Food + Wine

Buenos Aires Eats

Take in the Ancient Rubber Tree and Check Out the Steel Magnolia

Gaze in wonder at the small forest to your left. Now look more closely—it's not a forest; it's a single massive rubber tree, El Gran Gomero, planted more than 200 years ago by Recoleto monks, the barefoot friars who gave the neighborhood its name (Plaza Alvear).

In 2002, Buenos Aires–born architect Eduardo Catalano built Floralis Genérica—a giant aluminum and steel hydraulic flower that folds its petals every evening—as a monument to the city he loved. If you’ve somehow failed to notice, this town takes its botany muy seriously (Plaza Nacionas Unidas).

Photograph by Yadid Levy

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