Argentina’s seductive capital of Buenos Aires is a showcase for the country’s most famous traditions, such as thrilling tango performances and juicy steaks. Among its many distinctive barrios (neighbourhoods), you’ll also find incredible works of art and architecture, and a nightlife scene that doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘home time’.
There are many examples of neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco buildings dotted across Buenos Aires. One of the best places to appreciate these is along Avenida 9 de Julio – the world’s widest avenue – and home to landmarks such as the Beaux-Arts French Embassy and the Teatro Colón opera house. To take in some of the city’s best street art, head to areas like Palermo, Coghlan or Villa Crespo to discover works by artists from all over the world.
World renowned for its steaks, the soul of BA’s food scene lies within its parrillas (steakhouses). Ask for a traditional ‘asado’ and you’ll be served grilled offals like sweetbread, followed by a selection of perfectly seared and seasoned ribs, sirloin and other choice cuts. For a tasty snack, be sure to try the famous puff pastries called empanadas, usually filled with meat but sometimes with fish or cheese.
The nightlife in Buenos Aires is legendary, with a huge range of bars, clubs and live music venues open from dusk until dawn. You can catch a passionate tango performance in popular venues like Rojo Tango, El Beso or Bar Los Laureles.