Many times we receive inquiries from people who spend only a few hours in Buenos Aires and want to make the most of their time in the city.
Something very frequent among travelers visiting Argentina is that they have a mandatory stopover in Buenos Aires, since 90% of international flights land here.
Sometimes, the time is enough to do a bike tour through Buenos Aires. Needless to say, the best way to get to know many places in the city in a short time is by bike.
But sometimes, the stopover is only for about 5 or 6 hours, and there is not enough time for a biking tour. So these recommendations are for all these travelers.
As we explained in our previous post, Buenos Aires has 2 airports.
One is the Ezeiza airport (EZE) and the other one is the airport that is within the city, Jorge Newbery (AEP).
If you arrive at Jorge Newbery airport, we have some tips for you to enjoy the city a little without any inconvenience. We also have proposals if you arrive to Ezeiza airport, but you will need more time in this case.
Our tips are based on activities you can do in areas near the airport or easily accessible by highway.
In this way, both when leaving and returning from the airport, you will not have to deal with lot of Buenos Aires traffic.
If you arrive at Jorge Newbery airport…
Right in front of the airport is Rio de la Plata. You could go to relax for a while, look at the river and eat a sandwich in one of the food trucks.
The most traditional sandwiches are those called “Choripan” (chorizo sandwich), “Bondiola” (pork meat sandwich) and the “Lomito” (beef sandwich).
Bosques de Palermo
Then you could go to the Bosques de Palermo area (Palermo forest). If the time and the weather allow it, you could go walking from the airport. It is very easy to go from AEP, check it out on google maps. Besides you could take a taxi or Uber and ask to be taken to the “Rosedal”.
You will visit the largest green area in the north side of the city. There are 400 hectares of parks, El Rosedal (an impressive rose garden) and El Planetario (an icon of the city of BA) stand out here. You will also be surprised by its lakes and relaxation areas.
It is the typical place where “Porteños” spend their weekends, looking for a little shade during the summer to drink mate.
If you still have some time, you could go walk around Palermo Soho. If you take a taxi or Uber ask the driver to take you to “Plaza Serrano” which is the heart of Palermo Soho.
This is a city area full of bars and restaurants as well as clothing shops.
You could wander around the streets for a while and then have a drink before you return to the airport.
In recent years, bars with craft beer and fast food became very popular. You will see lots of them one next to the other in the Soho area.
If you arrive at Ezeiza airport…
Less than 10 hours in Buenos Aires
If you arrive at Ezeiza airport and do not have a stopover of more than 10 hours, we recommend that you do not leave the airport.
Ezeiza airport is located 25km away from the city.
The time to travel from the airport to the city center, will depend if you take a bus, taxi, etc. It will also depend on the time of the day, and it could take you up to 2 hours one way and 2 hours back.
Besides, in case there is a demonstration that day, something very frequent in BA, you will not even be able to get close to the city center and you will lose hours just sitting in a car.
More than 10 hours in Buenos Aires
On the other side, if you have more time, there are many things to do in Buenos Aires. In that case we recommend you to book a bike tour to get to know the highlights of Buenos Aires in a short time.
However, if the bike is not your thing, we recommend you to visit the center and the south sides of the city, since in this area it is easier to access the highway that connects to the EZE airport.
Plaza de Mayo
You could start your walking tour in Plaza de Mayo, which is the center of the city. A place full of history and emblematic of Argentine.
In the surroundings of the square, the main buildings that you will see are: the Casa Rosada (government building), El Cabildo (government building during the colony) and the Cathedral (place where Pope Francis offered Mass).
You will also see many impressive French-style buildings nearby that will capture your attention for their beauty and details in their façades.
Then, just behind Plaza de Mayo is Puerto Madero, the newest (and most expensive) neighborhood in Buenos Aires city.
It is a beautiful place to walk along its dikes enjoying the fresh air.
There are many green areas in optimal conditions to relax and recover from the walk.
During the week Puerto Madero is not a very crowded place, so if your plan is to relax for a while, here you will surely find a place to lay on the grass under the shade of the trees.
Leaving the southern part of Puerto Madero and heading west, you will find picturesque San Telmo.
One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city that still has its cobbled streets and colonial houses.
It is also one of the most visited neighborhoods during the night, since it offers a wide gastronomic offer, which includes bars and nightclubs.
In San Telmo like in Palermo, you will find an uncountable number of craft beer bars.
