This city in Argentina has it all. Wide, tree lined boulevards, perfect for strolling with your loved one. A lively bar and restaurant scene, complete with the usual Parillas and some new awesome craft brewhouses. Check out Aristides Villanueva and Av Sarmiento and go bar hopping during happy hour for loads of two for one specials. It is also in close proximity to some of the worlds best wineries and no visit to this city is complete without touring some of them. A fun way to do this is on one of the many wine and bike day tours starting at around $500pesos.
Mendoza boasts fantastic shopping with boutiques and markets galore along Las Heras. Check out the Central Market for great fresh produce, meat, fish and deli items. This is also a great lunch spot. Pull up a bar stool at Pizzas De Un Rincon De La Boca and feast on cheap and tasty empanadas & pizza with a glass of cold Chopp beer.
There are also numerous plazas for smooching and people watching, as well as a HUGE park – Parque General San Martin, which is perfect for picnics with a bottle or two of the local Agentinian vino. We stocked up on nibbles and wine and found a nice spot near the lake under a large tree and set up our blanket. We had just opened the wine when a bunch of stoned teenagers decided to plonk themselves a couple of metres away in a park that is three square kilometers! Eventually their giggles subsided and they fell asleep. It was when a large family ,including kids with super-soakers, set up shop a metre away that we decided to move.
Mendoza has loads of places to stay. The cheap party hostels along Aristides Villanueva offer lots of fun activities and most have pools, however these hostels only have dorm rooms and we wanted a private room after our month roughing it on the farm in Tupungato. We were offered an alternative hostel a five minute walk away on Belgrano. Word of warning – always have a look at the room before you take it. We normally do, but today we must have had a brain drain. We were mesmerised by the free and good wifi that we agreed to stay and waited for the room to be made up. When it was ready we were not impressed. The bed just fit in the room and when we put our bags on the bed, it creaked so much we were scared it was going to break in half. There were no towels available till after 6pm and on top of this the water was cold. After four weeks of cold showers we had had enough. We apoligised, left and found a lovely hospedaje around the corner for a few pesos more that had a huge room with large bathroom and gorgeous courtyard on Ave Peru.
This city is also a travel hub – the large bus terminal is a 20 minute walk from the city centre and connects you to all the regional towns as well as the major Argentine cities of Buenos Aires and Bariloche and international destinations such as Santiago (Chile) and Montevideo (Uruguay).