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A Couple's Guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Two tango dancers performing at Plaza Serrano | © Alexandr Vorobev/Shutterstock
Two tango dancers performing at Plaza Serrano | © Alexandr Vorobev/Shutterstock
Whether you come to Buenos Aires with “Mr/Mrs. Right,” or you meet “Mr/Mrs. Right-now” while you’re visiting, there’s something for every couple to explore. Regardless of where your passion meter rests, these ideas will help fill the time in romantic ways.

Dining

With plenty of hole-in-the-wall spots and gaudy Puerto Madero restaurants, eating out is not an area to run out of options. Buenos Aires offers a choice of almost everything from spicy food and cocktails to French food and candlelight. Pizza Piola has loud music for younger couples to enjoy and a quiet patio for the older generation to escape to if the music level is too high. Either way, it could be considered ‘romantic’. Dada is a bistro with great food and can help your date think you’re way cooler than you are. If you’re looking for a touch of genuine Argentina dining, Johann’s and Santillo’s are two places to visit. Located a little further from City Center than the rest, both restaurants offer up a fine dining experience in the leafy barrio Belgrano where most foreign embassies are located.

Fine dining is affordable in Buenos Aires © Jerry Nelson / Flickr

Wine

El Bar in Microcentro is located just a short, romantic stroll from Dada, so why not keep the conversation flowing after dinner by sharing a bottle of Malbec. Other sophisticated bars include Soul Café in Las Canitas and Bar Isabel in Palermo. Or you could treat your date to some real high class at Gran Bar Danzón.

Wine is served liberally at every meal © Celta / Flickr

Daytime activities

When you’ve been a couple for long enough, you’ve had plenty of time to find something to do that doesn’t center entirely around dining. The MALBA gallery is an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. Just make sure you learn some sophisticated artistic critiques and observations ahead of time. Tango is the famous Argentinian dance that is fuelled by passion. In the afternoon, Buenos Aires Dance Club gives you a place to try out your hottest dance moves before the professionals arrive to steal the show. Think about spending the day at the horse races. Both Palermo and San Isidro have courses on alternate days. Stretching out on infield grass with a picnic, sipping wine, eating choripan and reading the race guide could be fun.

Horse racing in Buenos Aires © Pablo Palmeiro / Flickr

Catch a Boca game

Donning a fluffy hat and bouncing with tribal fanatics could be the most thrilling thing you do in Buenos Aires. When Boca Juniors play their cross-town rivals, River Plate, there’s not much in life that’s more exciting. Take your date to a Boca Juniors’ game in La Bombonera stadium, and it could be an adventure neither of you will forget.

Check in to a ‘love hotel’

Not as seedy as it sounds, love hotels rent rooms by the hour, so why not spice up your love life a little? Check into one under the pretense of anonymity and enjoy a few hours on waterbeds under mirrored ceilings.

Tour around Tigre

Less than an hour from downtown is the subtropical delta of Tigre. Explore forested islands and multiple canals and waterways, or sit and watch the river roll by. River buses sail regularly from the port and a boozy picnic on a remote and deserted island can be had for less than US$20.

The City of The Dead

Wandering with your date in a labyrinth of mausoleums sounds a little Poe-ish, but Recoleta’s necropolis is one of Buenos Aires’ favorite tourist spots. As you wander through the tombs, the bad and beautiful people from Argentina’s past will greet you. Be sure to stop by Eva “Evita” Perón’s tomb. When she died, her body ended up hidden in Italy. Upon the fall of the military dictatorship in 1982, her body was brought back to Buenos Aires and entombed three storys underground.

Till death do us part... Why not take your date to Recoleta Cemetary © Alex/Flickr