Argentina’s hedonistic capital has been reinventing itself since the 19th century, blurring the distinctions between night and day, past and future, Europe and Latin America. The city has a buzz all of its own, derived from its heady juxtaposition of faded, dusty elegance and edgy, flash modernity. The city and its people keep on dressing up, staying out late and looking good.

La Boca neighborhood, picture by Condé Nast Traveller UK

Santiago del Estero 1435, Constitución, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4305 1701). Occupying a fabulously elegant 1920s building in rundown Constitución, you need to ring the bell at the unmarked door before you’re escorted into a brightly lit, high-ceilinged space with French windows. The usual suspects are all here – an onion soup laced with port and Gruyère, and duck marinated in orange, Cointreau and brown sugar. Open Tue-Sat.

Báez 199, Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4778 1900; Argentinian-Med-Asian experiments in this perpetually popular corner venue.

Junin 548, Once, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4372 1146). Great, homey Korean food in the heart of the textilebarrio.

Uriarte 1658, Villa Crespo Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4833 1112; German Martitegui’s locally inspired dishes include Tierra del Fuego king crab and black pudding with endives.

Chacarita, Buenos Aires: address provided upon booking (00 54 11 4555 1882; cerradas (unmarked bars and speakeasies) have become a regular feature in Buenos Aires’ nightlife, and now chefs are opening the doors to their own homes too. Casa Felix has a five-course pescetarian tasting menu laced with herbs and spices sourced by chef Diego Felix on his travels. Dinner is served for up to 12 guest three times a week.

Costa Rica 5644, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4776 7370). Pristine all-white hangout serving modern fusion cuisine.

El Salvador 4618, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 8431 7176; A great French/Mediterranean restaurant, bang in the centre of Palermo Soho, Cluny serves informal yet elegant food and is one of Palermo’s safest bets for lunch of dinner. Save room for the volcán de dulce de leche – a crisp, warm sponge loaded with sweet caramel. Open Mon-Sat.

Libertador 1902, Recoleta, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4806 8639). Opposite the National Museum of Decorative Art lies this charming garden café, one of the prettiest spots for lunch in the city. The menu features the odd obligatory beef or pasta dish, but the best bets here are the tarts, salads and sandwiches. Open Mon-Thu; Sat-Sun.

Guatemala 4691, Palermo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4831 9564). Beef remains the Argentine staple, but only a handful of the capital’s parrillas (grills) are as steadfastly reliable as Don Julio. It’s popular with locals and is bristling with attentive waiters. Cuts come thick and juicy, and the grill is open for public viewing.

Báez 196, Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4779 9060). Smart but cosy haven specialising in pasta.

Posadas 1515, Recoleta, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4804 2909: Acclaimed for itsempanadas, the local pies, as well as cured meats, stews and regional puddings.

Paraguay 5099, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4772 7343). Mid-market steakhouse offering great service, perfect steaks and offal.

Costa Rica 5802, Palermo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4775 7050; Dinner here feels like a night aboard a Vietnamese junk cluttered with lanterns, nodding cats, Chinese dolls and oriental artworks. It is one of the funkiest places in the neighbourhood to eat, with some of the city’s finest cocktails and a fine selection of homespun Vietnamese dishes.

Cabrera 5296, Palermo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4777 3711). La Cupertina is a delightful ode to the best of northern Argentina’s cuisine. Owner Cecilia Hermann has produced a mouthwatering menu of stews, tarts and expertly crafted empanadas. Low-key and rustic in style, the restaurant is filled with young locals, families and occasional tourists. Open Tue-Sat.

Humboldt 1911, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4773 0070). Families rub elbows with local TV stars at snug but stylish steakhouse La Dorita. Favourites are the three-meat tabla de carnes and grilled provoleta cheese.

Defensa 963, San Telmo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4362 5660). Ultra-cheap, wonderfully friendly steakhouse on San Telmo’s antique-shop street.

Gorriti 5870, Palermo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4776 7677). Light, bright chalet serving northern European and Scandinavian dishes.

Soler 5608, Palermo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4775 6964; With its delicious Peruvian-Japanese fusion menu, Osaka is the city’s most fashionable place to eat, frequented by just about every star in the city. Order a couple of plates of salmon tiraditos: fresh sashimi flecked with passion-fruit honey and finely chopped watercress. The waiting list can run to around three weeks, so book before you go. Open Mon-Sat.

Nicaragua 6068, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4778 9614). Hidden away on a cobbled, tree-lined street in the far reaches of Palermo Hollywood, this is the coolest café in town. It is hugely popular, so you may have to wait for a table, but there are few better places to sit and watch the world go by. Open Tue-Sun.

Beruti 2602, Recoleta, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4821 3741; One of Buenos Aires’ most impressive restaurants, Oviedo is eternally reliable and absolutely divine. The restaurant takes a fresh fish delivery twice a day, and chef Martin Rebaudino’s résumé includes time at El Bulli.

