While most of my Buenos Aires domain consists of picking up forks and consuming chorizos by the mouthfuls, an essential part of porteño living means finding that idyllic city view and having a good old-fashioned zone-out session. Up high in the sky, walking over busy intersections, or gazing at terrifyingly awesome plastic surgery post ops, these are my favorite spots to really soak in the distinguishing views of what makes Buenos Aires bueno.
Tree Tunnels, Lake Sunset, Tranny Central @ Bosques de Palermo
We have a trifecta up in the Palermo woods: begin the afternoon chilling underneath the fairytale-like tree tunnels, move along to the lake and watch the sky turn vibrant pink and purple at sunset, and stick around to catch the trannies put on their Sunday best getting ready for the nightshift.
McCafé @ Recoleta Mall
Yes, I just recommended going to McCafé in Buenos Aires. If you are not familiar with McCafé, you really should be – he’s Ronald McDonald’s classier and more sophisticated younger brother (?) serving elegant coffees and luxurious medialunas. No, none of that is really true. But if you head up to the top floor, the most magical view of the Recoleta Cemetery will await you… of course as magical as magical can be while sitting in a McDonald’s.
Mirador of the City @ Panamericano Hotel
I’ve never quite bathed in such an iconic Buenos Aires view as at the Hotel Panamericano Club & Spa. High up on the 23rd floor, the space is enclosed head to toe in glass with skylights and massive windows. Nothing quite beats this view over Avenida 9 de Julio: look left and you see the Obelisco, right and you can glimpse Río de la Plata, and straight ahead a direct shot of the Teatro Colón. Extra bonus: find your way up here during purple blooming jacarandá flower season.
Bridge over Avenida Figueroa Alcorta @ Recoleta
Hovering over Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, this bridge gives a direct shot of the law faculty, the Bellas Artes museum, the defected solar flower sculpture, hippie haven Plaza Francia, and not to mention all the mental bus and car traffic below.
River, Hot Bods and Beachwear @ Buenos Aires Playa
No need to travel all the way to the ocean to get into the beach vacay mood – you can stay in Buenos Aires and get the whole playa experience complete with city coastline: families, yellow umbrellas, beach volleyball, surf simulator, outdoor showers – you know, all the important stuff minus the actual ocean. The sand might be as artificial as some of the fake tetas and culos MILFs parading around, but you’ll feel as if you kinda-sorta-not-really are at the beach with a lovely river outlook. Moving even further north to Perú Beach or outside Alvear Abajo restaurant, there’s another more tranquilo view of the capital’s subdued skyline.
Coffee Town @ San Telmo Market
Okay, so I guess I can’t write a whole blog post without mentioning something ingestible, but Coffee Town’s coffee hut inside the San Telmo market never fails as a prime spot for people watching: Nordic-looking confused tourists dressed as if they are ready to hike the Himalayas, loud Brazilians in Adidas track suits loudly asking where to find the San Telmo market, classic barrio characters roaming around hitting on anything in a skirt and regulars shopping for their daily dose of meat and veggies. Sit for a while and observe the weird and wonderful.
Allie Lazar is a freelance eater and writer. She shares her culinary finds on Pick Up The Fork.