Buenos Aires is a magical city. From its tree lined avenues, to its enormous parks, it is a city that enchants in the daytime, and amazes at night. The city itself will remind you of both New York and Paris. The architecture is interesting, and will remind you of an old European capital, but with a population over 15 million, the traffic, people, and varied neighborhoods will remind you of New York.
Buenos Aires boasts both the widest, and longest avenues in the world. 9 de Julio, in the city center, is the widest at about 110 meters wide, but is only about one kilometer in length, while Avenida Rivadavia starts at the Pink House downtown and runs 37 kilometers to the western suburbs of Merlo.
After arriving, the day can be passed wandering the parks of Palermo, attending an art exhibit at one of the dozens of museums, people watching at a sidewalk café downtown, or power shopping on Santa Fe avenue. The fashionable are everywhere, and up-and-coming designers show off their styles in small boutiques and large shopping malls.
Cultural events occur every day of the week and can range from a celebration of Chinese cuisine, to a special concert in the park. No matter the type of activity you like, you can find it. For a taste of the different neighborhoods and their styles, take a free walking tour offered by the city. The tours will take you into the gritty neighborhood of La Boca, home to the famous Boca Jrs, the Bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo with its funky cafes and antique shops, and all the way to the posh neighborhood of Recoleta, home to the tomb of Eva Peron.
Known as “the city that never sleeps”, the night can be spent at one of the many neighborhood bars, eating a gourmet meal, and then going to one of the popular nightclubs that don’t even open until one or two in the morning.
Fast becoming the center of gastronomy in South America, Buenos Aires offers some of the best chefs in the world, and some of the top rated restaurants. Chefs include Francis Mallmann, Leandro Cristóbal, and German Martitegui among many others.
Argentines eat a late dinner, often not until 10 or 11PM, so after a couple hours eating some of the finest steak in the world, head to Palermo where DJ’s from around the world travel to Buenos Aires to spin at giant festivals and the hottest nightclubs.
And that is just the city of Buenos Aires… the rest of Argentina awaits!