A Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

15Mar15

Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of Latin America and this influence is obvious in its architecture. There was even a period when building materials were brought from Europe to replicate its charm and grandeur. The weather is beautiful (sunny and 30 degrees C / 86F in March), the food is fresh and delicious, the people are equally warm and friendly and there’s an intangible buzz in the city. This place is known for steak, leather goods and polo so make sure you fit in at least one of those while you’re here! Whilst it’s advisable to visit this city when you have at least a week to explore it properly, it turns out that this is even feasible as a long weekend trip from afar.

STAY & VISIT: At Hub Porteño, a little boutique hotel in the Recoleta neighborhood which is easily accessible to the Palacio Duhau to see the gardens, the Four Seasons hotel for their ‘after office’ drinks by the pool complete with DJ and the glamorous set, and Eva Peron’s grave. The staff is always on hand to make sure your needs are catered to. Don’t miss the yogurt mousse at breakfast, it’s light and full of flavor. Conde Nast Traveller even selected Hub Porteño for its hot list in 2013

Hub Porteño

Hub Porteño

Palacio Duhau

Palacio Duhau

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

TOUR:
If you’re short on time booking a tour online such as this one from viator.com can give you a brief overview of the city and its history. The time spent in La Boca could have been shorter but it was otherwise interesting and the staff are very helpful. The hotel pickup was convenient too.
SHOP & EAT:
Cardon in Recoleta has typical gaucho attire among other items such as leather bags. A little boutique called Redondo Frydman has beautiful soft leather (and even some fur) women’s clothing and accessories.
Palermo Soho which has cobblestoned tree-lined quiet streets oozing with charm that reminds you of everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Chocolate on Honduras 4928 has classic high quality women’s clothing, while Broer enfants does the same for kids clothing (Honduras 4839). MONEY TIP* Bring USD – in most stores they let you pay with USD at the unofficial exchange rate which is more advantageous than the official one.

Palermo

Palermo

Palermo

If you want to rest your tired feet, stop in Farinelli for their fresh, healthy foods and decadent desserts.
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Farinelli

Franelli

Farinelli

AND EAT SOME MORE…
Basa is trendy, fun, and the food is incredible. You can’t go wrong with the burrata starter or the dulce de leche panqueque for dessert. 
Basa

Basa

La Mar just opened in Buenos Aires on Arevalo 2024 and is the place to go for ceviche. Sit outside on the terrace and take in the ambience.
La Mar

La Mar

The cafe at Malba otherwise known as the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is lovely and the carpaccio is recommended but definitely make sure you get a spot in the shade if you’re on the terrace!
For lunch sit outside at Primafila at the Terrazas de Buenos Aires Design and order a lomo a la parrilla (filet steak).
Primafila

Primafila

For arguably the best steak in the city order the rib-eye or ojo de bife at Elena. It comes with a chimichurri sauce and just melts in your mouth. Try the empanadas here too.
Elena

Elena

Elena

Elena

As always, have a great trip!
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3 Responses to “A Long Weekend in Buenos Aires”

  1. You’ve made me want to go! 🙂

  2. Now I want to go! 🙂

  3. 3 Yongja Kim

    You are the best travel guide in the world!!!


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