A pair of tango dancers spin across the floors of a bar in San Telmo. Cherubs and fleur-de-lis decorate the beautiful facades of the terrace houses of Palermo. Dignified waiters in bow-ties weave between tables with a finely balanced tray of aperitvos. Lovers kissing without a care who may be watching… European romance with Latin America flavour. The atmosphere for love is everywhere in Buenos Aires and it has much to offer newly weds on their honeymoon. Here are some of our suggestions…
There are dozens of puerto cerrados (closed-door restaurants), offering a secretive and intimate experience of this city’s thriving dining scene. Share a table with interesting people from all around the world, while you sip boutique wines and enjoy a fantastic meal. While these restaurants are not strictly legal, that is part of the thrill. But fear not, it is a very popular dining experience. Just make sure you bring cash. For modern dining, we recommend Casa Coupage and Casa Saltshaker.
One of the best puerto cerrados of recent times, i Latina is now one of the city’s top restaurants. They offer a modern seven course degustation combining Colombian and local flavors. Located in a beautiful old house in Villa Crespo, it has retained the intimacy of its puerto cerrado roots. An excellent dining experience and a honeymoon must do.
Argentina is famed for Malbec from Mendoza, but there are many other great varietals of wine produced in regions all over the country. But where to start, you ask? A personalised wine tasting is the way to go. We suggest Pain y Vin in Palermo Soho, who offer wine tastings from AR$350 per person ($25 USD, April 2016), which includes 4 wines and a cheese and bread platter. For bookings, please email Info@pain-et-vin.com
For something a little more bohemian and relaxed, we recommend La Cava Jufre, a little neighbourhood wine bar in Villa Crespo that pours a very discerning and rotating selection of boutique wines by the glass against a background of cool jazz.
Porteños eat dinner late. A ten o’clock dinner reservation would be considered early. To pass the time, enjoy a relaxing merienda (afternoon tea) at Los Salones del Nobile, with views overlooking the beautifully manicured terraces of the neoclassical Palacio Duhau mansion, now part of the Park Hyatt Hotel. Once home to the city’s aristocratic families, it was converted in 2002 to a luxurious five-star establishment by the prestigious hotel group.
Like tango, theatre is very much part of the fabric of Buenos Aires culture. The bastion of Argentine theater is undoubtedly the Teatro Colón, with its old-world magnificence, is one of the most beautiful in the world. Reputed to be among the top five worldwide for its acoustics, the Colón regularly hosts ballet companies, operas and orchestras from all over the world. Tickets are very affordable: http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/. See a show and afterwards, take a ten minute stroll over to Floreria Atlantico, a stylish bar hidden beneath a florist, for the best cocktails in the city.
A honeymoon in Buenos Aires would not be complete without the most passionate dance in the world (without getting horizontal). Watching a pair of great tango dancers, one could believe in everlasting love and attraction. You will be spoiled for choices when it comes to tango shows. For a smaller, intimate show, we recommend Bar Sur (picture featured at the top), a small tango bar on the cobblestoned streets of San Telmo where the dancers perform on the floor, very close to the tables.
For a full stage show, the Esquina Carlos Gardel Show is spectacular, one of the best in Buenos Aires. Watch a troupe of dancers perform with a full orchestra in a beautiful theatre hung with chandeliers.
Ever dreamt of riding bareback on a wild stallion through the wilderness with your soulmate? Escape the city for a half-day trip to the countryside for horse-riding lessons with Caballos a la Par. Horses will be saddled and will be somewhat less than wild – okay, very well-bred and thoroughly trained. A romantic day trip during your honeymoon that is suitable for all levels.
For a little bit of light hearted fun, visit a telo, short-term hire room (often themed) for lovers to meet to engage in a little ‘horizontal tango’. This writer’s personal favourite has to be the ‘Spa’ room at the Valentino (www.valentinotransitorio.com). It has an actual, antique 1930s roadster, open-top with leather bench seats, real steering wheel – so you and your beloved can enact fantasies of The Great Gatsby.
For more information on telos, take a look at our guide on Telo recommendations in Buenos Aires.
Speaking of hotels, for our recommendations on actual places to stay for more than a couple of hours, take a look at our boutique hotel recommendations.
Finally, don’t forget to hold hands, whisper sweet nothings and make out in public as often as possible. Happy Honeymoon kids!