WT Trip Leader Rob Noonan first visited Buenos Aires in 1993, and he loved it so much that he’s been back every year since. We asked him to reveal some of his favorite places in the “Paris of the South.”
WT: Where’s a good spot to experience the vibrant energy of
Rob Noonan: I’m rarely up for the “night club” scene, but BA’s happy hour (called “after-office” in
WT: Speaking of food, what’s one local dish that travelers should be sure to try while they’re in the city?
RN: Empanadas—kinda like mini-calzones with a variety of fillings. I love those made with corn humitas, lamb, and cheese and onion, too. Also try provoleta grillada, which is basically a grilled yummy chunk of provolone cheese! And everyone knows of the great Argentine meats, but please don’t neglect the amazing Italian food in
WT: How about one sight in the city that many travelers don’t know about, but that you think is worth seeing?
RN: One important-yet-sad part of Argentine history is the Dirty War [waged from 1976 to 1983 when
WT: Where is the best place in BA for travelers to find special souvenirs?
RN: I love street art! Visit the neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo, and keep your eyes open for original oils, waters colors, and pencil pieces. While you’re in San Telmo, take time to poke into all of the antique stores. On Sunday morning, San Telmo also has an amazing street fair that runs for about 20 blocks. And every evening on Calle
WT: You’ve visited BA for so many years, what keeps you coming back?
RN: Friends, food, art, and the amazing human energy in the city will keep a part of my heart in BA forever!