Caminito, La Boca
Last but not least, if you still have energy and time to walk, take a taxi or Uber to “Caminito”.
We do not recommend that you go walking to this point of the city, although it is not a long distance, but taking the wrong way and leaving the tourist area could make you have a bad time.
Caminito is the typical Buenos Aires postcard, with its colorful houses and its link with tango, since this musical style was born in its “conventillos” (typical houses of La Boca).
There you will find many places to buy souvenirs, some artists selling their paintings and sculptures and people dressed as “tango dancers”. They will offer you to take a picture with them for a sum of money (we recommend that you agree the sum before taking the photo).
We hope all these recommendations help you enjoy your short stay in Buenos Aires!
Here at Biker Street, during the season that runs from October to April, we offer a tour through Tigre Delta by kayak, combined with a bike tour through the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires.
It is not necessary you have previous experience rowing. The kayak we use is very stable and in a few minutes you will learn the technique to row.
This activity does not demand a great physical effort. The waters of the Delta do not have strong currents, so rowing becomes easier. Then, the route of the biking tour is totally flat.
This tour is different from all the others tours we offer, so it requires some special tips that we will give you below, so you can fully enjoy this experience:
Change of clothes:
As this trip includes a tour through the Delta by kayak, we will naturally get wet.
It is important that you bring a change of clothes with you. We recommend that you bring a bathing suit and a T-shirt to change. It is also important that you bring a small towel.
Do not overdo with the things you’re going to take for the tour:
Our bikes have a saddlebag in the handlebar. There you have enough space to carry out a mobile phone, wallet, bathing suit, small towel, extra shirt, sunscreen and the water bottle, we will give you before to start the tour.
It is not necessary to bring more than what was listed for the bike & kayak tour. We do not recommend that you come with a large backpack, since you will have to carry the entire bike tour with it.
At our meeting point, you can leave the backpack you use to transport your things there or if you have other things that you do not need during the tour.
Cap and sunscreen:
It is essential that you wear a cap and sunscreen for this tour.
In both the kayak tour and the bike tour, we will be exposed to the sun for a long time, so the use of protection is strictly necessary.
During the biking tour, we will provide you with a helmet, which fulfills the function of protecting you from the sun. But for kayaking it is highly recommended that you have a cap.
Do you want to travel to Buenos Aires and you don’t know anything about the city? Do not worry! Here we give you 5 basic tips to travel to Buenos Aires.
1) When is the best time to travel to Buenos Aires?
The best season to enjoy Buenos Aires depends a little on which weather is better for you.
Being located in the southern hemisphere, the longest day of the year is December 21 st when it gets dark around 9:00 p.m. And the shortest day on June 21 st when it gets dark before 6:00 p.m.
Buenos Aires is a city with 4 well-marked seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
April and September, are the months of transition of seasons and it usually rains a lot, we recommend you avoid these months.
Usually the temperature is very pleasant between October and the beginning of December, with minimum temperatures above 10 ° C and maximum temperatures close to 28 ° C.
The period between mid-December and early March is very hot and humid. The maximum temperature can reach 38 ° C, which added to the humidity, sometimes becomes unbearable.
Finally, we mentioned that between May and September it is cold, not much, but it is the coldest time in the city. The maximum temperatures are between 10 ° C and 17 ° C degrees. The minimum temperature can reach 1 ° C on the coldest days and rarely subzero temperatures.
2) Is it convenient to bring USD, EUR, credit card to Buenos Aires?
The currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso (AR$). In many places in Buenos Aires, that are visited by tourist we’ll find they usually accept USD, EUR and sometimes Brazilian reales.
A main thing to know is the Argentine economy is very unstable. It’s very difficult to give you references of the price of the different products or services, since they change constantly due to the variation of the peso – dollar exchange rate, and inflation.
Some shops accept just cash, not credit card or debit card. Getting cash in Buenos Aires is not such a simple task. ATMs do not always have cash, especially during weekends.
There are also many restrictions for foreigners to withdraw money from ATMs. The maximum per extraction is limited to AR $ 2000, which is not much if you are going to be touring around and eating in restaurants. Finally, operations has a cost of 5% !
Now, if you come with cash, it’s preferably USD, since it is the easiest currency to exchange. In the tourist areas of the city you will find many exchange offices.
Also for example on Florida Street, you will see many people offering to exchange foreign currency. They usually offer a better rate exchange than exchange offices.
3) How to travel from the airport to the city and public transport.
