Buenos Aires. It would be an understatement to say that you surprised me. You know that feeling when you have a certain image in your head, and it turns out to be even better than that? Yeah. That happened.
Astonishing artsy alleys
I started off my first day in Palermo Soho. In contrary to Palermo Hollywood, this sparkly and colorful barrio is full of hip, cool and modern restaurants, bars, clubs and stores- it most certainly deserves it’s second name, Soho. Strolling around in these graffiti-filled streets keeps you fascinated, since your attention keeps going from one cute store to another astonishing artsy alley.
Fill your boca with La Boca’s empanadas
You can’t have been to Buenos Aires without visiting La Boca. One of Argentina’s most popular football clubs is based in the capital and runs through the veins of los porteños (the locals of Buenos Aires).
Nonetheless, if you are not really into football, you can skip visiting the stadium and continue your voyage to the most fun street in BA: el Caminito! When walking through this street and admiring the tango dancers, vivid architecture and positive vibes you can just feel the passion of this South-American metropolitan.
There’s two sides to every cup
While on one side you have the authentic and warm Argentinian barrios, on the other side you have a more modern and fancy neighbourhood (a.k.a. my future home), ladies and gentlemen I present to you: Puerto Madero!
One moment you are walking through skycrapers and business offices, and before you know it you find yourself standing in front of a lagoon, surrounded by food markets and vendors on the street.
All these barrios have one thing in common: parks. So many gorgeous, spaceous, blossoming parks. Speaking about blossoming: be sure to make a drop by Floreria Atlantico. This flowershop may look ordinary at first, but hidden you will find one of world’s best 50 bars.
No costa nada!
Have I mentioned that a lot of things are free in Buenos Aires? To be correct, you will find almost every activity or event to be free of any charge.
My best experiences with cosas gratis were:
Centro Cultural Recoleta
This cultural center offers not only art exhibitions, you can also hang out on maybe the most gorgeous terrace of BA. Later on, grabe a drink or a bite at the romantic and cozy fair just at the exit of the cultural center.
Even though it may not sound so appealing, you should visit this cemetary during your trip. It has gravestones higher than your goals. It has temples, little roundabouts, and a housecat wandering around. It has remembrances of all kind of important figures of the Argentinian history, and thus of all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds.
Yoga in the park
If you want some balancing of your mind, body and spirit after dancing all that reggaeton and drinking all those cerveza’s, you might want to check out your nearest park – there’s a great chance you can drop in to a free yoga class there.
Reservado la Costañera
Remember the lagoon I mentioned in the barrio Puerto Madero? Exactly, you will find it in La Costañera. Put on your running shoes and get ready to breathe in some fresh air and take in some beautiful nature portraits.
El Rio de la Plata
Unfortunately, Buenos Aires does not have a beach. Wait. Don’t pull back from your idea of this trip. I know it is a big step to take (going to a destination without a beach), but you can do it. I believe in you, okay?
Besides, you can always cool off at the river side. Stay around until the evening and catch one of the free festivals. Get ready to party all night long at the rio!
Long story short: Buenos Aires’ diversity and passion surprised me in a good way. This may sound cliché, but this vivid city really has a lot to offer. Hasta la próxima, Buenos Aires!