I had the luck to be able to accompany my husband on a work trip to Buenos Aires and wanted to share some of what we saw and did while there. Buenos Aires has a European flair, but it is very much a unique place with wonderful food, friendly people and gorgeous architecture. This is not meant to be a comprehensive guide - we were there for 9 days and I feel like I only scratched the surface - but here are some of our favorite places and things. Above, steak from La Carniceria. This felt like the most representative photo for our time there because we ate more steak than we thought possible. It was all delicious. Another excellent parilla is La Brigada in San Telmo which received bonus points because a) the steak is so tender they cut it with a spoon when they bring it to your table and b) Bono has eaten there.
Speaking of delicious, PIAF is a high end butcher in the Palermo neighborhood, which is where we stayed. We like to bring gifts back for people, and our favorite thing to bring back is local foods or drinks. PIAF has amazing packets of dried chimichurri spices which are a very easy thing to tuck into your suitcase and a nice way to bring a bit of Argentina to friends. Other great food gifts to bring back include dulce de leche and fancy mate.
While we're talking about meat (we're going to do a lot of that), this is Chori, a Palermo restaurant that serves a fun twist on the traditional choripan - a simple but amazing sausage, bread and chimichurri sandwich. But, they also had this...
Otherwise known as the best gin & tonic I have ever drank out of a disposable plastic glass. What made it so special? Well, they used premium tonic, squeezed some lemon into it, and then took a sprig of rosemary, waved it through the flame of the grill till it was smoking, then dropped it in the glass. But, the piece de resistance was the gin.
Principe de los Apostoles is a local gin infused with mate - the highly caffeinated drink of choice in Buenos Aires. And it's delicious. Needless to say, we came back with several bottles for friends and one for ourselves.
But we didn't just eat meat and drink gin, we also did a bit of shopping. Above, the glasses at Carla di Si - all designed and hand made in Buenos Aires. I got a pair of funky sunglasses that are sure to embarrass my teenaged sons.
I also really loved Patron, which features local designers and small companies. We ended up also going to the Recoleta boutique of Redondo Frydman, one of the brands they carry. If you love leather, I highly recommend it - the bags and jackets were lovely and I ended up bringing back bracelets for my mom, sister and Christiana.
Also in Recoleta, Fuegia is a must visit for any fragrance lover. All of their scents are inspired by Argentina and have beautiful back stories.
It was overwhelming to say the least. My husband helped me narrow it down to two scents, and then he bought me both because I couldn't decide (and he was antsy to get out of the shop).
But back to food... We fell in love with Cucina Paradiso, a cozy, delicious little Italian restaurant. We ate here twice we liked it so much.
We also spent a couple lovely hours here drinking coffee, then wine while hiding from the rain.
Adorado Social Club was our other favorite place to get coffee. We also ate a lot of gelato while there, but I don't have any photos. We always shared, so my working theory is that I was afraid my husband would finish the scoop off while I looked for my camera, so I just stayed focused on getting my fair share of the deliciousness. And, I sadly have no photos from my favorite meal in Buenos Aires - I met a dear college friend who now lives there for dinner at Proper and it was simply amazing.
Last but not least, if you are a sports fan and you have a chance to see Boca Juniors play in La Bombonera, you should absolutely do it. It was insane. I wanted to share a video clip, but realized they all have passionate fans screaming or singing Spanish obscenities, so this will have to suffice!
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