There are 2 airports to get to Buenos Aires, one is the Ezeiza airport, which is located 25km from the city. The other one is Aeroparque, which is located within the city.
Generally, international flights arrive at the Ezeiza airport. While Aeroparque receives local flights or some flights from bordering countries.
To get to the city from Ezeiza there are several public or private transport options.
One of the most convenient options in terms of price – quality is offered by the transport company Tienda Leon. This company offers buses from Ezeiza to Puerto Madero, that is, to the center of the city.
If your intention is to arrive from the airport by “colectivo” (this is how we call urban buses), you will need a SUBE card. You’ll get this cards at “kioskos” or “locutorios” in the airports. Right there you can make the charge you consider necessary for your trips. Then this card will be able for all public transport in Buenos Aires.
The bus line 8 connects the airport with the city center. The price is much cheaper than Tienda Leon, but getting to the city will take you 2 hours in a day without much traffic.
Last but not least, of course there are the options like a taxi or private cars.
If you arrive at Aeroparque, there are also “colectivos” options, and private transport will be cheaper than from Ezeiza.
As for colectivos, there are many more options, since Aeroparque arrives at 5 colectivo lines: 33, 37, 45, 152, and 160. You can check on the interactive map of the city which of the buses is best for you.
Aeroparque also operates Tienda Leon and also leaves you in Puerto Madero.
Public transport is very practical in the city of Buenos Aires, you just have to avoid it during peak hours, because the system collapses.
As we mentioned before, to travel by train, subte (subway) or bus, you will need the SUBE card. You can get it in train stations, in the start station and finish station of the subway or in many kioscos in the city. The charge can be made in the same places where they sell the card and in all subte stations.
The subte lines do not work during the night, but all the bus lines do, with less frequency of course, but they work.
Taxis also work all day and it is quite easy to get one, usually at night they go through the avenues.
Something that is increasingly in use is UBER. Especially for tourists, as this system provides some guarantees that taxi drivers in the city do not give, such as knowing the price stipulated before starting the trip.
The most recommended option if you want to know many places of Buenos Aires in a short time is a bike tour, so you avoid being stuck in transit for hours or strikes in the Subway, quite common in the city.
The city is full of kioscos, in the busiest areas there are up to 4 per block! sometimes side by side.
You will ask: What are the kioscos? are shops where you can buy a wide variety of products from drinks, batteries, cigarettes, condons, sweets, sandwiches, etc, etc, etc.
Some kioscos are open 24 hours a day, so sometimes they are a great solution.
5) Is Buenos Aires safe?
Buenos Aires, as well as all the big cities, especially in Latin America, has areas that can represent a certain risk for a tourist.
When we say some risk, we are talking about minor crimes, but that can ruin a trip.
The tourist areas probably you will visit, are safe and there is a lot of police. However, pay close attention to your belongings and try not to show your mobile phone or camera constantly.
Typically the thefts happen when you neglect your backpack / wallet for a second, or someone takes the phone from your hand and does not give you time to understand what happened.
When you walk on busy streets or travel by public transport, do it with your backpack in front and pay attention someone do not put their hands in your pockets.
In Buenos Aires today there are no epidemics or diseases that require the application of vaccines prior to your trip.
Tap water is potable in the city, making it suitable for human consumption.
Argentina has a free public health system, even for foreign tourists. The medical emergency system works quite well. I
n the event that you unfortunately suffer an accident, you will be assisted for free in a public hospital, anyway we recommend you take out travel insurance beforehand.
From Biker Street we give you 7 tips to fully enjoy your bike tour in Buenos Aires.
The city has developed a lot of bike paths in recent years, which makes it a “bike friendly” city.
When you visit Buenos Aires, we recommend you touring by bicycle, and here are some suggestions to make your trip more comfortable:
1) Try to arrive 10 minutes before departure time
Transporting from one point to another in the Buenos Aires city by car or public transport, could take much longer than suggested by Google Maps or a GPS.
Many times the best option is to take a Subway. You will need to have a SUBE card to travel in public transport. At rush hour it could be a little uncomfortable because many people travel on it, but you make sure you arrive on time.
Traffic jam could be chaotic or there could even be a demonstration, so your delay could be very long.
It’s important you arrive on time, since there may be more people in your group and we could not wait for you to start the bike tour.
Also, if you arrive early, you will have time to set the height of your seat, to choose a helmet that fits you and make the necessary consultations before starting the biking tour.
