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Anonymous10 Jun 2011
As first-timer to visit (on business), I have been told this is a great city. Here for week, including free day Sat. Again, any up-to-date advice, trips, must-sees, places to eat, places to avoid would be great. Booked into Hotel del Casco in San Isidro quarter.
many thanks to all.10 Jun 2011
Just come back from BA. The city centre is interesting, Calle Florida for shops and the street market. Plenty of bars and cafes for people watching. Great restaurants are plentiful for a good steak. Tips – on arrival take Taxi Ezezia from the airport, the desk is in the middle of the arrivals hall. Also change money at Banco Nacion in the baggage hall or if closed exit the arrivals channel, turn right and right again. Much better rate.20 Jun 2011
Haven’t been for a few years, but Bar Sur in the San Telmo district was a great little bar to go and watch old fashioned Argentinian tango – they have loads of acts, from dancers, to singers and pianists.
La Boca district is also worth a visit for its pastel-coloured houses, and of course if the football season is on then you could head to La Bombonera (home of Boca Juniors).20 Jun 2011
San Isidro is a bit far out – you’ll need to head to the centre of town to see the main sites.
Best tourist areas are Palermo (Hollywood and Soho) and San Telmo. You can safely wander around these areas and soak up the sites. The cemetery area in Recoleta is interesting but the surrounding parks from there down towards Palermo / Belgrano make for a pleasant walk.
La Boca is nice too but stay within the tourist area – it can be quite dangerous if you venture too far from the main tourist blocks and should only be visited during the day. Everywhere else is relatively safe!
La Cabrera (Palmero) – a bit touristy but some of the best meat in town
Oviedo (Recoleta) – good fish restaurant
Las Pizarras Bistro (Palermo – not too well known but excellent food)
Bar Gran Danzon (Recoleta) – good sushi and cocktails
Milion (Recoleta) – the best. Food is ok, but cocktails and ambience are really excellent
Isabel’s (Palermo) – bit preto but fine for a drink
Olsen’s (Palermo) – good cocktails, useless food
Club life is excellent. Argentinians know how to have a good time!20 Jun 2011
As SimonS1 says – be careful about taxis. Take taxi Ezezia from the airport and get your hotel to order a radio cab for the trip back to Ezezia and any other longer trips. Non-radio cabs are generally less safe so try and avoid them. Radio cabs have signs on their rooves.20 Jun 2011