Buenos Aires in winter. For many Northern Hemisphere folks it may come as a shock to your system to discover that you’ll be spending your precious summer days in a chilly Southern Hemisphere winter. That being said, whether you’re here on holiday or Buenos Aires has become your temporary or permanent home, the city has a lot to offer in the cooler months from delicious comfort food to festivals to amazing photographable moments.
I don’t know where you come from, but where I come from winter is NOT synonymous with sun. This is one of the amazing things about Buenos Aires that so many foreigners love. Winter is sunny! And it’s mild. Us foreigners who live here will still complain all the time about how cold it is, but truth be told, Buenos Aires winters are a gift compared to what many of us experience back home. It’s sunny on most days and rarely ever gets below 40ºF/ 5ºC. This means with the right clothes it’s comfortable to go out and wander the streets, just as you would at any other time of year. The sun also offers gorgeous photo opportunities like the one pictured above.
The Tango World Cup
One of the best events to photograph in the winter season is the Tango World Cup and Festival. Yearly, in mid August, the best Tango dancers from all over the world come to compete in the international tango competition. In addition to amazing dancers, the 2 week event hosts tango bands playing live, open dance “milongas,” lessons, and many other photo-worthy events. This year the festival will be held from August 14-27 in different locations around the city (click here for more info).
Cold Days, Hot Drinks
There are tons of cozy, beautiful cafés in Buenos Aires to enjoy a cup of hot something. A personal favorite of ours in wintertime is “chocolate con churros,” a delicious hot chocolate served with “churros,” a yummy sugar coated pastry that is sometimes filled with dulce de leche. Other yummy options are “cafe con leche” (coffee with steamed milk) or a submarino (another delicious hot chocolate option with hot milk and a chunk of dark chocolate to submerge). You also can’t leave Argentina without trying maté, the famous and much-loved Argentine drink and past time. Some people love it and many first timers do not, but it’s a must-try.
Shop, Shop, Shop
In winter you don’t have to feel guilty about spending your days jumping from shop to boutique to shop all day long. You can bundle up and head out to one of the city’s many ferias (markets) or you can scour the streets of Palermo for the best in independent Argentine designer goods. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend our friend Sophie Lloyd over at Shop Hop BA to take you around for a day of shopping and fun.
Red, Red Wine
What could be more comforting than a delicious glass of Argentine red wine after a long day of touring around Buenos Aires. Argentina is known for it’s red wine, in particular, it’s Malbec. You don’t have to travel all the way to Mendoza or Cafayate for a wine tasting either, there are plenty of great places right here in Buenos Aires. We like Anuva Wines for a tasty paring of tapas and undiscovered red wines.
It’s almost as if Argentine cuisine was made for wintery weather. You shouldn’t miss some of the delicious traditional plates like locro (delicious stew with lima beans and chorizo) and lentejas (yet another yummy stew, this time with lentils). And there is just something about a nice cut of Argentine beef that tastes better in the colder months as well. Check out some of the best closed door restaurants for a unique and intimate experience. We like La Cocina Discreta, Casa Saltshaker, or Jueves a la Mesa.
Whatever your plans this winter, don’t forget to bring your camera along to document the fun.