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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 Chocolate Box), the greatest football stadium in South America, where the Boca Juniors play.

Located at the Konex Cultural Center at 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.

Located at Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415

The Malba Museum, or Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires, is one of the greatest museums in South America, housing some of the best Modern and Contemporary art to create one of the best collection of Latin American art.

Located at Defensa y Avienda San Juan

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. Animal lovers can also pet a guanaco, a llama like creature.

 Student recommendations from Fall 2009. Let us know if this list should change!

Sports

Soccer

Or 'football', as it is known in Buenos Aires, is the passion and obsession of almost every Porteño. While there are over 24 professional teams, there are only two that fire the most passionate emotion: the 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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Shopping


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, Pharmacity 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 10 pesos per load and they come back to you clean, folded and packaged.

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