Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires has been, one of my favorite visited cities so far.  With an enormous amount of sites to explore during the day a buzzing nightlife, it’s impossible to be bored or run out of things to do in this Capital City.

LANGUAGE

Even though spanish is the native tongue, in BA they’ve modified the way the spanish language is commonly spoken.  For example pollo as most know should be pronounced “po-yo” but Argentines or Porteños say “po-jo”.  The “ll” is always pronounced as “jo” and not “yo”.  Many other spanish variations exist, but this was the most commonly used one for me.

FOOD

There isn’t a lack of food options and it’s all at extremely affordable prices.  Argentina is known for it’s love of red meat and steaks, therefore steak restaurants are everywhere.  From high end restaurants such as Don Julio, to Happy Hour half off steak at Parilla La Cabrera (Huge Portions with Tasty sides) and a not so expensive but divinely tasting restaurant called Mott a good steak is right around the corner form anywhere in BA.  Looking for a place to just grab tasty red meat and go?  There are several Parrilas located around town where you can get steak, choripan, hamburgers and other choices of red met.

A local parilla where they make their meats asado (BBQ) style.

A local parilla where they make their meats asado (BBQ) style.

In the mood for something else?  No problem.  What would you like?Thai?Japanese? Indian? Mexican? French? Peruvian? American?  The list goes on.  You can never run out of dining options during your stay in BA.  One thing to keep in mind is that many restaurants are closed between 6-8pm.  Below are some of the most savory things I pigged out on during my visit there.

Sushi from Sashimiya. Known as the spot for the best sushi in BA

Sushi from Sashimiya. Known as the spot for the best sushi in BA

Shrimp Pad Thai from Koh Lanta

Shrimp Pad Thai from Koh Lanta

Spicy French Toast at Victoria Brown.

Spicy French Toast at Victoria Brown.

Botona (Tacos, Burrito, Flautitas and Quesadillas) from Taco Box.

Botona (Tacos, Burrito, Flautitas and Quesadillas) from Taco Box.

There isn’t a shortage of food and you may even overeat wanting to experience dining at all the trendy restaurants.

CLOSED DOOR DINNERS

Puertas Cerradas (Closed door restaurants) came about in 2001 after the economic crisis in BA.  Locals turned their homes into restaurants to earn extra income.  Today it’s become part of the culture and its quite the experience.  We had a private Chef who also owns a Rental Bike Tour Company in BA host a ladies night for us at a Puerta Cerrada.  It was unreal, sophisticated, vegetarian and delicious.

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Aubergine, Courgette and Ricotta Moussaka accompanied by a Rocket and Sun Dried Tomato Salad.

Aubergine, Courgette and Ricotta Moussaka accompanied by a Rocket and Sun Dried Tomato Salad.

Lentil and Walnut Paste with Plum Chutney and Cucumber.

Lentil and Walnut Paste with Plum Chutney and Cucumber.

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NIGHTLIFE

I lived in South Beach for a bit and have never experienced another night-life like it, not even in Vegas.  From clubs that closed anywhere between 5-10am to a 24/7 nightclub and cabaret.  I’ve never seen a more thriving nightlife in all my travels until BA.  The bars and clubs doesn’t get popping until 2am or later. From Silent Discos to Speakeasies you can never run out of new experiences to try.  Imagine walking into a Sushi Restaurant, where you were told about a “Secret Bar” and a Password, speaking to the right person who discreetly takes you to the wine cellar.  When in there, you’re told that no pictures can be taken and told a brief history about the place.  They then precede to open a cupboard that leads into an empty room with a bank like vault.  The vault is opened, you enter a hidden bar with a 1930’s feel and the bar artistically makes you drinks mixology style with props and all.  That’s the ultimate Speakeasy experience.

 

Another Speakeasy. Walking into a phone booth, putting in the code and having the phone booth open to lead you into a funky bar with exotic cocktails and a classy crowd.

Another Speakeasy. Walking into a phone booth, putting in the code and having the phone booth open to lead you into a funky bar with exotic cocktails and a classy crowd.

La Bomba Del Tiempo, Monday nights at the Konex is a must do along with Fuerza Bruta, which one of my friends described as a sensory overload.  It’s an interactive smaller scaled Cirque Du Solei with a Latin twist and a bumping after party.

 

CO-WORKING SPACES

La Maquinita Synergic workspace is a modern day co working space with 3 locations in BA, one of them being available 24/7.  With 3 stories of desks, tables and chairs, couches and conference rooms along with a delicious coffee machine, La Maquinita is the ideal place to work from.  You can also meet working professionals there and be inspired as well as learn new things.

Almost every restaurant has Wi-fi and you can take your laptop and work from almost all of them for hours.  No one looks at you funny or rushes you out.  You actually have to try to get their attention to ask for you check.  Many coffee shops also offers free wi-fi and there’s no limit with how much time you spend there.  Some of the places I worked out of are: Ninina, Bartola, Birkin, Blue Deli and Natural Bar and El Ateneo (An old Theatre turned into a book store.  An absolute must see).

 

Stay Tuned for my next post about BA which covers Places of Interest, History, Culture, Mate and more.  #LiveSeeLove.

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