Buenos Aires, Argentina
Photo: Café Tortoni © Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes | Dreamstime.com
The “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is known for its European flair, gorgeous architecture and rich culture. While that may be reason enough to plan a purely leisure trip, a myriad of factors prompt travel to Buenos Aires for business as well. The city hosts many business events each year and offers plenty of venues perfect for meetings, dining with colleagues and entertaining clients. You’ll find yourself wanting to return again and again as this city captivates you with its vivacious charms.
Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza International Airport, is located approximately 20 miles south of downtown Buenos Aires. Prepaid taxis (remises) provide the safest means to and from the airport, which you can often arrange through your hotel. Visitors can also take a shuttle bus with companies such as Manuel Tienda León, which transports passengers via air-conditioned buses at least every hour from the airport to the Terminal Madero station for about $10.
Walking offers one of the easiest ways to get around this bustling metropolis with its heavy traffic. The city’s fast and convenient subway network, Subte, includes stops at several tourist attractions; however, it gets crowded during rush hour. One Subte trip costs about 53 cents.
Raffaella Bar & Lounge
Head to Raffaella Bar & Lounge in the Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires to entertain clients. Open 7 a.m.–11 p.m., it offers full breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and drink menus. With a fine selection of Argentinean wine and premium spirits, this contemporary and modern bar and lounge provides a perfect place for drinks and more.
Tarquino is set within the luxurious boutique hotel Hub Porteño. With a renowned chef, a modern Argentinean menu and posh décor, you can’t go wrong when choosing Tarquino for an important business luncheon. The entire menu is delectable, but the seven-course tasting menu proves particularly tempting. You can make reservations on the restaurant’s website.
For a casual yet upscale breakfast (or lunch), look to UCO, located in the Fierro Hotel in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood. The restaurant prides itself on preparing all ingredients in house, and you’ll find freshly prepared baked goods and homemade yogurt on the breakfast menu. The lunch menu offers a little more complexity with multiple courses.
Once you’re off the clock, head over to Café Tortoni, a historic café founded by a Frenchman in the 1850s. Known for its weekly line-up of tango shows, the café once beloved by the artistic types of Buenos Aires has become a popular attraction. You’ll find plenty on the menu for your taste buds as well, from chocolate and churros to Argentinean steaks.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Argentina’s National Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 12,000 pieces of artwork. The last admission is at 8 p.m., so you have plenty of time to make it before the doors close. Explore 24 exhibition halls displaying works from El Greco and Van Gogh to Rodin and Rembrandt.
The Buenos Aires’ theater community’s pride and joy, the Teatro Colón was built in the late 19th century. Here you can find performances of opera, ballet and other fine arts. Something is going on almost every night of the week, with many events starting around 8 p.m. You can buy tickets straight from the theater’s website.
For more information, visit turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar