A city of contrasts, Argentina's capital city is where the concrete jungle coexist with traditional barrios, awash in a colorful display of street art. From its great nightlife to its European heritage, Buenos Aires attracts in many ways. Birthplace of tango, the city is much like the dance itself, mesmerizing and fascinating . The local cuisine shows a leaning towards meat dishes, with traditional parrillas (steakhouses) found around every corner that serve meat with malbec and bonarda on the side. The city's bars and clubs rarely open before midnight, giving nightlife a whole new meaning in Buenos Aires. Live jazz and tango performances attract an avid following as do the city's many clubs sporting top DJs. The grand boulevards of Recoleta are lined with French and Italian-influenced palaces, while a varied collection of museums, monuments and cultural venues celebrate the past and present. From the historic splendor of Teatro Colon and Basílica de Nuestra Señora Del Pilar to the vibrant world of National Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires is a cultural phenomenon.