By the early 20th-century, Argentina was a leading world exporter of agricultural goods resulting in an influx of Europeans who brought their neoclassical architecture with them.
Although parts of the nation came to mirror Paris and Madrid, they wear it at an angle entirely their own. The capital of Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango and home to the world’s best barbecue grills, most iconic street-art scene, and one of the games’ fiercest football leagues. Colorful, hectic, and full of noise, life is different here. It takes place on the street with friendly smiles and “another round,” and despite the traffic and quickening pace, there’s always room for music and laughter.
In the weathered streets of Buenos Aires’ oldest barrios, tango was born among the working-class in the late 19th-century. As one of Argentina’s greatest claims to fame, there are dance venues and shows around every corner, but for one of the most authentic and impressive spectacles, head to Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero.
Sushi is huge in Buenos Aires, and while cream cheese-filled maki and sweet sauces are a local favorite, set those expectations aside when sitting down at Club M Omakase. In the basement below Bar du Marché wine bar, sushi master Fabián Masuda serves elevated Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine in the form of rolls, nigiri, ceviches, and tiraditos.
Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most renowned open-air galleries, its streets splashed with color around every bend. These vibrant murals, mosaics, and graffiti are the masterpieces of local artists and internationals alike, detailing whimsical and abstract pieces as well as narrations of the nation’s trying past – from Hollywood Palermo to Calle Santa Rosa in Soho.