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What’s New in Buenos Aires

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Sandy Bornstein
Written by Sandy Bornstein

Day and night, Buenos Aires greets its visitors with a mix of European elegance and Latin American passion. There’s plenty to do and see, and travelers need to be in the know about some of the city’s newer restaurants and accommodations that are part of it’s constantly changing landscape. We’re sharing an overview of venues that have opened within the last few years, as well as a couple of places that will open in 2017.

Want to Taste What’s New in Buenos Aires?

You can’t visit Buenos Aires without trying an empanada. In the San Telmo neighborhood, check out El Banco Rojo’s new space for the less healthy, fried version. This fast food lunch and dinner restaurant also serves falafel, burgers, and tacos.

One of Argentina’s award-winning chefs, Mauro Colagreco, entered the burger niche with fanfare. His basic burger is dressed with a selection of vegetables, cheese, and homemade bread. Carne is located in La Plata.

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While beef is king in Argentina, not everyone follows the pack. Those seeking a more vegetable-based cuisine can try Mediterranean food at Ureña in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood.

Another option in San Telmo is La Vermutería. If you love vermouth and fried, grilled, and cold tapas, add this to your list

For those travelers looking to satisfy their pizza craving, head over to Cosi Mi Piace (Palermo). This restaurant specializes in thin, Roman-styled pizzas and homemade pastas. Step next door to visit Bruto, Argentina’s first bean-to-bar chocolate factory.

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For Buenos Aires’ version of small plate entrees, go to Proper Restaurant. However, don’t bring your meat-eating companions along. They may be disappointed with a menu that favors creative vegetarian fare. Many of the dishes are cooked in their custom-built, wood-fired oven, set in a former garage.

Somewhere to Quench Your Thirst?

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Mosey on over to On Tap to select from 20 craft beers served on tap. Success speaks for itself. Several locations have opened within a short period of time. The Palermo location is part of the free Palermo Brewery Tour.

Looking for a Chic Place to Stay?

The luxurious Recoleta Grand Hotel offers business and general travelers an upscale experience in the exclusive and safe Recoleta neighborhood. The complimentary breakfast buffet for early bookings is extensive, compared to Buenos Aires standards.

The posh Alvear Palace Hotel completed a six-year renovation project that added 15 rooftop suites, an indoor pool, an exclusive lounge, a solarium, and the Alvear Roof bar. Pampered guests in these new rooms will enjoy a butler service and exclusive access to the Alvear lounge for complimentary breakfast, lunch, and beverages.

This summer, the Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences will enter the marketplace adjacent to the Puerto Maero waterfront. It will add 159 suites and multiple dining options, including a glatt kosher restaurant.

Later this year, the new Buenos Aires Conventions Center will open near the city’s major museums in the Recoleta neighborhood. The facility will have a main theater, exhibition space, meeting rooms, and a reception area.

Are there any other newer or soon to be opened Buenos Aires venues you’d like to tell us about?

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Sandy Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein lived as an expat in India. Her award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, highlights what she learned as the only American teacher at an international Bangalore school. After living abroad, Sandy continues to explore the world and write about her travels. You can follow Sandy's adventures at www.sandrabornstein.com.

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