A Perfect Week in Buenos Aires

Wanderlust (n.); A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.

As a twenty-something living in Buenos Aires (flashback to 2008), I felt like I was living in a dream world. The people were gorgeous, the dollar lasted forever and the food – oh – the food. I loved eating dinner at 10:00p, going out until 6:00am and spending my days studying in the charming cafes drinking coffee and eating alfajores. I fell in love with Buenos Aires. This is a city with endless cobblestone streets to wander down, stunning architecture, and an incredible number of establishments to eat, drink and dance. I believe that to know a city is to spend time in its cafes, restaurants and creative spaces as any other person my age would do. While there is so much to see and experience during the day in Buenos Aires, the city really shines at night. Buenos Aires never sleeps and you’ll find most activities I write about are tailored for the twenty-something night owl.The experiences below mix travelers and locals together, but will all show you a side of porteño culture that you don’t want to miss! Read more for one activity for each day of the week in linda Buenos Aires.
 

SUNDAY – SAN TELMO FESTIVAL

La feria de San Telmo; Calle Defensa

While there are festivals all over the city on the weekends, the Sunday San Telmo fair is my absolute favorite. San Telmo’s cobblestone streets are lined with artists, antique vendors, local foods and performances. Locals and travelers alike find themselves wandering aimlessley down Calle Defensa stopping to take a drink in Plaza Dorrego.
 
 
Endless vintage, art and street food stands along Calle Defense on Sundays at the San Telmo Festival.

Endless vintage, art and street food stands along Calle Defense on Sundays at the San Telmo Festival.

MONDAY – LA BOMBA DEL TIEMPO

La Bomba del Tiempo at Konex Theatre; Sarmiento 3131

La Bomba del Tiempo has only gotten more popular over the years so make sure you arrive early! This group of musicians play on Mondays at an old warehouse while the audience imbibes and dances the night away. Imagine oversized beers, addictive beats and hundreds of new friends celebrating the freedom of partying on a Monday. The neon lights and dreamy drummers don’t hurt either.
Drum circle, La Bomba Del Tiempo, in Buenos Aires

Dance with hundreds of other locals and expats at this popular drum circle. Photocredit: enterbuenosaires.com

 
TUESDAY – LA CATEDRAL

La Catedral; Sarmiento 4006

Tango is an old tradition in Buenos Aires. There are milongas, or tango dance clubs, all over the city. At La Catedral you can take a lesson, watch others or just sit back and have a drink. La Catedral tailors to the younger crowd (20s and 30s) in contrast to some of the other milongas. For your convenience, La Catedral is upstairs and hard to see from the street.
 
Milongas in Buenos Aires

Dance tango or watch the experts at this modern milonga, or tango dance bar, in Buenos Aires. Photocredit: guidepal.com

WEDNESDAY – FERNANDEZ FIERRO

Fernandez Fierro; Sanchez de Bustamante 764

There is nothing like Fernandez Fierro. This group transports you to another world. Performing in yet another warehouse, their sound merges modern rock with tango, and their energy is contagious. I spent many a Wednesday dancing and drinking to those bandondeones (Argentine accordian).
 
Fernandez Fierro
 

THURSDAY – CLUB 69 AT NICETO CLUB

Niceto Club; Niceto Vega 5510

There is no shortage of clubs in Buenos Aires, but Club 69 on Thursdays at Niceto is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Don’t arrive until 2:00a and enjoy a drag show while drinking and dancing until 6am. There are many bars in the area you can start at before you head to the party at Niceto. What happens at Club 69, stays at Club 69.
 
 
Dance through this fabulous drag show. Photocredit: menteargentina.com

Dance through this fabulous drag show.
Photocredit: menteargentina.com

 

FRIDAY – LA CABRERA

 La Cabrera; Jose Antonio Cabrera 5099
Finish up your perfect week with a meal at La Cabrera. Order the Lomo and eat every side dish that accompanies the best piece of meat you’ll ever have. Just know that you will wait for an hour or so to be seated, but the host will serve you champagne and snacks (usually chorizo) outside. Then, make your way to the many bars and clubs in Palermo.
 
Argentine steak at La Cabrera

The best Argentine steak you could ask for with an abundance of incredible sides. Photocredit: llamatravel.com

 

SATURDAY  – COLONIA, URUGUAY

As you can tell, this recommendation is actually not in Buenos Aires! Until you land yourself a porteño who will take you to his or her family’s country house, this day trip to beautiful Colonia, Uruguay will suffice. Hop on the buquebus (boat) and enjoy the day in this small town that feels like you’re in Europe. You’ll find that Uruguay is like Buenos Aires’s first cousin. It’s nice to leave the hustle and bustle, but don’t stay gone too long because you must make it back for the night out on Saturday in Buenos Aires.
 
 
 
Colonia, Uruguay Photocredit: wondermondo.com

Colonia, Uruguay
Photocredit: wondermondo.com

 

 

What are your favorite ways to explore a city?

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6 Responses to A Perfect Week in Buenos Aires

  1. Rebecca Meyer March 5, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    Buenos Aires looks amazing! Definitely a place I’d love to see. I enjoy walking around cities and exploring the sights. The shops, eating at awesome restaurants, and learning about the history and culture of the cities.

    • Roam Wild March 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      I always love exploring new cities through local restaurants. I’ll be posting about some of my favorite eateries in Buenos Aires soon, so keep a look out! You must go visit if you ever have the chance 🙂

      • Rebecca Meyer March 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

        Going to new restaurants and discovering the local cuisine is always fun. That’s awesome, I’ll look forward to those posts. Yes, I’ll have to try to travel there sometime! 🙂

  2. wanderlustking March 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    My favourite way is to get absolutely lost. Wander around soaking in the streets and finding a hole in the wall to enjoy a cheap meal and a local pint of beer!

    • Roam Wild March 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

      Ah, me too. Is there anything better than that?? I just always make sure I have some way to get home…my sense of direction isn’t good enough to rely on 🙂

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