Buenos Aires is one of South America’s - nay - the world’s most appealing cities, offering visitors to its sometimes very wide avenues a blend of the old, the new and the in-between. On Buenos Aires' bustling streets, you’ll see stylish residents strutting their stuff alongside street artists, or football fans making their way past sightseers. Wherever you go, you’ll find an energy to the city that will draw you in.
With a total population of around thirteen million, you could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed upon arrival in Buenos. But don’t fret: the city is extremely accessible, with an efficient integrated transport system and a host of tour operators, courtesy of a burgeoning tourism industry. English is also widely spoken in Buenos Aires, so if you find yourself lost in one of BA’s barrios (neighbourhoods) and don’t know any Spanish, try asking one of the friendly Portenos (BA locals) for directions.
Sometimes referred to as “Paris of the South”, the city’s architecture borrows elements from Barcelona, Madrid and even Manhattan, as well as from the French capital. The National Congress, the Casa Rosada and Palacio Barolo are among the most impressive buildings in the city, but for something a little quirky, keep your eye out for a small cottage sitting strangely atop a skyscraper above Avenida 9 de Julio (the widest road in the world).
Food lovers fare well in Buenos Aires as there are dining options aplenty in this town; and you’ll never need to ask where the beef is. Seventy kilograms of the red meat is eaten per capita per year by Argentinians, making this a town vegetarians may like to avoid. Fortunately though, there are alternatives to meat in restaurants, even in standard parrillas (traditional steakhouses). There are even a few vegan restaurants around town. Just remember ‘sin carne’, meaning ‘without meat’, if you don’t feel like chowing on cow.The tango first appeared in Buenos Aires sometime towards the end of the 19th century and has since then become a worldwide phenomenon. With interest in tango currently booming, there is no shortage of places in Buenos to watch the dancing pros at work. Try La Ventana or for a more intimate (and cheaper) option, Bar Sur or Café Homero. Wherever you choose to spend your evenings, be it in one of the city’s cafes, bars, or boliches (discos), be sure to don your finest threads. And expect to be out late. Portenos like to party hard.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Buenos Aires: the beef is here
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H