Buenos Aires

Doing business
Personal relationships are very important when doing business in Buenos Aires so take time to chat about non-work-related topics and get to know your contacts. Most business in Argentina is done in Spanish so consider getting some business cards printed in the language and learning a few phrases. Conservative dress is also important.


Cool hotel
Hotel Lafayette www.lafayettehotel.com.ar is a good bet. It is spacious and elegant and in a good location in the city centre near to the pedestrianised streets of Florida and Lavalle which are prime shopping areas. There is also a sauna and gym which are perfect to unwind in.

Hip restaurant
Buenos Aires is a foody's paradise so travellers will have no problem finding a delicious meal. Sabot (25 de Mayo 756, tel 4313 6587) is one of the prime locations for a business lunch. It offers traditional food and, according to some, the capital’s best pepper steak. Main dishes start from around £4 and reservations are recommended in advance.

Happening bar
Debar (Av Rivadavia 1132, tel 4381 6876) is a popular hangout for business people, travellers and expats alike, and makes a good spot for a post-work drink. Another bonus is that there is a nightly happy hour here until midnight.

British Airways flies daily to Buenos Aires. Other airlines fly via hubs: TAM flies daily via Sao Paulo; Aerolineas Argentinas, Iberia and Air Europa all via Madrid; Air France via Paris. Other options also require a connection in Europe, the US or South America. All arrive into Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza airport which lies 35km south of the city centre.

Getting downtown
From Ezeiza airport you can take a shuttle bus to the city which should cost around £5 and take around 40 minutes. Alternatively you can grab a cab – for the best rates go to the city’s official taxi stand, Taxi Ezeiza, which will charge around £15.

The details
Buenos Aires is an uber-fashionable city – nicknamed the 'Paris of Latin America' – and as such you should dress to impress! The local currency is the Argentinean peso which you will find can stretch quite far in a city with such a wide range of accommodation and restaurant options. The time zone is GMT-3hrs. See: www.turismo.gov.ar