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Sep 18, 2009 06:36 PM

Christmas Day and New Year's Eve in Buenos Aires...


Hi there - My husband and I are going to BA for our honeymoon over the holidays. It will be our first time in BA! We arrive on Christmas Day morning and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for dinner on Christmas Day? Will we have trouble finding a restaurant that is open? Or are there a lot of restaurants open? We are staying in Palermo so maybe somewhere in that area would be most convenient?

Also - reading some old posts, I didn't realize BA isn't the most happening place on NYE!!?? Sounds like it is best to book something in advance. Can anyone offer me a few suggestions for restaurants on NYE??

We are also open to spending sometime outside of BA. Would you suggest going somewhere like Mendoza or Salta for NYE instead?

Appreciate any tips and advice :) THANKS!

  1. We stayed at the Palacio Duhau and I would recommend it for Christmas Day. I've never been for New Year's Eve but I would go to the Cafe Tortoni if it's open as it's such a festive place.

    1. Hi there. I am from Buenos Aires (currently living in the UK) and in my experience, BA is not the best place to spend Christmas or New Year's Eve. Most people have dinner with their families on Christmas Eve and the restaurants that are open are the touristy ones. New Year's Eve is normally to get together with friends and you will find places to eat and people getting together in parks, the Costanera and Puerto Madero.

      Personally, I would spend New Year's Eve in Salta or Jujuy. Cafayate in Salta (the wine-producing region) is simply stunning as is Purmamarca in Jujuy. There you'll find real Argentine culture and traditions. Mendoza is beautiful but it can be very touristy. I'd recommend visiting Bodega 'La Rural', a real historic, old-style winery with a Museum of wine.

      1. Hi, as i said in another post, Buenos Aires is kind of empty on December, which is honestly an advantage if you are walking across the streets but regarding Christmas and New Year eve, you should book in advance a restaurant/party otherwise could be really boring and frustrating to stay at the hotel alone. However there is no reason to panic, there are plenty of activities for foreign, many restaurants will be open, and there will be many like you looking for something nice to do. You can book for example a tango dinner show, the venues have special menus and celebrations for the activities, look at this link

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          1. La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar is open on NYE.