Start the day with coffee and a croissant at the Cafè La Puerto Rico, an atmospheric spot, open since 1887, just four blocks from the hotel. Afterwards, walk to the Plaza Congreso which is a good place to get a taste of where you are. The monuments in the centre of the plaza were built to commemorate Argentine independence and are rich in symbolism. The granite steps leading up to the main statue represent the Andes mountains and the wading pool on the far side represents the Atlantic Ocean. I feel that the architecture in this area is a good example of the blend of Spanish and native influences that have made this city what it is.
You can have a great lunch at the restaurant Monserrat, which does an absolutely sumptuous steak, and then visit the bustling Recoleta neighbourhood. This area has big parks, handicraft markets and lots of coffee shops where you can watch Buenos Aires buzz around you. And for history buffs, you will find the extraordinary Recoleta cemetery, where the graves of Argentine aristocrats almost appear to compete with each other for splendour in death. You can take a guided tour or just walk around and enjoy the splendour of this place, which also houses the remains of Eva Perón.
A classic place to eat just two blocks from the hotel is the Palacio Español, which used to be a club for our Spanish ancestors but is now a restaurant with fabulous seafood. Afterwards, you can see a captivating tango show at El Querandí, a romantic club with a very intimate feel. The sensual dancing is quite mesmerising, with every sway of the hips or flick of the head holding your gaze. The whole experience harks back to the class and style of the golden age of Buenos Aires.
A splendid restaurant with a celebratory atmosphere and gorgeous architecture designed by the Dutch architect E Folkers in 1907.
Las Violetas Cafè
A very authentic café. The architectural design of this 120 year-old spot makes it a remarkable and humbling experience to visit.
Teatro Municipal General San Martìn
Designed in the 1950s by architect Mario Roberto Alvarez, this is considered to be comparable internationally to the auditorium of the Berlin Philharmonic.
When it was inaugurated in 1936, this odd 120 meters high building became the tallest one in Latin America and remained so for many years. It has 32 floors and 105 apartments. The building, which has been a national historic monument since 1999, has won several architecture prizes. It was made upon the request of the wealthy Corina Kavanagh, who decided to build on one of her properties a daring concrete mass with pure geometrical lines which were quite advanced back then.
Arts in the City
Buenos Aires’ Cultural life is multifaceted. You have a choice of more than 100 theaters, one Opera house and numerous music and dance festivals. Once a year Buenos Aires Museums throw their own party. Since 2004 it has been decided that a given Saturday in spring Museums remain open between 07.00pm and 02.00am, displaying a wide range of aesthetic proposals.