainly handicraftsmen devoted to the production of silverwork and saddlery. Gauchos from all over the pampas come to the town to celebrate November's Día de la Tradición (Tradition Day). You can see them and their horses showing off across the cobbled streets in elegant finery.
- Tigre and Delta: The city of Tigre is located at about 35 km north of BA and the surrounding Delta area is one of the most popular weekend breaks for exhausted porteños. Latte-colored waters –rich with iron from the jungle streams flowing from inland South America– will barely remind you of a blue paradise. Anyway, there are hidden gems in this marshy land. While sailing across the Delta you can have a watch at local houses built on stilts and colonial residences. Throughout the area you can find a large number of lodgings which make gateway complete. Kayaking, wakeboarding, canoeing and sculling are some of the water activities you can practice in this extraordinary and unique place.
- Polo Day: Experience first hand the sport and culture of Polo on this full-day adventure. Visit an upscale country estancia to learn more about the game. Watch a dynamic match and, if you're so inspired, give it a shot yourself. Take a lesson tailored to your experience from a professional player. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional barbecue including local wine, explore the grounds of the estancia and/or relax by the pool before you return to the city.
- Colonia: Situated on the east bank of the Río de la Plata, only one hour ferry trip away from Buenos Aires, Colonia is an irresistibly picturesque town enshrined as a Unesco World Heritage site. Its Barrio Histórico, an irregular collection of cobblestone streets, occupies a small peninsula jutting into the river. Pretty rows of sycamore trees offer protection from the summer heat, and the riverfront provides a venue for spectacular sunsets. Colonia's charm and its proximity to Buenos Aires draw thousands of visitors; on weekends, especially in summer.
- Golf: Within a 45 minute drive, there are several world class Golf courses for you to play the day away! From the oldest course in Argentina to the course that hosted the recent Argentine Open, courses to suit all standards of player are literally on your doorstep.
Grand Streets of BA
Make sure you pack comfortable shoes. Boasting the widest street in the world to the tree lined splendor of Av. Alvear, BA is a great city to explore on foot.
- Av. Alvear: One of the most chic and exclusive Avenues in Buenos Aires. Alvear Avenue is located in Recoleta and it is famous for its palaces and superb architecture throughout its seven blocks. Elegant and sophisticated, clothing brands such as Valentino, Armani, Hermés and Polo Ralph Lauren used to have their show-rooms in this Avenue. Some of them had to close and leave the country due to import restrictions.
- Av. de Mayo: This Avenue connects Plaza de Mayo with the Congress and is home to innumerable famous buildings and exceptional architecture –just to mention a few: Palacio Barolo and Café Tortoni. Plaza de Mayo is still the main spot where protests, demonstrations and celebrations take place.
- Calle Corrientes: If your attention is focused on theater, a visit to Avenida Corrientes, the Porteño version of Broadway, is a must. Famous shows are performed at theaters such as Teatro Opera (Corrientes 860) and Teatro Gran Rex (Corrientes 857). Calle Corrientes also homes some of the most typical pizza places in town: Guerrín and Las Cuartetas.
- 9 de Julio: Argentina's Independence Day is honored by the widest avenue in the world. You need patience to cross its 16 lanes and obey several traffic lights to reach the opposite side. The Obelisco, the city's icon, is located at the center of the avenue. The Teatro Colon, one of the city's more representative landmarks, stands out for its beauty here.
- Florida: Located downtown, this pedestrian street is one of the busiest streets in the area and is always crowded with both businessmen and tourists. Florida Street is plentiful of clothing stores, street vendors and currency exchange offices (some official, others not). Two blocks east you may go for a walk across Reconquista street to mingle with workers from the Financial District as they go for lunch and after-office drinks.
- Av. del Libertador: This residential avenue is the closest avenue to the Rio de la Plata. Av. del Libertador with its high rise buildings and wide tree lined streets is the perfect way for enthusiastic walkers to reach downtown. Along the way you will see the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Plaza Francia and Plaza San Martín, just to mention some of the main landmarks.
- Av. Santa Fé: This Avenue, where the locals use to go shopping, provides a fast connection between the northern part of the city –from Palermo to Plaza San Martín– and downtown so you will surely pass across and through it at some point. It is one of the busiest avenues in the city with over 30 bus lines and the Metro Line D.
Just like samba is in Brazil and reggae is in Jamaica, tango is an essential part of the culture in Buenos Aires. No trip is complete without experiencing it first hand.
Organized shows available for the above. Ask for details.
