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Romantic Buenos Aires

Picturesque Parks and Gardens
Romantic Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is, as a tongue-in-cheek bumper sticker might say, made for lovers. From the tango floor to dining by candlelight, from fine wines to late-morning brunches, here are some of the city’s most romantic experiences.
Photo courtesy of Japanese Garden
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    Picturesque Parks and Gardens
    Picturesque Parks and Gardens
    When the city gets too hectic, retreat to one of Buenos Aires’s loveliest parks and gardens for a walk, a picnic, or a siesta under the trees. The Botanical Garden, with shady paths and a butterfly garden, presents a lovely diversion from the busy streets of the city. The sprawling Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods) offer a lovely rose garden and a picturesque lake with paddleboats, while in the south of the city, the Reserva Ecológica has bike paths along the Río de la Plata. The Japanese Garden is a small and wonderfully romantic spot in Palermo for admiring bonsai and sipping tea; come at night to dine on sushi while looking out at the illuminated gardens.
    Photo courtesy of Japanese Garden
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    The Sultry Art of Tango
    The Sultry Art of Tango
    Buenos Aires is, of course, the world capital of tango, and there is no finer place to dance cheek to cheek. Opportunities to learn the legendary dance abound throughout the city. At traditional tango venues like downtown’s Confiteria Ideal, you can sign up for a class and then stay afterward to practice at the milonga (tango club). Private teachers advertise around the city; they also come to milongas to offer their services to aspiring dancers who need some help on the dance floor. Learning the sultry dance isn’t easy—but it’s hard to imagine a more romantic activity for a couple visiting the city.
    Photo by Felix Busso
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    Cozy Up for a Candlelit Dinner
    Cozy Up for a Candlelit Dinner
    In Buenos Aires, dinner happens late. Most restaurants don’t even open until 8 p.m., and many locals don’t think of making a reservation before 10 p.m. It means that restaurants are packed well into the night, often with couples sharing a bottle of malbec and several courses by the glow of candlelight. The list of options for a romantic dinner is almost endless. Generally speaking, you’ll find contemporary ambience in Palermo eateries like Casa Cruz, old-world glamour in Recoleta’s landmark restaurants, and rustic charm in the parrillas (steak houses) of San Telmo, such as the famous La Brigada.
    Photo by Felix Busso
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    Big City Escapes
    Big City Escapes
    If you feel like escaping from the big city, there are plenty of relaxing day trips and weekend getaways within easy striking distance of Buenos Aires. Whether you’re looking for a romantic adventure on the water or an old-world experience on horseback, the surrounding region has much to offer. The lazy Tigre River delta is just a short train journey away, and the charmingly sleepy colonial settlement of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay is an easy boat ride across Río de La Plata. (Immigration is at the port.) Finally, you could take a trip to an estancia (ranch) and the rural town of San Antonio de Areco, located in gaucho country.
    Photo courtesy of Villa Ocampo
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    Dance the Night Away
    Dance the Night Away
    It’s not for everyone, but if you’re young—or young at heart—and don’t mind that the dance floor doesn’t really get going until around 2 in the morning, then you’re in the right city. Buenos Aires’s nightclub scene is rightfully famous. There are a string of superclubs lining the shore of the Río de la Plata in the north of the city, and you’ll find smaller, more alternative clubs like Niceto Club and Crobar in the Palermo neighborhood. Go out for a late dinner, and then out for drinks, before even attempting to enter the nightclub; otherwise, you’ll certainly show up too early and have to wait for the crowds to arrive.
    Photo courtesy of Café Rivas
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    Linger over a Late Brunch
    Linger over a Late Brunch
    Particularly if you’ve been out late the night before, there’s nothing like a leisurely late-morning brunch in Buenos Aires. While not traditionally Argentine, many restaurants and hotels have caught on to the custom and offer special brunch menus on weekend mornings, complete with omelets and Bloody Mary variations. Favorite venues in Palermo include Olsen, Home Hotel, and Ninina Bakery. Note that brunch in Buenos Aires often starts late and runs all afternoon, lasting almost until evening—it’s a perfectly decadent way to make the lazy transition into the next round of dinner, drinks, and nighttime entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel
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    Winetasting from the Nation’s Varied Terroirs
    Winetasting from the Nation’s Varied Terroirs
    To be clear, wine isn’t produced anywhere near the city of Buenos Aires. The country’s wine capital is in Mendoza, near the Chilean border, with additional wine-producing regions in the northern provinces and far south in Patagonia. No matter—the capital city offers the best opportunity to sample wines from the nation’s varied terroirs. Taste excellent varietals by the glass at wine-focused bars like Recoleta’s Gran Bar Danzón, or stop at one of the wine boutiques throughout the city for a degustación (tasting). After a glass or two of fruity malbec, you’ll find the city starts feeling even more romantic.
    Photo by Felix Busso