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A porteña shares her favorite places to eat, stay, and explore in the Argentine capital.
I’VE LIVED IN Buenos Aires for my entire life and spent the last five years writing about its dynamic food scene. To me, the city offers everything you could want: welcoming people, striking architecture, a rich and diverse cultural scene, buzzing nightlife, and incredible food and wine. But the city’s best feature is its people. Shortly after arriving, you might find yourself having coffee with a total stranger or a meaningful philosophical conversation with your taxi driver because that's how porteños (the residents of Buenos Aires) are.
Buenos Aires is incredibly culturally diverse; many of its citizens are descended from immigrants from Italy, Spain, and France. There’s also a large population from neighboring countries, such as Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela — and all of this has enriched the city’s cultural and gastronomic offerings. You’ll come across French-influenced architecture, Italian gelaterias, and Spanish-inspired restaurants — all with their own local twist. Here are a few restaurants, hotels, and places not to be missed.
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Irina Widuczynski is based in Buenos Aires and runs the food blog Buenos Paladaires, where she writes food reviews and details the city’s gastronomic scene. She is also a full-time photographer who works for multiple restaurants and photographs travel destinations around the world.
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