Welcome to Buenos Aires!
With its large colonial buildings and European flair, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is one of the biggest cities, not only on the continent of South America but in both South and North America. The huge sprawling city and it’s 15 million residents, know that it is one of the most underrated cities in South America. From vibrant street art and delicious cuisine to the rowdy nightlife, Buenos Aires is a gorgeous city with many layers, but there’s so much happening that it all blends together seamlessly.
Where to Begin
After landing at Buenos Aires Airport, start your journey with a little local color. There is a myriad of markets, in the city, that cater to the masses, with goods such as food, handcrafted jewelry, antiques and just about everything in between. A worldwide local knows, that simply wandering the streets is a perfect way to get to know the local customs and the flow of life. The Plaza Serrano is always filled with pop-up shops and boutiques, selling one of a kind items and goodies. Plus, there are a few bars and restaurants around where you can get a refreshing beer or steak sandwich, and do some people watching.
Worldwide Local Tip: Much like anywhere else in a large city throughout the world, petty crime is always a possibility. Pickpocketing and theft can be an issue in large dense areas, like markets or crowded buses/subways. Always be mindful of your belongings.
Buenos Aires is a large city that stretches out into the surrounding areas outside the city center. Luckily, the locals know that transportation around the city is cheap and effective. Your best bet for getting around town is the use of the public transport system. In addition, it is a great way to brush shoulders with the locals and experience the day-to-day grind of public transportation. If the Buenos Aires weather is nice, you might also want to walk, as the city is endlessly surprising.
Worldwide Local Tip: Pick up a SUBE card. These cards are rechargeable and allow access to most of the city’s public transport networks. They can be picked up and charged at kiosks around the city, as well as convenience stores and even some of the Buenos Aires hotels.
Dancing After Dark
Now that you’ve gotten around the city a little bit, it’s time to party like a local. Buenos Aires has some of the best nightlife in the country. Take an afternoon nap, have an evening coffee, and then head to some of the best bars and clubs. If you’re looking for a truly local experience, head to the La Boca neighborhood to learn the dance that made Argentina famous --the Tango! Watching the professionals, or even learning a few steps yourself, is one of the most fun things to do in Buenos Aires.
Worldwide Local Tip: Locals start the party at around midnight, so it is not uncommon for people to be out having dinner at around 10 or 11 pm before hitting the clubs or bars. This is when most restaurants are the busiest (especially on a Friday or Saturday night).
Get Ready to Eat!
A worldwide local knows that the best way to get in with the locals is to go and eat where they eat. And for any carnivores out there, you’re in luck, because Argentina is big on meat. Steak is the number one most-eaten meat in Argentina, and all throughout the city, you can find a parrilla and grab a quick bite. Parrillas refer both to the grill the meat is cooked on and the food itself. Typically, it is always about the meat, but most parrillas are inexpensive, and a visit to one is a great way to end a drunken debaucherous night on the dancefloor.
Worldwide Local Tip: Parrillas are generally open throughout the day and most nights. Ask around town for the best ones, as locals generally have their favorites. Check out Freddy’s in San Telmo. During the day, it’s calm and peaceful with the clientele generally older. A night out includes a party in itself, where hip-hop blasts through the speakers and the younger crowd joins in.
Have a Wonderful Time in Buenos Aires!
Buenos Aires is truly a beautiful city filled with history and marvelous architecture. A worldwide local knows that most of those things can be found in any old tour guide, but to have some real fun in the city, you need to get out there and be with the locals.