2) Bring comfortable clothes
It is essential that you feel comfortable with your clothes when you are doing a bike tour.
It’s advisable to wear sport clothes and sport shoes, since they are the ones that best suit the activity. If possible, light-colored clothing, otherwise the heat will affect you in summer.
Check the forecast for that day, since both suffering heat or cold, will make you feel uncomfortable with the clothes you are wearing. You must also be prepared in case rain is announced with some jacket impermeable.
3) Do not bring large photo cameras
We recommend you take a bike tour with a camera that you can store in your pocket.
Although Buenos Aires is not a particularly dangerous city, but in some areas it is not a good idea if you are showing a large camera that can attract the attention of some ill-intentioned person.
Another reason is that you will not feel comfortable to pedal with a very large camera, better if you use your cell phone, or a small camera.
4) Stay hydrated
It is important you drink liquid before, during and after your bike tour.
Especially in summer time when temperatures in the city exceed 30 C° degrees, it is more than necessary to consume a lot of liquid.
An important fact to keep in mind is that the water network in the city is potable. So, you can take water, without fears, from the tap.
5) Do not bring heavy backpacks
The fewer things you bring to make the bike tour better, because you’ll have to carry it around the entire bike tour.
Keep in mind that at least the bike tours last between 3 and 4 hours. During all that time you’ll have to carry your backpack on your back. Surely, it will bring you some trouble later, if it’s heavy.
Usually bicycles have a basket in front, to put things. Try your backpack is small and light enough to transport it there.
6) Use sunscreen
Buenos Aires is located in the southern hemisphere, where the ozone layer is more damaged, which allows the sun’s rays to pass without being filtered and cause skin injuries.
The use of sunscreen especially in summer is practically mandatory to avoid skin lesions.
Consider that you will be exposed to the sun’s rays during the whole bike tour. Bring with you the sunscreen, since with perspiration it will be necessary to apply on several occasions.
7) Take advantage of the stops where there are bathrooms
Usually only a few opportunities to go to the bathroom are presented on bike tours.
We recommend that you make use of the bathroom before starting your bike tour, and take advantage of each of the opportunities that arise to go to the bathroom. If in that moment you do not want to do your needs, take the opportunity, because maybe the next one is presented in a couple of hours.
In Buenos Aires there are many public baths, which are free. In general, many bars and restaurants allow the use of their bathrooms, even if you are’nt a customer.
Of course, it’s better that you are’nt speculating with it, there are very few things more unpleasant than holding in pee!
Are you planning a trip to Buenos Aires? Already in the city with no plans? In any case, here at Biker Street, we recommend 13 things to do in Buenos Aires so that you don't miss a thing.
(By the way, we do not have commercial agreements of any kind with any of the private or public undertakings mentioned in this blog. Everything we suggest is mentioned here just because we love it, we are simply locals recommending things we like to do ourselves.)
The Must-Dos In Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America
Visit the neighborhood of Recoleta, the top thing to do in Buenos Aires, and discover why it is called the Paris of South America.
Recoleta is traditionally one of the aristocratic neighborhoods in the city. That's why you'll find there lots of French style mansions that used to belong to Argentina's richest families.
You could find a clear example of this on Avenida Alvear or Avenida Libertador. Full of monuments and majestic buildings, Libertador Av. is one of the most beautiful and colorful Avenues. It is really worth to go all over it, specially on a bike tour, for its comfortable and spacious bike path.
For sure, the most popular attraction in the barrio of Recoleta is its Cemetery. A resting place for heroes and transcendental characters in the history and politics of Argentina. Every tomb is a piece of art in itself, it's impressive!
The surrounding areas of the cemetery are full of coffee shops, bars, restaurants and dance clubs. Recoleta also has a very busy nightlife. Besides, it's a very popular area among tourists for the hotels and furnished apartments for rental.
Parks, monuments, museums
Recoleta stands out for its wide green spaces, something that cannot be appreciated in many neighborhoods of the city. In one of these parks, next to the imposing building of the UBA Faculty of Law and in front of the National Library of Argentina, you will find the Floralis Generica, a brand-new icon of the city.
2)Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo is the place where the city of Buenos Aires was founded, but above all, it is the place where the most important political events in Argentine history took place.
From its origins it was the place of protests and celebrations, as for example the May Revolution in 1810 (it was the first step for the Declaration of Independence in 1816). After which the square was renamed; until then it was known as Plaza Mayor or Victory Square (because of the victory against the English troops in 1806 and in 1807).
