If you want to make sure you can communicate with locals during your travels I'd recommend contacting www.cactuslanguage.com as they seem to be World experts on Language learning. They sorted out great Spanish for me at a good price in Costa Rica and I they can do programs in Argentina too. Spending New Year's Eve at a house party in Cuidadela. We partied til dawn in our fanccy dress!
This place is the old harbour now reconvert like leisure place crowded of chic restaurants and terraces but keeping the huge crane towers destinated to empty the load ships
Its located closer to Plaza de Mayo just "two blocks" behind it croosing Av de la Rabida ...(5 minutes walking). And its a suggestive place to visit and take a meal or just a coffee ...besides beneath one of the big towers there is the inforation touristic point
Tradition of Drinking Mate
There is nothing that is more traditional of an Argentinean than the mate. It's the traditional tea and drink of Argentina and a huge part of their culture. Yerba mate is a herb with green leaves which are picked, dried and chopped into yerba. Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd, known as a mate. The straw is called bombilla and is traditionally made of silver. It has a filtering mechanism on the end. Each one of these items can be found from the simplest to the most ornate and stylistic one can imagine.
Mate is a medicinal and cultural drink of ancient origins. Introduced to the world by Guarani Indians of South America, mate consists ingredients that help keep its drinkers healthy and energetic. More than a drink, mate has become a cultural phenomenon throughout South America. Its benefits are obvious. Mate is traditionally drunk in a particular social setting, such as family gatherings or with friends. In Buenos Aires people carry their mate with them during the day. To the Argentineans it is more than an offer of a drink to quench your thirst, but also an offer of friendship.
The drink has a strong taste like a mixture of green tea and coffee, with hints of tobacco and oak. The type of yerba mate one uses can also vary. It can be a traditional bitter blend that is common among Argentine gauchos, a mixed blend with additional flavours such as lemon, orange and mint, or a sweetened blend that is favoured in the northern regions of Argentina. Best brands are Taragui, Rosamonte, Nobleza Gaucha and Cruz de Malta.
The Palmero neighborhood of Buenos Aires is full of green space, the Botanic Garden is just a tiny triangle of it that can be found near the Plaza Italia subte station. Admission is free and it's a terrific place to have a picnic or rest on a bench in the sun or bring a good book and soak up some sunshine. Stay long enough and one of the resident cats may find your lap an inviting resting space, especially if you are out in the sun. There's not much here in the way of flowers, just green space and plants marked along the trails along with a small greenhouse that didn't appear to be open.
To get here take subte line D to Plaza Italia. Also nearby is the Zoological Gardens and a Japanese Garden.
BUENOS AIRES : CALLE FLORIDA AND CALLE LAVALLE
They are apparently the only two pedestrian malls in the centre of Buenos Aires. The shopping streets are lined with music outlets, bookshops, cafes and take-aways, clothing, internet cabins, locutorios telephone cabins, snack kiosks, newspaper kiosks, ice-cream parlours, cinemas, etc… everything that anyone ever needs in a city.
The cheapest internet cabins are found along these streets and late in the night, close to mid-night or so during the weekends, some shops are still opened!
To be honest, in terms of shopping for leather goods or clothes, this is not really the right place as they are quite expensive (especially along Calle Florida) due to the high tourist traffic. But it is still a great place to people-watch, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and catch some street performances like tango or musicians and 'statues', etc... A delightful place! Mainly for enjoying the atmosphere as the prices here are generally higher. But books, clothes, leather goods, photography materials, shoes, etc... are all found here.