Top Mobile Apps for Travelers in Buenos Aires

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(Photo by Georgie Pauwels)

Technology has made travel all the easier, and there are a great variety of very useful mobile apps to help us when we are in a new city. Below, we’ve selected a few of those that we think are practical for people travelling to Buenos Aires.

Language

If you need a Spanish app, of course Google Translate is the most immediate option, however, we recommend Porteño Spanish  which will help you with the language and the local lingo.

Also, if you’re learning Spanish, or any other language, Hello Talk allows you to connect with native speakers to practice.

Money

Two useful apps while travelling anywhere are XE Currency, for exchange rates, and ATM Hunter, to help you find the closest ATM.

Transport

There are many apps to help you around the city in terms of transport. Como LLego offers you transport options and directions for getting from one place to the next, BA Subte  is the local subway app, Trenes en Vivo is a useful app for those who travel by train and lets you know at what time the next trains are coming in, Easy Taxi is an international Taxi app that also works in Buenos Aires for calling cabs, BA EcoBici lets you know where you can find public city bikes and bike paths.

City Guides

International city guides are available from Trip Advisor that offers offline city guides, including one for Buenos Aires, from Travel Guides by Triposo and a GPS guide by Digi Guide.

Dining, Wine-ing, Dancing

Guía Oleo and Restorando are two apps that offer restaurant listings and reviews that will help you pick out the best places to stop for a bite and make reservations.

Otherwise, try CookApp for closed door dinner options.

Argentina Wine App, in English, and Vinomanos, in Spanish, are two wine apps that specialize in Argentine wine and are useful to pick out and discover some of the best local bottles.

Hoy-Milonga is an app for Tango enthusiasts that want to know when and where the BA milongas are taking place.

LightOut is BA’s nightlife app for those that like to dance till dawn.

 

 

 

Buenos Aires Agenda: 23-29 November/Noviembre

Monday/Lunes

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(Photo by Mor)

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to indulge this week as Ice Cream Week kicks off until Sunday!

Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

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.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Los amantes del dulce pueden disfrutar esta semana de la 31º Semana del Auténtico Helado Artesanal que se lleva a cabo hasta el domingo.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el after-office de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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(Photo by Pedro Paulo Palazzo)

The MUNTREF art space in the Retiro area is showcasing a new collection of artwork which explores the theme of migration. av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Retiro.

Last chance to catch the Colón Theatre’s staging of Einer, an experimental contemporary opera production. Tickets here

El espacio MUNTREF en la zona de Retiro presenta una nueva colección de obras artísticas que exploran la temática de la migración. av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Retiro.

Última oportunidad de ver la producción de la ópera experimental y contemporánea Einer en el Teatro Colón. Entradas aquí. 

Wednesday/Miércoles

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(Photo by Foto Ruta‘s Jocelyn Mandryk)

A sunny Wednesday is perfect for taking a Foto Ruta Tour where you can get to know the city from a different perspective!

In the evening, check out some Scandinavian films at the Nordic Film Festival taking place at the Teatro San Martín. av. Corrientes 1530, downtown.

Un miércoles de sol es ideal para hacer un tour fotográfico de Buenos Aires con Foto Ruta y aprender a mirar a la ciudad desde otro ángulo.

A la noche, el Festival de Cine Nórdico se lleva a cabo en el Teatro San Martín y muestra una selección de películas escandinavas. av. Corrientes 1530, centro.

Thursday/Jueves

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At 2pm, stop by the Obelisk where a special ice-cream tasting event will take place, in which local ice cream makers will give a live demonstration on how it’s done.

Later on, at 8pm, the Buenos Aires Philharmonica will be playing at the Usina del Arte in La Boca. Agustín Caffarena 1, La Boca.

It’s also La Noche de las Disquerías (Record Shop Night), so there will be lots of live music and related activities around the city from 6pm onwards. 

A las 14 hs. en el Obelisco, se lleva a cabo una degustación especial de helados en la que los heladeros locales darán una demostración de como se hace el helado.

Más tarde, a las 20hs. se presenta la Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires en la Usina del Arte en La Boca. Agustín Caffarena 1, La Boca.

También se lleva a cabo la Noche de las Disquerías, por lo que habrá recitales y actividades relacionadas con la música alrededor de la ciudad desde las 18hs. en adelante.

