Buenos Aires is often known as the Paris of South America, not only for its French-style architecture, but also for the romantic vibe the city has to offer. From roof terraces to coastal promenades, Buenos Aires has everything to offer lovers young and old. We round up the best places to take a date in the Argentine capital.
A favourite place for first, and probably sometimes last, dates, is the Reserva Ecologica on Buenos Aires’ south coast. This riverside eco reserve was reclaimed by nature and now boasts something of a biosphere right in the middle of the city. Take a walk or ride a bike through the many paths that wind their way through the grasses and rushes, or if you and your paramour are more active, go for a run around the reserve at the weekend.
A nighttime tour of the Palacio Barolo is a romantic activity for lovers of architecture, and a good story. Based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, a guided tour brings groups through the lower floors of the office building up to the dome at the top, where you get spectacular views across Plaza Congreso towards the congress building.
Who wouldn’t be wooed by the gleaming skyscrapers and the culinary delights of Buenos Aires’ most prestigious neighbourhood, Puerto Madero? This regenerated port is perfect for an evening stroll while the sun is going down, before stopping into one of the area’s luxury hotels for a glass of champagne. Check out the famous Puente de la Mujer, designed by world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.
Walk around the cobbled streets of San Telmo and let yourself be transported back to another time. This is the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, and still has that old world charm. Go for lunch in Cafe Rivas, or for dinner in El Refuerzo, and check out the antiques market. Doppleganger is great for a romantic cocktail, or head to Napoles for a shock of extravagance.
It may not sound like the most romantic place, but just think of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and all the lovers that have passed through there, and you might get an idea of the appeal of Chacarita Cemetery. While Recoleta might be the city’s more famous cemetery, Chacarita is definitely more romantic – it is quieter, and is also the final resting place of Argentina’s bohemian set, including the king of romantic music, tango singer Carlos Gardel.
A day out in the idyllic waterways of Tigre in the Parana delta is a surefire way to win the heart of your lover. Take a boat trip around the murky waters of the river delta, and stop for lunch on one of the islands, where you can take in the beautiful, rustic scenery of this charming marshland.
Perhaps the quintessential romantic porteno experience is an afternoon in the Rosedal Palermo, the city’s well-maintained rose garden. A favourite places for lovers of all ages, the Rosedal oozes love and desire, and there are plenty of benches dotted around so you can get up close and personal with your other half.