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.

Saturday High Tea at Casa Munet

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Casa Munet is dedicated to bringing the wonderful world of tea, cakes and perfectly crafted sandwiches to the local catering scene. They offer catering services, courses and seminars and fortunately, on Saturdays, they also work as a closed-door teahouse in Colegiales. The high tea service they offer includes a fixed tasting menu in which a selection of different tea’s served in delicate cups are paired with either sweet or savory pastries. With autumn upon us, booking a spot at Casa Munet is a must. info@casamunet.com.ar. 1549173005

A Slice of Pizza at Siamo Nel Forno

Rainy days are perfect for film watching, books, theatre, art and comfort food such as pizza. Now, there are plenty of pizzerias in Buenos Aires, and a few favorites that come to mind such as Guerrín, but Siamo Nel Forno is the best if you´re looking for gourmet Italian-style.  The ingredients are ever fresh and many imported from Italy, the toppings range from traditional to one-of-a-kind, but always in good taste, and, something that the more local pizzerias usually don’t get right, they have good wines and delicious desserts on their menu too! Costa Rica 5886, Palermo Hollywood. 4775-0337

Wine and Cheese at Bar du Marché

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Cozy and Palermo centered, Bar du Marché is a great spot to sip wine, nibble cheese and watch out the window at the passers by or the dripping rain. As its name implies, the wine-bar/bistro is French inspired and has a great wine and cheese selection as well as café food (best to go for the wine and cheese).

Additionally, a mysterious staircase leads to a closed door Japanese restaurant for up to 12 people where the chef is in charge of seducing his customers with 5 course sushi-filled dinners. Nicaragua 5946, Palermo. 4778-1050.

Must Try in BA: Hot Chocolate with Churros

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Nothing screams for warm sweet hot chocolate with crunchy comforting churros like a rainy Buenos Aires day in autumn. The pair is a classic for locals seeking refuge from humid cold streets and is a must try for sightseeing visitors. But what are churros? They are crunchy fried pastries covered in sugar, sometimes filled with dulce de leche, and occasionally coated in chocolate. Try them at any of the following places:

La Giralda is an understated cafe on Corrientes Avenue that specializes in chocolate with churros. It is the place to go for this local delicacy and their hot chocolate is one of the best in town, made with top quality Fenix chocolate. Av. Corrientes 1453.

Nearby to La Giralda is El Gato Negro, often overlooked but well worth knowing not only for its traditional chocolate and churros but also for its spices and coffee varieties. Av Corrientes 1669.

Another place to go for superb “chocolate espejo” (dark hot chocolate) and churros is Cafe de Los Angelitos. Plus, the traditional cafe, popular with tourists because of its tango shows and history, is beautiful and worth visiting. Av. Rivadavia 2100.

Cafe Tortoni is another classic city cafe that most travelers will end up in at one point or the other. Not only is the cafe gorgeous and historically relevant but also their churro-chocolate combination is one of the best in the city. Av. Mayo 825.

Finally, for those who want churros delivered, try El Topo. They only start making the churros once the order has been placed so they’re as fresh as they come. Plus, they make varieties filled with lemon custard and also salty versions!