Business

Argentina,
Buenos Aires

Introduction

There are two Buenos Aires: one is the traditional, with the tango nights and classical concerts at The Teatro Colón. Another is the home to some of the best and trendiest restaurants, bars and shops. Since the economic crisis that brought down Argentina in the late 20th century, Buenos Aires just gets better and better. New places to eat, shop and dance open all the time, as if to help porteños (as Buenos Aires' inhabitants are called) to forget the problems the country still faces.

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Essentials

  1. Nobody dines before 22.00 and the nightlife never starts before 02.00.
  2. The chicest shops are in Palermo but most of them have an outlet branch in Aguirre Street. Look out for the sales.
  3. Taxis are cheap but the drivers will try to charge as much as they can. Research the route and make sure you stick to it.
  4. Even male friends greet each other with a kiss on the cheek.
  5. Buenos Aires was Unesco's World Book capital in 2012. Do some research on Borges and Cortazar – they are essential for any pub talk.

Two-hour tour

  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

    Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415

    +54 11 4808 6500

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  • Fundación Proa

    Avenida Pedro de Mendoza 1929

    +54 11 4104 1000

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  • Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

    Olga Cossettini 141 (Puerto Madero Este)

    +54 11 4310 6600

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Hotels

  • Dependable chain

    NH City & Tower

    Bolivar 160

    +34 913 984 661

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  • Independent and easy

    Home

    Honduras 5860

    +54 11 4778 1008

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  • Premium

    Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt

    Avenida Alvear 1661

    +54 11 5171 1234

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Havanna

    Dozens of locations

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  • Business breakfast

    Los 36 Billares

    Avenida de Mayo 1265

    +54 11 4381 5696

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Experiencia del Fin del Mundo

    Honduras 5673

    +54 11 4852 6660

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Sagardi Loft Osteria

    Humberto Primo 319

    +54 11 4361 2538

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  • Lunch on your own

    El Claustro (Santa Catalina)

    705 San Martin

    + 54 11 4312 0235

  • High tea

    Alvear Palace Hotel

    Avenida Alvear 1891

    +54 11 4808 2100

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  • Dinner on your own

    Olsen

    Gorriti 5870

    +54 11 4776 7677

  • Private dinner

    Café San Juan

    450 avenida San Juan

    + 54 11 4300 1112

  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Tomo I

    Hotel Panamericano, Carlos Pellegrini 521

    +54 11 4326 6695

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  • Drink after dinner

    Florería Atlántico

    Arroyo 872

    +54 11 4313 6093

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  • Late drinks

    Gran Bar Danzón

    Libertad 1161

    +54 11 4811 1108

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  • Sunday brunch

    La Panaderia de Pablo

    269 Defensa

    + 54 114331 6728

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  • Vegan lunch

    Meraviglia

    5796 Gorriti

    + 54 11 4775 7949

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    La Brigada

    Estados Unidos 465

    +54 11 4361 5557

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  • Drinks and dinner on your own

    Thelonious Club

    1884 Salguero

    + 54 11 4829 1562

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  • On the tiles

    Niceto Club

    Niceto Vega 5510

    +54 11 4779 9396

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Le Blé

    Alvarez Thomas 899

    +54 11 4554 5350

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  • Working lunch

    Merivale

    Level 1, Establishment 252 George Street

    + 61 2 9240 3000

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  • Lunch on your own

    Museo Evita Restaurant

    Juan María Gutiérrez 3926

    +54 11 4800 1599

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Librería El Ateneo

    Avenida Santa Fe 1860

    +54 11 4811 6104

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Thank yous

  • Stationery

    Galeria Wusmann

    Venezuela 570

    +54 11 4343 4707

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Shopping

  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Galerías Pacífico

    Florida 737

    +54 11 5555 5110

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  • Something for someone you love

    Papelera Palermo — Paper goods from Papelera Palermo

    José Antonio Cabrera 5227

    +54 11 4833 3081

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  • Something for the kids

    Recursos Infantiles — Wooden toys at Recursos Infantiles

    Borges 1766

    +54 11 4834 6177

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  • Antique store

    Gil Antiguedades

    412 Humberto Primo

    + 54 11 4361 5019

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  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    28 Sport — Vintage style shoes

    Gurruchaga 1481

    +54 11 4833 4287

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Transport

  • Buy a Subte travel card — The metro (Subte) costs AR$2.50 (€0.30) for a single trip. If you're staying for a while, buy a Subte magnetic card from a post office, which can be topped up with a credit card and used on the underground and buses.

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Limousine/car

  • Remis Buenos Aires

    José María Moreno 40, Piso 4

    +54 11 4903 3202

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Fitness

  • Alternative diversion

    Riding at Club Hipico Argentino

    Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 7285

    +54 11 4787 1003

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  • Running route

    Bosques de Palermo — Enter Parque 3 de Febrero at Avenida del Liberator y Sarmiento.

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