Monuments & Buildings
In the middle of the square, there is the monument of La Pirámide de Mayo, which was built for the celebrations of the first anniversary of the Revolution of May in 1811. It became internationally significant through the famous rounds of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, that have been taking place there since 1977. Another monument that stands out is Manuel Belgrano's Memorial; he was the creator of the Argentine flag among other things.
In the surroundings of the Plaza de Mayo, the buildings of La Casa Rosada, La Catedral, El Cabildo and the Banco Nación Headquarters also stand out.
The square is located in what today we call the Microcentro Porteño, where all main economic and administrative activity of the country is concentrated. A few meters away from each other, we see the Government House, known as La Casa Rosada, the Ministry of Economy and Public Finances, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic, the headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation, many of the headquarters of the banks established in Argentina, etc.
The area is easily connected with the rest of the city through public transport, since 5 of the 6 subway lines that exist in the city arrive to the area, and 3 of them have their head station at Plaza De Mayo, from where they fan out.
Avenida de Mayo
On Avenida de Mayo we find some of the oldest buildings in Buenos Aires and also the most beautiful ones. These emblematic buildings seem to take us to Paris streets, for their style and decoration. Also following the style of Paris streets, on May Avenue we find many cafes, among them the oldest in the city, the traditional Café Tortoni.
If you're planning a visit to Plaza de Mayo, you should take into account that there may a demonstration that day, something very frequent in Buenos Aires. If there is a demonstration, you'd better change your plans, becaus it will most likely be impossible for you to get as close as 200 meters from the square. The area is much quieter as it is less crowded during the weekend, since all the activity takes place during the work week. From Monday to Friday, you will find not only tourists, but also many office workers and students, who go there in a traditional walk to study the Argentine History.
3) San Telmo
A historical neighborhood
San Telmo area was one of the first barrios in the city of Buenos Aires. Its cobbled streets and old buildings give us an idea of how old the neighborhood is.
San Telmo, that used to shelter the most affluent classes in the city until the yellow fever epidemic, today is one of the most popular neighborhoods among tourists who visit the city. It was traditionally a neighborhood famous for its antique shops, and also for its street market that has been taking place every Sunday for almost 50 years already, today we may even find many hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
San Telmo Market is another attraction of the neighborhood. In a place that has been changing its style as time went by, we can discover today some food stalls, antique stalls and an incipient number of bars and restaurants.
Eat, drink, dance.
Plaza Dorrego is the heart of San Telmo and one of the main night spots of the city. It is surrounded by bars busy throughout the day. On weekends there is a street market and there are often "tip based" tango dance shows.
Undoubtedly, San Telmo is a place of bustling nightlife, due to its great gastronomic offer and nightclubs. But it is also very nice to visit during the day in order to appreciate its architecture, which often takes back in time, more than 100 years.
4) La Boca
A shelter for immigrants
It is one of the oldest barrios in the city and a place you must visit in Buenos Aires. There runner one of the first ports of Buenos Aires. Actually, La Boca owes its name to the fact that the place where the Rio de la Plata meets the Riachuelo shapes a kind of mouth of the river. A natural port itself.
This was the place of arrival and shelter of the great migratory currents that came from Europe. Arriving mainly from southern Italy, these immigrants came with the "American dream" in mind.
A tourist magnet
La Boca is one of the most attractive areas for tourists, just because of the simplicity of its buildings, known as conventillos. And of course, for the legendary Boca Juniors football stadium, known as "La Bombonera".
The original houses of the neighborhood are very colorful. Nowadays, it's a tradition maintained in order to keep the neighborhood identity. However, they were initially painted with many colors because of a need, since all those different paintings were the leftovers from the port industry.
Of course, when talking about La Boca, we must inevitably mention Caminito, that little corner of La Boca area, very colorful and faithful reflection of the neighborhood. A painting street market takes place there every day, during the morning and also in the afternoon. At Caminito we find a great gastronomic offer and a few street tango shows can be seen. Clearly this is the most tourist appealing part of the area.
La Boca is not a place we recommend visiting when the sun goes down, or walking outside the tourist circuit. It is a working-class neighborhood, but it is also used as a refuge by delinquents, who find in tourists an easy prey to commit an illicit act.
Nor do we recommend visiting the neighborhood on a match day at the Boca Juniors stadium, as it is very crowded and the pick pockets could take advantage of the crowd to hide themselves after committing illicit acts.
