Effortlessly vibrant, Buenos Aires is the chic port city that proudly acts as the gateway to Argentina. A city designed for night-owls, it seduces socialites, musicians and a jet-set crowd with promises of endless nights filled with laughter, red wine and dancing!
Setting itself apart from the vast choice of palatial five-star hotels dotted around the city, Home Hotel is the elegant yet quirky lovechild of Argentine-English couple, Patricia and Tom. Large enough to feel atmospheric, yet small enough to be intimate and welcoming, this boutique hotel boasts impossibly stylish rooms – think William Morris inspired wallpaper paired with bold block colours – and a team of welcoming, warm and knowledgeable staff. Situated in the heart of Palermo Hollywood, it is truly the perfect Home from which to explore the city. To enjoy some local living, rent one of the stunning Loft apartments that combine the freedom of having your own place with the ease of luxury hotel service.
The gastronomical map of Buenos Aires is notoriously diverse. As its numerous cultural influences characterise Buenos Aires’ history, so too, do they play a part in its culinary identity. While steakhouses are naturally ubiquitous within the capital, excellent seafood and pizza are also commonplace. Famed for its ‘ego free’ cooking and farm-to-table principles, UCO is the perfect place to experience Argentinian food at its finest. Helmed by one of the country’s top chefs, his seven-course tasting menu features Argentinian classics with international influences. Try the Patagonian trout, which is smoked in-house and ask one of the young yet experienced sommeliers for their vintage recommendation.
Don Julio: In a city where great steak is guaranteed, Don Julio is one of the best spots to tuck into a juicy cut. You can’t reserve here but with waiters providing complimentary champagne to guests as they wait, the queue is all part of the experience.
Las Pizarras: A quirky bistro-style restaurant with daily menus displayed on blackboards, dishes at Las Pizarras are a combination of French and Argentinian cuisine.
Frank's: A buzzing password protected speakeasy bar with vintage inspired decor. Check with your hotel’s concierge for the password or be a sleuth and crack the clues on Facebook.
Café Tortoni: A Parisian café in the city, this eatery dates back to 1800 and is an ideal spot to stop for some afternoon coffee and cake. If you’re in the mood for it, they also have a tiny intimate tango room in the back.
A classic Buenos Aires institution, begin your evening with drinks at Milion in the upmarket district of the city. Although dinner is served until 1am, most Milion regulars come here purely for the rapturous atmosphere so skip the dinner reservation and arrive at the same time as the young socialites and international jet set crowd – 11pm. Housed in a stunning early 20th century French-style mansion, Milion oozes old-world charm. In the summer months, head to the garden room and recline on the red velvet cushions which cover the floor, or make your way to the tranquil courtyard where cascading greenery creeps through the French doors. Inside, there is nothing more satisfying than sweeping down the grand marble staircase with a cucumber martini in your hand. The music is as low as the lighting and the gatherings of people dotted around the house will make you feel as though you are the guest of an elegant house party – an Argentinian Gatsby, if you will.
San Telmo Market: A covered market set within vaults in the city. Originally known for antique and vintage shops, the market now also extends to fantastic eateries and bars.
The Argentine Experience: A great interactive experience for those wanting to tuck into Argentinian cuisine with other visitors and local hosts. Expect a juicy steak and some cocktail and empanada making. Hilarious hosts and free flowing wine – it all makes for a fun night out.