Beyond the obviously impressive and photographically pleasing attractions that Buenos Aires provides for tourists such as the Obelisk, the Casa Rosada (better known as “the pink house”) and the Recoleta Cemetery, the city also delivers so many wonderful activities that visitors may not get to discover, and often miss out on! So toss the city guide out and let Foto-Ruta take you off the beaten tourist track! Here are our top 5 favorite “non-touristy” activities:
The Recoleta cemetery is home to Evita Peron’s gravesite and is possibly Buenos Aires’s most popular tourist attraction leading most visitors to often skip the Chacarita Cemetery. Located directly next to the line B subte stop, Federico Lacroze, this architecturally impressive site is almost 20 times larger than the more popular tourist attraction in Recoleta!
Similar to the style of the more famous attraction, the entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with an impressive and diverse array of statues and sculptures.
El Galpon Organic Market
We bet our bottom dollar (or peso) that you can pass at least 1 butcher or verduraria on every street block in Buenos Aires. But did you ever think you could find a place that sells organic choripan? Buenos Aires may not be the world’s most environmentally friendly of cities..,solar-wind power, or hemp-seed muffins but El Galpon sneaks up on us in a surprisingly green ( okay, maybe greenish-brown ) ways, with it’s recycling infrastructure run by Carteneros.
Under this tin-roofed wonder you can try everything from fresh yogurt, medicinal herbs, freshly picked produce, some of the best homemade bread in the city, honey, sulphite free malbec, and more. The market is located at Av Federico Lacroze 4171 and is only open on Wednesdays from 9 am – 1 pm and Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm.
Wednesday Night Out
Forget the saying TGIF and give Wednesdays a try. Obviously, Friday and Saturday nights are universally the nights to hit up the clubs and see what the wild Buenos Aires nightlife is all about! However heading to a nightclub at 3 AM can get exhausting and quite hard to adapt to as a tourist! Thankfully Buenos Aires is home to the Wednesday night“Afteroffice.” It is quite literally the place to go after the office.
Swanky Argentines come straight from work around 7 PM in business attire to the clubs, which usually provide free food and happy hour deals until 9 PM. The clubs however, close at a reasonable hour of 2 or 3 AM. Terrazas del Este, located at the corner of Avenida Costanera and Sarmiento on the river, is the infamous home to a great after office on Wednesdays.
Also worthy of checking out are Godoy, located at the corner of Paraguay and Godoy Cruz in Palermo, and Liquid at the corner of Santa Fe and Scalabrini Ortiz. Beware, this is often the night when Argentines like to get wild, drink gallons on fernet and try to smooch anything or anyone that has 2 legs that happens to cross their path. Make sure you do some stretches afterwards or you might be soar from all the dancing!
The feasting times in Argentina can be difficult to adapt to for tourists. If you don’t enjoy eating a full steak dinner at 11 PM, merienda is for you! Merienda is Argentina’s equivalent to “tea time” typically around 5 PM, a snack is had to curb the long hours between lunch and dinner. Our top pick for merienda is Miranda on Sundays. Not only are the wait staff some great eye- candy, but also it is located in the lively heart of Palermo Hollywood at the corner of Fitz Roy and Costa Rica.The merienda menu is offered from 4 – 8 30 PM and has some fantastic treats.
The Miranda Picada is one of the best deals in town where 100 pesos will get you a delicious meal (including beer!) for two. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to pay a visit to Marvol, Serrano 789, for some pastries and coffee drinks. You won’t be disappointed by this local hot spot. It is a lovely way to calm down on a Sunday afternoon after a typical wild Buenos Aires weekend.
Cafe San Bernardo
Buenos Aires has new bars popping up all over town but be sure not to miss this classic gem, which is one of the oldest bars in the city. Formerly an old bank located on the busy Corrientes Ave in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, the building was converted to a billiard hall when the pool tables were established in 1930.
Most nights, you’ll find an older crowd of men enjoying classic empanadas and hitting the pool tables. However, Tuesday a night is a hipster dreamland with not a gringo in sight providing cheap drinks, dreadlocked DJs and a wild ping-pong competition. You may not want to plan anything on Wednesday morning, Cafe San Bernardo is open 24 hours. Also, the word on the street is that they have the best cheeseburger in town!