Mini guide: The best of Buenos Aires

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Mini guide: The best of Buenos Aires

© Lonely Planet Mini guide: The best of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, a city with wide boulevards and European allure, is known as the Paris of South America. But it is also an exciting and innovative place that is bursting with creative energy and self-confidence.

Places of interest

Cementerio de la Recoleta

This cemetery is perhaps the top attraction of Buenos Aires. You can wander for hours through this impressive city of the dead, where the "streets" are full of impressive statues and marble mausoleums for celebrities like Eva Perón. Floor plans available at the entrance.

Mercado de San Telmo

This striking market is the size of a complete block of houses. built in 1897. The interior of ironwork (note the beautiful original ceiling) makes it one of the most atmospheric markets in the city. The locals buy meat and vegetables here; go there for a cup of coffee and old tango plates. Several modern cafés, bars and shops have recently established themselves here, ideal for a glass of wine or a snack.

Palacio Barolo

Dante's Divina Commedia was the inspiration for this beautiful building of 22 storeys; it is divided into hell, purgatory and heaven. It was South America's tallest skyscraper when it was completed in 1923. You can visit the beautiful lobby for free, but it's best to take a tour of the building. The new cocktail bar / café on the 16th floor is a great location for sunset coffee or wine.

Food and drinks

Don Julio < / p>

Excellent service and a great wine list give cachet to this traditional - and very popular - steakhouse. The bife de chorizo ??(sirloin steak) is a highlight, but the fried goat provolone, bondiola de cerdo (pork shoulder) and salads are also delicious, and the portions are large. Reservations are required.


The young chefs of Proper blow the culinary world of the city with new tasteful seasonal products from a wood oven, served in their somewhat ruggedly finished restaurant in a former garage. Order several small dishes to share and enjoy perfectly cooked lamb chops or sweet potato with Patagonian blue cheese, baked almonds and kale. The large tables are quickly full, so be early.

Los Galgos

A nice bar notable (old bar) with Vermutería upstairs (only open in the evening). It is an excellently restored and refined place. They have delicious coffee, modern Argentinian dishes and home-made vermouth on tap. The bar is open all day: choose cappuccino and a pastry, the set lunch menu or a drink with meat, olives and cheese.



Chill House

This relaxed and friendly guesthouse is a converted old house with high ceilings and an artistic country style, and has ten private rooms (especially number six is ??very beautiful). There is a great rooftop terrace for asados ??with DJs and sometimes live music. It is also convenient for public transport.


Cruce's Hotel Boutique

Set in a building from the 1830s, this delightful guesthouse, the former Imagine Hotel, is a peaceful oasis in a less touristy neighborhood. There are only seven rustic-chic rooms, each with a TV and coffee maker, and doors to patios with original tiling and beautiful plants. It is fully wheelchair accessible.


Faena Hotel + Universe

This hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, is located in a renovated factory and is more than a stay. Stroll through the hall, where you will find two top restaurants and an attractive bar lounge, to the cellar theater and the inviting outdoor swimming pool. The luxurious rooms have wonderful beds and bathrooms with glass walls and there is also a Turkish bath and a spa.

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