Follow the Flo in Buenos Aires
Most people in Buenos Aires use Remises, they are safer than taxis and have a stable price to go from one place to another, you order them by phone and they'll pick you up when needed.
You should definitely visit the following Barrios (neighbourhoods)
Recoleta, the Cementerio de la Recoleta (Junín 1760, Recoleta. Open daily from 7 a.m.) is hugue and beautiful, situated in the center of the city, it is where a lot of important Argentinean rest. One of the most famous one being Evita Peron.
Puerto Madero, one part is also called 'Faena District', it's the newest and most modern district in BA. Lots of new restaurants and even an Art Center (Faena Arts Center). It is a very nice & clean area with tall buildings. when going there you should definitely pay a visit to the Faena hotel (designed by starck) and it's cabaret where you can have a drink while watching a show. Also the famoust bridge by Calatrava "woman" is there.
San Telmo, you should definitely go to the Feria San Pedro Telmo (Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo. Open Sundays from 10 a.m.), it's one of the must do in BA, even though it is very crowded. Also their are very nice restaurant in the area.
La Boca, go have lunch in one of the famoust parilla (restaurant list) see the show at Fundacion Proa and walk around the 3-4 blocks of that 'colonial' & touristic area.
Palermo, All the boutique shops are in Palermo Viejo, if you go to one shop they give you a free map of the area with the shops (their are 3 different ones: for clothes, for design shops and for restaurants).
There is also a famous fly market, Mercado de las Pulgas (Niceto Vega and Dorrego, Palermo Viejo. Open daily from 10 a.m.)
Farinelli, Market Food
Arroyo 900, Retiro. +54 11 4328 7998
Monday - Saturday, 8am-8pm. Great option if in the area.
Basabilbaso, Recoleta. +54 11 4893 9444
Very cool restaurant and good food. Was previously a flower market
Pasaje del Correo, Vicente Lopez 1661, Recoleta. +54 11 4811 1414
Casa Cavia, Bar & Grill
Cavia 2985, Palermo. +54 11 4809 8600
Hip, cool and good
Mishiguene, Fine Jewish kitchen
Lafinur 3368 (y Libertador), Palermo. +54 11 3969 0764
Hip - Cool and Delicious!
Fayer, Mediteranean meets Israeli food
Av. Cerviño 44178, Palermo. +54 11 4774 3313
Oui Oui, Eclectic
Nicaragua 6099, Palermo. +54 11 4776 4442
Small cute bistrot. Fresh food.
Little Rose, Sushi
Armenia 1672, Palermo. +54 11 4833 9496
Very good food and romantic place.
Fogon Asado, Grill
Uriarte 1423, Palermo. +54 11 2142 2936
Don Julio, Argentinian classic
Guatemala 4699, Palermo. +54 11 4832 6058
Niño Gordo, Argentinean meets Japonese
Thames 1810, Palermo. +54 11 2129 5028
surprising -in a great way- mix!
Costa Rica 5852, Palermo Hollywood. +54 11 5291 3333
Beautifull, romantic, eclectic food. Expensive.
Araoz 1676, Palermo. +54 11 4831 0027
Osaka, Peruvian Japonese
Soler 5608, Palermo. +54 11 4775 6964
Hip. Delicious sushi.
La Mar, peruvian
Arevalo 2024, Palermo. +54 11 4776 5543
Very good food in a great setting
Sucre 676, Palermo. +54 11 4782 9082
Trendy and good selection of wines
Pipi Cucu, Brasserie style
Ciudad de la Paz 557, Belgrano. +54 11 4551 9314
Impecable, say no more.
Montañese 2585, Belgrano. + 54 11 4784 6900
beautiful deco and great food and drinks.
Patagonia Sur, Tradicional Argentine Cuisine
Rocha 803, La Boca. +54 11 4303 5917
One of BA’s best kept secrets.
Brasserie Petanque, French Brasserie
Defensa 596 (esq. Mexico), San Telmo. +54 11 4342 7930
Cafe Rivas, Argentinian Brasserie
Estados Unidos 302 (esq. Balcarce), San Telmo. +54 11 4361 5539
Great place, small, amazing food. Ideal for weekend lunch, also nice for dinner.
Caseros / Napoles / Club Social / The Pizza / Hierba Buena / La Popular
Avenida Caseros, between Defensa & Bolívar in San Telmo
If in the area of San Telmo, this is a must go - 1 street block - as it gathers lots of diverse restaurants, all beautifully
Best for Coffee - Drinks - Bars
Birkin, Coffee Bar
Republica Arabe Siria 3061, Palermo. +54 11 4843 7470
The best coffee in Buenos Aires and amazing cakes
Av. Pres. Manuel Quintana 188, Recoleta. +54 11 4811 3248
Hip but loud. Smoking sector inside.
Arroyo 882, Recoleta. +54 11 4313 6093
Beautiful small place with signature cocktails
Arevalo 2030, Palermo. +54 11 2101 4897
Bar decorated like a NY subway
Parana 1048, Barrio Norte.
Trendy Bar, in a petit hotel with garden. A beautiful place that also works as a restaurant, but the food is not outstanding.
San Martin 941, Micro Centro. +54 11 4314 4787
Small place. The bar is a scene at night. A BA tradition.
Thames 878, Palermo.
Hip. Classy. Very good Cocktails
Uriarte 1658, Palermo.
Hip. Trendy bar, next door to Casa Cruz, same owner.
you go in and pay in advance for your drinks, they give you casino coins...
Confiteria La Ideal
Suipacha 384, MicroCentro. +54 11 5265 8078
Witness the tango tradition
Café Tortoni (www.cafetortoni.com.ar)
Avenida de Mayo 825, Micro Centro.
Oldest café of Bs.As. Used to be a place of intelectuals. Lectures are held during the week.
Av Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo Chico. 4808 6500
Wednesday - Monday, 12pm-8pm. Closed on Tuesday
MNBA, Museo Nacional Bellas Artes (www.mnba.org.ar)
Ave del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. +54 11 4803 8814
Tuesday - Friday, 12.30-7.30pm. Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-7.30pm
Centro Cultural Recoleta (www.centroculturalrecoleta.org)
Junin 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040
Tuesday - Friday, 2pm-9pm. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-9pm
MODERNO, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (www.museomoderno.org)
San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4361 1121
Tuesday - Friday, 11am-7pm. Saturday & Sundays 11am-8pm. Closed on Mondays.
Fundacion Proa (www.proa.org)
Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca. 4303 0909
Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-7pm. Closed on Monday.
Where to Stay
The cool areas to stay are either Palermo (Viejo, Soho, event Hollywood) or Recoleta.
Puerto Madero is really nice, but maybe less convenient.
Home Hotel (www.homebuenosaires.com)
Honduras 5860, Palermo Hollywood. +54 11 4778 1008
Divine small boutique hotel with 17 rooms. Vintage european wallpaper, pool + little garden.
El Jardin Escondido (www.coppolajardinescondido.com)
Gorriti 4746, Palermo Soho. +54 11 4834 6166
Francis F. Coppola Boutique Hotel. Only 4 rooms
Palacio Duhau – Park Hotel (buenosaires.park.hyatt.com)
Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta. +54 11 5171 1234
Beautiful hotel, central. Expensive. Also great place for food & drinks.
Alvear palace Hotel (www.alvearpalace.com)
Avenida Alvear 1891, Recoleta. +54 11 4804 2100
A classic, lots of locals go to the Orangerie restaurant for breakfast, lunch or tea.
Faena Hotel + Universe (www.faenahotelanduniverse.com)
Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero. +54 11 4010 9000
Philippe Starck design.