la vida es bella.
30.01.2013 - 19.02.2013
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I think my favorite Latin American city. I could live here - also the reason why I came back after Carnival... the sights, the sounds, the smell, the style, the grace of the beautiful people - I had such a good time the three weeks I spent there, often I just wandered the city without my camera, trying to blend in - to the point of explaining to Porteños which bus goes where -haha.
I thought I make a list of some of my favourite places if anyone intends to go:
Sights (apart from the obvious, i.e. the neighborhoods of Palermo, Boca, San Telmo, Recoletta and Microcentro):
- Street art is amazing in BA. I did a tour with Graffiti Mundo and discovered more than I would have ever by myself. It included a studio visit and chat with the artists - very cool.
- A football game at la Bombonera (Boca Juniors) or el Monumental (River Plate).
- Barrio Chino - continent hopping to the small Chinatown
- The parks (particularly Jardín botánico, jardín japonés y rosedal)
- Tango in the street.
- The San Telmo Sunday market
- Theatre - West of the Obelisk there is a ticket booth, where they sell half-priced theatre tickets.
- Teatro Colón
- A lot of interesting small galleries in Palermo and San Telmo, Graffiti Mundo (see above) keeps an up to date list.
- The many many museums, particularly, el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), which also has a nice cinema.
- El Obrero - a great Argentinian Restaurant off the beaten path, I walked there in the evening, in retrospect, taking the taxi would have probably been a better idea.. Map.
- Rondinella, a family restaurant with good food I felt Porteños go here. Map.
- Sarkis, the large Armenian population puts on some good food. This one was recommended to me and was delicious. Map.
- Malvón - brunch in an incredible house. Map.
- Siamo nel Forno - true Neapolitan pizza. Map.
- La Pharmacie - me thinks, the best pizza in town. Map.
- La Cabrera - to some the best beef in Buenos Aires (which is a tall order), but it is really good, especially with all the delicious side dishes that come with it. Map.
Nightlife (apparently it changes a lot, so best to find out when you are there what is happening):
- There is a lot of underground stuff going on. I met some cool people that took me to places, which change all the time.
- Konex - I felt like I was in Berlin. Monday is a big night there with percussion by La Bomba del Tiempo.
- The Roxy Disco - ROCK.
- Niceto Club - apparently a BA classic, particularly on Thursday nights
- Jet Lounge - some decent electro music, but not too exciting, apart from its location on the harbor.
When I was here a series of truly spectacular free summer events was on. I got the information here.
oh yes, and for accommodation AirBnB worked great, I stayed at two different apartments in order to live in different neighborhoods (Centro y Palermo), both places were really good (and a fraction of what I would have paid for a hotel room)
...y algunas fotitos.