As the next installment of our Photo Diary series, we’re revealing where to eat, stay and play in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. Come explore this hot spot, known for its vibrant culture, bursting foodie scene and old world charm blended with a European flair.
WHERE TO EAT
For a traditional Argentine asado in a premier parilla, look no further than Don Julio in Palermo. This well-known Argentinian steakhouse is all about quality, serving grass-fed beef that’s been raised in the nearby countryside. Head here your first night in town. Order the entraña (skirt steak) or the bife de lomo (tenderloin), paired with a Malbec recommended by the owner who just happens to be a sommelier. We’re impressed.
For a “battle of the steaks,” compare your Don Julio cut to a slab from Happening, a trendy spot following all of the “happening” gastronomic trends. Start with the loin carpaccio or the empanadas and go for a T-bone steak as your main course.
Have the meat sweats yet? Take a break from beef and head to La Mar – an innovative, elegant Peruvian spot in Palermo serving up top notch seafood (think fresh ceviche) and native cocktails like the pisco sour.
Indulge in creamy, artisanal Argentinian ice cream with a scoop from Helados Jauja, an ice cream shop using only the freshest ingredients with zero preservatives. We recommend tasting the dulce de leche or the anarangibre (orange and pineapple with caramelized ginger).
WHERE TO STAY
Wake up in the heart of the distinguished Palermo neighborhood at the boutique-style CasaSur Bellini Hotel. After a day of sightseeing and shopping, retreat to your sleek, modern guest room and enjoy a flute of champagne from your kitchenette on your private balcony.
Also within Palermo, in the coveted Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, book a stay at the chic, contemporary CasaSur Palermo Hotel. Each of the property’s 61 rooms reflects the brand’s minimalist design philosophy, showcased by the natural light coming in through the large windows. As if your room’s view wasn’t spectacular enough, did we mention the view from the stylish rooftop terrace that boasts a bar and a barbecue?
Stay at the CasaSur Recoleta Hotel, a cherished and intimate hideaway with just 36 rooms close to Quintana and Alvear Avenues in Recoleta. When you’re not discovering the area’s art galleries and architectural highlights, reset at the CasaSur Spa & Fitness Center, offering a variety of massages and Japanese-therapies.
WHERE TO PLAY
“They say if you come to Buenos Aires and you haven’t danced tango, then you haven’t been to Buenos Aires.” -Emilene Faria
Don’t let this quote ring true for you! Be inspired to get out there and dance by watching a live tango performance in San Telmo at El Viejo Amacén, the home of the traditional tango.
After your tango performance experience, walk across the Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge) in Puerto Madero. Why? This rotating footbridge, designed by the famous Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, was inspired by a couple dancing tango! Think of the bridge and its curve as the woman (hence its name) and the white mast as the man.
If you’re looking for the SoHo of Buenos Aires, it’s Palermo. Shop the boutiques owned by local designers in this artsy district and take in the eclectic, glittery scenery.
Get into the country’s intense sports scene by cheering on the Boca Juniors soccer team at La Bombonera stadium in La Boca – a colorful, energetic neighborhood worth exploring.
– The JG Black Book Team