When it´s Grey in Buenos Aires

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Grey weather and rain are forecasted for the days to come.  Thankfully, the city is full of indoor activities and places to discover.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid: Reading a good book has got to be one of the top rainy day activities around the globe, and the Ateneo Grand Splendid is just the place to do it. This impressive bookstore, set in what was once the Grand Splendid Theatre, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world and conserves the balconies, the original velvet curtains, and the cupola, on which an allegoric representation of peace was painted after world war one. A great place for book browsing, sightseeing, reading and coffee drinking all in one.

Teatro Colón Tour: This impressive opera house is internationally known for its architectural beauty and its wonderful acoustics. The stately theatre can be toured every day from 9am-5.30pm and tours last approximately 1 hour. You can also go to experience an opera, a ballet, or a concert.

Buenos Aires Traditional Cafés: Another great option for BA rainy days is to seek refuge in one of the many traditional cafes to read, write, chat over coffee, or why not play some pool or a game of chess.  It is also a good chance to snack on some of the typical local comfort foods: medialunas de grasa o de manteca (2 different types of croissants made either from lard or butter), tostados de jamón y queso (very thin grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with a special bread-Argentina style), Submarinos (A glass of hot milk with a chocolate bar to melt in it), churros, alfajores, and licuados de banana (banana-milk smoothies).

5 O clock Tea: Along the lines of the traditional cafe is the casa de té, a place to go for a special 5 o clock tea where a larger variety of sweet cakes and sandwiches are served on silver platters.

Art Museums: One of the classic rainy day attractions in the city are the art museums, and Buenos Aires has plenty of those! From classic art, to decorative art, to Latin American art, to Modern Art, you’re sure to find one that suits your tastes.

Classic and Indy films: Buenos Aires has a lot of cinematographic activity and there are many places that screen classic movies, auteur and foreign films, independent features and more. The best places to go if you’re looking for something different are the MALBA, the San Martin theatre, which screens retrospectives of different directors, and cultural centers such as Centro Cultural Rojas (currently screening Cuban independent films) and Centro Cultural Konex.

For nightlife,  head to one of the city’s tango or jazz venues, two rainy day classics. Otherwise stop by AcaBar in Palermo where you can have some great drinks and play board games in a cozy setting.

 

 

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