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October 27, 2007updated Dec 14, 2015

Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Buenos Aires

By Chris Boyle


Senior Experience Manager, Faena Hotel + Universe

+54 11 4010 9000

Places to visit

San Telmo

An old quarter of Buenos Aires where you will find flea markets and antique shops. A large street market is held every Sunday.

Recoleta Cemetery

Take a guided tour and hear intriguing stories about the historic wealthy families, presidents and celebrities buried in the cemetery.


The Soho of Buenos Aires is an excellent shopping area, with a wide selection of local clothing and interior designers, along with cool bars and restaurants.


These are old, luxurious farm houses situated in the countryside just outside the city (one hour’s drive away). Enjoy the country lifestyle, and make use of the horse riding, polo and golf facilities.

Traditional cafés in El Tigre

Tortoni is one of the oldest and most traditional cafés in Buenos Aires, having first opened in 1858; Las Violetas is one of the most beautiful cafés in the city, famed for its stunning stained glass windows.

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El Mercado at Faena Hotel + Universe

Inspired by the old European markets and the legendary cantinas of Buenos Aires, El Mercado offers authentic, top-quality traditional Argentine cuisine by the warmth of a rustic adobe mud oven.

Cabaña Las Lilas

Widely considered to be one of the best steak houses in town, this is the perfect place to enjoy Argentina’s famous beef and is noted for its outstanding service.

La Brigada

A classic place with a traditional way of doing things and boasting personalized service from the owner.

El Obrero

A traditional restaurant with a selection of old-style dishes. Boxing and soccer legends adorn the walls.


A beautifully appointed brasserie in the upscale Recoleta district, where the grilled seafood is highly recommended.


One of the best places for sushi.

Café des Arts del Malba

Museum of Latin American Art Buenos Aires


El Bistro, Faena Hotel + Universe: El Bistro

Offers an elegant dining experience that indulges all of the senses, featuring cuisine by award-winning head chef Mariano Cid de la Paz, a former pupil of Ferran Adrià.


Creative French cuisine served up in a European ambiance. This exclusive restaurant is hidden down a narrow pedestrian alley.

Cantina Los Amigos

Oviedo Spanish-style bistro, suitable for lunch and dinner. Ask for a glass of port wine with dessert, you won’t regret it.


The well-known local chef Martitegui tempts you with a supreme culinary experience.

Japanese and French fusion

On the ground floor you’ll find the only Kaiten bar in Buenos Aires. Vibrant young atmosphere.

Other Restaurants

Patagonia Sur

Club Del Progresso

La Vineria Del Progreso

Casa Cruz


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Over 12,000 works and regular exhibitions make this museum a must for art enthusiasts.

Museo Evita: A fascinating museum giving an insight into the life of one of Argentina’s favorite daughters, Eva Perón, who was immortalized in Alan Parker’s 1996 film.

MALBA, Museum of Latin American Arts of Buenos Aires: Spend an afternoon perusing some of the finest artwork Latin America has to offer at this iconic museum.

Fortabat Museum: Browse one of the most prestigious private art collections in the world at the Fortabat.

PROA Foundation: Located in La Boca, PROA Foundation features both modern and traditional art exhibitions.

Palacio Barolo: One of Buenos Aires’ first skyscrapers, Palacio Barolo was completed in 1923 and stands as a testament to the architectural style which made the city famous.

Plaza de Mayo: The site of the Casa Rosada or ‘Pink House’, Argentina’s presidential palace, this square is a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary.

Mercado de San Telmo: Every Sunday, San Telmo’s legendary street market takes over the old district’s streets, pictured, offering the chance to buy high quality local goods.

El Caminito: A popular tourist destination, El Caminito is situated in the famous district of La Boca and gives an idea of what life was like for Genovese immigrants arriving in Argentina at the turn of the 20th century.


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San Telmo

The best show in town right now is Rojo Tango; located at the Cabaret Restaurant inside the Faena Hotel. With just a hundred sittings a performance, it ensures an intimate, personalized experience. Rojo Tango showcases traditional tango in a risqué fashion, this being the main difference between Rojo and other tango shows. Another option for those seeking an initiation into tango is Esquina Carlos Gardel, located in the Abasto neighborhood. It is a very traditional show where the performers represent the evolution of tango. The orchestra at Esquina Carlos Gardel is also excellent. In addition to these shows, Gala Tango in San Telmo is another popular option. Here visitors are treated to tango and the show also features a representation of Evita, complete with her famous speech, folk music from the north of Argentina and a gaucho dancing malambo with ‘boleadoras’ too. If you prefer to see a little bit of everything this is a good option. Tango classes are available for the more adventurous.

La Catedral Metropolotana

La Catedral Metropolotana is definitely worth a visit as it is one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Buenos Aires. The neoclassical structure is located at the front of Plaza de Mayo at the intersection of San Martin and Rivadavia.

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