Tango in Buenos Aires

Photo by Gustavo Brazzalle

Once you’ve spent some time in Buenos Aires it’s a difficult city to leave, with superb nightlife, wide range of shopping experiences and first class cuisine it’s an attractive proposition. The Argentinian capital has a fascinating mix of bohemian, lavish and rundown districts or “Barrios” that makes it a great destination to explore.

From La Boca, the colorful neighborhood with a rich history, football team and vibrant paint job to San Telmo, the oldest district in the capital that boasts historic colonial style buildings and vibrant underground nightlife, Buenos Aires has an awful lot to offer. If you’re looking for fine dining head to Recoleta, one of the most expensive areas of Buenos Aires that has French style architecture, leafy parks an intriguing cemetery. Buenos Aires has a familiar yet unexplored feel in the air that most visitors find difficult to resist.

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    La Recoleta Cemetery

    Recoleta is a lovely district in general. One of the more upmarket areas, there are a few things to do here aside from the cemetery. But the cemetery is one of the best things to see. A huge sprawling miniature city of tombs, populated by both the dead and cats, take at least half a day to meander your way through.
    June 4th 2013
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    Cafe Tortoni

    The elegant Cafe Tortoni has survived the crowds of tourists that visit it everyday without losing its charm. The most traditional coffee house in Buenos Aires was established by the French in the mid 19th century working as a bohemian and literary hub at the time. Some say it is overrated but it is the first place that comes in mind to those recommending an authentic Argentinian place to go for a coffee and media luna (croissant) or dinner followed by a tango show.
    June 5th 2013
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    The Evita Museum

    Eva 'don't cry for me Argentina' Peron was married to President Juan Peron. (Excuse the reference to Madonna's film, Evita). She was a champion of women and general equality, particularly for workers. She did a lot for Argentina despite ill health and all before her death from cancer aged just 33. The Evita Museum is well put together and good to visit for some insight to the country's past.
    July 18th 2013
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    MALBA, or to use the full name, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Beunos Aires, the full name of which they have managed to fit on the exterior wall, is a wonderful art gallery. Outside is a giant metal sculpture of a flower, by Eduardo Catalano, that opens in response to the sun. Inside, amongst other great works, is a Frida Kahlo. Lovely.
    July 18th 2013
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    Ateneo Bookstore

    This bookstore is in an old theater, the Ateneo Grand Splendid. The theater is beautiful, the balcony, the decorations and the courtains still look the same, and now they share the space with bookshelves. You can enjoy some tea or coffee in a cafe located where the stage used to be. It was chosen by The Guardian as the second most beautiful bookstore in the world. It's a must see when you are in town!
    August 23rd 2013

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