We asked Chef Concierge Sandra Ferrarese of Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—her own as well as those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Hotel. Discover this sophisticated city, which is a blend of European sensibility and exciting Latin American charm.
Get a sense of the city’s European side by seeing some of the French and Italian architecture by walking Alvear Avenue. For one of the finest examples of a Beaux Arts building, don’t miss La Mansión, which is part of the Four Seasons Hotel and has seven suites available.
One of the city’s best-kept secrets is that it’s a serious destination for art lovers. Some examples: MALBA is a contemporary museum with Latin American art, which features works of masters such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has well-known international names such as Rodin and van Gogh; and Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo is a Neoclassical mansion devoted to decorative arts. If you are looking for Argentinean art, do not miss Amalie Lacroze de Fortabat Museum in Puerto Madero. This private collection is definitely worth a visit.
Try a class at one of the several tango schools, and show off your newly acquired steps by heading to a milonga, a tango nightclub that evokes the elegance of a 1930s ballroom. Some milongas also offer lessons before they open, and La Viruta and Salon Canning are two of the most popular with locals. If you’d rather watch the tango than dance it, see a show at Rojo Tango or Café de los Angelitos, two of the best tango shows in town.
Expect unique shopping in many of the city’s distinct neighbourhoods. Chic Recoleta is rife with leather goods that Argentina is famous for and also has big-name international stores such as Louis Vuitton. The eclectic San Telmo is a treasure chest of antique stores and open-air markets, while hip Palermo Soho is lined with dozens of boutiques selling clothes, jewellery and accessories by young and trendy designers.