is a large city, and best explored barrio by barrio
to soak up the different characters of each unique district"
- Demelza Birtchnell
at the mouth of the River Plate, Buenos Aires has tempted
many a passing empire. Thankfully, the city has not only
managed to survive these frequent incursions but has thrived
upon the layering of new and old traditions and cultural
Buenos Aires exudes an air of indifferent sophistication.
With a history of British, Spanish, Portuguese and indigenous
South American influences, its architectural heritage is
as rich and varied as the Porteños themselves. From
the vibrant and colourful tumbledown buildings of working-class
La Boca, to the elegant monied barrios of Recoleta and Palermo,
and the gentrified industrial area of Puerto Madero, with
its wonderful restaurant scene, Buenos Aires has no equal.
Avenida 9 de Julio,
the InterContinental Buenos Aires is walking distance to many
attracts and sights in the Old Town, as well as the financial
district and the famous Calle Florida shopping precinct. Read
more about the Hotel InterContinental
choice of hotel is the centrally located Hotel InterContinental.
Located in historic Montserrat on the edge of Buenos
Aires’ compact Microcentro, the hotel is ideally
situated to experience the best that Buenos Aires
has to offer. Only one block from Buenos Aires’
main avenue, and the world’s widest,
Aires is a large city, and best explored barrio by barrio
to soak up the different characters of each unique district.
On weekends in particular, it is a pleasure to simply stroll
through the city’s parks and squares, enlivened by
markets, and watch life in the city unfold. Visitors can
navigate the city by subway, noting the lovely heritage
tiling in some stations, or bus, although we found it a
major annoyance that you must pay for public transportation
only with the scarce one peso coin. For this reason, it’s
often easier to jump into a reasonably priced radio taxis
to get you to your next stop. For details on what’s
on around Buenos Aires during your visit, it is recommended
that you pick up a copy of the free entertainment and dining
guide, Buenos Aires Day & Night, which also gives a
brief informative history of each district.
are a few ideas to get you started on your adventure!
Buenos Aires is the epicentre of Tango and during your stay
in the city, you must experience this passionate and dramatic
dance, whether you pause to watch impromptu street dancing
on Sundays, visit a milonga or dance hall, attend a formal
tango dinner show, or better yet, take your partner along
to a lesson! There are many shows to choose from, some combining
lessons with a show, followed by the opportunity to test
out your new skills on the dancefloor, so ask your hotel
for a recommendation.
you explore the neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, you’ll
catch the tantalising and characteristic smell of
meat cooking over a wood-fired grill. Mid-morning,
restaurants all over the city begin stoking some of
the largest indoor grills you’ll ever see, ready
to lovingly sear and sizzle all manner of carnivorous
treats come lunchtime! Parilla refers to the famous
Argentinean mixed grill, but do beware, a typical
parilla includes a generous portion of offal. If this
isn’t to your taste, you can also typically
choose from a long list of a la carte options, cooked
to for maximum flavour on the wood or charcoal fired
grill. Make sure you try one of the thickest, juiciest
cuts of steak, bife de chorizo, and do try to resist
ordering it well done!
explore the neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, you’ll
catch the tantalising and characteristic smell of meat cooking
over a wood-fired grill. Mid-morning, restaurants all over
the city begin stoking some of the largest indoor grills
you’ll ever see, ready to lovingly sear and sizzle
all manner of carnivorous treats come lunchtime! Parilla
refers to the famous Argentinean mixed grill, but do beware,
a typical parilla includes a generous portion of offal.
If this isn’t to your taste, you can also typically
choose from a long list of a la carte options, cooked to
for maximum flavour on the wood or charcoal fired grill.
Make sure you try one of the thickest, juiciest cuts of
steak, bife de chorizo, and do try to resist ordering it
Argentineans love their carne, and it’s no surprise
that they produce some of the New World’s most renowned
red wines to complement. Buenos Aires boasts many lovely
boutique wine shops where you can choose a bottle or three
of delicious red to enjoy at the end of a long day’s
sightseeing, or take home to add to the cellar. Just remember
that you’ll probably have to put your faith in the
baggage handlers and check-in your wine due to airline security
restrictions. Alternatively, many wine shops offer free
international delivery with a minimum purchases amount.
Try a bottle of Malbec, a variety produced in nearby Mendoza.
Try our Argentinian
wine matching with Ceviche
Regular visitors to European museums risk being under whelmed
by many art museums in South America, with their small collections,
and Spanish-only labelling. Buenos Aires does have a couple
of notable exceptions. I really enjoyed the Museo Nacional
de Bellas Artes, with its varied collection of historical
and modern European and Argentinean art and objects.
worth your time is the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano
de Buenos Aires, a relatively new private non-profit
institution with collection and temporary shows devoted
to contemporary art from Latin America. Exhibitions
are presented to a high standard, and accompanied
by well translated interpretive material in English.
The museum is housed in a lovely light modern building,
with a pleasant terrace café perfect for a
post-museum cappuccino or light lunch.
Buenos Aires is a delight for shoppers with international
and local designer brands at excellent prices. To further
increase the value, tourists can also take advantage of
the tax-free refund scheme when shopping for Argentinean-made
products. Visit one of Buenos Aires’ five centrally
located and well serviced shopping malls, including the
modern Alto Palermo, with 150 stores featuring the latest
fashion trends, or Patio Bullrich, a beautiful example of
neoclassical architecture with 84 stores, less than 10 minutes
is South America’s most popular pastime, and
no visit to Buenos Aires would be truly complete
without the opportunity to experience the passionate
spectacle of a match featuring the Boca Juniors
in their home stadium, La Bombonera. The world renowned
team has won a host of international titles, and
launched the successful European careers of many
outstanding players such as Hugo Ibarra, Diego Maradona,
and Carlos Tevez. See if you can pick the next generation
of European superstars!
an authentic grass-roots experience watching the game amongst
its most avid fans, it’s easy to purchase tickets
at the stadium on match days. These unreserved tickets don’t
offer the closest view of the match, however, and the section
can be crowded. Arrive late and you may have to stand! For
a more relaxed experience which will allow you to sit back
and enjoy the show, most hotels can arrange all inclusive
match day tours, which include return hotel transfers, tickets,
and a bi-lingual guide to accompany your group.