Buenos Aires’ most well-heeled neighborhood is overflowing with luxury stores, glamorous restaurants and ladies who lunch to build up stamina before browsing the latest art exhibition – even deciding how you will be buried is a stylish pursuit. For those wondering what to do in Recoleta? We present the smartest ways to spend 24 hours in this culture rich barrio.
| Don’t Cry For Me Argentina |
“Rest in peace” aren’t words with which Eva Duarte de Perón is familiar in the afterlife, given that her family tomb is the most photographed at Recoleta Cemetery. Upon entering, veer left and follow the camera-clicking to find the former first lady of Argentina’s resting place. For the thanatophiles out there, peer down into cracked coffins for a quick glimpse of, well, it’s just cobwebs. Also don’t forget to look up at fabulous pantheons, cenotaphs, virgins, statues and even a pyramid that comprise the final resting places for Argentina’s great and good as well as the odd evil warlord such as Juan Manuel de Rosas. Note to the reader who has everything: last time we looked, the mausoleum next to Evita’s was for sale.
| The Best of Designer Shopping |
Side-step the grande dame of Recoleta hotels and sashay past the Alvear Palace Hotel lobby to find a hidden-away mall that is located on the premises and jam-packed with boutiques. For all your wedding dresses, jewelery, leather stilettos and art-framing needs, Galería Promenade Alvear will guarantee to fill your boots and your shopping bags. You will even find the only Valentino boutique in Latin America.
| Epic Cultural Hub |
Fondly known as the CCR, this epic cultural hub overlooking the dead and buried at the cemetery is one of Buenos Aires’ greatest artistic homes. Hosting live music events such as the annual, free, Ciudad Emergente fest to international crowdpleaser and eyeopener Fuerzabruta, the CCR also holds regular and irregular visual arts exhibitions, talks and workshops. This could be the moment to learn Hatha yoga or to check out the late, great Clorindo Testa retrospective.
| Delectable High Tea |
There’s no time like tea time so step back to an era when this was a full-blown, sit-down meal swiftly followed up by a G&T made with London dry, naturally. Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt replicates history by serving up a delectable high tea in the Salón Piano Nobile, a stunning drawing room boasting many original features from the 1920s, which overlooks the luscious garden. Select your preferred blend, nibble at sandwiches and sweet bites, and enjoy tea as it should be. Finish off with a glass of espumante before reclining to The Oak Bar next door for that G&T.
| The Best Seafood in the City |
Lists are very much the deciding factor in terms of what’s hot and what’s not for bars and restaurants these days, so you’ll be thrilled to know that Recoleta’s Oviedo recently ranked rather well on the début Latin America’s 50 Best. Martin Rebaudino’s establishment serving up classic seafood fare took home a very respectable 27th position – if you can get a table, order the trout with black rice and seasonal vegetables.Buenos Aires, Luxury Recoleta apartment