36 Hours in Buenos Aires

36 Hours in Buenos Aires

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Sure you can have a tango-filled, steak-fueled weekend in Buenos Aires. But Argentina’s capital and largest city also has a much more contemporary side that has been emerging from its traditional roots and European influences for years now.

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    A restored belle époque residence in Recoleta, has just 10 suites and guests can have their own private 24-hour butler. Rates start at $450.
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    One of the many affordable boutiques popping up in Palermo. The 20 guest rooms border on sparse but the rooftop pool, library, courtyard, restaurant and lobby provide plenty of lounging space. Rates start at $110.
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    Considered one of the best concert halls in the world, Teatro Colón has hosted world-renowned conductors, opera singers and ballet dancers in its 105-year history, and its interior befits such grandeur.
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    Here, you’ll discover a classic Art Deco interior — plush velvet sofas, mahogany tables, herringbone wood floors — that’s tricked out with a long mirrored bar and bulbous overhead lamps that pulse to the sound of the D.J.
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    One of the most exciting restaurants in Buenos Aires. From end to end, a fleet of movie-star-handsome waiters in white jackets glide, delivering dishes that are as notable for their pairings as their presentation.
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    Street style in Buenos Aires remains classically sophisticated, but in Palermo Soho, the colors are bright, the designs are funky and the energy is infectious.
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    An instant hit with the fashion set, it still buzzes. Whether seated in the minimalist interior beneath soaring ceilings or outdoors along the ivy-covered wall, you can enjoy such Scandinavian dishes as whitefish, smoked salmon, potato pancakes.
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    Though small, the sleek modern cultural center makes a big statement with its 20th-century works from notable Latin artists like Fernando Botero, along with international exhibitions like Yayoi Kusama.
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    A peaceful spot for a morning café con leche (24 pesos). Find a table in the manicured garden where you’ll be shaded beneath towering trees and soothed by the sound of trickling fountains.
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    Private supper club in the airy home of Diego Felix and Sanra Ritten. The couple were on the forefront of the city’s private restaurant trend when they opened their doors in the quiet, tree-lined residential Chacarita neighborhood in 2007.
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    One of the city’s oldest cafes, La Biela, is just a stone’s throw from the famed necropolis. Join the suave men with white hair and pressed suits inside the sweeping corner space, lined with warm wood and decorated with framed photos and artifacts.
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    Jump right into the city’s history at the famous Recoleta Cemetery. You’ll join stray cats and roaming tourists who drift among the more than 6,400 aboveground mausoleums.
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