An executive’s guide to the Argentine capital.
BY MARK CHESNUT
Latin Trade Magazine
Insights and advice from Francisco J. Cerezo, partner and chairman of the Latin America Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP; Nigel L. Page, senior vice president of the Americas at Emirates; and Paulo Piovano, president of Techint Inc., an Argentine who lives in New York.
What do you like most about traveling to
Francisco Cerezo: The warm people and the great food and restaurants.
Paulo Piovano: What’s not to like about
What do you like the least?
Cerezo: The traffic and the long lines you sometimes have at security and immigration when departing.
Page: Sadly, incidents of pickpocketing – like many cities – do occur in crowded areas, like
Piovano: As an Argentine native, what I don’t like is the feeling of gradual deterioration of various aspects of life – politics, economy, culture, education, etc. Without politicizing here, I characterize it using a famous quote from Carlos Menem, who presided (over) the country from 1989 to 1999: “Estamos mal pero vamos bien.”(“We are not doing OK, but we are on the right path.”) For decades now, my sense is that
What are your preferred hotels when visiting
Cerezo: Sofitel Arroyo, Four Seasons and
Page: The Park Hyatt, which is really a converted palace with stylish, modern bedrooms, great food, nice service. Marriott is the old ‘Grand Dame’ hotel, conveniently situated in the center of the city.
Piovano: Hotel Madero and Sofitel are my favorites.
What restaurants do you recommend?
Cerezo: In no particular order: Club Vasco Francés (near San Telmo) –Basque restaurant, excellent fish and old school atmosphere; El Mirasol (Recoleta) – outstanding Argentine meat; Gardiner (Costanera) – very trendy, international cuisine; Bengal (Recoleta-Retiro) – an exclusive Indian restaurant combined with international cuisine; Osaka (Palermo) – Peruvian/ Japanese cuisine, excellent atmosphere, trendy; Happening (Puerto Madero) –outstanding Argentine meat; Piegari (Recoleta) – good Italian and lively atmosphere.
Page: My favorite restaurant in BA is Cabaña Las Lilas, in Puerto Madero.
Piovano: El Mercado at the Faena Hotel is simply superb. Cabaña Las Lilas in Puerto Madero, as well as Sotto Voce, are other favorites. And when you feel like heading to the
What practical advice would you give to someone who is visiting
Cerezo: Take at least a few hours to simply stroll around certain parts of the city. Take a leisurely walk around the Recoleta district, have a cafecito at one or two of the beautiful cafes, pop into the art galleries and antique shops in
Page: Be aware that English is not widely spoken, so it helps to have someone with you who can speak Spanish. Only get radio taxis from the hotel, rather than hailing one in the street. Taxi drivers have been known to take advantage of foreigners. That said, fares are relatively inexpensive.
Piovano: 1) Have a taxi ride – you’ll simply meet the best chef, or futbol coach, or brain surgeon; it simply doesn’t matter what subject or topic it is – they know it all! 2) Don’t feel bad if lunch takes two to three hours, and forget about having dinner before
This article originally appeared in the March/April issue of Latin Trade magazine.
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