The stylish South American capital with an epic history stakes its claim as an international center of cuisine, culture and design
Author Jon Marcus Photography Javier Pierini and Yadid Levy
Seriously, don’t cry for Evita.
Sixty years after the death of the Argentine first lady who soaked the rich to help the poor — and, not coincidentally, her husband’s political prospects — Eva “Evita” Perón is omnipresent in Buenos Aires. Her story may be a mix of fact and myth, but it is indisputably mesmerizing.
Museo Evita tells the sanitized version preferred by her family, assembling it with the help of newsreel footage, personal mementos and her famous dresses, shoes and hats. Housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion transformed by Evita in 1948 into a shelter for women and children, the museum also has an excellent café with a beautiful garden.
Evita never said the words ascribed to her by the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. But there is this, from one of the many fawning plaques placed on her tomb in Recoleta Cemetery: “Don’t cry for me, Argentina,” it reads. “I remain quite near to you.”
FOUNDER, BLUE PARALLEL, A CUSTOM TOUR COMPANY
“On Saturdays, I like to visit MALBA and have a bite on the terrace of Café des Arts, then tour art galleries like Galería Zurbarán or auction houses such as Arroyo Remates — both in the same neighborhood in Centro.”
GENERAL MANAGER, TOMO 1 RESTAURANT
“I love to just walk through the city. Every weekend you will find new things. I like to sit in the Rosedal, a little park full of roses in the Palermo Woods, with my Yorkie, Ninna, and talk to other people walking there. It’s our Central Park.”
DIRECTOR, FIERRO HOTEL
“Take an afternoon break in the cafés inside the bookstores Eterna Cadencia and Libros del Pasaje in Palermo to read and drink good coffee. Or go for a standup lunch at Fitz Roll on Fitz Roy Street. It’s a healthy, inexpensive place that opens only for lunch.”
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