What can you do in Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis made up of working class and upscale neighborhoods (barrios). If you're seeking luxury, you can't go wrong sticking to Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro for up-scale experiences.
Go to the opera or ballet
Built in 1908, Teatro Colon mimics the great houses of Europe in scale and design. Consider a visit during the November season opening when in-house ballet, opera and theater companies all present work.
Private shopping tour
Buenos Aires is tricky when it comes to shopping. Extravagant leather goods, antiques, exquisitely crafted steak knives (called facones) and fashion-forward designer clothing are desirable, but difficult to track down. Happily, the city has a number of shopping concierges to guide the way. Try ShopHop, for bespoke shopping tours with experienced guides.
Tango at an upscale milonga
Tango and Buenos Aires are practically synonymous and no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to a tango show or milonga (whether you dance or just watch the experts). The best, like the long-running Maldita or Salon Canning, feature live orchestras.
Where to Stay in Buenos Aires?
The city is full of luxurious places to stay, some grand, some boutique. You won't go wrong with the following three that combine 5-star service and amenities with world-class design.
The Faena Hotel
The most stylish luxury stay in the city might be the Faena in Puerto Madero, designed by Phillipe Starck. From surreal public spaces with dramatic designer touches to serenely contemporary rooms and suites, this hotel is literally a dream come to life. Don't miss the luxurious hammam and spa, and live tango shows in the gold and red velvet El Cabaret.
Alvear Palace Hotel
The Alvear Palace is a city institution, opened in 1932 and a symbol for decadence and luxury ever since. Located in the elegant Recoleta neighborhood, the hotel has a mix of rooms and suites that blend Louis XVI opulence with contemporary comforts. A renowned day spa focuses on pampering and wellness. And high tea on the legendary roof terrace overlooking the city is simply a must.
Be Jardín Escondido by Coppola
Formerly the home of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, this boutique hotel has only seven elegant, well-appointed rooms, making a stay in the leafy barrio of Palermo an intimate and private experience. The Be Jardin Escondido also features a courtyard pool oasis for enjoying afternoon tea or drinks.
Where to Eat in Buenos Aires?
Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires boasts cuisine that is notable both for European influences and Latin American traditions. There's lots to choose for fine dining, but sometimes the best experiences are local favorites tucked away in the barrios. Just remember that porteños (locals) typically dine late.
Discreetly occupying a street-art-adorned space in Palermo Hollywood, Tegui has famously high standards. Its chef, German Martitegui is a judge on MasterChef Argentina and highly respected for his elevated tasting menus.
Parrilla and asado are South American traditions around the best grilled or barbecued beef, a much-loved resource in Argentina. For an elevated version of this popular culinary experience, with spectacular wine pairings, try Fogon Asado in Palermo.
On the other end of the spectrum, Sacro is an elegant fine dining restaurant devoted to gourmet vegetarian cuisine, a welcome anti-asado option also located in Palermo.
What events to attend in Buenos Aires?
Any time is a great time to visit Buenos Aires, but these major international events are worth getting on a private jet for.
Buenos Aires Fashion Week
Design in Buenos Aires tends to be cutting edge, so October's Fashion Week is essential for those wanting to keep their wardrobes ahead of the curve.
Polo is huge in Argentina with its long tradition of ranching and horse breeding. The international Argentine Open Polo Championship has been an institution since 1893. Matches takes place in Palermo during the month of November and December.
International Buenos Aires Jazz Festival
If you love swing, jazz fusion, bebop, nuevo tango and crowds, you'll want to attend the massive annual jazz festival that takes place on some 20 stages around town, some of them open-air.