Posted in Tips & Tricks on January 23, 2014
The following are a collection of awesome Buenos Aires blogs, websites and activities that will allow you to make the most out of your stay in Buenos Aires.
EAT & DRINK
Pick Up The Fork
For the best web resource on all things food, drinks and restaurants, look no further than www.pickupthefork.com. Pick Up The Fork is the go to guide for figuring out what restaurant or bar to go to. Amazing lists, heavily researched and good wit, you don’t need any other site (what are you still doing on this dumb gringo site?) for all your food needs.
If you are looking to dive into the world of Argentine Wine, you can’t go wrong with attending a wine tasting at Anuva Wines.
The Argentine Experience
For a great overview of Argentine cuisine, check out The Argentine Experience. In a newly renovated building in Palermo Hollywood, at The Argentine Experience you will learn how to make your own empanadas, prepare mate, eat amazing steak, sample incredible Argentine wine and make Argentine style desserts.
Want to explore the best “off the beaten path” restaurants and cuisines in Buenos Aires? Book a spot on the Parrilla Tour. The Parrilla Tour will take you around to visit some of the cities best “hole in the wall” parrillas to try meats and empanadas, visiting places that tourists would never know of.
Book Recommendation: Don’t Fry for Me Argentina
Written by chef Dan Perlman of the popular closed door restaurant Casa Salt Shaker and the great food blog Saltshaker, Don’t Fry for Me Argentina is a great collection of stories about life in Buenos Aires mixed with anecdotes about food.
EXPLORE: TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Landing Pad BA
For all your tour and activity needs, www.landingpadba.com is the place to find the right one for you. Landing Pad BA is a trustworthy, convenient place to book all the best tours and activities in Buenos Aires. It is also the best place to get tickets to football matches at good prices which can be very sketchy going through other channels. Learn how to play Polo, go on food tours, book airport transportation, learn or watch tango and explore the city with trusted guides. It is all there!
Buenos Aires Cultural Concierge
Looking to have personal customization of your stay in Buenos Aires? Buenos Aires Culture Concierge can design itineraries based on your needs. For those who feel more secure being guided by a trustworthy host, BACC will be with your every step of the way.
A consistent winner of TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence”, Buenos Tours offers private walking tours to explore Buenos Aires. Walking is one of the best ways to gain a sense of the overall “vibe” of Buenos Aires and if you are new to the city one of the best ways to do it is with a custom guide who knows the best places to go.
NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS
“The Bubble is a news aggregator website and op-ed platform that dissects what is happening in Argentina, covering current events and analyzing pop and media culture.”
PRIVATE LESSONS: Speak Spanish BA
Speak Spanish BA is the professional name for private Spanish teacher Cynthia Vilaplana, recently featured in our “Ask a Porteño” series. Cynthia has been giving private Spanish lessons for the past 6 years to students all over the world and comes highly recommended.
GROUP LESSONS: Expanish
If you are looking to take group lessons, EXPANISH is the best Spanish school in Buenos Aires. Class sizes are small and you will meet people from all over the world. Activities and dinners are available all through the week as well.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Como Viajo is an easy tool to figure out how to get from one specific address to another in Buenos Aires using public transportation. Just enter your starting address and your final address and it will give you several different options of how to arrive by subway or bus.
MAPA BUENOS AIRES
The same tool as Como Viajo but the city government’s version. Many find this site easier to use than Como Viajo and with better functionality. They are both worth visiting to figure out which one you like best.
FIND A PLACE TO STAY OR LIVE
Airbnb is a great place to find an apartment to stay in if you are coming to Buenos Aires for a couple days, a week or a few months. Before AirBnB there were an overabundance of apartment rental websites to choose from, but now most of them have their apartments listed on AirBnB.
The Buenos Aires version of Craigslist is not a bad place to try and find an apartment. It is especially good for finding cheap accommodation. You will have to dig a little, but ever once an a while a great opportunity comes up for a cheap room.
GENERAL BUENOS AIRES INFORMATION
Looking for more blogs and websites that provide valuable Buenos Aires information like Gringo In BA? The following are a list of websites and blogs that provide high value Buenos Aires tidbits from a different perspective.
Wander Argentina is a great website with a multitude of wonderful information on Buenos Aires and Argentina in general.
BA Expats is the most active “expat” forum for expats and visitors in Buenos Aires. It is a good place to go if you have a specific question or are looking for a specific thing in Buenos Aires. Just don’t spend a lot of time browsing the forums as it consists of a lot of people complaining and will taint the perspective of your own specific experience of Buenos Aires.
Discover Buenos Aires
Discover Buenos Aires provides very specific, actionable advice regarding living in Buenos Aires from the expat point of view. The tips, suggestions, contacts are all highly valuable.