Argentina’s capital city has been trendy among travelers for some time now, and one cannot blame them. Buenos Aires is full of new things to try and places to visit; it is a city full of history and with a great cultural diversity where everyone is welcomed with open arms.
Buenos Aires’ people, in particular, are well known for their friendly demeanor and willingness to help and make others feel more comfortable. They are very affectionate and easy to make friends with.
Suppose you’re planning on going to Buenos Aires to study Spanish. In that case, they are activities that have you interacting with the locals and are the ones you should be more interested in doing, whether those are going grocery shopping, having a night out in the city, or just asking for directions.
Every chance you get is an excellent opportunity to put your language skills to practice, and don’t forget that as friendly as the locals are, they always appreciate it when a foreigner takes the time to learn their native language, even if it’s just the basics.
Even if learning the language is not the main reason for your trip, you should highly consider looking into taking some Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires. They are affordable and can genuinely improve your stay, no matter how long it is going to be. I can assure you that you will find yourself loving the language and the city even more than you imagined, and you will have a hard time leaving.
Places you must visit during your stay in Buenos Aires.
A place you certainly cannot leave without visiting is the Galileo Galilei planetarium, located in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires and has some beautiful star shows. Even if you are not very passionate about celestial bodies and the universe, you cannot miss a lovely experience.
If you are a football fan, you might be interested in visiting some football stadiums. After all, Argentina is very well known for having some of the greatest football players in the world. The Bombonera and the Estadio Monumental are two of the most famous stadiums, and they belong to two of the country’s best teams. They even have museums available for the public to visit if you are interested in the team’s history.
Now, you are in the right place if you enjoy beautiful architecture because Buenos Aires is full of it and has strong European influences, as you may be able to tell. La Boca, for example, is an exceptionally charming and picturesque neighborhood, thanks to its colorful houses and streets and its significant cultural value.
Buenos Aires has a considerable Asian population distributed over the different neighborhoods. Still, the city has its own Chinatown called ‘Barrio Chino’, and it is situated in Belgrano, although the Asian community living there is not as big as one would think. The Barrio Chino is a commercial section of the neighborhood where you can find Asian products of all kinds; whether you are looking for food, phone accessories, or clothes, you will find them there.
However, if you are interested in seeing more trendy neighborhoods, perhaps Palermo Soho is right up your alley. There you will find some of Buenos Aires’ best street art, lively bars, restaurants, and chic cafes on every sidewalk.
You cannot end your stay without ever visiting the iconic Obelisk of Buenos Aires. It is a national historical monument and a top-rated stop among foreigners for taking pictures with it at the back.
Another delightful place to visit in Buenos Aires, especially for book lovers, is The Ateneo Grand Splendid, an old theatre made into a bookshop and is now considered one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. There are thousands of books to lose yourself in, it maintains every aspect of the theatre, and the stage is now a cafe!
Things you need to try once you’re in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires cuisine is much esteemed; this may have to do with the city’s cultural diversity and how this may have significantly influenced the national dishes’ development over the years. Asado is a well-known tradition in Argentina. It consists of cooking different cuts of meat on a grill and is, more often than not, a big social event between families and friends. You cannot leave without attending at least one. You will have a great time, trust me.
Empanadas are another typical delicious food you can eat anytime and anywhere. Like ice cream, they come with tons of different flavors, suitable for everyone’s taste. Although mostly sold in pizzerias, it is pretty rare to find a restaurant that does not serve empanadas. Something curious about empanadas is that each region has its way of making them, so you will find different empanadas depending on which place of Argentina you are in.
Now to those who have a sweet tooth, perhaps dulce de leche will sound more appealing than other foods. It is a sweet paste commonly used to put in things like pancakes, cakes, alfajores, or even toast, but most people in Argentina also enjoy eating it as is. You can make this at home; you only need to slowly heat sugar and milk for some hours until it takes on a sauce-like consistency and its color changes to a light brown.
I doubt the locals will let you leave without trying it, but just in case, you cannot forget to try mate! One of the most famous things to come from the country Argentinians love their mate, and they drink it with anything, at any time of the day. It is often drunk from a small wooden cup, filled with hot water and yerba mate, and through a metal straw. It can be either sweet or bitter, depending on who is preparing it, and it can be refilled multiple times before the flavor is all gone.
I know you must be itching to try to see all of these things, so what are you waiting for? Buenos Aires has a lot to show you.