Simply put, the highlights of Argentina are the red wine and the red meat.
Buenos Aires Must Do’s
Steaks by Luis is an evening of pure bliss. This “secret” restaurant hosts dinners in a beautiful city loft with a full parrilla (Argentinian grill). You’ll enjoy a 5-course meal complete with wine pairings alongside about 20 other guests. The food is amazing. The wine pairings are excellent. The atmosphere is perfect.
Sample Argentinian Food
The Parrilla Food Tour offers a sampling of traditional Argentinian cuisine. In addition to red meat and red wine, you’ll also get to try empanadas, white wine, and local ice cream. It’s always fun to meet some fellow travelers and bond over delicious food and drink.
Explore the city by bike
BA Bikes offers a South Circuit Tour showcasing the more historical side of Buenos Aires. The bicycles are a nice way to explore the city without getting too hot. La Boca neighborhood was the highlight of the tour with local shops and tango dancers performing in the streets.
Where to stay in Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a beautiful property with friendly service and delicious restaurants. While we enjoyed our stay here very much, we felt disconnected from the city. The hotel is not located near the action. On our next visit, we would choose to stay closer to Palermo or Puerto Madero.
Must Do Mendoza
We had a wonderful day visiting wineries outside of Mendoza in the Uco Valley. We visited Atamisque, La Azul, and the amazing Fournier vineyards. The scenery was as delightful as the wine! We enjoyed panoramic views of the Andes mountains, witnessed the processing of fresh grapes, and sampled wine straight from the aging barrels. We scheduled our wine tour via WhatsApp and a recommendation from our amazing wine guide in Uruguay. Leo (+54 9 261 545-0651) coordinated an unforgettable day for us.
Where to stay in Mendoza
Park Hyatt Mendoza
The Park Hyatt Mendoza is a beautiful hotel in the city center. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, parks, and entertainment available nearby. We were lucky enough to visit during a wine festival with dozens of vendors sampling wines from around the country just outside the hotel.
Highlights of Argentina Tips:
- Restaurants open for dinner around 8:30 or 9:00 pm and most locals (even families with small children) go to eat after 10:00 pm.
- While the double L sound in Spanish is typically a y sound, in Argentina they use more of a j sound.
- Visit Mendoza February-April to see the harvest season in full swing. The temperatures are beautiful and there is a lot going on in the city.
While the food and drink in Buenos Aires and Mendoza are both superb, these cities offer very different vibes. Buenos Aires has the hustle and bustle of an enormous city. Mendoza has a much smaller, almost college town vibe. Interesting fact, the locals actually drink more beer than wine!