Think Buenos Aires and you picture tango dancers in the street. I spent 2 months in Buenos Aires while I was exploring Argentina and this is what I found . . .
For a big city Buenos Aires has a large number of green spaces. The best parks are near the river in Palermo – Botanical Gardens, Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens. There is something for everyone.
Streets are shadowed by beautiful big trees . . .
Exploring Tigre (to the North of Buenos Aires). A great place to have brunch on the weekend.
The café culture is alive and well in Buenos Aires. The coffee can sometimes be a little hit and miss but with a little hunting you’ll find some fantastic options.
My favourite cafes in Palermo were Lattente and Full City Coffee.
I’d recommend that you take a look at Pick Up The Fork. The woman who runs this site has done a fantastic job of providing all you need to know about eating out in Buenos Aires. It was my go to website while I was there.
Buenos Aires is full of fantastic sculptures and some great street art.
My favourite sculpture is the Floralis Genérica in Recoleta.
Buenos Aires is huge and the public transport is great. Take advantage of the train, the bus and the underground by buying a SUBE card (25 peso). It’s a rechargeable card so you can top it up at the various stations or at many shops which display the SUBE sign.
Most trips I took were only 7 peso.
Use this guide to help get you around.
Free city tours
No matter what day of the week that you’re in Buenos Aires you’ll be able to do a free walking tour.
Head to this site to check them out and book yourself a spot. I can highly recommend the tour of Recoleta Cemetery.
Pasta & ice cream on every street corner
The Italians have had a massive influence on the food in Buenos Aires. There are fresh pasta shops in every suburb where you can pick up dinner.
Then go past the ice cream store where you can get ice cream in a cone or by the bucket. It’s not that cheap (US$5 for a cone) but it is delicious.
The Spanish is different
You’ll find that the Argentines speak Spanish differently from the rest of Latin America. This made it really difficult for me to understand what they were saying, although they seemed to understand me (probably because I was speaking sooooo slowly).
No friends on the streets
When I’m in a new place I conduct a highly scientific test called the Smile Ratio. Basically I wander about the streets smiling at people and count the number that smile back.
Buenos Aires did not score well with only 50% of people smiling back. I found Montevideo in Uruguay to be much friendly!
That said once I could find an individual to talk to they were a friendly bunch.
Most of the pavements in the city are broken, whether by tree roots pushing through, construction work or lack of maintenance. I can’t remember walking along many smooth pavements.
Keep your eyes on the pavements to avoid stubbing your toes!
No tango on the streets
I’d dreamed of a city that had tango dancers in little squares. Sadly, this wasn’t the case at all. The only place I was able to see dancers was in San Telmo on Sunday when the market was on.
You can go to a tango show but these are pricy.
Dog pooh. Everywhere! On every pavement I walked on I had to side step around the pooh. It doesn’t make for a very relaxing walk!
Because I don’t like to leave things on a bad note I wanted to introduce you to Pumpkin. I looked after him for a week in Olivos while his owner was away. Isn’t he gorgeous?!