Friday/Viernes

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(Photo by Hernán Piñera)

Friday is a national holiday so expect some things to be closed and others to be crowded. If the weather forecast is right and it should rain, check out our recommended rainy day activities in Buenos Aires.

In the evening, DJ Guy Mantzur will be in charge of the party at CROBAR. Tickets here

El viernes es feriado por lo que algunos lugares estarán cerrados, y otros llenos de gente. Si el pronóstico del tiempo acierta y llueve, hay una lista de actividades recomendadas para hacer en Buenos Aires cuando llueve aquí.

A la noche, el DJ Guy Mantzur musicaliza la pista de CROBAR:  Entradas aquí.

Saturday and Sunday /Sábado y Domingo

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(UCO Restaurant)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday evening at 8.30pm, the Museo Larreta in Belgrano is staging a stunning Lorca inspired Flamenco show. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

On Sunday at 6pm, check out the Colón Theatre‘s free outdoor concert of French contemporary composer Phillippe Manoury’s Le livre des claviers. Plaza del Vaticano, Viamonte and Cerrito.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado a la noche a las 20.30hs., el Museo Larreta en Belgrano presenta un espectáculo impactante de flamenco inspirado en la obra de Federico García Lorca. Juramento 2291, Belgrano. 

El domingo, a las 18 hs. el Teatro Colón presenta una producción gratuita, al aire libre, de El Libro de los Teclados del compositor contemporáneo francés, Phillippe Manoury. Plaza del Vaticano, Viamonte y Cerrito.

Buenos Aires Agenda: October/Octubre 2015

Monday/Lunes

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(Photo by Glenn Simmons)

The 30th edition of the Casa FOA design fair is taking place until the 30th of November at a specially remodeled 40’s style house in the Retiro area that is well worth visiting, especially for architecture and design enthusiasts. Basavilbaso 1233, downtown. 

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.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

La feria de diseño Casa FOA cumple 30 años y hasta el 30 de noviembre abre las puertas de una casa especialmente remodelada de la década del 40 en la zona de Retiro que vale la pena visitar, en especial si sos entusiasta de la arquitectura y el diseño. Basavilbaso 1233, microcentro.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el after-office de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo, se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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(Photo by Fotero)

The MAMBA is featuring a remake of Marta Minujín’s famous La Menesunda installation which provides visitors with sensory stimulus in eleven different settings. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

In the evening, Irish musician Damien Rice will be staging a live show at the San Telmo centered La Trastienda. Tickets here

It’s also full moon Tuesday, so find yourself a nice bar with a terrace and enjoy a moonlit drink outdoors. 

El MAMBA está exhibiendo una nueva versión de la famosa instalación La Menesunda, de Marta Minujín, en la que el público puede experimentar diferentes estímulos sensoriales en once situaciones distintas.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

A la noche, el músico irlandés Damien Rice se presenta en La Trastienda en San Telmo. Entradas aquí.

El martes también hay luna llena, ideal para tomar unos tragos al aire libre en algún bar con terraza.

Wednesday/Miércoles

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(Photo by S.Su)

Sculpture and dance come together at a joint exhibit by the national fine arts museum (MNAD) and the Centro Cultural Kirchner. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

Later, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will lively up the evening at Niceto Club. Tickets here

Escultura y danza se unen en la exhibición conjunta que presentan el Museo Nacional del Bellas Artes (MNAD) y el Centro Cultural KirchnerSarmiento 151, microcentro.

Más tarde, la Hypnotic Brass Ensemble le da vida a la noche porteña en Niceto Club. Entradas aquí.

Thursday/Jueves

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(Image from Fondo Antiguo de la Universidad de Sevilla)

Don’t miss the FASE 7 art, science and technology fair that will take place until Sunday at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junín 1930, Recoleta

Later on, head to the Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

No te pierdas la feria de arte, ciencia y tecnología FASE 7 que se lleva a cabo hasta el domingo en el Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junín 1930, Recoleta

Por la noche, Doppelganger Bar en San Telmo, es una buena opción para probar algunos de los mejores cócteles de Buenos Aires en uno de los ambientes más amenos de la ciudad. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

Friday/Viernes

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(Photo by Helder Ribeiro)

If the weather is nice, a day trip to Tigre is a must while you’re in Buenos Aires. You can try a water sport, stop by the Mercado de Frutos where you can purchase local goods, go on a rollercoaster ride, and even place your bets at the local Casino. Explore on your own or try a tour!

