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Ah, Buenos Aires.
Capital of Argentina and one of the largest cities in Latin America, Buenos Aires is a sultry mix of hidden lanes, buzzing nightlife and global cuisine. The zesty metropolis is home to about three million people and offers visitors a gold mine of bars, restaurants and cultural attractions waiting to be unearthed.
The people of Buenos Aires are night creatures, and things don't really get moving until the wee hours of the morning. You'll be staying up late and waking up late, but don't worry about it - you're on Argentinean time now!
Check out our suggested itinerary for inspiration on how to spend a romantic long weekend in this South American City. Be warned: A short visit to Buenos Aires may turn into a lifelong infatuation.
Start your weekend with a relaxing walk through Palermo, one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city. The cobblestone streets are reminiscent of small European lanes and are home to a staggering collection of cafes and restaurants, as well as some of the finest boutiques in the city. These hip stores specialise in everything from fashionable attire to leather goods and books.
Tranquillity can be found along the walkways winding through Bosques de Palermo, a huge space of flourishing greenery and picturesque lakes.
Restaurants don't start opening until 9 or 10 p.m., giving you ample time to get dressed (you did buy something earlier, didn't you?) and freshen up. There are countless dining options in Buenos Aires, offering delicious cuisine to suit every budget. Argentina is famous for its carnivorous diet, but the city's canny restaurateurs take inspiration from all over the world.
Tonight, head to Cabana Las Lilas for some authentic Argentinean fare for dinner. It is a brilliant option for a memorable Argentinean dinner experience, located in downtown.
Enjoy a sleep in before leisurely making your way to the Recoleta Cemetery. It's not often a city's cemetery is on your list of place to visit on holiday, but Recoleta Cemetery is an absolute must-see. Full of little architectural wonders, the lanes of the cemetery are lined with grandiose statues and other monuments to the dead. Read the tombstones, investigate the crypts and feel at peace as you walk humbly among the graves. Be sure to see the resting place of Evita, in the heart of the cemetery.
No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without taking to the dance floor to try the tango. Originating in Argentina in the late 1800s, the sensual dance is an expression of the dancers' passion. There are hundreds of places offering tango lessons, but for an authentic experience, you've got to go to Lucia and Gerry. The steamy couple have been dancing the tango for more than twenty years and their intimate class is the perfect environment in which to get your limbs moving.
Later, if you're feeling confident, Lucia and Gerry can take you out to a milonga to dance with the locals late into the night. An unforgettable experience. While you're in Buenos Aires make sure you check out a Tango show to see how the pros do it.
Argentina produces some exquisite wines, and the best way experience them is at Anuva Wine. Situated in a wine loft in Palermo, the tasting room offers a cosy setting in which to sample a fantastic range of the country's tastiest small-production boutique wines. Tastings are by reservation only and are very popular. Make sure you book well in advance.
As your weekend draws to a close, take some time to reflect on your experiences with a romantic riverside dinner. Chila in Puerto Madero is a great spot to unwind and partake in some luxurious Argentinean-European fusion gastronomy. With a focus on fresh ingredients and seasonal produce, Chila provides some creative and mouth-watering offerings from the land and sea. Have a glass from their impressive wine menu and start planning your return trip to the intoxicating city that is Buenos Aires.
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