Top 10 Buenos Aires


After living in this crazy city for nearly a year, I have explored, perused, wandered, and enjoyed many parts of the great Capital Federal. The city is a land of contrasts – once a great economic and social powerhouse, the 7th wealthiest country in the world, with immigrants flocking from Italy and Spain in the early 20th century. The stunningly gorgeous architecture of the time, along with mind-boggling amounts of money poured into lavish palaces and public buildings, is still evident today. At the same time, political instability and corruption following 1930 lead to the formation of shanty towns (villas miseria), unrest, rampant inflation, and poverty in many places. The city today, I can only describe as beautiful chaos – it is a feast for the eyes and the ears in both wonderful and sad ways. It has led to a culture which is entirely unique and interesting. I appreciate so many things about this city, and below are my favorite 10:

  1. A show at Teatro Colon: Considered the third best opera house in the world, and acoustically perfect. A four-year overhaul from 2006-2010 restored many of the tarnished and damaged areas to their full original splendour. The theatre inside can only be described as jaw-dropping. Dripping with gold and sparkling lights and velvet curtains, it is truly opulent. img_1714img_1715img_1717img_1728img_1734img_1736img_1732img_1731img_1733
  2. A visit to Museo Art Decorativo: More a tour of a palace than a museum, MAD is another example of the outlandish display of wealth and prosperity in early 20th century BA. What was the home of a wealthy family is today simply indescribable  and gorgeous. Full post about it here.
  3. Museo de Bellas Artes: Directly across from Plaza Francia, this free (!) museum houses an impressive collection of old masters, Impressionists, and modern pieces.img_1480img_1484img_1488img_1489img_1490
  4. Drinks at a proper old-school BA Bar: Scattered across the city are bars with bow-tied waiters, tiled floors, wood-panelled walls, and strong Negronis. This is where Don Draper would go if he came to the city. My favorite is Los Galgos. La Poesia in San Telmo is great as well, and they make their own beer. img_3253img_3256
  5. Palacio Barolo: A building modelled after Dante’s Inferno, it’s a strange and fascinating look into architecture and the poem, with a fabulous view at the top. Full post here.
  6. Hidden Bars: The current Thing to Do in Buenos Aires. I like Under, appropriately named as it is under the restaurant Aramburu Bis. It was utterly un-swanky and really felt like being in somebody’s basement. That is the idea after all right? A few other options here. img_2217img_2220img_2221
  7. Jardin Botanico: One of the few parks in the city offering adequate shade against oppressive summer sun. An interesting collection of plants, trees, and flowers from all around the world. img_3362img_3364
  8. Argentine Pizza: Truly horrifying but apparently necessary. Argentine pizza is the oddest mashup of a medium-thick crust with a 2 inch greasy layer of mozzarella, and often some kind of cold deli meat on top. It’s not my favorite but the experience is a must – Pizzeria Guerrin is great. FYI, you can also find proper Italian pizza in the city. img_1720img_1721img_1722img_3457

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    Mozzarella cheese piled high with raw onions. . .

  9. Parrilla: Otherwise known as all kinds of barbequed meats. Asados, or barbeques, are truly a ritual here in Argentina and I can safely say these guys sure know how to grill a steak. The meat is the best I’ve ever had, and you get try all kinds of organ meats, blood sausage, and fried cheese as appetizers. Fun! Bife de chorizo and entrana are my go-to cuts, cooked “A punto” – medium rare. For fancier places, try Don Julio or La Cabrera. For no-frills, try La Cholita, Parrilla Pena, or La Popular del Soho. img_3409img_3749
  10. Buenos Aires Street Art Tour: A truly different and fascinating look at art around the city walls. Post here. img_3389

 

 

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