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MACKS Approved: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Click through for our Google map. Our high-level takeaway: the city was charming, food was good but not great, safety concerns were overhyped, and friends make everything better. 1. Ninina Bakery: In Buenos Aires, there will inevitably come a point when you will need a juice and some raw greens after meat-filled days, and this is the perfect spot. In Faryn’s words, “I can’t believe this place isn’t owned by Israelis.” We’re a little unclear about what she meant exactly, but we’re assuming Israelis love light-filled spaces and expensive salads.  Sit at the communal table in the kitchen and order this cake: 2. Cementerio de la Recoleta: Cemeteries usually aren’t top of our must-see lists—dead people are the worst, amiright?—but this one delivers. The tombs are above ground à la New Orleans, and most are super impressive with styles ranging from classical to gothic to deco. Recoleta houses many of Argentina’s most famous corpses, but unless you’re well schooled in South American history and culture, Evita is probably the only name you’ll recognize.   3. …

Pound-The-Table x 5: Buenos Aires

Just picture all five of us sitting at a table, pounding with both fists, and yelling over one another about the one thing you simply must do in Buenos Aires! Unless you’re just jetting through for the day, you’ll probably have time for a sandwich, a museum, a night out, a street art tour, and some tango, so read about them below, in our words and in the words of our dear friends Natalie, Jessica, and Faryn, pictured above. MacKenzie’s pick: the chorizo sandwich at Freddy’s The best thing that happened to me in Buenos Aires was that my three girlfriends joined us for a week. The second best thing that happened to me in Buenos Aires was a chorizo sandwich. I was fully prepared for the steak in Argentina to leave a meaty impression, but the chorizo sandwich at Freddy’s in San Telmo was far superior, in my opinion, to the steak option. The roll is crusty, the chimichurri piquant, and the meat itself everything that a porky sausage should be. For lunch, the …

3/tres from Buenos Aires

Scene setter: Ernesto Sabato’s novella, The Tunnel, is a ridiculous Buenos Aires-based ride with a first person narrator who, depending on what page you’re on, is either a tangent-prone sociopath or an eloquent artist that knows things about life and love that you never will. It’s likely that’s he’s both. Great read though. Pound-the-table recommendation: If you have a partner, travel with your friends sometimes too. They’re (probably/hopefully) funny and kind and total babes, and they’ll help you see a place in a new way. (We harangued ours into writing what is basically an extended pound-the-table, which is coming shortly.) Back-pocket fact: It’s a great time to be an American or European in Argentina because the blue market is thriving. In January 2014, the government devalued the Argentinian peso and restricted access to foreign currency for Argentinian citizens (unless you’re a governmental elite, of course), leading to a situation where average folks’ savings are tied up in a rapidly inflating currency. Demand for dollars and Euros is high. So while the official exchange rate, as …