1. Go on a graffiti tour
2. Eat empanadas
Empanadas are God’s golden gifts to the world. They’re basically pockets of crispy dough filled with meat, cheese or veggies, and you’ll probably cry the first time you eat one.
…and make your own
The amazing empanada recipes are endless. This one includes quinoa, goat cheese, olives, shredded carrots and chicken bullion.
You can make happiness.
3. Go to a mind-blowing drum show
La Bomba Tiempo is a Brazilian percussion group that performs every Monday night at a cultural center called Konex. These guys make red jump suits look badass.
5. Stay out all night
Buenos Aires is a city for night owls. Argentines eat dinner around 10 p.m., don’t go out until 2 a.m. and usually come home when the sun comes up. Here’s a great list of all the best nightclubs (boliches).
…and then drink some coffee
Welcome to cappuccino heaven, where bad coffee doesn’t exist.
…with some medialunas
Aka the best croissants you’ll ever taste.
6. Join a soccer league
If you’re looking to make some local friends in BA, joining a soccer (fútbol) league is the best way to do it. Buenos Aires Fútbol Amigos (BAFA) attracts people from all over the world and from every level of play.
7. Look at dogs
Dog-watching trumps people-watching in this city. If you’re not already a dog lover, Buenos Aires will make you into one.
…even stray begging ones
There’s a fair share of stray dogs here, but most retain their cuteness.
Dog walking is a serious business*
*Please note: Sidewalks become very dangerous poop minefields.
8. See Fuerza Bruta
This nationally known performance art group is a must-see in Buenos Aires. Just know that you might be hugged, slightly misted and danced with. It’s an amazing visual and interactive experience.
9. Practice your spanish at a bar
Speaking spanish is a lot easier after having a few drinks. Mundo Lingo hosts events at bars around the city and encourages people to socialize while developing language skills.
10. Go to an asado
Welcome to beef heaven. If you’re a meat-lover, you’ll probably cry at your first asado, where Argentines cook various types of beef on a huge grill called a parilla.
11. Experience modern art
MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) has an amazing collection of modern art that you can’t miss.
Plus it’s full of cute hipster families.
This exhibit from Lillian Porter called “Man with ax and other brief situations” features small human figures doing disproportionately large tasks.
12. Take a day trip to Tigre
Tigre is a small Buenos Aires province located on the Paraná Delta. It’s less than an hour away from the city, so it’s perfect for a quick getaway.