Si el día está soleado, hacer una excursión al Tigre es una salida imperdible durante tu estadía en Buenos Aires. Algunas de las actividades que proponemos incluyen hacer deportes acuáticos, pasar por el Mercado de Frutos para comprar artesanías, subir a una montaña rusa, o probar suerte en el Casino. Explora por tu cuenta o súmate a un Tour.

Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo

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(Photo by clotho98)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday and Sunday, the gourmet food fair Buenos Aires Market will be taking place at the mythical Mercado de las Pulgas. Álvarez Thomas and Concepción de Arenal, Colegiales

Although traditionally Argentines don’t celebrate Halloween, Sugar Club in Palermo is always up for some dress-up fun on the 31st and Milion Bar will be hosting a Haunted House night, and giving out a best-costume prize. 

Museum Night (La Noche de los Museos) will also be taking place on Saturday night with a chance to visit all the city museums under the ghoulish light of a fading moon. 

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado y el domingo, la feria de alimentos gourmet Buenos Aires Market se lleva a cabo en el mítico Mercado de las Pulgas. Álvarez Thomas y Concepción de Arenal, Colegiales

Aunque en Argentina tradicionalmente no se festeja la Noche de Brujas, Sugar Club en Palermo siempre se disfraza el 31 de Octubre y el bar Milion también va a estar abriendo las puertas de su casa embrujada y dando premio al mejor disfráz.

La Noche de los Museosen la que se pueden visitar los museos de la ciudad bajo la luz tenue de la luna menguante, también va a llevarse a cabo el sábado a la noche.

This Week: 10-16th of August

Monday

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Buenos Aires Fashion Week kicks off until the 14th of August, so put on your most stylish raincoat and head over to La Rural in Palermo to check out the latest fashion collections for the upcoming Spring/Summer season in Argentina. More information here.

In the evening, immerse yourself in complete silence and listen to U2 on a holophonic sound system at the Centro Argentino de Teatro Ciego. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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(Sorg- Anna Ancher)

The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) is showcasing an exhibit of Nordic art, and a collection of indigenous art from Paraguay. Stop by if you’re in the Recoleta area and warm up over coffee afterwards at the famous La Biela cafe. Av. Del Libertador 14730, 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

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(Photo by Jennifer Morrow)

Guided tours at 3pm of  Manzana de las Luces, an old Jesuit residence from the 1700’s in the San Telmo area are well worth the experience! Peru 272, San Cristobal.

Later on, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Thursday

The Centro Cultural Kirchner is showcasing an exhibit of controversial French photographer Sophie Calle’s work, featuring interpretations by different women of a break-up letter that the artist recieved. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

In the evening, don’t miss the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and Sergio Tiempo at the Colón Theatre that will be presenting pieces by Sibelius, Rachmaninov and Nielsen. Tickets here.

Friday

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(Photo by Zabara Alexander)

Lose yourself to dance at The Tango Festival and World Championship that will be taking place until the 27th of August. Find the full program here.

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

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(Photo by Eugenia Loli)

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

The Tango Festival and World Championship will be taking place throughout the weekend until the 27th of August. Find the full program here.

On Saturday and Sunday you can also head to the Palermo Racetracks where the monthly Buenos Aires Market event will be taking place, offering great produce and food in a colorful outdoor setting! Avenida Libertador and Dorrego.

You can also 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.

On Sunday night, Mandarine Park nightclub will be hosting a big party with international DJ’s as Monday the 17th is a national holiday. Tickets are available here.

This Week: 5th-11th of January 2015

Monday

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Stop by the MALBA and check out the exhibit being held of artist Antonio Berni´s stunning work. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Later on, stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

The Casa Nacional del Bicentenario is showcasing a new exhibit that explores the theme of love from different cultural perspectives. Riobamba 985, downtown.

Later on, starting at 9pm, chill out with some reggae music at Guapa Bar. Costa Rica 4933, Palermo.

Wednesday

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(Photo by Olivier Jules)

Check out the Margaret Bourke-White photography exhibit being showcased at the Centro Cultural Borges. Viamonte 525, downtown.

