5 Activities to Enjoy on Rainy Buenos Aires Days

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April has brought water galore with it this year, and this makes walking the streets a little less appealing than usual. Luckily, although Buenos Aires has some beautiful parks and outdoor sights, it also has plenty to offer for indoor indulgences. Here is our pick of five activities to enjoy on rainy Buenos Aires days.

Try the Wine

Rain, sun, hail, snow, it’s always a good time for a glass of wine, and Argentina knows it. Options to try the best that the local scene has to offer included heading to one of our recommended wine bars, or, booking your place at a wine tasting event.

Learn some Spanish

Take an intensive day course at one of the local Spanish schools and then put your skills to test at the Spanglish Exchange events that take place in different bars around the city.

Travel in Time

Explore the beautiful Palacio Barolo and then stop for coffee and a game of billiards at the traditional Los 36 Billares, right across the street.

Make Empanadas

Taking a cooking class is a fun, hands on experience that will give you something to sample and savor from the local culture, and something to take back home as well. Try Norma’s Saturday empanada courses and forget about the rain.

Indulge in a Decadent 5 O’Clock Tea

Traditionally served at either Las Violetas in Almagro (better for the ambience than the cakes), or, at the much posher Alvear Palace Hotel in Recoleta, 5 o clock tea, locally known as la merienda is just another excuse to indulge your sweet tooth. Smaller cafes also serve great pastry options and Allie Lazar from Pick Up the Fork has done a good job of reviewing many of them here.

Top 5 Culinary Tours in Buenos Aires

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Parrilla Tour: Meat eating is mandatory for most people who travel to Argentina and the Parrilla Tour is the perfect way to do it. There are two versions of this carnivorous adventure; one takes place in the San Telmo neighborhood, the other in Palermo. Both include stops at three different neighborhood parrillas, and dessert at an ice-cream parlor (newcomers to Argentina may not know it yet, but Argentine ice-cream is the best.) The guides have interesting information about Argentine cuisine and culture, and also make sure to recommend the top cuts. More information here.

Argentine Experience:  This lunch or dinner experience is a great way to get to known what the local cuisine is about. The event begins with a mate refreshment upon arriving and then, once clad in chef hats and aprons, continues onto the empanada-making phase. After that comes a delicious steak and wine lunch, during which some fun and games take place, and then a mate tasting and brewing class, and an alfajor making class, all with top notch information about the local traditions. The dinner option also includes all you can drink until 11pm and free guest list entry to a BA nightclub. Places must be booked in advance. More information here.

Fuudis Gourmet Food Tour:  The last ten years have seen a boom in the city’s gourmet culinary industry, and not only in the realm of steak.   This is the side of the city that Fuudis has set out to explore and share. Their tours include stops at various restaurants focusing on a different city neighborhood on each tour. The experience is not only culinary, it is also a fun social event and special way to get to know the city. More information here.

Cooking with Teresita: Different cooking class options are offered in this bed and breakfast in the city’s outskirts. Whether it’s a short empanada lesson, a one day food tour, or a chance to make asado you’re sure to enjoy this popular option, where you will be able to cook and sample delicious food and wines. More information here.

Buenos Aires Food Tour:  Pick Up the Fork is one of the best Buenos Aires food blogs in ciberspace; not only is it written in English, it reviews every restaurant and food stand in the city and from a sincere point of view. Recently, Allie, the taster and talent behind it, has started offering customized food tours to cater to each travelers preference, whether it’s off the beaten path restaurants, the best closed doors, or why not, where to find the best chori. More information here.

Don’t Miss: Feria Masticar

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The Feria Masticar, a food and cooking fair organized by some of the city’s most prestigious chefs, kicks off today until the 18th of November.  Throughout the weekend, delicious food, top quality products and special cooking classes will all be offered at this first edition of the fair, which promotes itself under the slogan Comer rico hace bien (Eating delicious food is good for you).

A group called A.C.E.L.G.A, which is comprised of renowned chefs and businessmen from the culinary world, put the event together. The chefs themselves selected the products that will be on sale. Additionally, there will be plenty a chance to try some delicious traditional and novel local cuisine including a special menu by GAJO (a full list of participating restaurants and the menus they will be offering is available here). Also, some of Buenos Aires’ celebrity chefs will offer cooking classes and conferences throughout the three days (Find the full program here).

Tickets to the fair cost 30 pesos and include access to cooking classes and conferences (limited to available space). The fair will be open from midday to 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday. El Dorrego,  Zapiola 50, Colegiales

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Head to Puerto Madero for a nice stroll along the river and stop at the Museo del Humor, which exhibits fantastic Argentine comic art.  Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Later on, at 7 pm there will be a Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Also at 7 pm will be the Gastronomic Week photography contest at Foto Club Buenos Aires- Hipólito Yrigoyen 834, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Wednesday

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Don’t miss the gala at the Museo Fernandez Blanco that will take place at 6.30pm as part of the Gastronomic Week. Suipacha 1422, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

At 7pm there will be a special pastry class by the Mexican Pastry Tournament winners. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com

The spectacular Colón Theatre will be staging a concert by the Guarneri Prague Trio featuring pieces by Josef Suk, Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

At 7 pm there will be a Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Friday

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From Friday throughout the weekend there will be a free art and technology festival, FASE 4, at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

In the evening head to Unicorn Huset, the most promising new addition to the Buenos Aires night scene. Trendsetters and world travelers meet at this Scandinavian inspired resto/bar-club for some stylish upbeat fun! Open from Wednesday’s to Saturday’s from 9pm onwards. Honduras 5730, Palermo Hollywood.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Sunday, starting at 6pm,  the International Guitar Festival will close off with a live concert with all the guitarists at C. C. de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Av. Del Libertador 8151, downtown.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Whilst in the area remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta

In the evening, at the Centro Cultural San Martin, Catalan Guillermo Calliero will be playing for the jazzology program starting at 8.30pm. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.

