With its contemporary art museums, concealed basement bars, and fast-evolving food scene, Argentina's capital is the classiest city in Latin America. Here is a rundown of the places to see in Buenos Aires.
What To See
Correo Central post office reopened in 2015 after a lengthy makeover. All activities in this neo-classical Beaux Arts beauty are free. You can enjoy exhibits by renowned local names like conceptual artist Leandro Erlich. There are also opera recitals and tango dance classes on the promenade.
Where To Eat
Nerca or Argentine slang for meat is a home for famous chefs preparing protein-loaded, seven-course banquet at curious venues with lamb and pork to the fore. You can also dine in Proper, which has a mechanic's workshop location, and a self-built wood-burning oven. The place offerings by vibrant culinary duo Leo Lanussol and pastry chef Augusto Mayer are interesting. You can try the restaurant's oven-charred octopus with preserved beans and garlic cream, or oven-roasted artichokes with cashew nut cream and singed lemon. Inspired by the Argentinian fondness for playing with fire, Proper stretches most ingredients the flame treatment while affecting flavors and plating straight into the 21st century.
Where To Drink
Café San Bernardo is a vast Villa Crespo dive bar offering table football, billiards, and darts for $10 an hour. The place is always buzzing and the service is efficient. The place is a perfect port of call for a late-night digestive. The everyday happy hour between 6 pm and 9 pm comprises 60 minutes playing your choice of game, and a half-bottle of red vermouth and a tortilla, for $15, reported, The Guardian.
While Tostadores, The Shelter, and Coffee Town are distinguished new venues, Negro Cueva de Café is one of the best downtowns. It serves Colombian, Ecuadorian and Brazilian beans, and it's tempting pastries include medialunas, which is a local take on a croissant.
Where to Stay
Querido is a cheery seven-room townhouse in Villa Crespo which goes above and beyond the standard B&B's duty, with 300-cotton thread counts and a 24-hour front desk. Querido's fitting location means Palermo Soho is a short wander away, though far enough to evade the late-night hubbub.