Buenos Aires on the Go!
Buenos Aires continues to take giant steps forward as one of the most impressive gastronomic centers and major design districts in Latin America. Changes are occurring that you won’t want to miss out on.
Buenos Aires no longer represents itself in the atmosphere like classic Florida or Santa Fè style as it once did. Today it has taken on a feel all on its own that is the envy of European capitals and even New York. With a well-informed guide, new wonders can be found for all in Buenos Aires and it is only an hour away by plane from Uruguay.
An open mind and a sense of adventure will lead you on incursions into new places. The Capital is experiencing a time of culinary explosion that provides ample choices for those that enjoy a variety of tastes for exquisite foods and drinks. For the shopper at heart, you will find several new options to explore in your treasure hunting.
In fact, Buenos Aires has become part of a select group of cities with the ’50 best restaurants in the world and that places it on the foodie tourist map immediately.
If frustrations occur on your visit to Buenos Aires, it would be from the challenges of trying to choose where to stop and eat best. With the vast amount of dining choices it can prove to be a tug-of-war event trying to decide which flavor to try next.
So while visiting Buenos Aires it is essential to have a map in order to optimize your time and get the most out of what this enchanting city has to offer.
A wonderful route to follow that provides a more cost effective adventure is from San Telmo to Belgrano. A crescent shaped journey that you unlikely could complete over a weekend but it’s display will help you to be clear about the areas of interest for the next visit.
Transportation is easily found in Buenos Aires. Subways, buses, and the recently added Metrobus that is available along 9 de Julio Avenue allows visitors to travel with ease around downtown Buenos Aires.
After Palermo (Soho and Hollywood) there is a notorious shift and a great expectation to recover the offering of the classic areas at Centro (downtown), San Telmo and Retiro.
San Telmo has evolved into one of the coolest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Here the past connects with the trendiest establishments. Gastronomy, design and culture are intertwined with new cultural proposals to discover and enjoy. The Hostels and hotels are filled with world travelers searching the narrow streets attracted the tunes of the tango and milonga on the streets and parks. It is considered one of the best “must-see” tours available in town.
If you are seeking a light hearted journey that is easy to navigate, and provides healthier options to fulfill your hunger needs, then Caseros Street, between Bolivar and Defensa is a beautiful opportunity. Small restaurants and cafes line up the street with style, offering smoothies, juices, and savory snacks that can be enjoyed under the shade of trees. A small place called Hierbabuena provides a treat that you should not miss, called the “Big Apple”. It is a green apple, aloe vera, grape juice, and mint concoction that will invigorate you for the rest of the day.
San Telmo will satisfy the needs of the art enthusiast. MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires), accompanied by the more recently build MAMBA (Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires), provides hours of enjoyment for those who enjoy the creative side of life. Unique art shops can be explored from Humberto and Independencia Avenue and between Defensa and Bolivar. Treasures ranging from furniture, specialty art, recycled art and even magnets for your refrigerator will tempt your wallet.
Buenos Aires is still identified by its Centre. A bit worn, it is receiving a new face as the new transport system with dedicated lanes for buses that are being built on the Avenida 9 de Julio. There are 17 stations in 3.5 kilometers with eleven circulating lines, which is similar to how a major subway line run. Another new area is the Centro Cultural Nestor Kirchner, where Sarmiento Street ends at Eduardo Madero Avenue and Paseo Colon.
Previously known as the Palacio de Correos, there are over 100 thousand square meters with two concert halls, six auditoriums, 40 exhibition halls, and the first public viewing of the city is a very good proposal (with free admission) from Thursday to Sunday from 14 to 20 pm. One of the most popular rooms is the “Eva Peron”, where the recreation of the objects that the wife of President Juan Domingo Peron gave to the needy is displayed. Also you can see letters that were sent to her and some original objects. The great point of attraction is the concert hall “La Ballena Azul” with capacity for 1,750 people and the dome, from which you can see the whole city.
Hamburger fans will love Buenos Aires availability of gourmet versions that gives “The Hamburger” a whole new flavorful meaning. In the center of the city, Deltoro is THE place go to sample a multitude of options: Beef, pork, lamb or veggie burgers with side dishes of brie, blue cheese, rucula, roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, and honey mustard, to only name a few. The classic, a universally loved bacon and ham with two loaves made by bakers, is worth every 160 grams. Add rustic potatoes or a soufflé to accompany your meal, and you will leave completely satisfied.
Food, art and diversity are indeed the best way to enjoy Buenos Aires just before the summer arrives, then streets will be emptied, when “porteños” seek the coast to take a break and refill batteries along the coast in Uruguay.
Mary Ann Thompson