Still undecided about how to ring in the New Year? If you happen to be in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a night a the Puerto Madero Waterfront is a solid plan.
The area once used as a shipping port went through a major regeneration. Old warehouses and buildings have been repurposed as trendy restaurants, shops and galleries.
It is a great place to visit anytime of the day, but on New Year’s Eve, it becomes the biggest open air party in town.
The walkways slowly fill up with party-goers eager to spread goodwill and dance to the latin inspired tunes by the DJ’s that are stationed close to Puente de la Mujer (the Women’s Bridge).
For a good view of the fireworks, if you want to be on the bridge, stake your claim early. The bridge becomes packed to the brim. As it turns out, fireworks come from every possible direction; anywhere near the port proved to be a good place to station yourself. Keep in mind that the bridge may become uncomfortable for families as children have a hard time seeing through the mass of people.
The waterfront is lined with a variety of restaurants, some that require a reservation in advance. If you are keen on less restrictive option that is also easier on the pocket book, a hamburger stand can be found near the bridge that also sells beer and champagne at a reasonable price. The famous artisanal ice cream parlour (heladeria) called Freddo can be found further down the strip as well. Across the port is a convenience store for a variety of other items, but it is recommended to bring what you need as they shamefully jacked the price of everything, including milk, nearly 3 times the regular price.
If you have options around accommodation, it is recommended to stay as close to the neighbourhood as possible. There are several high-end hotels within walking distance to the port. If you plan to drive, arrive early. There are a variety of parking lots and on-street parking spaces, but they fill up quickly. Public transportation seemed limited in this area this late at night but a number of taxi’s were hovering around after midnight. If you take a cab, be patient and prepare to be stuck in loads of traffic.