Buenos Aires Beyond the Guidebook

Last week, Jenny S. shared some great packing tips on how to tackle a 10-day trip to South America with only a carryon. This week, she shares some of the highlights of her trip and the spots not to be missed in beautiful Buenos Aires.

Eager to see why Buenos Aires is often dubbed the ‘Paris of South America’, I set out on a 10-day journey to discover the city. Along the way, I sampled the alluring blend of European and Latin American culture showcased throughout the mix of classical and modern architecture. Argentina’s capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America with an evolving gastronomy scene, dynamic night life, and plethora of museums. Armed with my carryon, an open mind, and a sense of adventure, I set about exploring all that the metropolis had to offer.

Where to Stay

Sophisticated, extraordinary, and stylish – just a few words to describe the gem that is Faena Hotel. The moment you walk in, you know that this isn’t your typical 5-star hotel. Exquisite elements include reams of red-velvet drapes and bold & unconventional spaces from the modern all-white Bistro-Sur to the romantic and antique inspired Library Lounge. Finish off the night at El Cabaret, an intimidate venue channeling 1920’s Buenos Aires that includes a spectacular tango show along with your meal. The rooms contain all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel and then some. With modern décor, arabasceto marble bathrooms, and sweeping city views, the spacious suites combine the best of city spirit and instant relaxation.

Where to Eat

With countless options available to satisfy any craving; from elegant porteño cuisine, Italian inspired dishes, and Asian infused influences, choosing the right restaurant can be a challenge. Fortunately, after sightseeing in the Recolleta neighborhood, I stumbled across Elena located in The Four Seasons. The luxurious two-story space features a grand spiral staircase, lush wood and rich interior leather furnishings, and an open kitchen with a large marble butcher’s table. The restaurant’s accolades are impressive including their world-renowned head chef and their signature: The 45-day dry aged Bone-in Rib Eye. Start with the burrata al salmorejo and finish the evening with a Francoise Cream. You’ll quickly discover why Elena is a spot not to be missed.

Where to See

La Boca is one of the 47 districts of Buenos Aires, located next to the city’s main port. It is one of the oldest parts of the city and where most European immigrants started their life in Argentina. Caminito, La Boca’s most famous street and open air museum, includes homes brushed with leftover paint that Genoese port workers received from ships. Brightly colored houses clustered by the river offer a unique change to the elegance that is found in the heart of Buenos Aires. You’ll be treated to a tango show on the streets as well as Latin dancers eager to teach you a simple step or pose for pictures. Depending on the season, visit La Bombonera to experience the home of the Boca Juniors – the most famous football club in Argentina and home club of its most famous player- Diego Maradona.
So if ever you find yourself dreaming of delicious cuisine, exquisite architecture and a bustling social scene – grab your passport, some comfortable shoes and head to the beautiful capital of Argentina. Ps. Don’t forget your appetite!