Latin Sophistication: A Whistle-Stop Tour Of Buenos Aires

If Europe is about the bright lights of Paris and the Far East the innovations of Japan, then South America should be known for the Latin charms of Buenos Aires. Brimming with cultural and foodie spots, the Argentinian capital is one of the most exciting places in the world at this point in time, meriting more than just a quick trip. Energetic, vibrant, and on the rise, the city is a perfect entryway into the South American way of things, giving you a brand new perspective on this flourishing part of the world!

Despite having suffered a less than smooth history, Buenos Aires is brimming with culture, using the arts as a way of working through its past. Take the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos, for example. While it might once have acted as one of the most public “secret” detention centres in the city during General Galtieri’s time in power, the building now stands as the Remembrance and Human Rights Center. A visit to the space will offer insight on the city’s rocky past, giving you a deeper understanding of the people and their culture, and exactly how resistant they are.

If, however, the contemporary arts are more up your alley, you’re well catered for. The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, for example, is well worth a visit, showcasing some of the best works by contemporary Argentinian artists and sculptors. Having racked up an impressive sixty years in the city, the gallery is practically a creative symbol for the place, giving you a better understanding of the sheer amount of innovation housed in the city. 

Food, of course, plays a big part in the Argentinian mentality. When it comes to fine dining, the people of Buenos Aires certainly know what they’re talking about. Nerca, for one, serves up a meaty feast throughout the week, inviting a slew of prominent chefs to cook up a sevencourse feast that’s bound to impress. With any number of meats on the menu, this is certainly not one for those with a weak stomach.

Proper, on the other hand, is taking a more hipster approach to the dining scene, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s more style than substance. The food served up by culinary duo Leo Lanussol and Augusto Mayer is genuinely groundbreaking, worthy of the buzz it generates. Not content to stay safe, the chefs have taken to playing with fire, passing the majority of their ingredients through a flame. The result is something that one has to taste to believe, and may just have you hooked on local cuisine!

As far as after-dinner tipples are concerned, Buenos Aires is teeming with options. La Calle is always a great late-night option, creating something of a speakeasy buzz in the local environment. Hidden behind a pizzeria, the bar has some of the best cocktails around, which are whipped up by resident drinks whizz Mona Gallosi. Part bar, part club, La Calle is arguably one of the most talked about spots in the city, bringing in the freshest crowd around.

Want somewhere to rest your head for the night? You’re well catered for in Buenos Aires. Home Hotel, for example, houses twenty comfortable rooms in one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, offering guests a muchneeded reprieve from the heat. On the other hand, Tango de Mayo is a recently opened hotel, having taken over the space of a former sewing machine factory. If incredible architecture and design is your thing, this place is guaranteed to please.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.