Starting at 9pm at Cafe Rivas in San Telmo, the weekly Gringo Stand Up will provide a night of laughter and jokes in English. Estados Unidos 302, San Telmo.

 

Wednesday

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Book your place for Teresita’s empanadas class where you will learn the secret to this delicious local staple and then, the best part, you will get to eat them and drink Mendoza wines! More information here.

Later on stop by one of these new city hotspots  or, check out one of our favorite Palermo bars!

 

Thursday

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ANDA Responsible Travel is a tour agency that promotes social and environmentally friendly tourism.  One of the alternatives they offer is booking one of their experts to discuss in-depth economy, politics, history and culture of Argentina over coffee.  Choose one of the city’s historical cafes and put yourself in context.  More information here.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Colón Theatre is one of the city’s hottest attractions and for good reason. Starting at 8.30pm, there will be a concert of romantic classical music (Claroscuros e Intensidades) making for a great opportunity to experience the theatres acoustics and elegance. Tickets here.

 

Friday

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A new exhibit on renowned Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce is being held at the MALBA until the 20th of August. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

If you’re traveling with kids don’t miss the Disney on Ice shows from the 13th of July to the 27th of July at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

No visitor to the city can leave without taking a tango lesson and the informal and friendly La Catedral is just the place to do it. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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The Colón Theatre is one of the city’s hottest attractions and for good reason. On Saturday at 11am there will be a free concert featuring the Petrus String Quartet. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the theatre. Av Belgrano 836, Downtown.

Throughout the weekend there will be a special Ikebana exhibit at the Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Casares 2966, Palermo. 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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If you´re visiting the Recoleta area, stop by Centro Cultural Recoleta where Pablo Siquier murals are being displayed.  Also in the area is La Biela Café, a lovely traditional spot to stop for a coffee break.

Of course you don´t want to miss out on tango dancing while you´re visiting Buenos Aires, so stop by Club Gricel where a milonga will be taking place from 8.30pm-4am.  To ensure your safety we recommend organizing transport with the hotel. Rioja 1180, Constitución. infoclubgricel@gmail.com. 4957-7157

Tuesday

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Put on your galoshes because the forecast says rain! Our suggestion; head to one of the city´s many art museums and explore the rich cultural side of Buenos Aires.

Later on stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Another option is Ill Ballo del Mattone where you can catch some live acoustic guitar music by Jerónimo Guiraud at 8pm, and enjoy a wonderful plate of homemade pasta. Gorriti 5737 tel 47764247 reservas@ilballo.tv

Wednesday

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Teresita´s Argentine barbeque and empanada cooking class is only on from November-April so don´t miss out on it! The class includes a trip to the butcher shop, a cooking demonstration, and a delicious meal paired with Argentine wines. From 11am-4pm. More information here.

In the evening Boca will be playing a football (soccer) match against Fluminense at the ‘bombonera’ (Boca Stadium). Go to Boca Experience to coordinate your visit to the stadium, the museum and the match.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Thursday

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Luis Perlotti was a distinguished Argentine sculptor who dealt with native themes and indigenous imagery, as well as producing sculptures and monuments of local characters of the artistic and political scene. The museum showcases an ample selection of his works as well as displaying sculptures by other renowned Argentine artists. Pujol 644, Caballito. 4433-3396. Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-7pm.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Head to the Planetarium where you can join the outdoor Parks and Monuments Tour (starting at 10.30am) or the Parks and Museums Tour (starting at 2.30pm), both done on electric bicycles. The tours last 2 hours each, cost 70 pesos, and are carried out in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Please note that you must be at the Planetarium 30 minutes before the tour with an ID to certify that you are 18 or older. Planetario Galileo Galillei-Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark. Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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On Saturday at 4pm head to the stunning Japanese gardens in Palermo to watch some sumo wrestling! Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

The annual Tattoo show will be held throughout the weekend from 11am-11pm at the Bowen Hotel. Callao 360, Congreso. More information here.

Our 7 Links

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We recently got nominated by Jeff from Lengthy Travel Blog (which has some excellent tips for travelers) to participate in the 7 Links projects. The project which is being organized by Tripbase consists in linking 7 of your  own posts which meet previously specified criteria and then nominating other bloggers to do the same so that an exchange and circulation of information takes place.  We though it was a fun idea and also a great way to revisit some of the tips we have posted in the past.

 

Our 7 links are:

 

1-Most Beautiful Post:  10 Things We Love About Buenos Aires

2-Most Popular Post: 10 Things to do in Buenos Aires Off the Beaten Path

3-Most Controversial: Vegetarian Buenos Aires

4-Most Helpful: How to Make a Typical Argentine Asado

5-Most Successful: We Recommend: Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires

6-Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved:  Lunfardo: A Slang from the Prisons and Tango

7-Proud of: 5 Best Hotels for Food and Drink

 

And our nominees are:

Eat like a girl: Wonderful food and travel blog, including special recipies!

The Lost Asian in Buenos Aires : Great reviews of Buenos Aires food and restaurants!

Juanele AR- Art in Buenos Aires: A wonderful art blog and the best art tours in the city!

The Real Argentina: Travel tips, reviews, suggestions and anything else you need to know!

South American Travel News: A useful resource for those of you planning your trip!