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Destination Guide: Buenos Aires

Tango halls, European charm and chic dining
Sway to melancholic tango in San Telmo and savour a late-night ice cream in an outdoor café in Las Cañitas.

Food and Drink

Choose a sophisticated steak supper, homemade pasta or gourmet pizza. Intimate restaurants hide in exclusive tree-lined Recoleta and buzzing modern alternatives light up the water at Puerto Madero. Seek out Asian, fusion and innovative Argentine cuisine in vibrant Palermo Viejo.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Find classic European architecture in modern Latin America. Admire the rich pink Casa Rosada presidential palace and see contemporary Latin American art in the MALBA's airy galleries. Imposing tombs make a haunting maze in Recoleta Cemetery. Explore Caminito's multi-coloured shacks in the 18th-century sailor's haunt of La Boca and take a dusk boat ride through the majestic El Rosedal rose garden.

Shopping

Pick up stylish leather goods and unique Argentine labels. Palermo Viejo's cutting-edge boutiques display the latest Argentine fashion while Recoleta's plush Patio Bullrich centre houses designer labels. Buy leather on hectic Florida street, and chandeliers and art deco pieces in crumbling San Telmo's antique shops.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Slip on your tango shoes or dress up for the ballet. Sip cocktails with the young and trendy on Palermo Viejo's leafy rooftop terraces and tango at a late-night milonga dance bar in San Telmo. Devoted clubbers take a taxi out to the Costa Salguero, and the elegant Teatro Colón fills with opera, ballet and classical music fans.