5 Activities to Enjoy on Rainy Buenos Aires Days

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(Photo by Klaus Balzano)

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.

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Monday

la giralda

(Photo by jennifer yin)

A rainy winter forecast makes for the perfect chance to browse through books at the Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

In the afternoon, stop for some churros with dulce de leche at La Giralda or for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

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(Photo by Paradasos)

Renowned artist Vic Muniz, who makes art from food and other unlikely materials, will be showcasing his work in the Retiro area at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero until the 14th of September. Av. Antartida Argentina 1355, downtown.

At 8.30pm, the Argentine football team will be playing the semi-final round of the copa América against Paraguay.

At 9pm, don’t miss the free concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional that will be interpreting pieces of Russian classical music at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. Two tickets per person will be handed out on a first come first serve basis two hours prior to the function. Bouchard 350, Downtown.

Wednesday

cocktail

(Photo by Edson Hong)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

From 9pm onwards you can stop by Isabel Bar in Palermo, one of the hottest nightspots for cocktails in the city. Uriarte 1664, Palermo. 

Thursday

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(Photo by chany crystal)

Check out the MALBA’s two new exhibits, one of controversial Argentine artist Rogelio Poleccelo, and the other of a collection of video art by different artists that depict important historical events. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the evening, call up to book your place at Colegiales based closed door restaurant Treinta Sillas and sample a flavorful meal paired with delicious wines. 4492-7046

Friday

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(Photo by Nic Taylor)

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening, at 7pm, the Festival Piano Piano kicks off at the Centro Cultural Kirchner with performances by Hernán Jacinto and Danilo Pérez. More information here.

Saturday and Sunday

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday at 5pm, head to the Punte de la Mujer in Puerto Madero, dressed in white and with a mirror, to participate in an artistic performance by renowned Argentine artist Marta Minujín.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

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Monday

sophie calle

 (Sophie Calle- Voir la mer.  Photo by jan zuppinger)

The B.15 Performance Biennial is still taking place until the 7th of June with works by renowned local and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Marta Minujín, Sophie Calle and more. Find the full program here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

The Tango championship is still taking place until the 10th of May. Find the full program here, and don’t miss out on the finals this weekend!

Tuesday

rayuela

(Photo by Skip)

Stop by the Palais de Glace which is hosting De la Tierra al Cielo, an exhibit featuring photographs, drawings and other documents in homage of renowned argentine author Julio Cortazar. You can also catch Colores en el Alma, an exhibition of pictures by patients of a mental institution. Posadas 1725, Recoleta

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

Wednesday

hatoum

 (Infinity- Mona Hatoum, Photo by emmapatsie)

Check out the Mona Hatoum exhibit being held at Fundación PROA until the 14th of June. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

In the evening, stop by Boris Club de Jazz and have a drink whilst listening to the live blues music of Jose Luis Pardo. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Thursday

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

In the evening the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be staging a live concert at the Colón Theatre with music by Gershwin and Freddy Kempf at the piano. Tickets here.

Friday

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If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not vegetarian, chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

In the evening, don’t miss the Laurie Anderson concert taking place at 8pm at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.

Also, the Colón Theatre kicks off their opera production of L’Elisir de Amore. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

tango 2

(Photo by Roberto)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, 

On Saturday, Laurie Anderson is staging a live concert at 8pm at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.

On Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be holding functions of the opera L’Elisir de Amore. Tickets here.

The Tango championship finals will be taking place during the weekend! More information here.

New in Town: El Perlado

Palacio Barolo is one of our favorite spots in the city, and now, there is finally a great new restaurant right around the corner to lunch or dine in after visiting the beautiful historical landmark. The restaurant, which opened in May, is a little bistro with a unique art deco setting that was designed by one of the four owners, Julián Benedit, who is also an artist. Portions are generous, and the menu features auteur dishes (by another owner, Sebastián Vollert) such pan fried prawns and lamb burgers. There is also a bright and colorful bar to either stop for a drink or grab a bite.  Just what the area needed!

El Perlado opens from Monday to Saturday from midday to 4pm and from 8pm to closing.  Hipólito Yrigoyen 1386, Congreso. 4382-8689.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Last chance to stop by the EGGO fair. The annual art fair showcases the collections of the city’s best art galleries. More information here.

