Welcome to summer in Buenos Aires! While the Northern Hemisphere turns up the central heating, down here, we are experiencing our annual heat wave with temperatures sending many porteños to the cooler climate of Argentina’s coast. However, with so many people leaving the city during the summer months, those who can handle the heat are rewarded with fewer crowds and a laid back pace of life. During the summer, there are plenty of things to see and do in the “Paris of South America” that can take your mind off of the humidity and sweat running down your face. Here is a list of our favorite things to see and do during the summer:
Yes, you heard us, get outside! This might sound contradictory with the hot weather, but getting out to explore Buenos Aires on a warm day with the sun is incomparable to anything else. Multiple studies have shown that sunshine can improve mood and lessen stress, and the perfect place to do this is throughout the Palermo Forests (Bosques de Palermo), which are known as a “lungs of Buenos Aires.” There are multiple spots for shade, which make for a perfect afternoon rest with an ice cream in hand or tereré, a cold and sweet version of yerba mate, perfect for those hot summer days. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are sports and music and plenty of activities you can do – from renting little boats, to attending a free aerobics class, to picnicking. This is a great spot to combine chilling and people watching! And if you’re like us, we prefer being outside on bike!
Although Argentinians are notorious for having little to no breakfast (typically only consisting of two medialunas and a café con leche), Buenos Aires is teeming with brunch spots. One of our favorites is Cafe Crespin, located in Villa Crespo on Vera 699. Villa Crespo can be thanked for starting the brunch movement in Buenos Aires, and this particular cafe serves brunch all day long on weekends, and serves a tremendous breakfast during the week (for those who need more than two pastries!).
La Bomba de Tiempo
Looking for something to do on a Monday night? Look no further. Head to La Bomba de Tiempo at Konex for a percussion performance that will blow you away. La Bomba uses more than 70 signs with their hands, making every show unique and unrepeatable since it is generated live on stage. More than 3 million people have witnessed this phenomenon that have been on tour in Argentina and around the world since 2006.
Discover Street Art
The city known for tango and meat is fast gaining renown for its street art. Buenos Aires has plenty of street art that say more about its personality than museums and galleries. It feels a bit like walking through an open-air gallery – murals throughout the city express public moods, opinions, and reflect the country’s reality. Beginning in the 1950s and 60s primarily as a form of political expression, street art has transformed from political slogans to aiming to lift the spirits of the Argentine people after the economic crisis in 2001. This style still dominates Buenos Aires today and can be seen everywhere from the bohemian barrio of San Telmo to the trendy barrio of Palermo.
The Argentine Experience
Get ready for an unforgettable night! The Argentine Experience hosts interactive dinners designed to bring people together off all cultures, languages, and ages, while bringing you the best of local Argentine culture, food, and wine. This closed-door dining experience teaches its customers how to make their own traditional empanadas, while enjoying grilled provoleta cheese, sliced chorizo sausage, and homemade chimichurri. After this, you can have the opportunity to try one of the best steaks in Argentina, cooked to ordered and accompanied by velvety mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and of course, unlimited Malbec wines. The experience finishes with teaching customers the etiquette behind yerba mate and an additional cooking lesson on how to make chocolate-dipped alfajores for dessert. This experience is one for the books and should not be missed!
For A Non-Meaty Meal…
If you’d rather skip all the meat and barbecue rage and are looking for something a bit more plant-based to still your appetite, check out Jueves a la Mesa. This vegetarian “puerta cerrada” (closed door) restaurant and its chefs have their hearts and kitchen wide open to provide you with a delicious three course dinner on Thursday evenings – the closed door being more a reference to the secret location (revealed once you reserve), and intimate dinner party feel with about 10-12 guests. The rich menu includes flavors ranging from Costa Rica to Indonesia to Ghana to beyond, depending on the Thursday you choose.
If the heat proves to be too much in the heart of the city, you can always head north to visit the Tigre Delta, which is 45 minutes by train. The Tigre Delta is one of the world’s largest, flowing into the Rio de la Plata, which separates Argentina and Uruguay and is the widest river in the world. Tigre is often times compared to Venice, with its islands and canals splitting in different directions from the main river. While here, participate in a half or full day kayak tour with Kayak Tigre, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna of the delta, as well as finish your day in a bar and restaurant refueling.
So there you have it. A condensed list of some of our favorite things to do in the summertime here in Buenos Aires. What are you waiting for? If you need any additional recommendations or are looking for something more specific, ask us and we would be happy to help!