Travel Postcard: 48 hours in nostalgic Buenos Aires

Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:39am EDT
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By Alexandra Ulmer

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters Life!) - In Buenos Aires, browsing through antique stalls, dining on steak, drinking Malbec wine and dancing the tango in atmospheric dance halls are a must.

But the cosmopolitan capital also boasts fashionable clubs blasting the latest electronic hits and a revamped dock area flush with luxurious skyscrapers and chic restaurants.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors to Buenos Aires get the most out of a short stay.


8 p.m. - Kick off your weekend with a stroll from the city's landmark obelisk to Corrientes Avenue, the busy street where locals go for a night at the theater or a leisurely browse around the second-hand bookshops. Corrientes is Buenos Aires' answer to Broadway, but the quaint bookstores that stay open into the early hours and faded theaters give it an Old World charm.

Pop over to the nearby Teatro Colon (, an ornate opera house that reopened this May after a three-year restoration. Built in 1908, when Argentina was one of the world's richest nations, it offers a beautiful glimpse into the nation's wealthier past.

9:30 p.m. - Early dining is not fashionable in Buenos Aires, and Portenos, as residents are known, often tuck into dessert well after midnight. Join the pre-theater crowd at Pizzeria Guerrin (Corrientes 1368), one of the city's oldest pizzerias, or dig into Argentine fare at tango-themed Chiquilin (Sarmiento 1599).

11 p.m. - Grab some last-minute tickets for a theater show, or enjoy the city's nightlife. If you are fond of electronic music visit Milion (Parana 1048). But if you fancy a more mellow night try the Thelonious Club (Salguero 1884).   Continued...

<p>A crescent moon is seen over Buenos Aires at sunrise, September 6, 2010. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci</p>