One Table, the city’s top Monday event, is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

(Photo by roberta zouain)

Get ready for warm summer weather on both Tuesday and Wednesday and plan the day accordingly. Our suggestion- head out to Tigre and explore the mysterious Delta!

In the evening, you can catch the stunning Fuerza Bruta show being staged at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Tickets here.

Wednesday

Freshen up at the hotel’s rooftop pool and then try out one of these extravagant tours by air or water!

Later on, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

 

Thursday

(Photo by Tim McFarlane)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy.

Check out the monthly Gallery Night event in which the city’s art galleries open to the public during the night and welcome an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers. More information here.

Living Colour will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

Maceo Parker will be staging a live show at the Coliseum Theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

(Photo by LuisRaa)

Drizzly grey means indoor sightseeing. Stopping by to see the stunning murals by Nazareno Orlandi at the Casa de la Cultura and the Ateneo Grand Splendid (also a great place for coffee and books) is an excellent rainy day plan.

Later on, stop for hotdogs and a drink at the posh Verne Cocktail Club owned by Fede Cuco, our celebrated happy hour bartender. Medrano 1475, Palermo.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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.

Buenos Aires Market, the monthly organic food market, will be taking place throughout the weekend at Barrancas de Belgrano from 10am to 6pm. More information here.

On Saturday, Bruce Springsteen will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

On Sunday, Bon Jovi will be playing at the Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by wallyg)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. More information here.

Tuesday

(Photo by @Doug88888)

Book a personalized food tour with Allie from famous BA food blog Pick Up the Fork and get to know the gastronomic side of the city you are most curious about. More information here.

Polish your Spanish and make new friends at the Tuesday conversation classes organized by Bueno, Dale! Spanish School in different city bars. The hour long practice sessions are open for all levels and all one must do is show up from 7pm to 8pm with a 30-peso fee. The location of each event is announced via Facebook.

Wednesday

(Photo by Judy **)

The BAFICI independent film festival kicks off until the 21st of April. Find the full schedule here and buy your tickets in advance!

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson starting at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

(Photo by Lynn Friedman)

Get a general overview of the city  on one of the free walking tours led by Jonathan, an Englishman in love with BA! Tours start at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the evening, get ready for mingling in the local art scene as the first gallery night of the year kicks off from 7 to 10pm.

Friday

(Photo by bradalmanac)

Head to the stunning Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta in Belgrano and check out Spanish artist Ouka Leele‘s  photography which she treats as a form of visual poetry in images full of vibrant colors.

In the evening The Cure will be staging a live concert at Estadio River Plate startin at 9pm. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Roger Schultz)

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

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

On Saturday evening don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s experimental program with the staging of Bluelight, an opera based on  Silvia Plath’s Three Women. More information here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Top Buenos Aires Views

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Palacio Barolo: This architectural landmark, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri, began its construction in 1919, destined to be the tallest structure in Latin America at the time. The view from the top balcony is stunning, so much so that they offer a New Year midnight tour to see the fireworks from one of the best vantage points in the city. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm, and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

Galeria Guemes: This historic gallery, considered to be the city’s first skyscraper, where Antoine de Saint Exupery used to spend much of his time, and where Julio Cortazar set his story “The Other Sky”, has the only 360° view of the city. Unfortunately it is not always open to the public, and will be closed until spring. Florida 165, Downtown. 4331-3041.

Hotel Panamericano: This lavish downtown hotel overlooks the 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk and the Colón Theatre. It has a privileged view at the top floor where the solarium and spa are, and the Buenos Aires program “Miradores de Buenos Aires” often does tours to visit the stunning location (book your place with one of their tours at 4323-9400, int. 2756).  Carlos Pelegrini 551, downtown. 4348-5000.

Reserva Ecologica: The ecologic reserve in Puerto Madero has one of the best views of the city, albeit from the ground. This is one of the best spots to see the sunset behind the backlit city buildings, framed by leafy trees.  The ecologic reserve is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday and can be toured on weekends from 9.30am-4pm. One Friday a month, the closest to a full moon, a nocturnal tour of the reserve is organized. To participate you must call to sign up on the previous Monday. Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero.  4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 int. 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar