Buenos Aires, Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city.
At its centre is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art.
The food scene is increasingly dynamic, but for many travellers, it’s the city’s renowned meat-scene that dominates. Satisfying a craving for juicy steaks isn’t hard to do in the land that has perfected grilling wonderfully flavorful sides of beef, washed down with a generous glass of Malbec or Bonarda wine. Parrillas (steakhouses) sit on practically every corner and will offer up myriads of cuts. For the vegetarians like me, the salads are remarkable.
This is a beautiful city and if you look beyond the high rises and stroll through the streets, paying attention to the architecture and parks where locals lounge during their lunch break, you’ll soon be won over. These days the beauty of these traditional neighbourhoods is further enhanced by colourful murals painted by artists involved in the city’s vibrant street-art scene. For these talented individuals, the city is their canvas, especially in La Boca.
Down some coffee and be prepared to stay up all night – this city doesn’t sleep. Restaurants get going after 9, bars at midnight and clubs at 2 am at the earliest; serious clubbers don’t show up until just before dawn. And it’s not just the young folk who head out on the town in this city; Buenos Aires’ diverse range of bars, clubs and live-music venues offers something for everyone, from DJs spinning electronica to live jazz sets.
Just remember you’ll be doing it all until very late, but there’s always gourds full of Mate in the morning, a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink that’s sipped on throughout the day.
The famous dance the Tango is been described as ‘making love in the vertical position’. Legend has it that it began in the bordellos of long-ago Buenos Aires when men waiting for their ‘ladies’ passed time by dancing among themselves. Today, glamorised tango shows are mesmerising and seductive to watch. Take a class or two while there.
Where a need exists a right is born ― Eva Peron
** This post forms part of my 100x Magical Places series which offers an introduction to my favourite destinations.
** Pics sourced on Pixabay and Pexels