Going to the movies can be great local experience
In all of the major (and I suppose less major)theatres, movies are always shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles, unless it is a children's movie. The children's movies are put into Spanish but otherwise you can watch it in the original language. The movie theatres are very very nice, clean, and well built. Two of the best centrally located places to go to the movies would be Cinemark behind Alto Palermo shopping center (in Palermo) and at the Recoleta Village.
Tickets cost about 10 pesos approximately, except on Wednesdays when there are discounts. That's also why it's very crowded on Wednesdays.
If you are from the states and order popcorn, then you should know there is no "buttered popcorn"--people here eat it sweet. However, nowadays it is possible also to get salted popcorn (still, no butter!).
sometimes you just gotta dance
This picture below was taken in San Telmo, a district in BA known for artists and craftsmen. There are beautiful old colonial houses here and it's also close to the port (the River Plate). After you walk past the artist's stalls (hawking their art) you may come across some dancers, doing the Tango.
Only a few things you can't buy there
Bring an empty duffel bag to carry home all the beautiful new shoes you'll buy. If you are a woman who wears anything larger than a size 8, forget shopping for clothes in B.A. The women are tiny and the clothes run really small. So bring enough clothes to get you through your trip. There isn't a huge variety of medicines you can buy over the counter. Even in a pharmacy, I tried to get Claritin-D or Advil Sinus and it's hard to find. I did find regular Claritin. So if you have allergies or sinus problems, be sure to bring your own meds. I brought my digital camera and had no problem. I used a converter/transformer from Radio Shack to recharge my batteries. Bring your own magazines and crossword puzzles if you want them in English! Magazines in English cost $30 pesos!
This is one of the more ornate facades located along Calle Florida, the main pedestrian shopping street in Buenos Aires. The architecture is Spanish colonial, the frieze above the doorway features men in 16th century Spanish clothing.
I think we may have stopped inside this mall on our 2nd trip up the street, Fallabella is a large department store (reminded me a bit of Target back home) with lots of housewares, clothing and a small food section.
This was stop #6 on the Calle Florida walk in Frommers, located on Calle Florida between Corrientes and Sarmiento.
This mall near the cemetery in La Recoleta is really cool. The whole place has a design theme so everything inside is very interesting and unique. You'll find everything from interesting kitchen equipment to unique plates to amazing tubs for your bathroom. It's really a fun place to browse.