Buenos Aires has long been on adventurous travelers’ radar, luring visitors with the promise of endless meat, Malbec, and romantic melancholy. However, you’d be selling yourself short if you didn’t dive deeper and see what the Ciudad de la Furia has been up to recently. Innovation is the name of the game –be it at the bar, in the kitchen, or at the atelier– and the city is more vibrant and enthralling than ever. Our BA resident expert, Paige Nichols gives us this week’s things to know for discovering South America’s sweetheart city.
Avoid ATM fees by withdrawing as much as you can at once and don't exchange your USD at the airport. You'll get a better exchange rate at your hotel.
Dinner at 7pm doesn’t exist. Reservations are made for 9pm onwards and if you’re up for dancing, clubs kick off around 2am.
Pick pocketing can be common. Keep your valuables out of sight and make sure your bag is always within reach.
Casa Sur Palermo is a Design-oriented hotel and steps from the nightlife in Palermo Hollywood with an incredible rooftop terrace to boot. If you want to live like a luxurious Porteño on your trip, rent one of Oasis Collections stunning properties and gain exclusive access to their members only clubhouse events.
La Carnicería: Reach your steak quota at this inventive, hip new outpost turning the old school parrilla concept on its head.
Café Rivas: Perhaps the most romantic corner in San Telmo –or all of BA– ideal for a cozy dinner or Sunday brunch before hitting the market.
Aramburu: Don’t miss the truly revolutionary food coming out of Gonzalo Aramburu’s kitchen in the fringy Constitución neighborhood. A transcendental experience.
Presidente Bar: Newly opened spot by cocktail wunderkind Seba García in an elegant and hip Recoleta mansion.
BASA: One of the best bars in the city, with food and service to match. Its sleek industrial vibe makes it an ideal spot any night of the week.
Los Galgos A classic bar recently restored to its former glory and charm. Go on a Friday night for live music and sip your wine as you watch the world go by.
You can reach the magical city of Colonia, Uruguay in just under two hours from BA. Reserve tickets on Colonia express and get their roundtrip for less than $80USD. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Colonia’s cobblestone streets and enchanting lighthouse can be explored for hours. If you’re brave enough, rent a scooter and ride up and down the coast to discover hidden churches and the abandoned Plaza de Toros.