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What do you do and why do you do it?
I am an art consultant. My degree is officially art appraisal and market. I think I do it because I have always been fascinated by the past and antiques. Being raised in a city filled with so much history and eclecticism probably shaped me a lot together with the fact that my parents love arts.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Most likely, Arcade Fire, Joy Division, Elliott Smith, and the few classic songs that make you cry till your eyes are completely de-hydrated!
What are the best TV shows of all time?
My all time favourite is Hannibal. I also love Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, Twin Peaks (the first season mostly), Downton Abbey, American Horror Story, Feud, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies
Name some spots in Buenos Aires that are good for a Tinder date.
A classic tinder date is probably to go for a coffee, so I would suggest any of the historical coffees or the Starbucks located in old buildings, they have an amazing vibe! If you want to get drinks or a beer, my best suggestion is to meet at some spot in Palermo and walk until you find a place you both like.
Who’s your hero and where in Buenos Aires would you take them out for a serious hang?
Gosh, this is a hard one. I will go for David Bowie and I would take him to Walrus Books. I know he loved reading, and Walrus always has unusual stuff. Bond Street Gallery is a strong contender too.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
80% of times, thrift stores. Buenos Aires has SO many thrift stores. The other 20% is pretty much anywhere inside my budget that happens to have stuff I like.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Southwest neighbourhoods. I love them but it is so hard to get to them. There are no buses that take you there and if there are buses, they take 2 hours to come.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Enjoy the outdoors and walk around aimlessly. I swear I always find something new whenever I walk around the city.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Buenos Aires and where did you get it?
At the private event of a chef, my table basically got a massive meat selection with cheeses, wine, and side dishes. I am not a huge meat person, but it was SO much food and SO good.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Buenos Aires that you particularly like?
Floreria Atlantico, it is an underground bar below a working flower shop. I kid you not.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Buenos Aires? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
I had breakfast at the Palacio Duhau-Hyatt Hotel. It was amazing, everything was delicious and fresh, and the atmosphere is simply great. It was a gift, so I have no idea how much it costs. My next goal is sunday brunch at La Orangerie in Hotel Alvear, and it is around 600 pesos with all included I think.
What restaurant in Buenos Aires looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Norte. Best parrilla in town. Rule of the thumb in BA: The worse and older a parrilla looks, the better the meat and how it is cooked.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Buenos Aires? Which one do you like?
I am biased to say Floreria Atlantico because they have a really creative cocktail menu and each drink is carefully crafted. From the ingredients to how it is served. You feel bad about drinking it because of how beautiful it looks.
Where would you take your partner in Buenos Aires if you wanted to really pamper them?
If he thought the same way I do, I would take him to La Rosadita. Fondue restaurant with really good wines.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
I would suggest trying pretty much anything with dulce de leche, just because here it is properly done. My one favorite snack of all times are four cheeses flavoured Twistos. I have friends that tell me that they miss them.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Buenos Aires?
I love it, but I think that the obsession with Palermo is terrible. In the last years all bars have moved to that neighbourhood and it has become way too crowded. It has really interesting shops and zillion bars/restaurants, but it is not an area I would spend more than a day exploring.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Buenos Aires?
Costanera Sur and Costanera Norte. Basically, the riverside area. It is amazing to walk around, go for a bike ride, or just relax outdoors.
What are the Buenos Aires spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Calle Corrientes and Av. 9 de Julio. They are street that are impossible to avoid if you move around the city and I think they set the tone of what the city is like.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Buenos Aires. How do you spend it?
Lunch at a parrilla, walk around Recoleta, quick energy nap, and an all nighter with friends going to different bars in different areas of the city.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Reykjavik. Feels like an outworldly place, and I can't wait to go there.