Central Argentina’s hub, Mendoza is an easy-going town with lovely plazas, tree-lined streets, cultural sights and a laid-back vibe.
Chill out in Mendoza’s plazas for people-watching or take a stroll through the capital’s leafy streets. Museums trace the city’s history, including the program of rebuilding since the 1861 earthquake, and the Jesuit Ruinas de San Francisco dating back to 1638. Shop for antiques in Plaza Pellegrini, crafts in Plaza Independencia, or go for a wander along pathways meandering through Parque San Martin. End the day with more people-watching on Avenue Colon, lined with bars and alfresco cafes serving the famous local wines.
While it’s a must to sample the region’s famous Malbec wines, don’t miss out on tasting regional culinary specialties and experiencing sidewalk dining on pedestrianized Avenue Sarmiento. Browse the stalls at the Central Market, selling takeaway pizza and empanadas.