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.
Pizza Piola, Gorriti 5751, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4777 3698
Dada, San Martín 941, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4314 4787
Johann, Av. del Libertador 5380, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4783 7337
Santillo, Av. Cabildo 548, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4774 6051
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.
El Bar, Av. Gral. Las Heras 1822, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4805 0733
Soul Café, Báez 252, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4778 3115
Bar Isabel, Uriarte 1664, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4834 6969
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.
MALBA, Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4808 6500
Buenos Aires Dance Club, Piso 2, Florida 550, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4326 3169
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.
La Bombonera, Brandsen 805, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4309 4700
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.
Recoleta Cemetary, Junín 1760, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4803 1594