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A locals’ guide to Buenos Aires

With budget airline Norwegian launching direct flights to Buenos Aires this week, local experts show our writer around their city, and also chip in with a few tips of their own

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I’m not usually one for guided tours, but with precious little time and so much to see in this enormous, fascinating city, I signed up for three with TravelLocal. My first guide, Patricia, had that gift of making history come alive: as we strolled down Avenida Corrientes (the “Broadway of BA”), she described how waves of Europeans immigrants have influenced the culture of Argentina, and its cuisine. On the way, we stopped at Pizzeria Güerrin, opened by a Genoese family in 1932 and buzzing at lunchtime with workers standing at tables wolfing down slices of pizza dripping with mozzarella (no thin crusts here – Argentinian pizzas are rated by how much bubbly white cheese the crusty base can withstand). For dessert we moved onto Heladeria Cadore, originally founded in northern Italy in the 19th century. The family moved to BA and opened the ice-cream parlour in 1957. New flavours are added all the time but the dulce de leche and lime are perennial classics.

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