Lerma 525, Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4772 1936; One of Buenos Aires’ most noteworthy restaurants, Thymus is located away from the bedlam of nearby Palermo, but still draws a steady flow of foodies, local and foreign. The crème brûlée of Taleggio and roasted bell peppers is out of this world. Open Mon-Sat.

Vicente López 1661, Pasaje del Correo, Recoleta, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4813 5900; Located in a pretty, Parisian-style galleria in Recoleta, Sirop is a grown-up restaurant for politicians and A-listers of the Eva Perón era. It is unrivalled for service and turns out some fabulous French/international food, too.

Báez 246, Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4778 3115). Pioneer of fashionable eating, Soul Café still draws the young hipsters and cocktail-seekers.

Guatemala 5602, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires (00 54 11 4776 3777). Delicate bites from South-East Asia.

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The “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires, is set to receive a boost this year as a new daily non-stop service from London, operated by British Airways, will commence from March 27th. Previously BA flights to the capital of Argentina involved a connection in Sao Paulo but due to passenger demand a new direct flight will be introduced making it even easier to reach South America’s second largest metropolitan area.

Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires-Argentina

In the decade since the economic crisis of 2001, Argentina has worked hard to establish economic prosperity, boasting five straight years of 9% GDP growth through 2007 and impressive GDP of 8% for 2010. The nation’s booming economy, primarily based on agricultural and natural resource exports, manufacturing and telecommunications has attracted significant levels of foreign direct investment.

Labelled by the Financial Times as “China’s New Investment Frontier”, Argentina has seen levels of Chinese investment go from millions to US$ 2.45 billion in the last decade. In addition the tourism sector is also rapidly expanding; the Argentine Ministry of Tourism expected more than 5 million foreigners to visit the country in 2010, 15.5% more than in 2009, generating revenue of US$470 billion.

This increase in tourism numbers is in turn having a positive effect on Argentina’s housing market. Identified as a “future high growth luxury residential market” by the Knight Frank Global Property Wealth Survey 2010 and one of the “most favourable destinations” for hotel investment in 2011 by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, the South American hotspot of Argentina offers a wealth of opportunity both for domestic and international property buyers.

Demand for high quality accommodation around Buenos Aires is particularly high with country clubs proving popular both as retreats for city workers but also permanent residences in their own right. Offering the best of both worlds, country clubs such as the 5* Camino Real Polo & Country Club located just 35 minutes from Buenos Aires, allow residents to enjoy the true Argentinian countryside, first class on-site amenities and easy access to the city for work.

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Buying takes a very important place in the list of pleasures proposed by the City of Buenos Aires.

doing shopping in Buenos Aires

In San Telmo neigborhood, you can acquire antiques; Avenida Corrientes is the proper place for book lovers; Retiro area stands out for its leather items and La Boca, for its souvernies.
The main malls gather the most well-known national and international brands.
There are also many outlets, season sale clothes options, where to get a varied range of items at very good prices.
And to complete the shopping circuit, you can visit its markets and fairs which are set up in different parks and squares, where a varied public go for antiques, typical products or just for leisure.

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Visit Buenos Aires

In the coast of Río de la Plata – which is so wide that many travellers usually mistake it for the sea –, Buenos Aires has a mild climate and many sunny days. The green and wet natural landscape can be enjoyed in parks, in the surroundings or in the enormous Ecologic Reserve located 5 minutes away from downtown city.

However, many tourists visit Buenos Aires for other landscape. The city – with three millions of inhabitants – has 48 neighbourhoods to go around. In each one, there are bars , squares, stadiums of football and other sports , temples, milongas and theatres, but the most visited areas by national and foreign tourists, are Abasto, Puerto Madero, San Telmo,Recoleta, Palermo, La Boca, the avenues of the Downtown, asCorrientes.

Buenos Aires is one of the main cultural centres of the continent. The city is considered as the fourth one in the world theatre scene. It has more theatres than New York. The traditional and modern museums of the city are famous. Tango music and dance can be found through the most sophisticated tango houses or the most popular milonga of a neighbourhood.

With more than 3000 restaurants, eating in Buenos Aires is only question about choosing where and what to have dinner and lunch. From the typical dishes such as asado or pizza, or even up to those settled here during centuries of immigration.

Football is passion and people fond of this sport plan their trips to make it coincide with the national classic match between Boca and River. Another characteristic that attracts locals and visitors is to do shopping, with fairs, open-sky commercial circuits and malls. The independent scene – alternative theatre performances and movies but also musicians and designer – is origin of international meetings andfestivals . In Buenos Aires, there are fairs and cultural events all the year round.

To go around the city, there is a system of transport with multiple choices: six lines of subways more than 100 hundred lines of “colectivos” (the way people call buses in Buenos Aires) and railways.Taxis and ”remises” are a very common means of transport, because they are safe and more economical than in other cities.

Travellers can take a walk around the city on their own and by foot, orwith guides specialized in stories and details; they can enjoy Buenos Aires during months or even they can discover the most importantthings of it in few days, even a 24-hour experience. They also go home with the desire of coming back or they can, directly, stay here.

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