- Rojo Tango: This first-class experience takes place inside the cabaret theater of the high-end, designer Faena Hotel. Watch tango dancers in period costume, with vocalists and a live orchestra adding to the powerhouse show, while attentive staff pour champagne into your glass. Soak up even more Old World opulence with an upgrade to enjoy a 3-course gourmet dinner at a candlelit table.
- Café de Los Angelitos: It’s tango – but also a bit more. Set in an historical coffee house from 1890, formerly frequented by the great Carlos Gardel, the performers dress in top-notch costumes and use interesting props, like drapes and moving walls. The stage is well set up (the musicians are on a different level, out of the way but well in sight) and everyone gets a good view.
This is the place where tango dancers go. They are open to the public for a very small cost. The most known ones are:
- Salón Canning: This large hall offers a variety of different milongas. Especially popular are the Monday and Tuesday night events. A great place to both dance and meet people. Scalabrini Ortiz 1331. Tel. 4832 6753. Palermo Soho.
- La Viruta: These milonga nights take place in an informal community centre. Dancers of all ages joyfully come together for tango with a touch of salsa and even rock'n'roll in case tango gets somewhat dreary. There's also a restaurant and bar. Armenia 1366. Tel. 4774 6357. Palermo Soho.
- La Catedral: The climate at this underground site alternates between post-punk/neo-goth and circus/music hall. Milonga’s with a twist! Sarmiento 4006. Tel. 15 5325 1630. Almagro.
Museums and Galleries
A city with a rich history and a diverse arts scene. Within Buenos Aires’ barrios are a fascinating collection of museums and galleries that showcase the city’s heritage, historical figures and love of the arts.
- MALBA: This modern arts museum built inside glass walls, is one of the most elegant and stylish museums in BA. Eduardo Costantini, a millionaire and philanthropist, displays here his admirable Latin American art collection which includes art works by Argentines Xul Solar and Antonio Berni, and some pieces by Mexicans Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. There is a cinema where you can enjoy a varied catalogue of art-house films. On the ground floor there is a gift shop and gorgeous café too. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415. Palermo Nuevo.
- Museum of Fine Art: It is Argentina's most important National Arts Museum where key works by Benito Quinquela Martin, Xul Solar, Eduardo Sívori and other Argentine artists of the 19th and 20th centuries are displayed. Besides, there are extraordinary art works by European masters such as Cézanne, Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec and Von Gogh. There's also a cinema, concerts and classes. Av. del Libertador 1473. Recoleta.
- Xul Solar: Xul Solar was an impressionist painter, inventor, poet and friend of the brilliant Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. His old mansion was redesigned and transformed into this captivating museum that showcases over 80 of his unique and colorful yet subtle paintings. His Kleesque style includes amazingly themed almost cartoonish figures placed in surreal landscapes. Laprida 1212. Recoleta.
- Centro Cultural Recoleta: As part of the original Franciscan convent and alongside its namesake cemetery and church, this remodeled cultural center houses a diversity of facilities such as art galleries, exhibition halls and a cinema. It also offers events, workshops and courses. It's Museo Participativo de Ciencias is a children's hands-on science museum. Junin 1930. Recoleta.
- National Library: Ernesto Sábato, one of the most prominent Argentine and Latin American writers, among others, has lectured here. The National Library offers different events including workshops, concerts and all kinds of cultural activities. Guided tours are available in English on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm. Bring a photo ID and fill out a form to enter. Aguero 2502. Recoleta.
- Evita Museum: This small museum is a homage to Eva Perón ("Evita" as Argentine people call her), where a large and varied number of her personal belongings and other items are well worth seeing. Among them you will find historical photographs, old posters, videos. Personal memorabilia of the Argentine heroine such as dresses, shoes, handbags, hats and some jewelry are pompously displayed behind glass. Adjacent to the museum there is a beautiful and pleasant restaurant, Museo Evita Restaurant, with an amazingly leafy patio that is perfect for relaxing. Lafinur 2988. Palermo Nuevo.
- Fundacion Proa: Hub of national and international exhibitions, this elegant art museum where local and foreign artists are invited to show is located in La Boca. Its impressive contemporary installations utilize a wide range of media and themes. The rooftop terrace that boasts a view of the Riachuelo, is a perfect and trendy place for relaxing with a drink or snack. Cultural offerings include music concerts, workshops and cinema screenings. Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1929. La Boca.
- Fundacion Fortabat: This wonderful art museum rivaling Palermo's Malba for its avant-garde looks is located at the northern end of Puerto Madero. It shows off the extensive modern and contemporary European and Argentine art collection of businesswoman, art collector and philanthropist Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Argentina's wealthiest woman. There are galleries devoted to two Argentine famous painters, Antonio Berni and Raúl Soldi and works by Dalí, Rodin, Klimt and Chagall. Look for a colorful portrait on Fortabat herself made by Warhol in the family portrait gallery. The building is a creation of steel, glass and concrete. The movable aluminum panels above the glassy ceiling tilt open and close. When open, visitors can enjoy a remarkable view of the city skyline. Olga Cossettini 141. Puerto Madero.
- Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Mamba): This roomy and multistory museum is housed in a recycled tobacco warehouse. It shows off the works of most of Argentine contemporary artists. Exhibitions showcase everything from photography to industrial design and from figurative to conceptual art. There is also an auditorium and gift shop. Av. San Juan 350. San Telmo.
- National Museum of Decorative Art: It is housed in the impressive beaux-arts mansion called Residencia Errázuriz Alvear, once the residence of prominent members of Argentine high society, Chilean aristocrat Matías Errazuriz and Josefina de Alvear, granddaughter of Argentine independence leader. The museum now displays many of their exclusive belongings. Enormous and beautiful Corinthian columns in the façade and a luxurious marble staircase inspired by the Palace of Versailles are noteworthy features of its marvelous architecture. You can also admire a carved wooden ceiling, stained-glass panels and a huge stone chimney. Everything from renaissance religious paintings and porcelain dishes to Italian sculptures and period furniture was owned by Errázuriz. Artworks by El Greco, Manet and Rodin are carefully displayed throughout the museum. There's a pleasant and enchanting café outside. Guided tours in English are available Tuesday thru Saturday at 2.30pm. Av. del Libertador 1902. Recoleta.
- Museo Sívori: The museum takes its name from an Italian-Argentine painter who studied in Europe. It is located in a green space, within 3 de Febrero Park and close to Palermo's Rose Gardens. This modern museum of Argentine art has open spaces where frequent and diverse exhibitions take place. Sivori's Parisian works reflect European themes but subsequent works returned to Argentine motifs, mainly related to rural life on the Pampas. Works from other notorious Argentine artists such as Benito Quinquela Martin, Antonio Berni and Fernando Fader are displayed here. There's a sculpture garden and a flossy café on the premises. Workshops, concerts, courses and theater are offered every now and then. Av. Infanta Isabel 555. Palermo Nuevo.
Parks and Plazas
A city with so many open spaces and plazas. For all its high-rise buildings and traffic-filled streets, Buenos Aires boasts plenty of green areas ideal for escaping the bustle of city life and waiting for you to explore.
- Plaza de Mayo: The Plaza de Mayo is the symbolic heart of Buenos Aires and a welcome open air space. Today, the city's commercial and administrative hub where political mass meetings and manifestations take place. The plaza is dominated by the famous Casa Rosada and it is surrounded by soaring palm trees. To the south, begins the broad boulevard of Avenida de Mayo.
- Plaza San Martín: Located in the prominent Retiro neighborhood, Plaza San Martín is well-known for its elegant buildings, many of which were designed by French and Italian architects. Surrounding the plaza are the famous Círculo Militar, Palacio San Martín, Plaza Hotel and Kavanagh building, a residential art-deco style skyscraper that was, for a time, the tallest building in South America. The plaza, with its grassy lawns and tree lined avenues is a fashionable outdoor leisure spot for both locals and visitors.
- Plaza Francia: Facing the Recoleta Cemetery and surrounded by French style buildings, this green and leafy plaza is a favorite gathering place for locals. On sunny weekend afternoons, its craft fair is full of artisans selling jewelry and other handmade items as well as outdoor performers and street artists.
- Jardín Japonés: These placid and carefully maintained gardens were created in 1967 as a donation to the city by the Japanese community. The area is surrounded by beautiful man-made islands and lakes crossed by pretty red wooden bridges. The gardens are plentiful of flora species including gingko and black pines. Koi carps swim lazily in the lakes and ducks prowl all over the gardens. In the background, a pagoda houses a tea room and a Japanese restaurant. A small entrance fee is charged for the gardens.
- Plaza Serrano: The official name of this plaza is Plaza Julio Cortázar. Plaza Serrano is the bohemian heart of the fashionable area known as Palermo Soho. The plaza is surrounded by numerous restaurants and bars serving international cuisine.
- Botanical Gardens: The city's most remarkable and elegant garden opened in 1898 and was designed by Carlos Thays, a famous French architect. He lived in a tudor-style house inside the garden while he was Director of Parks. Over 5.5 thousand species of plants and trees from all over the world cover the 17 acres site. The garden has 5 greenhouses and the most important was shipped over from Paris after the 1900 World's Fair and it is designed in an Art Nouveau style.
- Plaza Armenia: This square in Palermo Soho is surrounded by a profusion of restaurants and bars overlooking the park. Its large variety of choices goes from the popular steak to speakeasies and weekend market. Popular meeting point for both locals and tourists.
