Friday, January 30, 2015

Don't Cry For Buenos Aires

Argentina's capital of art and meat

Crows may tweet and fly in fancier Vs than these, but their best trick is flying south of the equator for winter.

So make like the boids and fly in your own deep-V to Buenos Aires.

Design Suites in El Centro, the municipal hub of the city, looks more or less like a gallery devoted to minimalist art, offering rooms outfitted with modernist furnishings and espresso machines.
Marcelo T. de Alvear 1683. (+5411 5199 7465)

Check out Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada (from which Madonna did not actually sing "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina").
Hipolito Yrigoyen 211. (+5411 4344 3802)

After taking in the city's prolific street art culture, head to Palermo, the most populous barrio in the city, and home to the hip sub-neighborhoods Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood (really). Like our own SoHo, they're full of design boutiques, led by shoe Mecca 28 Sport.
Gurruchaga 1481. (+5411 4833 4287)

With your feet outfitted, take a long stroll northeast to MALBA, the city's modern art museum, with works by everyone from Frida Kahlo to Andy Warhol.
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415. (+5411 4808 6500)

Caffeinate at Café Tortoni, the Art Nouveau landmark that was once the haunt of Borges and García Lorca.
Avenida de Mayo 825.

Then it's time for beef: The parrilla (grill) of El Desnivel in San Telmo is wonderfully cheap, serving up bife de lomo (Argentina's answer to filet mignon) and tira de asado (short ribs).
Defensa 855. (+5411 4300 9081)

If you're not bloated from all the meat, drag yourself over to Niceto Club, host to acts as diverse as Joanna Newsom and Hercules and Love Affair. You'll feel like you're back in Brooklyn.
Niceto Vega 5510. (+5411 4779 9396)

Escape the crush of the city on a day trip to the lush delta of El Tigre, north of the city proper. Check out the Victorian manse that once hosted the Tigre Club — a cabal of the country's rich and famous — and is now home to the Museo de Arte Tigre. Or just hire a boat and explore the rivers on your own.
Paseo Victorica 972. (+5411 4512 4528)

Photo courtesy Jetbronze

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