After an unforeseen 24 hour pitstop in London, we arrived Saturday morning in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You definitely need to spend a whole week in this place. We stayed in a lovely neighbourhood called Palermo. A great area not so far from the centre with lots of cafes and boutiques. On a Saturday, there are several market stalls in our area. We spent the day trailing through them.
That night we ate in an amazing restaurant called El Preferido de Palermo. The restaurant had featured in the New York Times and the food was great but didn’t cost the world. We ended up eating here three times over the week because it was so good.
On Sunday, we headed to San Telmo´s antique flea market. It is one of the most famous antique markets in the world. The whole area has a buzzing atmosphere much like London´s Portobello. There are great things on offer, from prints and antiques to clothes and jewellery.
From San Telmo, its easy to walk to Centro where much of Buenos Aires’ main sights are.
We ended the day browsing through the Galleria Pacifica (a shopping centre) which has a beautiful painted ceiling.
On Monday, we headed to La Boca, an area near the river mouth, which has a touristy strip called Caminito. The buildings on the strip are famous because they have been painted in bright colours by Argentine artist, Benito Quinquela Martín mid century. It´s a great place to catch a tango show for free as many of the cafes have an outdoor stage with entertainment.
In the evening we caught a show called La Bomba de Tiempo. An amazing set made up strictly of percussion performers. It was electric, and unmissable if you are in town when it is on. The only size drink available is a litre, which saves you having to leave your spot in the crowd to get drinks.
On Tuesday we visited the Museo Evita. Eva Peron is a huge icon in Argentina, even today decades after her death. The museum is a great snapshot into her life and her influence in Argentina. My favourite aspect of the museum was the outfits that were on show. Eva was a true style icon.
Next we went to Cementerio de la Recoleta, where Evita´s grave is.
On Wednesday we headed to MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires). It´s quite a small museum, but has some interesting pieces. To be honest, the best art in Buenos Aires is all over the city. I have never seen so much colourful street art.
The rest of the week we spent strolling through Palermo´s parks. They have a few well kept famous gardens, the perfect spot for a picnic of empanadas and alfajores.
We spent our last evening at La Cabrera, a famous restaurant in Palermo. It wouldn´t be an exaggeration to say it was some of the best food I´ve had in my life. You need only order one main, and you will be showered with several ramekins of different sides for free. Booking or early arrival is essential but worth it.
On our last day, we dropped into Cafe Tortoni, famous for being the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires.
Our next stop is Iguazu Falls.