7 Fabulous Things to Do in Buenos Aires
After living almost four months in Buenos Aires, I have an excellent list of things to do in Buenos Aires. There are some things you have to do in Buenos Aires before leaving this insane capital that never sleeps and are surrounded by lavish energy like nowhere else in the world. The people are incredible, the meat from another planet and the Fernet that never makes you a hangover. Buenos Aires is the city to enjoy with all your heart and get lost in the streets of Palermo or San Telmo.
7 Fabulous Things to Do in Buenos Aires
With a population that contain 3.004 million people
Big contrast to Oslo (Capital of Norway) that only contain 647 676 persons.
1. Exploring La Boca
La Boca the colorful neighborhood is one of the things to do in Buenos Aires. Take pictures of the famous houses and then leave the place before dark. The area is beautiful with all the colorful buildings and the funny design, but still dangerous by nights for tourists.
To be honest, the only thing you do more or less in La Boca is to see the colorful houses and buy some expansive postcards. Or some people are dancing the tango; if you want to get a real introduction to the dance of Tango, I would recommend the theater at Palermo Hollywood for a Tango show or take Tango lessons. La Boca itself is for free, and that is convenient for travelers on a budget.
That is La Boca Neighborhood; nothing unusual except the colorful houses, take the pictures and go to some other cool locations around Buenos Aires. There is so much more to see.
Make sure you leave la Boca before dark, this is still a hard neighborhood, and the chances of being robbed is just too high when it get´s dark.
From Plaza Italia buses: 152, 39, 64 – How much time do you need: Maybe 2-3 hours.
2. Visit Evita at La Recoleta Cemetery
La Recoleta is Hollywood for the dead, ones that were rich and famous. Speaking of things to do in Buenos Aires this is an absolute must do! The magnificent monuments are incredible, and you walk around wondering if the dead are partying in the night at one of the best locations in Recoleta.
I loved having my Argentinean friend walking and telling some of the stories about the people having their residents in the cemetery. We all want to see the tomb of Evita. Which is tricky to discover, funny enough the mausoleum can be found with asking someone nicely – when having the face towards the door, it is on the right hand.
3. D is For Dulce the Leche
D is for Delicious and Dulce the Leche which is Salty Caramel that is best in Ice Cream if you ask me. You have to have it either on pastry, toast, coffee, or ice cream.
Dulce de Leche is Argentina; it is their love of life especially when they get crazy about the inflation and the fact that Argentina is expensive to live in. At least they have delicious ice cream but a fucked up economy. Keep eating ice cream and support the local business with your eating!
Tufic – Helados
Guatemala 4597, Palermo Soho. Price depends on how much you want. From 25 pesos – 100 pesos. We just love Tufíc This is our favorite place to go and pick up our ice rem. After a super heavy dinner.
In Argentina, they suck when it comes to making good chocolate. They do know how to make delicious ice cream, so instead of chocolate, ice cream is the thing to do, and there are so many flavors to choose between. Here are some favorites: Super Dolce de leche, Chocolate Amargo and Mousse de maracujá. I usually never make it with more than one scoop for 25 pesos.
4. Go to the Afterparty of San Telmo Market
If you are in San Telmo for the every Sunday street market that has 270 vendors selling almost all and nothing. You should try to find the hidden after party of San Telmo Market. Watch the locals dance, drink beer and eat Choripan (Hotdog). If going to the market be careful with your money and iPhones, if not someone else will have them at the end of the week.
5. Eat Parilla in Palermo Soho, Viejo & Hollywood
Food is everything, and thereby a thing to do in Buenos Aires. When eating in Buenos Aires and only visiting for some days. You should visit the neighborhood of Palermo – Top 10 Places to Eat in Palermo Barrio. They have a great selection of everything and a great variety of meat.
The Argentinean cows are outstanding; they are so good because it tastes like butter with meat taste, except the Asado meat which is a bit fatty for my taste. My favorite is the entraña attached to the ribs. That is not how the Argentinians like it, they prefer Asado. So there will be enough for everybody. I also liked the Vacío and Biff de Lomo. Of course, you must have Argentinean cheese – Provoleta.
It´s sad to tell you, that after having meat in Argentina it´s not going to be the same somewhere else.
