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.

This Week: 15th-21st of June

Monday

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Kick off the week with a good book at the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Av. Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta.

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 UCO after office event that takes place every day! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo

In the evening, 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

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Take one of Foto Ruta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s experimental choral adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl that will be staged from Tuesday through Friday at 8pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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The Ciudad Emergente Festival kicks off until the 21st of June with live music, dance performances, art, stand-up comedy and more. Find the full program here.

Book your place for a Palermo wine tour with Sorrel Moseley-Williams and sample six different wines as you get to know some of the area’s best purchasing spots. More information here.

Thursday

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Stop by the Casa del Bicentenario to check out the new exhibit, Legado Vivo, which showcases elements from Wichi and Maori cultures. Riobamba 985, downtown.

In the evening, the monthly Gallery Nights event will be taking place in the Retiro, Recoleta and Barrio Norte neighborhoods from 7pm onwards. More information here.

Friday

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Renowned artist Vic Muniz 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 8pm, the MALBA will be screening John Ford’s The Iron Horse and after midnight, Dr Caligari’s Cabinet by Robert Weine. Both silent films will have live music by the National Film Chamber Orchestra. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo

Saturday and Sunday

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

The Ciudad Emergente Festival will be taking place throughout the weekend with live music, dance performances, art, stand-up comedy and more. Find the full program here.

Throughout June, every Saturday at 10pm, renowned Argentine folklore and jazz artist, Luis Salinas, will be playing a live show at Torcuato Tasso. Defensa 1575, San Telmo

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.

This Week: 9th-15th of Feb.

Monday

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Stop by the MALBA and check out the exhibit 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

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Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

In the evening, British singer-songwriter Albert Hammond will be staging a live show at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.  Av. Corrientes 860, downtown.

Wednesday

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One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place at 4, 5 and 6pm and evening guided tours at 8pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

In the evening, stop by La Catedral for a tango lesson. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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Stop by the Museo de Arte Moderno in San Telmo where a must-see exhibition of Leon Ferrari’s works is being showcased. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

Later on, stop by for a sip of something worth tasting at the monthly Come Wine With Us event taking place from 7pm to 1am at Veggies & Co. in Palermo. Arevalo 2926, Palermo.

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!

At 8pm and at 9.30pm, the Planetarium will be hosting live music concerts featuring covers of The Beatles with full dome projections of the diamond filled sky. Av. Sarmiento, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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It’s Valentines Day on Saturday and what better way to show your love than to treat your significant other to a mouth-watering brunch? Book your place at UCO, Fierro’s fantastic restaurant and kick off the day with a glass of champagne, delicious food and great company in the lush green garden. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

You can also head to Puerto Madero to lip-lock and put a love-lock on the Puente de la Mujer. Later on at 9pm, stop by the nearby La Munich and catch an outdoor screening of a Buster Keaton film. Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Or, if you’re looking for something less one on one and more party-like, join the Palermo Pub Crawl starting at 10pm. More information here. 

If you’re still feeling romantic on Sunday, stop by La Munich at 6pm where you can enjoy something to sip on and live love songs. Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Feria Masticar 2013

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Masticar means to chew in Spanish and that is exactly what is the MASTICAR fair is all about, chewing on the best local produce and the most delicious food. The annual gourmet food fair, which kicked off very successfully last year, is organized by a young group of celebrity chefs and entrepreneurs who have grouped themselves under the name of A.C.E.L.G.A, which means chard but also stands for the Asociacion de Cocineros y Empresarios Ligados a la Gastronomía.

The fair, which takes place from the 3rd to the 6th of October from 2pm to 11pm on Thursday and from midday to 11pm the rest of the days, features food stands, local products from different regions around the country, cooking classes and lectures. This year there will also be wine and beer tasting and a wine bar, so stopping by is a must, if not to taste some of the delectable cuisine and check out colorful varieties fruits and vegetables, at the very least to sample some of the country’s great wines.

