BUENOS AIRES | WHERE TO STAY

Algodon Mansion
Montevideo 1647
+1 54 11 3530 7777
The Algodon Mansion is a beautifully restored landmark building with 10 spacious suites that include personalized butler service. Located in the elegant residential neighborhood of Recoleta, staying at the Algodan feels more like luxurious apartment living than clinical hotel stay. The friendly staff, clubby wine bar, tiny rooftop pool and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby will have you feeling like you’re staying at a friend’s stunning home.

Alvear Palace
Av. Alvear 1891
+1 54 11 4808 2100
Opened in 1932, this Buenos Aires institution completed a major renovation a few years ago, adding 15 luxurious rooftop suites, an indoor pool, solarium and stunning roof bar to what was already an incredible hotel. Located in stylish Recoleta neighborhood, it’s a traditional, 5-star hotel complete with top-hatted bellman and white-gloved butlers.

Faena Buenos Aires
Martha Salotti 445
+1 54 11 4010 9000
Located in the dockside Puerto Madero neighborhood, this very cool, terrifically dramatic hotel was designed by famed French architect Philippe Starck. With five sophisticated restaurants and bars (including El Cabaret, home to Rojo Tango, Argentina’s premier tango show), a beautiful adults-only vibe outdoor pool and a full-service spa and gym, this is a spot that provides a tranquil if eclectic oasis from the bustle of the city.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires
1086/88 Posada
+1 54 11 4321 1200
It’s a Four Seasons, so you can expect the classic experience including impeccable service, a buzzy bar, an excellent restaurant with a huge breakfast buffet, outdoor pool and luxurious spa and gym. But this one is in an historic Belle Epoque mansion, so you also get a sense of history and elegance.

Home Hotel
Honduras 5860, Palermo Hollywoo
+1 54 11 4779 1006
This is an intimate design hotel with a hip, cool vibe in the trendy Palermo neighborhood. The lovely, walled garden area holds a small outdoor pool, bar and restaurant that’s a tranquil respite from the busy city. There are several room categories to choose from including two loft apartments that are good options for family or friends traveling together, but make your reservation early as this gem is always booked.

Hub Porteno
Calle Rodriguez Pena 1967
+1 54 11 4815 6100
This intimate boutique hotel (just 11 spacious rooms) centrally located in Recoleta prioritizes warm, personalized service to such an extent that they even offer an Experiences concierge to help curate your time in Buenos Aires.

Palacio Duhau (aka The Park Hyatt)
Avenida Alvear 1661
+1 54 11 5171 1234
The Park Hyatt is grand and gorgeous. It’s a restored historical palace complemented by a modern tower addition that boasts some serious views. It has a similar 5-star experience to the Four Seasons except for the lack of an outdoor pool. Instead, the Park Hyatt offers a large indoor pool in their spa and elaborate, beautiful gardens where you can relax, order a drink and hang out. There are also a few restaurants on site, but our fave is Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca for an afternoon on the terrace.

Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires
Maipú 907
+1 54 11 4316 0800
A refreshing break from opulence, The Pulitzer is more nautical than nightlife with fresh blue and white interiors and a rooftop pool. The rooms, designed by Barcelona’s Contemporain Studio, are small but airy.

BUENOS AIRES | WHERE TO EAT

Café Rivas
Estados Unidos 302, San Telmo
+1 54 114 361 5539
Quaint, picture-perfect café/restaurant that serves food and drinks all day. This is the perfect spot to hit for a glass of wine after a day of shopping at the San Telmo market.

Café Tortoni
Avenido de Mayo 825
+1 54 11 4342 4328
Step back in time at one of the oldest and most beautiful cafés in Buenos Aires. Yes, Café Tortoni is touristy and the food is mediocre, but it’s worth a visit for the atmosphere alone. Inspired by turn of the century Parisian coffee houses, there are mahogany tables, stained glass windows, and walls filled with historical memorabilia. Avoid a meal but go for a coffee break and indulge in the fresh churros served by elegant, tuxedoed waiters.

Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca
A seat on the patio here at lunchtime is nothing short of paradise, so order an Aperol Spritz and take some time to peruse the menu—which will make you very, very happy. I can make it easy for you, though: Just get the Charred Leeks with Black Olive Dust and Egg Soufflé (I promise).

Fervor
Posadas 1519, Recoleta
+1 54 11 4804 4944
This was our favorite steakhouse! It has a buzzy, vibrant ambience, excellent service, and delicious food and wine. The atmosphere is bistro-like with velvet curtains, checkered floors, and leather banquettes. Reservations are a must as this place is popular with tourists and locals alike.

La Cabrera
Cabrera 5099, Palermo
+1 54 114 832 5754
This always packed, classic steakhouse serves enormous portions of beef on wooden boards with a plethora of side dishes. The friendly, old school waiters deliver your steak accompanied by so many sauces, sides, and condiments that you’ll barely be able to fit them on the table. We ate outside on the lovely sidewalk tables, but the inside is equally charming with a cozy, dimly lit atmosphere.