Don Julio – Parilla
Guatemala 4699, 1425 Buenos Aires. Price from 250-450 pesos, it is expansive but worth it.
Don Julio is also a perfect place to go if you want a great piece of meat and a pleasant atmosphere. It has everything that is necessary for an excellent dining and winning experience.
Remember to order side dishes if you need them, like the salad and potatoes. If smart make a reservation before going and if not you will get some sparkling wine while waiting for a table. I had a perfect Biffe de Lomo. That was worth every penny or pesos I had. What can I say, the steak made me happy so did the Malbec wine, it was all a big happy ending for me. It is a tourist attraction, but who care´s when the food is to die for, and you will arrive in heaven on earth.
Las Cabras – Parilla
Fitz Roy 1795 Palermo Hollywood. From 100 – 200 pesos – Mas o Menos!
If you are staying for some more days in Buenos Aires and Palermo, then you should go to Las Cabras and get the local feeling. Be dinning with the Porteños as well as some exchange student like me, that have discovered this little beauty.
Las Cabras is an excellent Parilla place; the best is that you order a big plate with a bit of everything and then share it with friends. It so good, and the atmosphere is extraordinary! It is a favorite place, and it is always a good idea to go around 20.00 when the Porteños are still making their way out of the door. The culture of early dining is your advantage as an Extranjero – a foreigner, that don’t mind to eat little earlier than the Porteños.
6. Drink Fernet
After all that meat, the Argentinean drink Fernet. I think this is how to survive with so much meat in the stomach. Just go for it! In the end, you will love it, but I can’t promise when that will be.
7. Buena Onda
Enjoy the energy is one of the essential things to do in Buenos Aires. Still, after almost four months, I struggle with explaining this, it is something that has to be experienced on the soul. Everybody is busy with life, but still, there is a lifetime for enjoying life. Running in the park – Bosques de Palermo in the morning, go to school or work. Grab lunch in the midday, catch a Coffee and practice some Castellano con amigos de Argentinos, go and get some money change in the blue market.
Hit back home write a blog post, catch a power nap and prepare for the night. Go for dinner at 23:00 then enter the first Previa (Pre-party) then at around 03.00 Hit the second Previa and then approximately 04:00 enter the Boliches – Nightclub in Buenos Aires – Rosebar (rosebar.com.ar, Honduras 5445, Palermo Soho). Keep Dancing to 07.00 in the morning!! At around 08.00 enter the bakery for freshly baked Medialunes then go to bed and prepare to repeat for the next day! Buena Onda!
Think day parties, a plethora of sublime local DJs and wall to wall crowds of beautiful electronic music loving locals. The parties do change location but are typically hosted either in Mar de Plata or within BA itself – 24 Hour Party People
Last Word about 7 Fabulous things to do in Buenos Aires
There are so many wonderful things to do in Buenos Aires. I just touched the surface of this fantastic city. If traveling for a visit, you should go to a tango class or at least a tango show, and then go to some classes of Spanish and learn Castellano. Walk in Plaza de Mayo and visit Casa Rosado. Go exploring and get lost in all the different neighborhoods. Catch some street art in a corner then go for a great brunch in Ninina Bakery in Palermo. Of course, see a football game, BOCA or RIVER? You cannot separate football from Buenos Aires.
If you want to see an essential part of Argentinean history, visit Parque de la Memoria of the victims of Argentina’s dirty war. A war that almost is forgotten by Europe. I had my first introduction to this war in Argentina. Scary how some history is left unnoticed in the history books.
Explore More of Argentina
If you have time to explore more than Buenos Aires, go to Tigre and have relaxing days by the river or even take the boat over to Uruguay. Or take the airplane to Iguazu falls or maybe the bus to Mendoza the wine district of Argentina. Or go to the authentic Argentinean experience with spending an afternoon on the horseback with a Gaucho.
The things to do in Buenos Aires and Argentina are endless. It is an excellent country for exploring! Even as a solo female traveler, I was feeling safe most of the times. When it gets dark and uncomfortable, take a taxi. Be careful with your phones and eat with your purse in front of you. Then you are ready to go and do the many things in Buenos Aires.
Latest New is that Norwegian, a budget Airline has started to operate flights to Argentina! Finally, maybe we can see more inexpensive flights tickets for traveling to Buenos Aires and beautiful Argentina.