Brazilian bassist, singer and composer, Felipe Cortés, will be staging a live show at Boris Club de Jazz. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Thursday

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(Photo by Beatrice Murch)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) is showcasing a new photography exhibit on the topic of Latin America. The museum is also featuring a collection of erotic art, and an exhibit dedicated to El Greco. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 

In the evening, legendary Palermo nightclub Club Niceto will be hosting its most popular party, Club 69, starting at midnight. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

Friday


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Head to the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero to spend some “green time” whilst catching a glimpse of one of the best city views! Av. Tristan Achaval Rodriguez 1550, Puerto Madero.

Afterwards, at 8.30pm head to the nearby La Munich to listen to some live opera. Av. De Los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Saturday and Sunday

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

Throughout January and February, every Sunday, starting at 6pm, enjoy something to sip on at La Munich and stay for the live love songs. Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Buenos Aires Parties to Welcome 2014

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Porteños love to party and New Years in the city is perfect to farewell the old and welcome the new in full swing. The following are the hottest options to greet 2014 with tapping feet and brimming glasses!

DJs John Askew and Simon Patterson will be setting the beats of 2014 at Groove. Tickets here.

The largest international crowd will be at the Fiesta Piso Compartido, which reunites hostel guests, travelers and more at Club Niceto from 1.30am onwards.  Tickets here.

If wild parties in outdoor locations are your kind of thing, then head to Quilmes for the Dancing Budhas New Year Outdoor party that will be taking place from 5pm on the 31st to 5pm on the 1st. Buses to and from microcentro will be available to transport partygoers and cost 25pesos. Call 1568967691 for tickets.

At Kika club in Palermo you can also celebrate at their New Year Hype party. Honduras 5339, Palermo.

Another great option (which is, by the way, free) is to stop by Plaza Armenia in Palermo where there will be an outdoor NY party. Surrounding bars will all be open of course! Armenia 1829, Palermo.

A classic NY party hotspot is Pacha, this year (and the beginning of next!) featuring DJ Stefano Noferini. Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera.

Another popular club in the Costanera area is Mandarine, which will have DJ´s Chris Schweizer, Tomás Heredia, Marcelo Fratini and Amitacek Muska in charge of the music at their New Year Heatbeat party. Tickets here.

Crobar, in Palermo, will also be hosting a special New Year party under the name of Human club. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

One of our favorite bars, Verne Club, which opened this year and belongs to our in-house happy hour celebrity bartender Fede Cuco, will also be celebrating the New Year with a 5 step tasting menu and music and videos from midnight onwards. Book your place in advance at 4822-0980.

And, to recover from all the heavy partying, don’t forget to book your place at Hernan Gipponi’s special New Year brunch! 3220-6820.

Spring Parties in Buenos Aires

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In Argentina, the first day of Spring is also traditionally students’ day, and so parks fill with joyous youth and parties abound. Since this year the 21st falls on a Saturday there will be plenty of Spring events around town to celebrate the season of love.

20th of September- Celebrate Spring’s eve at Fierro Hotel’s Thank Fierro it’s Friday event that has become increasingly popular due to the great cocktails, tapas and vibe! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

20th of September- Alicia Keys- GEBA. Tickets here.

20th-21st of September- A wide variety of live music acts will be taking place around the city as part of the BAFIM (Buenos Aires International Music Fair). Check out the program here.

21st of September- Caetano Veloso- Teatro Gran Rex. Tickets here.

21st of September- PM Open Air Music kicks off its Spring-Summer 2013 edition with live music and more from 3pm onwards at San Pedro de Jujuy 101, Retiro.

21st of September- La Bomba del Tiempo spring party at Konex. Dance the night away to the sound of drums from midnight onwards.  Sarmiento 3125, Abasto.

21st of September- John Digweed at Mandarine. If electronic music is more your thing, head down to Mandarine where British DJ John Digweed will be musicalizing the scene. Avenida Costanera Norte and Sarmiento.

21st of September- Steve Bug at Pacha. Another option for electronica lovers is to head to Pacha where German DJ Steve Bug will be synthing Spring. Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera.

21st of September-Fiesta Piso Compartido at Niceto Club will also be celebrating Spring! Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.