- Rosedal: El Rosedal, also known as the Palermo Rose Garden, is part of Buenos Aires' Cultural Heritage and is the most visited place in 3 de Febrero Park. Designed by landscape artist Carlos Thays, the Rosedal is filled with roses in bloom spreading their fragrances throughout the gardens. It has a huge dock, brick-colored walkways, fountains and green wooden benches to sit on and admire the magnificent and delightful scenery.
Concerts and Events
Always something new and cool in town. From Cirque du Soleil to Rolling Stones, Paul Mc Cartney to Polo Open. BA rocks in more ways than one!
Always something new and cool in town. From Cirque du Soleil to Rolling Stones, Paul Mc Cartney to Polo Open. BA rocks in more ways than one! Tickets as always are hard to come by, demand is strong, but our local presence and contacts will assure your spot in the arena! Feel free to contact us for details here
Don’t forget your Credit Card... you might just need it. Boutique shops sit alongside classic leather good stores in seamless fashion.
Shopping Streets and Areas:
- Palermo Soho: The area has a profusion of boutiques and shops and you will find that most of the local brands have a branch in Palermo Soho. Besides, lots of independent designers have settled their showrooms here. A special place for those looking for handmade items and unique garments.
- Aguirre Street: This street is located just a few blocks away from Palermo Soho and it is filled with local brands at a discounted price. It is not open on Sundays.
- Florida Street: This busy street hosts a diversity of shops, especially leather goods and souvenirs shops.
There are several Shopping Malls located at different points throughout the city. They usually open at 10 am and close at 10 pm, although a few of them might close an hour earlier. Some of the most visited ones are:
- Patio Bullrich: The most gorgeous and sumptuous of all BA's malls. It was formerly the city's meat auction house. Stylish and up-market, it is home to many local and international exclusive and sophisticated stores. Avenida del Libertador 750 / Posadas 1245. Recoleta.
- Paseo Alcorta: The exclusive Paseo Alcorta Shopping is often considered as BA's most attractive mall. The facilities house a huge hypermarket and quality clothing shops, both international and local. Jerónimo Salguero 3172. Palermo Nuevo.
- Galerías Pacífico: This mall stands out for its wonderful building decorated with frescos by five argentine muralists. Famous trademarks such as Timberland, Lacoste, etc., along with jewelers Swarovski and other local retail stars can be found here. Av. Córdoba and Florida. Downtown.
- Alto Palermo: It is one of the most animated, popular and well located malls in the city. Alto Palermo houses many of Argentina's top chain stores. People who feel uncomfortable in closed or tight spaces can run away from the mass of shoppers that come and go and relax in one of the many cafés upstairs. Av. Santa Fé 3253, and Coronel Díaz. Palermo Soho.
- El Solar de la Abadía: This shopping mall was built in what was and old manufacturing complex and retains an industrial fee. It was completely remodeled in 1995 and is located in the heart of Las Cañitas at a short distance from Palermo. It houses a mix of stores to satisfy all tastes and ages. Av. Luis María Campos 950. Las Cañitas.
- Distrito Arcos: The old building of a railway site was fully refurbished to house this shopping mall. It is defined as an open space commercial concept. The commercial promenade is enriched with green areas and trees. This selected Outlet offers a different shopping experience and you can find here last season's must-have items. Paraguay 4979. Palermo Soho.
- Abasto: It was originally a fruit market and was later converted into one of the foremost archetypes of art-deco architecture in the city. It attracts a crowd of teenagers, though there are stores for all tastes and ages. Abasto has a kid's play area, a cinema, a huge food court including a Kosher Mc Donald's (the only one outside Israel). Corrientes 3247. Balvanera.
The actual city that never sleeps, something for every mood when the sun goes down. A true Porteño doesn’t even think about going out before midnight. Make sure you sleep on the plane!
- Rosebar: Honduras 5445. Palermo Soho.
- Crobar: Av. Infanta Isabel & Freyre. Palermo Nuevo.
- Jet: Av. Rafael Obligado 4801. Costanera Norte.
- Asia de Cuba: Olga Cossetini 751. Puerto Madero.
- Brook: Av. Juan B. Justo 1574. Palermo Hollywood.
- Shampoo: Quintana 352. Recoleta.
- Ink: Av. Niceto Vega 5635. Palermo Hollywood.
- Kika: Honduras 5339. Palermo Soho.
- Liv: Juan B. Justo 1658. Palermo Hollywood.
- Museum: Perú 535. San Telmo.
- Tequila: Av. Costanera & La Pampa. Costanera Norte.