I got the Frommer's Buenos Aires guide and I really enjoyed the guided walks they put together as they focused primarily on architecture and led you into buildings you probably wouldn't have otherwise discovered.
My husband was a little frustrated with the placement of sights on the maps but they do a good job with giving cross streets so you can just use the maps as a general guide. Some of the information on times and costs were incorrect but I suspect that's a problem with any of the guidebooks. The restaurant recommendations were pretty solid and I like their "Take a Break" boxes.
What I didn't like was that there wasn't even the briefest section on language, it would have been nice to have something to reference for food, days of the week and a few other small things.
Going to the dogs
Unless you're lucky enough or unlucky (depending on your POV) to travel with your pooch(es)....this won't really concern you, other than the fact that it is an interesting site.
In many places in the city, you see people watching five, six, ten dogs. They sit in the park with them. The groom them. They have them play with each other. These dogs do not sit at home all day waiting for their humans to come home....no, they are walked by a professional, and don't sit chewing up your sofa or shoes out of boredom.
Lucky dogs. Lucky owners.
TWO BRAZILIAN SHARKS!!!!
Marcone and I played like two children in one of the most famous pools in the city, we did exactly like what many people. go to a Pileta Publica and spend the whole day!! Lots of families and friends having fun!!!!
parque del Plata is also a social club but it is opens for the Public, you pay a small fee of 20 pesos and you can spend the entire day!!!
Why stop by a Burger King?
Frommer's suggested stopping by the Burger King located on Calle Florida, not for the food, of course, or the clean free restrooms, but for the interior that has been converted over from a former mansion. Stop at the counter if you need fortification but otherwise head straight up the stairs and look up and try not to gasp (or trip anyone up who may be following you with a tray full of food), this is the most ornate fast food joint you will ever see!
My pictures don't do the place justice, you'll just have to go see for yourself!
Patio Bullrich is great for relaxed shopping
Patio Bullrich is situated very close to the French Embassy and the Four Seasons hotel, so that may give you an idea that we are not talking outlet shopping here. Some major brands such as Kenzo and Christian Lacroix have their Argentina flagship stores in here. I've read a few derogatory comments about it based on the fact that it is more upscale, but I think that's missing the point of this great place. That's like saying that Nordstrom's is crap because it doesn't match the prices of Wal-mart - we are talking different levels of quality here, people!
First of all, it's never too crowded unless it's Christmastime (their holiday decorations are really nice, by the way). Although smoking is allowed, it is not as prevalent as in other shopping malls and the air is constantly being refreshed (although sometimes the smell of potpourri can be a bit much). Classical music comes out of the loudspeakers, complementing the neoclassical architecture of the place.
As far as shopping, if you are interested in getting clothes from some international brands, this is a good place (and prices are comparable to other shops that carry the same clothes). Also, on the top level there is a good wine shop and a Valenti store (specialty cheeses and cured meats). The food court carries most of the common things you can find on the other shopping malls in BA (salads, quiches, a McD's, barbeque, pastas, ice-cream). There's 4 movie theaters also, though they are a bit on the small side. Check on the top level - there's a good store that sells Argentine artistry items (knives, leather goods, mates, etc.)