Casa Cavia
Cavia 2985, Palermo
+1 54 114 809 8600

Behind a nondescript door in the tony Palermo Chico section of Buenos Aires lies one of the most gorgeous restaurants you will ever, ever lay your eyes on. No joke. I’m not even sure how to describe it, except to say that your jaw will drop from the sheer, simple beauty of it. Think Elle Décor meets Vogue meets Parisian splendor meets … I don’t even know. Just trust me — it’s good. And the courtyard is a place you’ll enter and never want to leave. Oh, and then there’s the food: Spectacular, varied and not at all obvious. The star here was the Quinoa with Mushrooms, Arugula, and Goat Cheese — much like the kitchen in which it was made, this dish makes simplicity taste indulgent.

Las Pizzaras Bistro
Thames 2296
+54 11 4775-0625

Pizzaras means chalkboards in English, so it’s no surprise that the menu — which changes almost daily — is written on chalkboards that cover the walls of this incredibly simple yet inventive Palermo Soho spot. There are an insane number of veggie dishes to choose from, but our favorite of the night was the Arugula and Radicchio Salad with almonds, pomegranate, and apricots.

Ninina
MALBA, Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4832-0070
Leave it to Buenos Aires to not only build the coolest-looking modern art museum (that would be the Museo de Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires, better known as MALBA), but to also include a café that is much more than your average museum quick-serve spot. In fact, Ninina is a restaurant all on its own; the vibe is laid-back cool, with a side patio that will have you drinking more Aperol at lunch than you may have intended.

Parrilla Don Julio
Guatemala 4691, Palermo Soho
+1 54 11 4832 6058

This traditional, old school Argentine grill has served some of the best beef in Buenos Aires for over 20 years. Complimentary champagne and delicious empanadas make waiting in line for a table festive. Once seated you’ll receive outstanding service and top-notch food from experienced waiters. At the end of the meal you can sign your winebottle to add to their walls of wine bottles finished by happy customers.

Proper
1676 Araoz
+1 54 11 4831 0027
Proper is the new-ish, super hipster, tapas-y spot located in an old mechanic’s garage. No surprise, then, that the service is somewhat Williamsburg-y and with a lineup of ingredients you’d definitely encounter in Brooklyn. There were a handful of standouts here, but for me it was all about the Grilled Corn with cashew cream, watercress and grapes.

Sotto Voce
Libertador 1098
+1 54 11 4807 6691
When you’ve overdone it on the steakhouses, take a break at this delicious Italian spot that was highly recommended by an Argentine friend. The food (we loved the homemade pasta!), service and wine were outstanding and we sat upstairs which made for great people watching over the chic, mainly local, crowd dining below us.

Uco
Hotel Fierro
Soler 5862
+1 54 11 322 0682

Located inside teeny boutique Hotel Fierro in Palermo Soho, Uco is one of the only restaurants in this ‘hood to offer a totally secluded outdoor courtyard — which is perfectly perfect. The food is straightforward and delish, and the Burrata (with roasted eggplant and oven-dried tomatoes) was smoky, creamy, and surprisingly filling.

BUENOS AIRES | WHAT TO DO

Casa Rosada
Plaza de Mayo
+1 54 11 4344 3804

The pink-hued presidential palace houses the Argentine president’s offices, but perhaps is most famous as the site where Evita Peron addressed her crowds of supporters from the balcony. Free guided tours are given on weekends and need to be booked in advance. When you visit Casa Rosada be sure to spend time wandering around the beautiful Plaza de Maya where Argentines gather in protest and celebration.

El Zanjon de Granados
Defensa 755 1065 Ciudad
+1 54 11 4361 3002
These archeological ruins, dating back to the city’s earliest settlements in the 1500’s, were discovered in 1986 under an historical mansion. After a meticulous restoration, El Zanjon opened as a private museum where you can tour the actual network of underground tunnels and see the artifacts found during the restoration.

Estadio Boca Juniors
Brandsen 805
+1 54 11 4309 4700

Portenos are intensely passionate in their love for soccer (futbol) and it’s worth catching a game at Estadio Boca Juniors to experience the intensity of the fans alone. The official season goes from February until November but a summer season takes its place so soccer never really stops in B.A.

Eva Peron Museum
Lafinur 2988
+1 54 11 4807 0306

Housed in a stunning 1923 mansion, the Museo Evita is a tribute to the life of Argentina’s iconic heroine and first lady. Filled with historical photos, videos and memorabilia, as well as a stunning collection of her designer wardrobe including dresses, shoes, handbags and hats. The museum gives perspective charting Evita’s rise to fame from humble beginnings, her championing of rights for women and workers, and the political and social evolution of Argentina during her lifetime.

