Being a student Spanish in Buenos Aires, I am always looking out for new and exciting off-the-touristical-path-places to visit, preferible which will leave some pesos in my wallet. After I leave my Spanish language school http://www.expanish.com/ in the afternoon, I stroll around to find that new cool coffee house or place to see. Here are some of my favorites things to do and places to see.
Budget places to eat
When it comes to stuff your belly it is good to know where to go in a big city as Buenos Aires. Some places where you get yummie dishes for not too many pesos are: Las Cabras – Good meat from the parilla and nice informal atmosphere. Chan chan – Peruvian restaurant. Good to try Ceviche, a delicious Peruvian national dish of raw fish. Bangalore – Good Indian cuisine! La Fabrica del taco – Spice it up with some Mexican food. Buenos nachos! La Americana – However there are a lot of Italian immigrants, I find it hard to get good pizza. This is one of the best I found so far. They have a lot of variety and good taste! Another place is Siamo nel Forno, which has “Pizza Napolitana” neonlights in the front. They have interesting pizzas. Worth a try!
However a lot of people drink mate in Argentina, others need a cup of coffee to keep on moving. Some good spots to get the black motor are: Café Tortoni – This is the oldest café in the city and still has a great authentic atmosfere. Besides coffee this cafe also has a great submarine hot chocolate! Don Julio – A good parilla, but they have great coffee too! El Gato Negro – A classic in Buenos Aires. Las Violetas – This elegant place has lead glass church windows and gateways, French stained glass windows and Italian style marble floors. Los Angelitos – Nice cafe from the glory days. Café De García – Another old style café. Café Giralda – They have good churros with chocoloate to accompany your coffee.
Chacarita cemetary– however everybody goes to Recoleta cemetary, this cemetary has some pretty exciting things to see as well. For instance it is the home to the grave of Carlos Gardel, the man who made tango popular under the more wealthy people in Buenos Aires. Chacarita cemetary was build out of pure necesity when the yellow fever hit Buenos Aires in 1871 and burries thousands and thousands of people. You know that medical students collect bones there, since the fake ones at the University are too expensive…
Cycle to Tigre – Get your friends together and go for a cycling trip to Tigre, where you can enjoy the river view with a picknick, go for a boat ride and see amazing houses or chill out at one of the river beaches. Not to fond about cycling? The train is only 1 pesos! For more information visit: http://www.tigre.gov.ar/turismo/
Tea time – If you want to experience the grandeur from the old days, go for a late afternoon high tea at the Alvear Palace. Other nice places to get a cup of tea and some treats are Sirop http://siroprestaurant.com/home.html, Pierina Tea House http://www.pierinateahouse.com.ar, Porota http://porota.com/, tealosophy http://www.tealosophy.com/eng/eng.html and Arkakao http://www.arkakao.com.ar/ (also yummie icecreams!).
Milonga – Try tango dancing in a milonga. La Catedral is an admirable underground milonga with amazing paintings on the wall http://www.lacatedralclub.com/ Other milongas which welcome beginners as well are Laviruta http://www.lavirutatango.com/, Tangocool http://www.tangocool.com/ and La Marshall (gay-friendly) http://www.lamarshall.com.ar/.
Reserva Ecologica – Go for a picknick or some exercise to the Ecological Reserve Costanera Sur. There are moonlight tours organized once per month. http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/reserva/
La Bomba de Tiempo – This drum spectacle is every monday and sometimes on holidays. Get a liter of beer and loosen up your hips.
Markets – Besides the popular San Pedro market in San Telmo every sunday, there are some other interesting markets worthwile a visit. A real gaucho market is Feria de Mataderos http://www.feriademataderos.com.ar/feria.htm and Feria artensenal in Belgrano is a good place to buy some arty stuff. Mercado de las Pulgas is a good market to score some vintage stuff for your home.
Walk through barrios – Go for a stroll through different barrios is definitely the best way to really get to know a city. My favorites are Palermo and Villa Crespo, since they are full of street art. Graffiti is accepted as a form of art here, so you will find the most beautiful wallt paintings in Buenos Aires.
I hope my tips will keep you busy for a bit. For more exciting things to do the following site are good help: