There’s been a lot of hype about Buenos Aires recently, with much talk about tango, good food and wine and the fact that it’s summer there right now so you can head for the sun, leaving the blustery, rainy weather behind.
If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay, try Art Factory (artfactoryba.com.ar), an art-themed hostel housed in an 1850s mansion, which has private rooms as well as dorms, from £20, recommends the BBC. The rooms and hallways sport wall murals, and there’s also a roof terrace and bar. At the other end of the price spectrum, (from £120), you can stay at Moreno (morenobuenosaires.com) located in an art deco building in San Telmo, where you can enjoy amazing views of the city from the rooftop terrace. For a mid-range hotel (from £60), try Casa Bolivar (casabolivar.com). 14 apartments have been turned into individually styled spaces, some with incredible original details, such as carved doorways and painted ceilings. There's also a communal patio and gardens.
Buenos Aires has a serious continental-European-style café culture, so join the locals, sit back and enjoy your coffee while you people-watch. One of the best is Las Violetas (lasvioletas.com), a beautifully restored café which dates back to 1884 and has fabulous stained-glass windows and high ceilings (pictured). You can stay for lunch, with main courses from £2-£10.
A reasonably priced place to try the country’s renowned meat, is Parrilla 1880 (parrilla1880. com.ar) in the San Telmo area, an authentic Argentinian parrilla (meat grill) where main courses cost between £3-£8. Or push the boat out and join in the latest Argentinian trend and eat in a 'closed-door' restaurant in a private house. Casa Coupage (casacoupage.com.ar) is hosted by two sommeliers in their house in Palermo, who serve superb wine to match your meal. Dinner, on Wednesdays and Thursdays only, costs around £30-£40. Enjoy!