Buenos Aires will always be linked to its port activity. The city sits on the western shore of the Rio de la Plata, an estuary that divides Argentina and Uruguay. Its port, which was known for smuggling operations during the Spanish colonial period, is today a major shipping hub in South America that receives large numbers of both cargo and passengers.
Puerto Madero, which became obsolete with the construction of the new port, was redeveloped and revitalized in the 1990s. This gave Buenos Aires a dazzling new waterfront neighborhood. Brick warehouses were refurbished into upscale hotels, houses, offices and art galleries, as well as a number of waterfront restaurants.
Locals and visitors alike come to Puerto Madero to walk along the pedestrianized docks and dine along the water.
Many Italian immigrants came through Buenos Aires’ ports to start new lives in South America. It is only fitting that many of Puerto Madero’s restaurants are great Italian restaurants, like Il Fiume and Sottovoce.
Puerto Madero isn’t all Italian though. Tuck into some great Argentine-style dishes like steak at Cabana Las Lilas or lamb at Chila. The trendy area has a number of international restaurants as well, such as Mexican favorite Lupita and Eastern-inspired Asia de Cuba.