Dinner and dancing in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most romantic cities, a place where the fiery music of tango plays on the street, the heavenly scent of sizzling beef wafts from its many parrillas, and exquisite, European architecture feels right at home within its colourful barrios.

Revitalise your passion for life with a visit to this vibrant metropolis.

It takes two to tango

When you're wandering through the old streets of San Telmo in Buenos Aires, chances are you'll stumble across a couple performing the tango. 

Tango dancers, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This passionate dance has its roots in the late 19th century and is still very much alive in contemporary life. This means you can't escape the tango, whether it's watching street performers or visiting a milonga (tango dance hall) tucked within the cobblestone streets.

If you want a first-hand view of tango, head along to one of Buenos Aires' many tango schools and try it for yourself. Or you can make an evening of it at one of Buenos Aires' sophisticated dinner and show offerings. Attending a tango show lets you connect both over dinner and on the dance floor.

 

You'll soon get a sense of why both Che Guevara and poet Jorge Luis Borges chose to call this area home.

Hot off the grill

Buenos Aires is the right place to pursue your quest for the best steak in the world. Argentina is famous for its fabulous steakhouses, known as parrillas, and Buenos Aires is home to some of the best.

BBQ meats, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After a busy day of sightseeing, you'll be craving a spot to relax for an expertly grilled steak and a glass of Argentinian malbec, bonarda or cabernet sauvignon.

If you're looking for an upmarket place to try a parrillada (mixed grill) or juicy piece of beef, head to the exclusive neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, where restaurants are cheek by jowl along the waterfront. For a more traditional example of Argentine grill, find your way to San Telmo, an old barrio known for its museums, antiques, and thriving public square.

 

Soak up the atmosphere

Immerse yourself in the Argentinian way of life with a visit to Palermo Viejo. Meaning 'Old Palermo', this is the oldest part of the city - a residential area once popular with immigrant communities from Poland, Armenia, Ukraine, and Lebanon, as well as old Spanish and Italian families. Its pretty, tree-lined streets, striking murals and cultural diversity make it a great place to soak up the bohemian culture of Buenos Aires.

Take a leisurely stroll past Palermo Viejo's beautiful old buildings, many of which reflect the older, Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. Keep an eye out for weddings that often take place at the picturesque Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe church. And save some time to relax at an outdoor table at one of the sun-soaked cafes on Charcas Street. You'll soon get a sense of why both Che Guevara and poet Jorge Luis Borges chose to call this area home.

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