The New York Times: 36 Hours in Buenos Aires


 

By IAN MOUNT

Published: February 4, 2007

36 Hours in Buenos Aires

“IT is better to look good than to feel good,” the Argentine actor Fernando Lamas once remarked. He could have been talking about Buenos Aires after its 2002 peso crisis. The financial meltdown emasculated the Argentine economy, but it also made Buenos Aires, the expensive cosmopolitan capital, an attractive and suddenly affordable destination. Now largely recovered from “La Crisis,” the city is being energized by an influx of tourists, expatriates and returning Argentine émigrés, and its glamorous night life and conspicuous consumption have reached a fever pitch. While inflation is now reappearing, Buenos Aires, at least for the moment, not only looks good but feels that way too.

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2) ICE CREAM AND ART

San Telmo is also home to a growing gallery scene including Appetite (Chacabuco 551; 54-9-11-6112-9975; www.appetiteprojects.com), which specializes in punk-rock-style art.