The event will take place at El Dorrego- Distrito Audiovisual in Colegiales, which neighbors with Palermo. Tickets to the fair cost 40 pesos and include free access to cooking classes and lectures (subject to availability). More information here. Zapiola 50, between Dorrego and Concepción de Arenal.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is showcasing a new exhibit until the 1st of July on the work of Grete Stern.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado that serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Take a private tour with Buenos Aires Historico Tours. Their guides are historians and other humanities graduates from the Buenos Aires University and they will show you a unique side of the city! 4307-8539.buenosaireshistorico@yahoo.com.ar

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

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Take a walk down Pasaje Rivarola, a beautiful hidden street which appears to be stuck in time in the historical downtown area. Built in 1926 and characterized by its mirrored buildings on both sides, it is a regular location for film productions looking for an old fashioned feel. Whilst you’re there visit “La Chacarita de Los Relojes”, a small shop specializing in antique clock and watch restoration.

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

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Book a special shopping tour with Creme de la Creme. Roam the vintage scene, find the perfect souvenir, get into local designers or discover the art scene in Buenos Aires.  More information here.

Book your place for one of Anuva Wine tastings and discover great Argentine wines.

Friday

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Check out the newly remodeled A-line subway and stop at some of the city’s most emblematic historic landmarks including Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada, Casa de la Cultura, Café Tortoni and 36 Billares, Congress, Las Violetas and Parque Centenario.

If you are a Beatles fan head to Boris Club de Jazz where Nube 9 will stage a live show at 10pm and interpret the White Album. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

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

In the spirit of Easter go on an easter egg chocolate shopping spree at gourmet chocolateries Vassalisa in Recoleta, Tikal in Palermo, and Compañia de Chocolates in Palermo and Recoleta.  We also recommed you try the traditional rosca de pascua.

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

Don’t miss the free concert at the Colón Theatre at 11 am on Sunday. Pick up your tickets in advance! Cerrito 628, Downtown.

On Sunday The Killers will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Don’t miss the new photography exhibit at the Centro Cultural Borges, which displays the renowned Italian photographer Tina Modotti’s portraits of Mexican culture.  Viamonte and San Martín, downtown. 5555-5359.

Liven your evening at La Bomba del Tiempo a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

Tuesday

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

In the evening, starting at 9pm, don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand up comedy in English at the Café Rivas in San Telmo. Estados Unidos 302, San Telmo.

Wednesday

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Summer is the perfect time to visit Tigre, in the Paraná delta, criscrossed by small rivers and streams. This untamed location surrounded by nature has a variety of attractions and excursions including canoeing and kayak, trekking, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, teahouses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park.

In the evening stop by Boris Club de Jazz where there will be live music at 10 pm by Guaruba, who fuse Guaraní and Cuban rhythms. Gorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

Thursday

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The MALBA is featuring a highly recommended exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. Also on display is a showcase of videos by British artist Tracy Emin. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

 

Friday

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Book your place for a special lunch with the Argentine Experience who will give you the 411 on everything local and feed you great Argie meat and more! They also organize mate and dulce de leche tastings. More information here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the best speakeasies in the city! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

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

Also on Saturday, there will be live Japanese music at the Jardín Japonés in Palermo at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares. Palermo.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Museo de Antioquia)

The MALBA is featuring a new exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. An exhibit by British artist Tracy Emin is also being exhibited. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

In the afternoon, stop 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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Weather forecasts anticipate a warm sunny day, ideal for a walk in the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

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.

Wednesday

The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

In the evening head to Niceto Club in Palermo where Colombian salsa orquestra La  33 will be staging a live show starting 9pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Thursday

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Catch one of the Palacio Barolo Tours which take place at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm or at 8.30pm including a glass of wine. The stunning city landmark is full of references to Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and is a must.  More information here.

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  include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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La Boca’s Caminito is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions and stopping by the Museo Quinquela Martín to check out the neighborhood’s influential artist’s work is mandatory when in the area.  Avenida Don Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

Don’t miss the live Japanese music concerts that will be held at the Japanese Gardens throughout the weekend at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm. There will also be tea and sweets from 11am onwards.

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

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!