Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sofi, 26
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I make and teach music because it's my passion. It always has been. I love making songs and playing them, writing music for a theatre play or an ad and teaching piano, which I consider to be very good at it. I love seeing my students progress and fall more and more in love with the instrument and the music.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I Get Along Without You Very Well by Chet Baker, Nunca Es Suficiente by Natalia Lafourcade, The First Time Every I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King, Aquiles Por Su Talón es Aquiles by Jorge Drexler.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, Community and Friends.

Name some spots in Buenos Aires that are good for a Tinder date.

Jobs, Antares, Mad, Teatro Ciego.

Who’s your hero and where in Buenos Aires would you take them out for a serious hang?

Elon Musk. I would take him to Tecnópolis, maybe he has some rad ideas for us.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mainly outside of Argentina. If here, La Chica de los Sombreros had the best hats and Complot has cool clothes.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I think the places we think the lowest of may be the most interesting so I would never say never.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go to all the exhibitions in the museums. I always forget or am to busy to do them all in time.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Buenos Aires and where did you get it?

That would be a choripan (sausage sandwich) on a street truck. Those are not the common cool food trucks we see everywhere nowadays. I'm taking like a hot dog cart which serves choripan at 5am outside of clubs. Decadent? Yes. Wonderful? A thousand times yes.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Buenos Aires that you particularly like?

El Universal is not very well known. Great bar for discovering new artists every Tuesday when they host Open Folk. Also, draft beer.

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?

Osaka. It's a nikkei restaurant (japanese and peruvian fusion food). If it were up to me, I'd go there once a month. But I definitely can't afford it. I'll content myself with going there once every couple of years. I got some very interesting sushi rolls and causas (best sushi I every tried). I don't remember the overall value but each 10-piece roll was about US$25.

What restaurant in Buenos Aires looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Ha! That's a Buenos Aires specialty. The 'bodegones'. They look awful and so does the food but it's amazing. There's thousand of them. If you're walking around San Telmo you'll find plenty of them, just let them surprise you.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Buenos Aires? Which one do you like?

I love Mad in the Belgrano neighbourhood. Crazy very interesting cocktails. They change them all the time so I don't have a favourite one but probably something with rum or pisco. They are one of the few bars in Buenos Aires with a license to serve Absinth.

Where would you take your partner in Buenos Aires if you wanted to really pamper them?

La Cabrera. One of the best Argentinean parillas (barbecues) in the whole city.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Alfajores! It's a cookie sandwich with a dulce de leche filling in the middle. Try the Havana alfajores, they are the best. But if you want to buy one at a kiosk, try the Cachafaz.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Buenos Aires?

Avant Garden. It's a beer house but it's so filled with people all the time that talking or even walking from one place to the other is impossible and the beer is like on any other beer house in the city.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Buenos Aires?

Mi Barrio Hamburguesería. Best hamburgers of Buenos Aires.

What are the Buenos Aires spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Definitely a walk around the La Boca and San Telmo neighbourhoods. Specially walk around the San Telmo flea market, full of memorabilia. Also the Palermo Soho neighbourhood, plenty of bars and fashion shops.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Buenos Aires. How do you spend it?

With my friends on a rooftop playing cards and eating asado.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

New York City. It never gets old. I keep going back because of the music, the fashion, the theatre, the people watching and the walking. There's always something new to see.

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