Fabulously exotic – a Butterboom guide to Buenos Aires. Argentina’s capital is one of those cities that has an aura, especially for those who are yet to make the journey. Deeply seductive and enticingly multicultural, Buenos Aires is the legendary home of the tango, gauchos and asado (that’s a technique of barbecuing over a fire pit), as well as being soccer-mad.
Where to shop
The city’s largest barrio, Palermo, is also its most fashionable. Try the sub-district of Palermo Soho, with its wide, tree-lined streets, for a compact collection of upmarket local designers and vintage offerings. Seek out hand-printed fabrics inspired by nature and art at Juana de Arco (El Salvador 4762) and the voluminous shapes of Mariano Toledo (Armenia 1564). All around the area you’ll find cool bars and cafés. If antiquing is your weakness, head to San Telmo, where you can see BA’s historical roots. There’s an antique street fair there on Sundays.
Where to sip and sup
In Argentina it’s all about the steak (sorry if you’re a vegetarian) and no visit would be complete without dining at one of Buenos Aires’ famous grills. For a raucous atmosphere and meat off the parrilla, head to El Pobre Luis (Arribenos 2392) in the Belgrano district. Popular with San Telmo locals – and increasingly with travellers – is no-frills grill El Desnivel (Defensa 858). Behind the huge doors of an old townhouse in Palermo Queens, lives hip bar Ocho7Ocho (Thames 878). Bag a spot on the terrace of Carnal (Niceto Vega 5511) in Palermo Hollywood and cast your eyes over BA’s cocktail-sipping glamorous and gorgeous.
Where to stay
With so much to choose from Mr & Mrs Smith narrowed the selection down to three boutique lodgings. In the buzzing Palermo Hollywood barrio, book one of the 20 rooms at Home Hotel, an eco-design dream with vintage floral wallpapers and retro Scandi furniture. Cool, contemporary Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires has 104 somewhat nautically styled rooms, a sun-dappled pool and a bar perched 13 floors up on an open terrace in the stylish Microcentro district. On the shaded avenues of Palermo Viejo, Legado Mitico pays homage to Argentina’s heritage, with 11 rooms – some with fireplaces – named after some of the country’s heroes. Rich mahogany, rows of bookshelves and dark traditional tones make for a refined retreat.
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Hotel Pulitzer, Al Fresco Bar
Legado Mitico, La Arrabalera Bedroom
Home Hotel, Garden Suite