Buenos Aires; home of Tango, Evita Peron and succulent food stuffs, as we found out on our most recent trip.
Buenos Aires certainly has a lot of European influence and there is no way you cannot understand why the city is known as ‘The Paris of South America’ after you visit. Wide Boulevards and old European style buildings are evident between numerous other forms of architecture – from the German to the Modernist.
A trip to the city is an exciting one and for a European certainly at times feels close to home, while at others is somewhere distinctly different, depending on the part of the city you’re in. The central area of Microcentre and Recoletta are very European in their manner. However, outer lying areas such as funky Palermo have a downtown New York feel in part.
Palermo is one of the best places for those looking to wine, dine and head out and about and there are innumerable café/bars and great paradillas (steakhouses) in the region, most of which serve some fantastic foods and drinks. If you want coffee, cocktails or meat; then Palermo is the place to go. Beer is okay, though nothing of note and most places serve the inoffensive tasting Quilmes. There are also a range of clubs in the area, however don’t hit them until 2am or afterwards as you won’t see much action before then.
Food is often very meat heavy and veggies may not be overburdened with choice. However, those who enjoy their meat will be delighted. Argentinian steak, sweetbreads and other meat dishes are fantastic – do note portion sizes are large however (a blessing and a curse).
Recoletta is a more upmarket part of the city and home to many of the museums and other sites of the metropolis. Recoletta cemetery is among the top things to do in the city and this is where Evita Peron, still much lauded by the Argentinian people, is buried. The area also houses a number of museums, art galleries and many of the cities amazing parks, including the must see Japanese Gardens.
San Telmo, which is positioned south of Microcentre, the city’s central area is also worth a look, especially on Sunday, when the whole area is a large beautiful market place selling all sorts of wears. There are also a lot of restaurants and bars in this area, making it a great place for tourists. Boca is situated in close proximity and if you’re there during the football season a trip to see Boca Juniors is a must.
Puerto Madera is the regenerated area of the city and hosts much of the more upmarket hotels and restaurants. From high end meat houses, to plush boutique hotels; this is the jet set area and one where a lot of the cities wealthy hang out. It’s definitely worth a visit, though budget dictates where you stay.
Buenos Aires is a wonderful city with a lot to offer and a definite visit if in South America or looking for an interesting place to go.
Cormac Reynolds writes for First Vehicle Leasing a UK contract hire company who provide car leasing. He is an avid traveller and Buenos Aires is among his favourite cities.