Buenos Aires is a huge city with so many things to do and see! It's the wonderful mix of many different cultures that makes the city so interesting and unique. We were only there long enough to barely scratch the surface, so I hope to go back one day and dig in a little deeper.
1. PURUSE THE TRENDY SHOPS OF PALERMO
The Palermo neighborhood is a collection of trendy restaurants and boutique shops. It's a great place to grab a good cup of coffee or stop for a bite to eat. For all the coffee nerds (like us), check out Full City Coffee or Félix Felices & Co. Then for lunch I recommend stopping for a burger at The Burger Joint. I normally don't order a burger when I'm out (espeically when I'm traveling), but these were well worth it.
2. TAKE A WALK AROUND LA BOCA
You can't visit Buenos Aires without taking some time to walk around the Boca neighborhood, home to the famous Boca Juniors football team. The area is filled with colorful buildings, street vendors, and kids playing football. It can be pretty touristy in some parts, but I still think it's worth a walk through to get a glimpse of the unique culture.
3. TRY AN ASSORTMENT OF EMPANADAS AND WASH THEM DOWN WITH SOME MATE
Empanadas are everywhere in BA. It's hard not to buy one from every little bakery you pass. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and flavors, so make sure to try a variety of them. Most of them are savory, but if you love them that much you could have them as your main dish and dessert! To accompany your afternoon snack, try some mate to share with friends. Mate is a type of tea typically consummed at home, but you can find some restaurants that serve it as well. It's meant to be passed around and shared with friends.
4. CHEER ON ONE OF THE CITY’S TOP FOOTBALL TEAMS
One of the best experiences that we had in Buenos Aires was attending a football match. I feel like it encapsulates so much of Argentinian culture. To see the dedication and intensity of the fans cheering on their favorite team, is an unforgettable sight. We went to see Racing Club vs. Boca Juniors with Landing Pad tour company. I highly recommended checking them out if you're interested in going to a football match. The provide an amazing service complete with pre-game snacks and drinks, along with transport to and from the stadium. You will not regret it.
5. EXPERIENCE THE CITY AFTER DARK
Buenos Aires really comes alive when the sun goes down. Tons of people fill the streets, restaurants, bars, and clubs. If you want to get a feel of daily life in BA, go to a late dinner then walk around and find a bar that the locals frequent. Even better, start up a converstaion with someone at the bar and learn about the porteño way of life. Have them point you in the direction of a local tango club where you can witness (or participate in) a whole sub-culture of the city.
*BONUS CHALLENGE*: SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT A DOG WALKER WITH MORE THAN 17 DOGS!
Walking dogs could be an olympic sport in BA. I have never seen so many people around the city walking more than 5 dogs at once. I'm pretty sure that the most we saw was about 17 dogs at once, so I challenge you to top that!