EXPERT PANEL AWARDS: HOTTEST INTERNATIONAL CITY
Winner: Buenos Aires
Runners-up: Shanghai; Istanbul
Paris, Venice and London are perennial favourites but our crack team also suggests it's the time to shine for capitals as diverse as Bogotá, Abu Dhabi and Kiev. But these are tough times and we need an inspirational winner, a city that knows how to weather the worst with dignity and spirit intact. Buenos Aires is such a city. Since the Argentine bankruptcy of 2001, this remarkable capital has clawed its way back to global prominence with a tenacity and creativity rare on any continent. "Since the economic crash (and a few top-seeded ATP tennis players), interest in Argentina has been snowballing," says our judge and BA-phile Karla Courtney, online editor at Qantas Travel Insider. "The number of boutique hotels, hip bars and quirky shops has risen dramatically and the new Sydney-Buenos Aires direct flight has made it all the more accessible."
PHOTOGRAPH KARLA COURTNEY