12 Things You Need To Do In Buenos Aires

Once you experience these Argentine gems, you’ll never want to leave.

1. Go on a graffiti tour

Buenos Aires has an incredible street art scene, and it’s easy to see through a tour with graffitimundo or BA Street Art.

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.

4. Go skydiving

Because why not? And use this company.

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.

it’s endless

Dog walking is a serious business*

*Please note: Sidewalks become very dangerous poop minefields.

8. See Fuerza Bruta

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/44887353.

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.

The 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.

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