A Day in Buenos Aires With Federico

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Hey! I’m Fede (@scratchyourmapa). Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I currently work on a cruise ship, traveling the world while also operating my personal travel website and free-lance photography which you can find here.

What is a typical breakfast and where would you go? 

Buenos Aires has big influence of the Italian culture. For that reason, pastries are something you’ll see everywhere for breakfast. I would recommend getting a classic café con leche with medialunas.

Breakfast

Where is your favourite place to grab lunch? 

If you happen to be in the area of Costanera (next to Puerto Madero), there’s a bunch of food trucks that sell beef & pork sandwiches. My personal favorite of them is the Bondiola Sandwich. Make sure to add some of the local home-made sauces & spices.

Bondiola Sandwich

What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Buenos Aires

There are a lot of green areas where you can enjoy some nice after-work activities. Bosques de Palermo is a huge area with a lake, bars and boat rentals for a fun afternoon out.

Bosques de Palermo

Where are the best places for dinner?

I would definitely head towards the city centre. The whole area is full of historical restaurants with an incredible variety of cuisine styles.

In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?

6pm is when the city becomes a sea of people. After offices finish their workday, everybody goes out to enjoy the evening. The city centreRecoleta or San Telmo are some of the best neighbourhoods to be at.

In a busy city like Buenos Aires, is there anywhere to chill? 

There are several big parks throughout the city where you can enjoy a moment of fresh air in nature. Bosques de PalermoParque Centenario or Plaza Francia are three of my recommendations.

What is there to do for something fun and different?

Buenos Aires loves to do food-related activities. For that reason, every year there are pizza and ice cream marathons. Depending on the area chosen (usually is Corrientes Avenue, towards the city centre), all pizza places or ice cream places will “compete” to each other while people literally walk through the avenue tasting every place and voting at the end for a winner.

Another great activity is La noche de los museos (the night of the museums) or La noche de los libros (the night of books). In the first one, all museums open at nighttime. In the second one, all bookstores open at nighttime. The idea behind these two events is to encourage people to visit those places, as well as giving the opportunity to those who work during the day and can’t make it during the normal schedule.

Noche de los museos Buenos Aires

Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?

You can get pretty decent and affordable hostels/Airbnbs pretty much anywhere. Areas like the city centre, RecoletaPalermo and Belgrano are more likely to be more expensive than other neighbourhoods. Nevertheless, almost every activity happens in them, so you need to consider if you’d rather spend more money or more time moving around.

What season would you recommend visiting? 

Definitely summertime. Even though the city can get really hot, there are a lot more events, parties and activities.

Is Buenos Aires best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?

Tough question. Although Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with activities for everybody, it’s a great place to visit with friends, as there’s so many fun activities that you can truly enjoy with a group of people.

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