-Buenos Aires Populares:
A guide of popular (and cheap) bars, coffee shops and restaurants.
-Lonely Planet - Buenos Aires:
A native author helps visitors see the city of Buenos Aires from lively San Telmo nightlife to Evita Peron's tomb
-Mafalda, the most famous comic strip from Argentina:
- Inodoro Pereyra, my favorite comic strip:
-El Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges
Palermo is another wonderful...
Palermo is another wonderful neighborhood. It is divided into Palermo Chico (a lot of embassies are here), Palermo, and Palermo Viejo (somewhat like the Soho in NYC). Palermo Park is worth a visit. This is a statue of the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Schevchenko in Palermo Park.
Real life . . .
It's true that Buenos Aires is a sophisticated city, full of wonderful architectural highlights, cafes and wide boulevards. But, be sure to venture a little off the beaten path and take note of some of the lesser known streets and scenes and you'll get a better sense of the city as a whole.
Rowing Capital of Buenos Aires
Delta del Tigre got its name from the Spaniards who saw tigers when they got to this place. Nowadays, no tigers exist there anymore. This is a 45 minutes to 1 hour trip from Recoleta area. They take you first by a big bus then you stop in San Isidro to hop on a train to take you to the pier of the Delta. Train ride gives you a glimpse on the nice houses with european designs.
Once on the delta you take a passenger boat with an upper deck. Go to the upper deck to see the good view. Most people here own boats and most kids learn to row the boats before driving a car. This is only accessible by boat, it's also the summer place of most argentinians in Buenos Aires. It has many nice resort hotels along the delta, you will also see lots of men practising rowing. Along the way, you will see a historic house inside a glass to preserve the wood from moisture. Nothing much to do here just look at the houses and the historic house, you're not allowed to go down to check it out though. Then the boat turns around and you're back to the train station.
On the way back you stop at San Isidro, where you can see the big church on weekends there is a fleamarket around the plaza. Some interesting things to check out, nice to look at the local artist work of arts. I bought a painting from a local artist, and hand painted fridge magnets very nice gifts to your friends back home.
Great ambience, good energy
The Galerias Pacifico, centrally located on Florida street has to be the most architecturally beautiful shopping center in Argentina. It was built in the late 1800s and inspired on the Bon Marche in Paris, and it was the major shopping galleria in Buenos Aires, until the 1960s, when the building was taken over by the state-run railroad offices and fell into disuse and disrepair. In the early 1990s it was awarded to a private company as part of the overall privatization drive in Argentina and in 1992 it reopened in its current form, including the amazing glass ceilings and the restored murals.
Check the central dome, with frescoes from some of the most important painters in Argentina, which were done around 1945. Also it's a nice place to check around Christmas time, since they do decorate a lot and install a huge Christmas tree under the dome. - Good place to catch a quick bite, since the food court downstairs has a great variety of offerings. Beware, it gets very busy around 1 PM when the surrounding offices let out for lunch, so you may want to either stop by earlier or a bit later, otherwise you won't find a table. Some evenings there are quick shows presented on the food court stage.
- Most of the international chains that operate in Argentina have branches here. Check Giesso for men's suits, Chevignon for some trendier, young men's items.
- Most shops show the "Tax Free" sign - when you buy from those shops, present your passport or other foreign ID, save the receipts and you can claim back most of the VAT at Ezeiza airport upon leaving Argentina (about 16%, so you will get a nice refund)
- On the ground level, check the information booth and ask them about the discount coupon book, which is available for all tourists and includes discounts to many of the shops there. Not the cheapest in Buenos Aires, but comparable to other places.