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7 Tips for Living in Buenos Aires

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Buenos Aires or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Buenos Aires or thinking about moving there.

As an expat or digital nomad, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina can be an exciting and enriching experience. This vibrant city, known as the "Paris of South America," offers a unique blend of European elegance and Latin American passion. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Buenos Aires.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Buenos Aires speak English, learning Spanish will greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make daily life easier, but it will also open doors to deeper cultural understanding and friendships. Consider taking Spanish classes or using language exchange programs to improve your skills.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Buenos Aires is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Palermo is known for its trendy boutiques and vibrant nightlife, while San Telmo offers a glimpse into the city's historic past with its cobblestone streets and antique shops. Recoleta, with its grand architecture and famous cemetery, is another must-visit. Spend time exploring these and other neighborhoods to truly get a feel for the city.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Argentinian cuisine is more than just steak (although the steak is excellent). Buenos Aires offers a wide range of dining options, from traditional parrillas (grill houses) to innovative fusion restaurants. Don Julio in Palermo and La Cabrera in Palermo Soho are renowned for their steaks. For a taste of Italian-Argentinian fusion, try the pizzas at El Cuartito in Recoleta. And don't forget to try the empanadas and dulce de leche!

4. Embrace the Nightlife

Buenos Aires is famous for its nightlife, which doesn't really start until midnight and can last until dawn. Whether you prefer tango clubs, live music, or trendy bars, there's something for everyone. Check out the tango shows at El Viejo Almacen, enjoy live music at Niceto Club in Palermo, or sip cocktails at Florería Atlántico in Retiro.

5. Get to Know the Culture

Argentinian culture is a rich tapestry of influences, from the indigenous peoples to the Spanish colonizers to the waves of European immigrants. Visit museums like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires to learn about the country's art history. Attend a football match to experience the national passion firsthand. And of course, don't miss a tango show – this sensual dance is a fundamental part of Buenos Aires' identity.

6. Navigate the City

Buenos Aires is a large city, but it's well-served by public transportation. The Subte (subway) is the fastest way to get around, while the colectivos (buses) reach every corner of the city. Taxis are also plentiful and relatively inexpensive. However, Buenos Aires is also a great city for walking, with its wide boulevards and beautiful parks like the Bosques de Palermo.

7. Get Involved

Finally, one of the best ways to feel at home in Buenos Aires is to get involved in the community. This could mean joining a local club, taking part in a language exchange, or volunteering. Research groups and activities that align with your interests, and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You'll find that porteños (Buenos Aires locals) are generally warm and welcoming, and will appreciate your efforts to integrate.

Living in Buenos Aires can be a thrilling adventure. By embracing the language, culture, and lifestyle of this dynamic city, you'll not only have an unforgettable experience, but also grow personally and professionally. So pack your bags, and get ready to fall in love with Buenos Aires!

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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