Buenos Aires has to be one of Latin America’s most enthralling cities and is dubbed the ‘Paris of the South’. It has always been a glamorous city with its fine French style architecture, wide tree-lined avenues and well-dressed inhabitants.
Porteños, as the city dwellers are known, are a melting pot of immigrants from all over Europe and their different backgrounds have influenced the elegant cosmopolitan café society and architecture of this beautiful city. Porteños take their tango very seriously and you may well be strolling through a park in Recoleta and find a couple dancing to their own music or stumble on an impromptu performance.
After being wowed by the professionals at some of the city’s most beautiful small venues where not just the dancing but the costumes, music and singers are breath-taking (we have our own favourites!), the real way to experience it is at a local milonga or tango club. Take inspiration as well as instruction from expert local teachers and try it for yourself with a Tango lesson or two before you venture to the local milonga.
Buenos Aires has some charming and very different quarters which have their own characteristics, perfect for lazy days exploring at your leisure, stopping for coffee and alfajores or at a delicious ice-cream store found on every corner. Browse the old-fashioned antiques market at San Telmo, dine on gourmet cuisine in the trendy port area, take a leisurely boat ride through the Parana Delta looking out for local birds, spot the intricate mausoleums of the famous at Recoleta cemetery, browse designer boutiques and artisan stores in laidback Palermo and even cross the Rio Plata into Uruguay here in a flash on a high-speed hydrofoil.
The relaxed yet hip neighbourhood of Palermo is also our favourite district of the city for accommodation, a short walk from numerous beautiful small local restaurants, bars with delightful outdoor terraces and trendy galleries and stores. Here you will find a selection of pretty small boutique hotels which feel more of a home from home than larger properties with quiet leafy gardens, rooftop pools and discreetly attentive service.
If of course, you would like to treat yourself to some Art Deco glamour in the heart of the city and brush shoulders with the chicest of Porteños, then head to the elegant district of Recoleta for the city’s most sophisticated hotels. We will help you discover the hidden corners of one of South America’s most beautiful cities and would be delighted to talk to you about our recommendations.