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Fun and Leisure in Buenos Aires

Aside from the famous night life, there are many fun things to do in Buenos Aires during daylight hours, from exploring antique fairs to live concerts and contemporary museums. For sports fans, there is La Bombonera (the Candy Bowl), the greatest football stadium in South America, where the Boca Juniors play.

  • Ateneo Grand Splendid | Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | El Ateneo Grand Splendid, considered the 2nd most beautiful library in the world by “The Guardian” Newspaper, is only a few blocks away from NYU Buenos Aires academic center.
  • La Bomba de Tiempo | Sarmiento 3131 | A large, weekly, generally open-air concert that takes place at the Konex. ’Bomba’ as it is known is a large band consisting of many different percussion instruments made to sound like a mix of rhythm, trance, and tribal music. It is really quite a scene; it is packed every Monday from 7pm to whenever, and should become your Monday staple. Everyone is extraordinarily friendly and this makes for a great atmosphere where you can come together with the younger Porteno crowd.
  • Teatro Colón | Cerrito 628 | Stunning Teatro Colón is considered one of the best theaters in the world, internationally recognised for its amazing acoustics and beautiful architecture.
  • Zanjón de Granados | Defensa 755 | One of the best-kept secrets of the city lies deep underground in San Telmo. El Zanjón de Granados is a trip into the origins of the city, exploring a beautiful restored mansion and its underground tunnels. Don’t forget to check out “la Casa Mínima”, the narrowest house in the city!

  • Barrio Chino (Chinatown) | Belgrano neighborhood | Located in Belgrano neighborhood, Buenos Aires has its own Chinatown. At Barrio Chino, you can find many Chinese restaurants, markets and grocery stores.
  • Bosques de Palermo | Palermo neighborhood | Parque Tres de Febrero (popullary known as “Bosques de Palermo”) is an urban park known for its lakes and rose gardens. Bosques de Palermo is perfect for doing sports (cycling, jogging, running, among others) or enjoying a day out.
  • Feria de San Telmo | Defensa y Humberto I | The San Telmo fair is the largest, most famous, and probably the most interesting weekly fair in Buenos Aires. Although some things are overpriced and it is usually crowded with tourists, it is still a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. Antiques and other genuine articles from all over the country are sold, as well as typical tourist items.
  • Japanese Gardens | Avenida Casares 2966 | Great option for a sunny day, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the view with its lake surrounded by Japanese flora. The Japanese Gardens also features a Japanese Restaurant with its traditional dishes.
  • Planetario Galileo Galilei | Avenida Sarmiento y Belisario Roldán | The Galileo Galilei planetarium commonly known as Planetario is located in Parque Tres de Febrero in Palermo. The most fascinating activity is the virtual environment experience, in which visitors will have the opportunity of contemplating simulation of eclipses and meteor showers.
  • Plaza Francia Artisans Market | Recoleta neighborhood | The park gathers artisan’s goods, including silver jewelry, ceramics, leather goods and many other regional products. You can visit it every weekend and holiday from 11am to 8pm.



  • Academia Nacional del Tango | Avenida de Mayo 833 | A tango school, for whoever´s ready to take the Tango challenge, the Academia is located next to the beautiful Café Tortoni, and also houses the Museo Nacional del Tango.
  • Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro | Sánchez de Bustamante 764  | One of the best Orchestas around, Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro will make you experience Tango like never before by reinventing the best of traditional Tango with a unique perspective.
  • La Viruta Tango | Armenia 1366 | La Viruta Tango is one of the most popular milongas of Buenos Aires. You can learn and practice Tango, Chacarera, Salsa or even Rock music! La Viruta Tango also offers an interesting menu of local traditional food and vegetarian options.
  • Parakultural en Palermo, Salón Canning | Scalabrini Ortiz 1331 | An informal milonga at Salón Canning.
  • La Ventana Tango Show | Balcarce 431, San Telmo | Amazing performances that includes solo couples, groups of couples, two different orchestras and a gaucho dance. The show is presented in a grand old building in San Telmo.

  • MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires | Avenida San Juan 328 | MACBA exhibits national and international geometric art pieces and seeks to encourage the development of creativity.
  • MACN - Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia | Angel Gallardo 490 | A museum founded to revive the natural history through permanent exhibitions and activities accessible to any curious visitor. The museum hosts 23 collections related to natural sciences, geology, palaeontology, zoology, botany including an aquarium, and a paleontology section notable for its fossils.
  • Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco | Suipacha 1422 | Stunning Palacio Noel houses this museum that as an extensive collection of Spanish art and Latin American art from 1882 onwards.
  • MALBA - Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires | Avenida Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 |The Latin American Art of Buenos Aires welcomes over a million visitors annually and continues to expand its selection of works from modern artists from across Latin America. It also maintains a dynamic cultural center, which serves to constantly updates art and film exhibitions and develops cultural activities.
  • MAMBA - Museo de Arte Moderno | Avenida San Juan 350 | MAMBA, located in San Telmo, exhibits a collection of Argentine and international contemporary art.
  • Museo Casa Carlos Gardel | Jean Jaures 735 | Most famous and beloved Tango singer, Carlos gardel, has his own museum located in his old house. The museum features old memorabilia and also offeres free tango classes!
  • Museo Etnográfico Juan Ambrosetti | Moreno 350 | The Ethnographic Museum Juan Ambrosetti features the naturalist Juan Bautista Ambrosetti’s archaeological and anthropological collections of fossils and artifacts. The museum features indigenous artifacts from the Andean Northwest, Patagonia and also an African and Asian room showcase.
  • Museo Evita | Lafinur 2988 |Eva Perón, “Evita”, has her own museum that retells her story, trying to separate the myth and truth of this world-known Argentine icon. The museum features objects that belonged to Evita such as clothes, hats and shoes, as well as official documents and pictures of her life and work.

Students recommendations from Fall 2014. Let us know if this list should change!



Or fútbol, as it is known in Buenos Aires, is the passion and obsession of almost every Argentine. While there are over 24 professional teams, there are only two that fire the most passionate emotion: Boca Juniors and Rive Plate.

It is virtually impossible to get tickets directly from these two teams and usually you have to go through a secondary source. Be careful with scalpers as sometimes they do not sell the genuine article.

Fans of Boca Juniors are generally working class, as opposed to the upper class fans of River Plate. When these two teams play one another, tensions run high, and  riots have broken out in the past. The football stadiums of Buenos Aires are a lot of fun to visit, but be careful and pay attention, particularly to the vibe of the crowd. Things can turn ugly quickly.

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Buenos Aires has many different shopping districts, malls, and boutiques that will please any shopper.

Walking anywhere around Palermo you will find a variety of boutiques selling contemporary men’s and women’s fashions.

Getting the Necessities

Getting groceries, medication, and other household items are quite accessible anywhere in Buenos Aires. Chain supermarkets like Disco and Coto have everything and are located everywhere throughout the city. There are also lots of smaller independently owned shops that sell most necessities. For pharmacies, Farmacity is the major chain. For laundry there are many places called lavanderías that you can drop off your clothes and pick them up a few hours later. It generally costs around 50 pesos per load and they come back to you clean, folded and packaged.

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