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Guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve dreamed of experiencing Buenos Aires all my life. I heard it was beautiful and romantic. I heard that the food was incredible, the wine as rich as the culture. I had heard it was the Paris of South America, and you all know how I feel about mon amour Paris. All these things had been whispered to me, and they filled my mind with wanderlust. When I finally visited, I knew everything I had heard was right. I would love to share with you the discoveries that led me to fall in love with this magnificent city…

This list is made possible because of my amazing guides from Mai 10. Mai 10 is a travel agency focused on privileged access and inspiring destinations. Because of Mai 10, the city sparkled like a glass of champagne.

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Fueguia Perfume

This beautiful boutique perfumery has a few locations around Buenos Aires, featuring a collection both chic and minimalist. I fell in love with a new perfume called Juan Manuel: named after a man they used to call “de Rosas”, which means “for the roses”, it has a smoky scent like you were sitting in a room full of roses by a roaring fire.

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Volta Gelato

The gelato game in Buenos Aires is strong. Actually, I’d declare it the gelato capital of the world. Though all the brands are amazing, our favorite was Volta. It’s quite popular and easy to find around the city… and when you do, it’s all about the Dulce de Leche.

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Recoleta

Recoleta is the beautiful and most affluent neighborhood of Buenos Aires. A cultural center of the city, it’s here where the well heeled walk the Parisian-esque streets, meet at elegant restaurants and stay in luxury accommodations. It was here where we enjoyed popping in and out of high end shops, taking in the historic architecture and finishing the day with a nice cocktail before retiring back to our palace.

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Patagonia Sur

This was hands down the best meal of my life. Argentine chef Francis Mallmann is known for his unique approach to cooking with fire (remember his Faena Asado?!). If you haven’t seen Chef’s Table, you’re missing out on the most beautiful documentary series featuring this unique chef . And in case the unbelievable food at Patagonia Sur was not enough, the restaurant is on the ground floor of Francis Mallmann’s home. The inviting decor makes you feel like you’re dining at the home of an intimate friend… if your friend happens to be one of the best chefs in the world.

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Palermo

Who wouldn’t want to walk around Palermo? This charming, hip neighborhood in Buenos Aires was full of great shopping, restaurants, coffee spots, local designer shops and romantic cobblestone streets.

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Tealosophy 

Located in the Palermo neighborhood, this little tea shop tucked away in an alley has the most beautiful and inspired tea blends by Inés Berton. You can try different teas as you figure out which ones to purchase, wander in and out of the cute little shops in the shared alleyway, or just sit, sip, and enjoy.

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Airedelsur

Airedelsur, or southern air, is a housewares and jewelry designer. Their specialty is working with singularly talented Latino-American craftsmen as well as local natural resources to produce Argentina-specific products. I loved the silver wares and bought a beautiful woven bracelet as a souvenir of Argentina’s craftsmanship.

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Fervor

Mere walking distance from the Alvear Palace Hotel where we stayed was this Argentine steakhouse. Located in the elegant neighborhood of Recoleta, we loved the warm and cozy decor, the illustrated menu, the amazing dry-aged, grass-fed steaks from Argentina’s Pampas region, and of course—rubbing shoulders with the beautiful locals.

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San Telmo

The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires has cobblestone streets, little cafes, colonial buildings, an amazing food market and some of the best vintage shopping of my life! Next time I’m in Buenos Aires, I want to be there on the day of the Flea Market, which fills this charming area with treasures.

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Casa Cavia

Imagine a 1920s home renovated into a fabulous restaurant, a flower shop, a bookstore, a publishing house, and a perfumery. Now add chef Pablo Massey, who brings to life the best of fresh and seasonal ingredients. This was the most charming moment of the trip: the decor, the mix of inspirations, and the modern flavor of Argentina you get when in this inspired home.

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La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery is one of the world’s best and most beautiful cemeteries. From Presidents of Argentina, notable families, Nobel Prize winners, royalty, and even the infamous Eva Perón, walking these hallowed passages is one of history as well as a stunning celebration of the beauty and fragility of life past and future. Each mausoleum tells the stories of families, who they were, and the meaningful symbolism they wanted to spend an eternity surrounded by. I found it peaceful, inspiring and unforgettable.

