Our Experts’ Choice awards are are based on recommendations from leading travel media. Winners are determined by taking into account placement in published “best of 2018” lists, as well as the quantity and quality of reviews for hotels, restaurants and attractions. We’re pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s award for best South American destination is Buenos Aires.
From its sultry tango halls and Belle Époque architecture to its dynamic restaurants and timeless cafes, Buenos Aires has long counted itself among the world’s greatest cities. The city promises to become an especially sought-after destination with publications like Travel + Leisure and the Robb Report listing Buenos Aires as one of the best places to travel in 2018.
In addition to art, Buenos Aires boasts a flourishing design community. Hot independent boutiques like Animaná (a fashion store located in founder Adriana Marina’s Palermo apartment), Vacavaliente (a leather goods showroom in up-and-coming Villa Crespo), and Tamara Lisenberg’s jewelry workshop in Palermo Soho showcase the vibrance of the city’s creative sector.
The culinary landscape continues to evolve, too, as a wave of hungry young chefs infuse new flavors onto Buenos Aires menus. Among this year’s most notable restaurant openings: Proper (featuring an ever-changing menu of small plates showcasing indigenous ingredients), La Alacena (an all-day restaurant-bakery serving sourdough croissants and fresh tagliatelle), and Los Galgos (offering Negronis on tap and contemporary twists on classic Argentine dishes).
Meanwhile, local food lovers continue to swear by Tegui 87, an eight-year-old restaurant in the trendy Palermo neighborhood, which was recently named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants while La Cabrera Sur, a parrilla that serves what might be the best beef in BA is TripExpert’s highest-scoring restaurant in town.
If you’re a beverage enthusiast, you’ll also find a cluster of new craft beer bars (Buena Birra Social Club, Bierlife), speakeasies (Harrison, Victoria Brown) and coffee shops (Cafe Registrado, Lab) to satisfy your thirst.
Buenos Aires boasts a trio of hotels with a TripExpert score of 90+: the Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires 92, a Belle Époque mansion; the landmark Alvear Palace Hotel 91; and the massive and massively luxurious Faena Hotel 91.
The city also welcomed a new luxury property in 2017: the Alvear Icon Hotel, a five-star location with 159 rooms and 50 residencies in the waterside neighborhood of Puerto Madero is a sister to the Alvear Palace and the Alvear Art Hotel 78. Across from the Faena Arts Center 72, the stylish hotel features a high-end spa and fitness center and a bar with 360-degree views of the city — not to mention Glitter, South America’s first upscale kosher restaurant, which is set to open imminently.
If you’re searching for a city that blends old-world charm with a modern sensibility, look no further than Buenos Aires. Long considered the cultural capital of South America, the city continues to be one of the most exciting places to visit in the hemisphere.