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BUENOS AIRES


HIDDEN FOODIE GEMS


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Typical Argentine restaurant La Cabrera is in the list of top 50 restaurants in Latin America. It’s a steak and red wine lovers’ heaven, but book in advance because there


are daily queues out the door. lacabrera.com.ar


ABOVE: Camanito’s brightly coloured houses, restaurants and shops draw in the tourists


city, draws influence from France and Italy – hence why the capital is often described as the Paris of South America. But just a stone’s throw away in San Telmo or Caminito, you can’t help but feel immersed in South American culture, with cobbled streets filled with the wafting scent of leather goods.


SOUTHERN BELLE


The more traditional, historic side of South America can be found in San Telmo, the oldest barrio in the city. It’s here in this quaint and charming neighbourhood that Buenos Aires’ colonial connection is most evident. San Telmo is crammed full of beautifully dishevelled and decaying colonial buildings, antiques shops, cafes and restaurants, and it was one of my favourite parts of the city. While it’s worth a visit any day of


the week, it’s on Sundays when huge antiques markets bring this area to life, creating an atmosphere similar to that


of a street party and attracting tourists and locals in their droves.


The bright and bold side to South American culture is alive and kicking in the La Boca barrio. It is known as being one of the more dangerous and poorer parts of the city, but don’t let the rough edges of this district and ugly façade of La Bombonera stadium (home to Boca Juniors Football Club), which is at its heart, put you off completely. Countless football fans make the ‘pilgrimage’ to see the stadium, but there’s a gem just around the corner for those less enthused by sport. Caminito (which translates as ‘little walkway’) is the most famous street in La Boca, and one of the most vibrant in the city. Like most of the Argentine capital, Caminito has strong ties to Europe with many of its early settlers coming from Genoa in Italy. Despite this, the barrio certainly encompasses the energy and atmosphere of South America. The little pathway is similar to an open-


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Delve into tiny cafes in San Telmo for the best empanadas you’ll ever taste. This area is also filled with bakeries serving sweet and savoury takeaway goodies if you’re in a rush.


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Encourage clients to sample Argentine wines. Intrepid Travel-owned Urban Adventures offers day tours


of Palermo’s best vino haunts. urbanadventures.com


aspire march 2017 — 59


PHOTO: ALEX MACDONALD


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