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  • These photographic tours around the city are a dream!

    I’m hoping to plan a trip to South America sometime this early summer and will definitely be looking to your posts for recommendations of places to see/eat/visit! <3

  • Beautiful pictures! Looks like a delicious trip, judging by the food 😀

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  • ugh jamie. These photos slapped me so silly with wanderlust. LOVELY photos thank you for sharing! x

  • Ron

    Jamie, as always your photographs continue to blow me away. You have such a gifted eye for the camera! Argentina is a country I have always been attracted to and hope to one day visit. But even without visiting there myself, your pictures captured what I have always imaged it would look and feel like. Such a wonderful diversity!

    I especially liked the photos of San Telmo and the image of the man sitting at the table reading the newspaper. What a beautifully candid and natural shot!

    Also, I have always been fascinated with Argentine history and Eva Peron.

    Thanks so much for sharing your travels. Very much enjoyed!

  • Gaby Dalkin

    First – I had NO IDEA you ate at Patagonia Sur and if I had my FOMO would have been out of control. Second – the pic of you with an umbrella… CHIC AF

  • These photos are incredible. Buenos Aires looks so amazing, you captured it very very well.

  • Wow, the photos are gorgeous! Buenos Aires looks beautiful and I’d love to visit it one day. Saving this guide for future reference :)

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  • Stunning photos, you are the reason I added Argentina on my bucket list <3

  • Your photos and words simply transport me to a different place Jamie. I look forward every day to reading your beautiful blog.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

  • Sofia

    Whenever you make a post about South America it always surprise me how european it can look. Your photos look perfect like always! Now I can’t wait to go there and see it myself with my own eyes! :) <3

  • Tarragona IN

    How lucky you are!! Enjoy your stay in Argentina.
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  • Tess D’Urbervilles

    Everything looks superbe!

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

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  • OH MY! The photo of you with the umbrella in the graveyard – just so beautiful Jamie! I love the shot of the butcher, the man reading the paper, the beer on a tray and the wallet – those just ignited a feeling of wanting to be there, for me.
    All of the shots are stunning.

    On my bucket list now! :)

  • such gorgeous images & such an amazing palce!

  • Jamie

    The window image with white drapes making a puddle on the floor. Your white wrap blouse. The unceasing myriad of scrumptious images.

  • Jorgelina

    I am from Argentina and I live in Buenos Aires. IT is a beautiful city and you have captured its beauty in all your nice fotos. But, let me tell you only one thing that probably somebody told you wrong about Juan Manuel de Rosas. His real and complete name was Juan Manuel José Domingo Ortiz de Rozas y López de Osornio, people called him in a brief way, Juan Manuel de Rosas. By that time, people from high society had several surnames. His father’s was Ortiz de Rozas because his parents were from a place in Spain named Rozas. That is why his name would be “Ortiz from Rozas” His mother’s surname was López de Osornio. He was a dictator that ruled this country with violence and killed every person who dare to contradict him. So nothing romantic can be related to him or his time. Beautiful pics!! I love them. Bye.

  • What a complete and extensive photoguide !. I visited 6 wonderful cafes in Buenos Aires (Tortoni Cafe, 36 Billares, La Biela, Grand Splendid, Confitería La Ideal, etc) as a part of the Historic cafes Tour, me and my husband took this February. We loved the fileteado artwork, the vaulted ceilings, the gloriously beat-up furniture, the waiters in bowties, the checkerboard floors. Everything made for a perfect café environment. Some of the cafés were breathing and living museums.
    We fell in love with Tortoni Cafe and especially with the sculpted trio in the corner. Over the years such talented and famous people sat right there in this same chair comfortably in literary discussion over their coffee. At the end of the tour we visited the biggest book shop in Latin America which has a Cafe inside and you can take a book and read it, taking a sweet coffe, and then return the book, for free !
    This book shop used to be a huge theatre, really amazing. The tour company is Kangoo Tours: http://www.kangootours.wix.com/tours . I highly recommend this tour,,,