I always like to do a little research before I head out on a new layover destination. Mainly to find the top must see places in the country, but also because it is so easy to let time slip away on a layover if you don’t have a game plan.
Luckily I had done some trusty Pinterest research and it didn’t steer me wrong. A huge goal I have set for myself this year is to learn Spanish. Where better than Argentina to start? Most of the locals here, do not speak English, so I had to try out my Spanish on them quite often, which led to lots of laughs, but the kind where they laugh with you… Or so I hope!
The vibe in Argentina reminds me of a mixture between NYC and LAX, with a little European feel thrown in. I felt safe during the days by myself, but there were some alleys that I wouldn’t walk down even in day light. This city is super fast paced, so make sure you can keep up!
I went out with 2 of the Spanish speakers from our trip, so the language barrier wasn’t an issue when I was with them. We headed out for empanadas and cervasas, but couldn’t find the spot that everyone always goes to. We passed so many cute street restaurants that we should of tried, but instead ended up at a joint that look like a fast food place called La Rey’s. It was NOT good. The empanadas were served muy frio for some reason, so please don’t make our same mistake.
Can always rely on those Golden Arches!
After that we headed to the colorful town of La Boca, known for its roots of Spanish culture and the Tango! This town was like something from a movie. It was somewhat deserted and felt like we were in a blast from the past. We felt really safe strolling around and checking out all the local art and shops. Best place for souvenirs, especially all Argentinean candy and food. The architecture is definitely a photographers dream.
Afterwards we headed back to the hotel and sadly I got a little sick with a fever, so I didn’t get to experience Buenos Aires nightlife. If you do, go check out Palermo!
Thankfully the next day I was feeling a little better, so we had one more spot before our flight home that night! We went to go feed our craving for Argentinean steaks! We ended up at a place we had heard a lot about called La Cabrera. This spot is a must go / must see, hands down! Be prepared to get rolled out of there because your tummy will be so full!
Hope you enjoy your time there! Chao!