Buenos Aires Recs?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@kmb727:  I’ve been to Buenos Aires once and before I went got some recs from a friend who had lived there for over a year. Here are a few quick suggestions:

Food. Definitely eat as much as you can. Avoid the chain/tourist places. They overcharge like WHOA and don’t taste as good. The beef and the wine live up to everything you’ve ever heard, though.

The BEST restaurant we ate in was the Parilla Peña (address: Rodriguez Pena 682). The meat was glorious, the grilled cheese (literally cheese cooked on the grill) was heavenly, and the whole bill, including a bottle of wine and dessert, for FI and me came to under $40 US. It’s definitely a locals place, with communal tables and friendly staff. It’s not swank, but the atmosphere is pleasant.

Another good one is Cumana (address: Rodríguez Pena 1149). This place has amazing traditional argentine food like this great, filling casseroles and empanadas. The atmosphere is nice and chill, a bit more hip than the Parilla Peña.

Touristy stuff. I was there on a research trip, but here are two of my favorites.

Teatro Colón. This is the main opera house, based on the Opéra Garnier in Paris. The acoustics are world-renowned, if you’re looking to catch a show. The tour alone (offered in English) is worth it. I’m biased, though, since my research on Buenos Aires focuses on this building.

Museo de Bellas Artes. The museum isn’t gigantic, but it’s got a nice collection that can easily be seen in an afternoon and a few nice cafes nearby to catch a good meal and glass of wine in.

Other things.

Leather. If you look around you can find great leather shops that will give you great deals. FI bought a custom-made (in three days) leather jacket for $250 USD. Likewise, I bought a pair of hella sexy leather boots from the Argentine brand Prüne that I’m in love with.

Transit. Try the subway! It’s called the Subte and is cheap (like 25 cents per ride). Some of the lines use the OLD cars from when the thing was new c.1915/20. They’re wooden and feel like a timewarp. Also, don’t ask cabbies to make change! Try to have enough small bills on you. We got a counterfeit 20 back from a cabbie. No big deal in the long run, but irritating as hell at the time.

I’m sure I can think of more, but this is already crazy long. Have fun!!

Post # 5
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2394 posts
Buzzing bee

Sorry, I’ve never been there; however, it is on my bucket list.

My sister did visit though and she stayed at the Buenos Aires Hilton. She couldn’t say enough good things about it. 

Post # 6
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353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Even when my dad is from Buenos Aires (and lives there), I haven’t been there since I was a little girl! (Can you believe it?) So I cannot recommend anything to sightsee in the city. Also, I think @ArtDecoDC has made a wonderful job!

My general recommendation, as ArtDecoDC has said, is to stick to local places and avoid tourist restaurants. I’m not a big meat-eater, but “chorizo criollo” (Argentinian sausages) is wonderful, and “provoletta” (the Argentinian name for the grilled cheese) is PURE heaven!

I wouldn’t skip a “panqueque” (which is the Argentinian borrowing for “pancake” filled with dulce de leche and a tasty sugar crust on the outside), nor an “alfajor” (a type of pastry filled with dulce de leche – I love the ones covered in chocolate!).

And get your hands on everything made out of leather. They work leather wonderfully and it is really hard to find those quality leather goods anywhere else!

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