Argentina’s most inhabited city, Buenos Aires, is booming in the tourism industry, and at times is referred to as the “Paris of South America”. The name is a reflection of everything this city has to offer for everyone from all over the world.
Founded in 1536, Buenos Aires has grown so immensely that there are now tons of ethnic and religious groups throughout who speak multiple languages outside of Spanish, making it one of the most diverse cities in Americas. And with such a huge influx of immigrants, the city has so much to offer when it comes to activities, experiences and of course, food. So for those of you heading to Buenos Aires, these are a few places we recommend you add to your list of things to do and see.
Start your morning off at one of the most eye-catching cafés you will ever see in the entire world. Café Tortoni has been around since 1858 and has welcomed a variety of well-known people including Borges and Albert Einstein. The inside features late 19th-century decor that continues to stand the test of time.
The lowest level of Café Tortoni has a large space where you can catch a jazz performance, a dance show such as tango, and poetry readings. It a hot spot for locals and tourist alike, so go ahead, grab a coffee and enjoy a break before you embark on your next site.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Do you love reading, especially from a real book you can hold in your hand? Then you must check out El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires. It’s one of the most gorgeous bookstores in the world. The bookstore was originally a theatre that opened in 1919, and where the seats and stalls once were, now are bookshelves full of endless books. There are even small spaces where you can sit down and do some heavy or light reading. Most books are in Spanish, however, there are many English books to choose from as well.
After some coffee and reading, make your way to Palermo Soho, a fun and hip district in Buenos Aires full of bars, eateries, shops and more cafés. Just walking around the area is picturesque, with buildings painted in bright colors, streets made of cobblestone and lined with trees, and market stalls where you can shop for a gift for yourself or someone back home. It’s hipster yet old-fashioned, and a great area to spend the afternoon in.
Another great district to spend some time wandering around in is San Telmo, which is also the oldest part of the city. Just like Palermo Soho, San Telmo offers bars, dining spots, street murals, shops selling antiques, museum, churches, and buildings that date back to the 19th century. If you love art, you will enjoy this neighborhood as there are several art centers that have opened up recently.
Once you’ve had a day full of activities, end the night at Casa Coupage, the ultimate restaurant for those who love to dine and pair each dish with specific wine(s). The restaurant serves modern Argentinian food throughout an eight-course menu, which can including a variety of dishes that change every so often. Some delicious examples include breaded rolls of eggplants Caprese with arugula pesto, brochette of prawns with grilled vegetables and lavender syrup, and lamb sirloin with black rice, chocolate and tamarind sauce, and roasted tomatoes. During your meal, sommeliers will guide you through the entire wine pairing experience. It’s the perfect place for a date.
Buenos Aires is full of activities, sites, and eateries that are an absolute must next time you’re visiting this gorgeous city, and our hope is that you will check out at least one of the above!
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