La Boca and Caminito
Wander around these dockside neighborhoods and colorful streets filled with live musicians, street artists, tango dancers and touristy shops. La Boca is a former slum with colorful tenements and houses painted in vibrant colors. It’s safest and best seen in the daytime.

La Bomba de Tiempo
Ciudad Cultural Konax, 3131 Sarmiento
La Bomba de Tiempo is a truly unique musical performance with improvisational percussion music and dancing. The weekly drum jam is performed on Mondays in a warehouse-like space where you’ll stand – and dance – the entire time. The crowd is a mix of locals and tourists all there for a dance party that can’t be missed! Note: Only 18 and over.

MALBA
Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
+1 54 115 288 9900
A stunning collection of European and Latin American art from the early 20th century to the present. The beautiful, modern space showcases the works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and many other Argentinian masters.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
+1 54 115 288 9900

Aside from the largest collection of 19th and 20th century Argentine art, this important museum also houses a large collection of European masters like Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso.

Recoleta Cemetary
Junin 1760, Recoleta
+1 54 114 803 1594
The tomb of Eva Peron is located here as well as many other Argentinian past presidents, military heroes and dignitaries. Over 5000 uniquely designed tombs and mausoleums are arranged on little streets like a mini city of the dead. Sounds gruesome, but it’s actually a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon.

Teatro Colon
Pasaje Toscanini 1180
+ 1 54 11 4378 7100
Completed in 1908, the Teatro Colon is one of the world’s most beautiful opera theaters and is an important part of Argentine history. Get tickets to an opera or ballet so you can experience the auditorium’s legendary acoustics and elegant design. But if that’s not an option then take a guided tour to see the majesty of this gorgeous theater.

Tango, obviously

Bar Sur Tango
299 Estados Unidos, San Telmo
+1 54 11 4362 6086

Argentina is known for the tango and offers lots of options to see different styles and interpretations of the sensual dance. Bar Sur Tango offers a casual way to see authentic tango without being at a staged performance. Pay a cover charge and you can have drinks, watch tango and stay as long as you want.

Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel
445 Martha Salotti, Buenos Aires
+1 54 11 4952 4111
See this swanky, elaborate cabaret show complete with a 10-piece orchestra and professional tango dancers performing nightly at the Faena Hotel. This experience is more like a Broadway show in terms of performance (with delicious food and wine), but is a great way to get the whole history of tango.

BUENOS AIRES | WHAT TO BUY

Calzados Correa
Mario Bravo 750
+1 54 11 4861 7344

This is THE place for quality leather shoes that have been handmade by skilled artisans since 1955. In addition to the made-to-measure shoes, they also have a curated collection of gorgeous, pre-made leather items.

Casa Cavia
Cavia 2985, Palermo Chico
+1 54 11 4801 9693
We’ll insist you have lunch here (see Where to Eat in Buenos Aires), so after you’re done with your perfect meal on the the patio, head inside to one of the coolest concept stores ever. A flower shop, a bookstore, a perfumer and a patisserie all curated by founder Guadalupe Garcia.

Dubie
Républica de la India 3139, Palermo
+ 1 54 11 4807 3890
Agustina Dubié spent some time in London designing for Nicolas Kirkwood and Roksanda before heading home to set up shop in BA. Her styles are definitely more cutting edge than conservative, but everything looks amazing on. Don’t miss her coats and her newly launched selection of shoes as well.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta
+1 54 11 4813 6052
This stunning theater from 1919 has been transformed into one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Jaw dropping original details like the stage, balcony and ceiling frescoes remain intact, and when you’re done browsing for books you can sip tea on the historic theater stage.

Enseres
El Salvador 5986, Palermo Hollywood
+1 54 11 4776 0409
If you like Pinterest and interiors, then Enseres is your Mecca. Owned by a super chic couple, the housewares all come with a recipe and the space is worth seeing even if you’re not in the market to buy.

Galeria Patio del Liceo
Santa Fe 2729, Barrio NorteCavia 2985, Palermo Chico, Buenos Aires
Telephone: +54 11 4801 9693
Galeria Patio del Liceo is a collection of eclectic, local boutiques and galleries that share space around a courtyard. Many of the spaces function as workshops for the artisans and you can often watch the designers at work.

Palermo Soho 
Head to the super chic neighborhood of Palermo Soho packed with hip boutiques, galleries, cafés and heladerias (ice cream parlors). Buenos Aires’ coolest boutiques are here, from clothing stores to bookstores and home design shops.

San Telmo Flea Market
Calle Defensa, Humberto
+1 54 11 3181 5188
The antique market at San Telmo is held every Sunday in one of the oldest neighborhoods in B.A. Stroll the charming cobblestoned streets lined with antique shops and stalls, listen to live music, and watch tango dancers performing on the streets at this always lively street fair.