10 Things We Love About Buenos Aires

 

1- The Pulsing Energy

(Av. Corrientes by bimurch)

One thing Buenos Aires isn’t is dormant. This is not only a by-product of city life in general, but part of the local character. Late night partying (meaning it starts at 2 am), frantic driving, bright lights,  loud energetic voices, and the countless things to do and see, make this city a full-blown life force.

 

2-The Delicious Food

(Alfajores filled with dulce de leche. Photo by jamieanne.)

Argentine meat is famous worldwide, and indeed, the asado is one of the national stars, however the local indulgences don’t stop there. Try the dulce de leche, ice cream, pizza, alfajores, and the pastries and you will be pleasantly surprised.  Additionally you can count on variety, quality and freshness of produce all year round, which promises palatable dining.

 

3- The Charming Café’s

(Cafe Tortoni. Photo by J.)

A big part of the city culture, there’s a special allure in the traditional cafes, whether they’re well known or anonymous barrio relics.  Stopping for a quick cup of coffee with medialunas whilst on the go, or for a warm submarino (chocolate bar dipped in hot milk) with churros on a winters day is a must.

 

4- The Flower Shops and Verdulerias

(Verduleria in Palermo. Photo by iggykaser.)

Step out on the streets and you will find the city is ornamented with perfumed flower shops and colorful verdulerias exhibiting their variety of fruits and vegetables.

 

5- The Shady Trees and Parks

(The Jacaranda trees in bloom. Photo by q.crescente)

Contrasting with the traffic and the conglomerate of people are the large parks and the shady trees that line even the busiest avenue. The Jacaranda tree, which is spread around the city, is known to pave the streets with purple flowers in spring and the ombú trees, display their grandiose roots in many of the city’s lush parks.

 

6-The Amazing Architecture

(Puente de la Mujer. Photo by S.Amrit)

From the French sumptuousness of the Colon Theatre and the city palaces to the more humble but colorful buildings in La Boca, from the Colonial structures to modern day skyscrapers, the city is filled with a variety of architectural styles of great beauty.

Some architectural must-sees include the Palacio Barolo, the Cavannagh building, the Colon Theatre, and the Puente de la Mujer in Puerto Madero, amongst others.

 

7- The Diversity

(La Boca by jodastephen.)

Buenos Aires is a city defined by the merging of different influences. Spanish, Italian, French, British, and German backgrounds meshed with the native traditions and people making for a unique social construct with a very peculiar identity. This diversity is reflected in the cuisine, the architecture, the art, the customs, the styles and the ethnic make up of the city’s inhabitants.

 

8- The Cultural Buzz

(Teatro Porteño. Photo by Luis Fdez.)

Theatres, galleries, and stages of all sizes plague the city providing for a lively cultural and artistic scene. Live music can be heard everyday in many places and range from traditional and remixed tango, to local rock, to folkloric music, to jazz, to funk, to classical, to a percussion orchestra. The same variety and quantity of theatre productions and art exhibits can also be found everywhere, making Buenos Aires a very lively city, culturally speaking.

9- The Literary Flavor

(El Ateneo bookstore. Photo by una_cat.)

From the nostalgia present in tangos and the stories of immigrants, to the crazy quirky characters that roam the labyrinth like streets, to the political history, the intercultural influences and the cat filled botanical garden, its no wonder that such great literature has come out of Buenos Aires.  Filled with bookstores and avid readers in the trains and buses, the city was named the international book capital of the year for a reason!

 

10-The Passion of the People

(Argentine Tango. Photo by gwilmore)

Gesticulation is something that every ‘Porteño´ expertly carries out when cheering for their football team, whilst having singsong conversations over coffee, or temper tantrums whilst driving. Whether they’re mourning for their long lost past or seducing a lady in a tango, raising they’re voices in a heated political argument or celebrating a victory, their passionate personalities shine through for better and worse, making them a very lively crowd.

 

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