It really is, as everyone says, a piece of Europe in Latin America. Unlike most of it’s neighbors, Argentina is more european than latin american and Buenos Aires is the epitome of this latin american european-ness.
Large parks, wide avenues, tall apartment buildings which look like the could be in France, thousands of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, tango in the streets, markets in the plazas, Buenos Aires has just the right amount of latin locura to keep you interested without feeling like it will all fall apart from beneath your feet.
This city has something for everyone, there are plenty of great nightclubs for those who wish to party their time away, for each night of the week there is at least one place with promotions on. For wining and dining Buenos Aires has handfuls of great restaurants, especially parillas, which specialize in different cuts of meat and the specialty wine – malbec – comes straight from Argentina’s back yard winery Mendoza.
On sundays the San Telmo market is booming, running along the length of calle Defensa, it provides delightful entertainment with live tango dancers, orchestras, baterias (marching percussion brazilian-style) and more handicrafts, clothes, antiques and souvenirs than you care to feast your eyes upon. During weekends you can also find a (clothes and accessories) designers market in Palermo’s Plaza Serrano which is worth checking out.
A trip to Buenos Aires isn’t without a trip to el Caminito – a colorful strip of tango filled goodness in La Boca, a train ride out to Tigre, a stroll along the docks of modern Puerto Madero, a visit to the Presidential Palace – La Casa Rosada, and a look at the Recoleta Cemetery where the lovely Evita and several argentine presidents were laid to rest along with other former rich and famous of Buenos Aires and Argentina. You can learn to tango, go on a graffiti tour and you should definitely try out the ice cream – it’s delicious!
When I lived here I used to spend hours walking the streets of this city and always found something interesting and new. Buenos Aires is a city that has it all and it is a city that you can easily fall in love with – just like I did and I am still dying to go back.