After putting a couple of months in Buenos Aires under my belt, I’m starting to feel qualified as a source for people looking to visit the Argentina Capital! It is definitely interesting to see where the line gets drawn between tourist and resident, and some days I feel more like one then the other. As someone who has held both roles, I think I’ve had a good mix a classic tourist activities and more authentic local experiences.
My favorite way to get to know Buenos Aires is by walking it. By doing this, I am able to see more of the city than I would just by taking a taxi or the subway. So if someone were planning to visit BA, I would definitely suggest that they take the time to walk from place to place. A great area to do this in is Puerto Madera, the newly refurbished port neighborhood. The 2 mile stretch is lined with great bars and restaurants, and stratals the docks. It’s also a short walk away from the Ecological Reserve, which offers long trails around the Rio Plata that allow you to escape from the busyness of the city.
Another spot in BA that I would definitely recommend that people visit is the San Telmo indoor market. It is open all week during the day, and offers a variety of pop-up bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops. It’s a great place to stop for lunch and spend the afternoon. In addition, something that shouldn’t be missed is the massive outdoor market that fills San Telmo every Sunday. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to mark your time in Argentina, this is the spot to visit. The antique goods look even better against the backdrop of the old-fashioned feel of San Telmo’s architecture.
In terms of food, you can’t go a block in Buenos Aires without running into at least one parrilla (Argentina’s version of barbecue). Known for it’s beef, Buenos Aires is the place to be for steak-lovers. This is great for many tourists, but for vegetarians like me, some deeper investigation is required to find the best veggie options. As a result, I’ve been able to locate some of the best non-Argentine restaurants in the area. Some highlights include the many offerings of Barrio Chino (Chinatown), a great Indian restaurant called Dehli Malal close to campus, and Ole Days Cafe, which offers tons of things for vegetarians.
Although I’ve seen and done a lot in Buenos Aires, there is definitely a lot more that I still need to explore!