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Whilst the northern hemisphere is getting ready to light up chimneys and lay on blankets, Argentina is preparing for the glories of Spring; orange blossoms scenting the street, the purple flowers of the sunlit jacaranda trees, and gourmet courtships under the influence of some of the best wines in the world! So where in Buenos Aires can a gent take a lady (or a lady a gent!) to make a good impression? Read on.
Pura Tierra: Top quality local delicacies are served in this acclaimed foodie heaven in Belgrano, The owner and award winning chef, Martín Molteni, offers the best Argentine cuisine using carefully selected seasonal ingredients. The dim lighting and great wine list create an intimate atmosphere; a prerequisite for any restaurant to be considered romantic! 3 de Febrero 1167, Belgrano. 4899 2007.
Lelé de Troya: Set in a renovated old house, this charming restaurant in Palermo serves Moroccan fusion food, and is best known for its amazing ambiance. Each room is decorated following a different color scheme and outside there is a garden full of flowers where it is also possible to dine. Costa Rica 4901, Palermo. 4832 2726.
La Bourgogne: French restaurants abound in Buenos Aires but none are so well known as this lavish dining haven set in the famous Alvear Palace Hotel. This a place for traditional romance and delicious food. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4805 3857.
Amici Miei: A favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, this Italian restaurant overlooks the charming Dorrego square in San Telmo. The food is superb and there is balcony seating overlooking the plaza where tango is regularly danced. Defensa 1072, San Telmo. 4361 2929.
Patagonia Sur: Small and intimate this La Boca restaurant owned by Francis Mallmann has been considered one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. Offering typical Argentine dishes, superb wines of course, and a homey “campo style” ambiance, it is a great option both to celebrate love and to experience the best of local gourmet cuisine. Rocha 801, La Boca. 4303-5917.
Overlooking the river
Morena Beach: Although there are mixed reviews about the food, everyone agrees that this is one of the most romantic spots in the city. Why? Because it overlooks the river, has an intimate atmosphere and great service. It is THE place to go on a full moon if what you want is a great backdrop in a lavish setting! Club Náutico Puerto Norte, Av. Rafael Obligado 4899. 4786-0204.