Despite a past littered with military rule and economic disasters, Buenos Aires is really starting to get back on its feet. While parts of Argentina's cultural hub still live under the shadow of darker times - notably downbeat and dingy - most of the modern heartland has one foot firmly in the 21st century: designers and tango, overpaid football players and high-end steak restaurants, cocktails and an outgoing social scene are all highlights.
If you’re here for the dancing, don your most colorful clothes and head down to a class, catch the city’s Tango Tour, and take in a nightly ‘Milonga’ dance with a licuados (milky, blended fruit drink) in hand. To taste the other side of Argentine passion, head to the Plaza Del Mayo, eye the ‘pink house’, and get and eyeful of the seemingly endless demonstrations still held in protest against the ‘dirty war’.
San Telmo is perhaps Buenos Aires must see district, with its crumbling but colorful Spanish architecture and streets that crowd with arts and crafts every evening, while the square turns into a huge tuneful tango session night after night. Another true taste of Argentina is up for grabs in watching Boca football club, whose home fans rampaging support really does make football a religion, and occasionally ends with post-game riots; harmless if you’re careful, but something to watch out for.
There’s undeniably a hefty magnetism to all this passion, however it manifests itself. In Buenos Aires, things aren’t done by halves, and you’ll find everything from the lively electro-themed nightlife to the perfect local beef is reveled in to such an extent it’s impossible not to get caught up in all the action. Besides, you came all this way, why not make the most of it?
Buenos Aires has also world's most entertaining cold medicine. It's fernet. This wonderful drink makes a sick people very health in just a few shots.
Grab a bottle of Malbec or a cup of coffee, pick up a heap of sweet pastries to keep you going through the night, pull on your most fashionable outfit and find a tango square to start the evening, followed by a warm up pub, and a thumping electro beat to finish you off. Because that’s what Argentina’s all about.