Thousands of names for one neighborhood, Palermo
Palermo area, which was historically divided into Palermo Chico and Palermo Viejo, today is fragmented in more and more districts called by unusual and even funny names such as Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Freud and Palermo Queens. Besides, as a consequence of the growth of the area, the prices of properties have increased monstrously in the last decade.
Buenos Aires green areas
Palermo encloses one of the most extensive green areas of Buenos Aires, a set of parks that make up the Bosques de Palermo. A highly recommended place to take a bike tour, to visit its lakes, and the futuristic building of the Planetario.
A very lively barrio
In the neighborhood of Palermo, where all kinds of workshops have traditionally operated, we could find today many clothing stores, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Like San Telmo, Palermo is another place of bustling nightlife. In the surroundings of the squares that are popularly known as PlazaSerrano and PlazaArmenia, a large gastronomic offer is concentrated.
6) Puerto Madero
A modern district
Puerto Madero is the newest district in Buenos Aires City. In the place where the first port of the city operated, then abandoned for almost 60 years, the barrio of Puerto Madero has been built in the 90's. The most interesting and striking thing of the area, is that it was decided to keep the port spirit in its design. It frequently brings back memories of the Thames River banks in London, and truth is it shouldn't be a surprise, since many of the construction materials of the port were brought from Europe, and emulating the British style.
One of the first big investors to arrive to Puerto Madero, and therefore one of its promoters, was the Hilton Hotel. This confirmed what would be the destiny of the area, which is today one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Latin America. There are no more spaces available for any new building. When you walk through the streets of Puerto Madero, you get to feel overwhelmed by the modernity and height of its skyscrapers.
Puerto Madero family experience
Puerto Madero is also known for its wide streets and parks. The Costanera Sur esplanade is also inside the neighborhood. There you will not only find a statue of Messi, but also many food trucks that will tempt you to eat a choripan.
A suggestion to bear in mind
The neighborhood is very quiet during weekdays, but quite the opposite during the weekend, since it is one of the favorite places to wander around for the porteños. A walk or a bit of exercise around the dokes, could be very relaxing.
7) What to eat and drink in Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires has found its identity through all its multicultural influence and food is delicious! We have some recomendations, because eating is one of the most important things to do in Buenos Aires.
Pizza & Empanadas
One of the most consumed dishes is pizza, with plenty of cheese, and it could always be accompanied by a portion of faina. Usually, at the same pizzerias, empanadas are also sold. And don't forget they are something you cannot miss.
Of course, the asado is another favorite of the porteños. If you visit a parrilla, the first thing you have to order is a provoleta (a provolone cheese, crispy on the outside and melted on the inside). In a proper asado, we always combine different meat cuts such as: asado de tira, vacío, entraña and bife de chorizo. The achuras (which are the guts of the cow) must also be there, especially chinchulines and sweetbreads.
The choripanis our fast food criollo, you will find these chorizo sandwiches in many points of the city, generally in street stalls or food trucks. Do not forget to add a little chimichurry sauce to your choripan! Another very traditional dish is the “Milanesa”, which can be offered in a sandwich as a fast food, as well as on a plate, and it is delicious in any way.
Sweet as honey
Regarding dessert, we have many classics, such as postre vigilante, a quince cheese or sweet potato candy portion, accompanied with a fresh cheese slice. The flan(sort of crème caramel) with whipped cream and dulce de leche is another classic (yes, you will find dulce de leche everywhere). And last but not least, ice cream is particularly delicious in Buenos Aires, specially when it comes from small heladerías (ice cream shops).
This may be bad news for you, during the evening, restaurants open late in Buenos Aires, the porteños usually have dinner after 9pm ... but do not worry, there is the merienda, a meal between lunch and dinner. We would recommend you to have a few mates (it is a kind of tea, not a dring you get in a restaurant, therefore you'll have to make your own set) accompanied with facturas, which of course can also come with dulce de leche.
Certainly, when we talk about beverages, the most important one is Malbec wine, although among young people craft beer is very fashionable. And another typical one is fernet with coke.
8) Buenos Aires cultural city
It is said that Buenos Aires is the cultural capital of South America.
The Teatro Colón is a proof of that. Due to the great acoustics of its concert hall, this imposing architectural work is considered one of the best 5 opera houses in the world! It is only comparable with the music halls of the Scala Theatre in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Vienna State Opera or the Paris Opera.
The city also offers a variety of Museums. And what makes it more interesting is that many of them are for free. There are museums of all kinds, with permanent or itinerant exhibitions.
The culture is experienced on the streets. While walking we will run into millions of graffiti, some of them true works of art. There are street art circuits, for example in the neighborhood of Colegiales / Palermo or in San Telmo. You can spend the whole day touring and appreciating these murals.
It is said Buenos Aires is the city with the largest number of bookstores per capita in the world! If we walk along Corrientes Avenue, between the Obelisco and Callao Av., not only we will find tons of theaters and cinemas but also lots of bookstores. Many of them are open late at the night; in fact, Corrientes Av. is known as "the street that never sleeps". A bookstore in the city that undoubtedly stands out from the others, is "El Ateneo" bookstore that is placed where the "Grand Splendid" theater had once opened its doors. This is a mandatory visit if you are in the city, you will be dazzled with this building. And you could take a cup of coffee on the old stage!
9) Bares Notables
Cultural heritage of Buenos Aires City
Bares Notables are a list of traditional bars and coffee shops in the city, which are protected by law for their history and cultural contribution to the city life. So there always has to be a bar at those locations.
They must keep the facade of the building as it looks and can not modify the internal structure. Visiting them is a bit of a trip back in time, since everything is preserved in the same way it used to look like many decades ago. An unforgettable experience for those who want to experience Buenos Aires culture.
A widely assorted menu
The menu of these bars is rather wide, usually including sandwiches, pasta, meat, salads, croissants, cakes, tea, coffee, etc.
These bars have hundreds of stories related to the political and intellectual life of Buenos Aires to tell. They have always been a meeting point for artists and a place for discussion and exchange of ideas for politicians.
The greatest porteño writers, generally spent and spend much of their days writing their stories in one of these bars.
10) Porteños Night
Buenos Aires is characterized by its wide range of evening activities, not only during the weekend, you can actually also find open boliches on any day of the week.
A very long evening
First of all, it is important to point out that Buenos Aires night life "starts" rather late. Bolichesopen their doors at 1 am, but if you go by that time you will probably be the only one there, as the evening sets in around 3am.
What to do in Buenos Aires until 3 am? The previa, of course! Friends would meet in a bar or at someone's house, ready to start drinking, to discuss what will be done that evening, to chat and then to finally go to the boliche!
Options of all kinds
In the neighborhoods of Palermo and San Telmo, we find the largest concentration of nightclubs and bars. These are areas with nightly activity every day of the week. Of course, there are the most "classic" clubs that open their doors only on Friday and Saturday nights. There are clubs with all kinds of music: cumbia, reggaeton, rock, pop, hip hop, salsa, methal, dark music, etc.
NIght life from Monday to Friday
As we mentioned, there are many clubs that open their doors during the week. Inside them you would't not realize what day or time it is. And although there are many porteños at these places, they do not seem to worry of consider the they'll have to go to work at their offices on the day after ...
On weekdays there are also many after officebars. They are bars or clubs that open their doors after 6.30 pm for those who have just left the office and would like to go for a drink and dance for a while. They usually open until 1 am or 2 am.
Milongas deserve a separate chapter. They are a sort of tango dancing night clubs. While they have always been more than a classic in Buenos Aires City, during the past few years, they have largely increased in number. To the interest shown by visitors from abroad, we should also add the new generations who are readopting the tango dance.
Visiting a milonga is a very good opportunity for those who want to really experience the tango spirit of Buenos Aires and get away a bit from the overdone shows for tourists. Many milongas offer live tango orchestras and tango dancing classes, so if you never danced tango, you can go to take a tango class, learn the basic steps and then stay dancing at the milonga.
11) Green areas in Buenos Aires
If we look at a map of Buenos Aires, we see that from north to south, next to the Río de la Plata, a large green cord extends. So, from Costanera Norte, crossing the Bosques de Palermo and up to the Ecological Reserve in the south.
The truth is that all these green spaces are highly recommended to be visited in Buenos Aires, especially the gardens such as the Rose Garden or the Botanical Garden, both in the heart of Palermo neighborhood, and at a distance that can be done walking between one and the other.
When you visit Puerto Madero, take the opportunity to visit its parks, just behind the docks. They are very modern, with a leafy grove and even flowered gardens.
The Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur is an oasis in the city of Buenos Aires. A few minutes from downtown and the porteña maelstrom, you will find this green space, where a few years ago came the Rio de la Plata and today is one of the lungs of the city. Perhaps the best is to visit it by bicycle, and get to where the coast of the river moved, there you will find a park, very well equipped with tables and bathrooms, and you will surely be tempted to take some mates there.
An Argentine religion
Futbol is a passion for Argentines, you could almost say a religion.
Before the game starts, the fans begin to sing different songs, often following the same rhythm of a popular song, modifying the lyrics in order to refer to the team.
When the team finally arrives to the field, there is a lot of euphoria and joy, and often includes fireworks or a confetti rain are included.
Of course the moment of greatest excitment arrives when the team scores a goal, and you could even feel the stadium vibrate (literally).
The most popular ones
In the city of Buenos Aires, only 6 football clubs play in the first division of the league, and each has its own stadium: River Plate, San Lorenzo, Argentinos Juniors, Huracán, Boca Juniors and Vélez Sarsfield.
The most popular teams are, nationally or internationnally, River Plate and Boca Juniors.
Without any doubt, going to see a match of one of these 2 teams, playing in their stadium, is an unforgettable experience. It does not matter if the game is entertaining or not, the experience is lived on the stands.
Unfortunately, due to the acts of violence that occurred between the barrabravas of the different teams, the supporters of the visiting club are not allowed in the local tournaments.
To bear in mind
There are many control systems, so getting a ticket to watch a game often becomes an odyssey.
It is not advisable to approach the stadium on the day of the match to get resale tickets there, since they are usually fake. So you would end up being cheated and not even see the match. Nor is it a very safe place for tourists around the stadiums on a game day.
Maybe the best option is to hire one of those "footbal experience" tours, as long as they have good recommendations. They often include not only the tickets, but also the transfer to the stadium.
13) Albergues transitorios
This places, known vulgarly as “Telos”, are spread all over Buenos Aires City. These paid per hour hotels are exclusively dedicated to lovers.
These places are very easy to identify. Apart from the sign that says "Albergue Transitorio" their facades are very typical. The entrance is usually covered by lush trees, its doors are mirrored so that noone could be from the outside, and from the outside you cannot see the cars that are parked there either.
The rooms are specifically designed to have sex: decoration and music simply point to this. Many mirrors are distributed in the room, and even on the roof! Of course, the rooms also have a television where you can watch XXX channels.
The cheapest telos only have one bed, but there others with much more production, of course, the more expensive are more eccentric. There are those telos that recreate in their rooms a jungle or Roman ruins or spaceships or an office, whatever is necessary for your fantasy. Some also have a jacuzzi or even a private pool.
Usually these rooms are rented by 2 hour shifts, and also offer the possibility of spending the night there, as long as you're willing to pay for it.
As you can imagine, the rush hour of these hotels is Friday and Saturday night, where many times you have to wait for a room to be released. In telos that are located in downtown areas, they are also very popular at lunchtime or at the end of the workday, around 6pm.
Of course if you would like to visit some of these "telos", following the 13° recommendation of the things to do in Buenos Aires, you'll need someone else to join you 😛
As you know, in our bike tours, we visit Caminito in La Boca, one of the highlights of Buenos Aires city, there you have the opportunity to appreciate for free the bike sculpture that dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei presents in the path of the Fundación Proa museum.
There are thousands of assembled bicycles, which form a semicircular shape, all the same, of the same color, without the seats, pedals or handlebars. It is a tribute to the memories of the author’s childhood, when having a quality bicycle was a luxury for any Chinese home. And inside the museum, you can see a large collection of works by this amazing artist, made with materials as diverse as Lego pieces, sunflower seeds, bamboo fibers, polished woods or inflated latex. It is fantastic and amazing this show, of great international level.
Since always, and especially since October 17th, 1945, the Plaza de Mayo has been the scene of the most important political and historical events in our country, and it’s our first stop in our BA South bike tour.
There is the Casa Rosada and there is also the “Piramide de Mayo” around which, since 1977, the “Ronda de las Madres” takes place every Thursday.
But there is a building witness to one of the most terrible events in our history, the bombing the naval aviation carried out on June 16th, 1955, that left a very high number of dead civilians. It’s the Ministry of Economy, on Hipolito Yrigoyen Street, its facade exhibits, even today, the “scars” of the shrapnel.
The “crack” that is said to separate the Argentines has a mute and imperturbable testimony on that front …