The Penny Pincher's Guide to Buenos Aires



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Want to have a great and memorable trip but can't splurge? Try these ideas for creative ways to spend three days in Buenos Aires without wondering where all of your money went. From good, cheap meals, discounted or free club entrances, budget-friendly hostels that also offer some culture, and all kinds of events and activities that are always free and open to the public, you can easily pack great experiences into the days that will make this a destination you will want to return to soon.

Author: elizabeth


Day 1 - Buenos Aires


Wednesdays are free at MALBA, which has one of the best collections of contemporary Latin American art in the world, along with all kinds of free and open-to-the-public events, such as classic film screenings and writer’s lectures. Check the monthly schedule in the lobby for specifics. Head outside to the Botanical Gardens, located in Plaza Italia. Get to know some of the cats who reside within the gates, or just spend a few quiet moments alone in this lovely, peaceful park. For lunch, walk up to Bio, an atmospheric organic restaurant sans the inflated prices that typically come with such cuisine. A few blocks up the way is Braga Menendez, one of the Buenos Aires art powerhouses; whatever Braga Menendez throws up on their gallery walls will be an instant hit, so be the first on your block to check out the latest exhibition. Galleries are all free, all the time, in Buenos Aires; the odd opening and closing hours are the only tricky part. Check the website for the most up-to-date information. Also located in Palermo is the exhibition space/working studio of Nico Alligator, a metal welder with an eye for recycling old car parts into sculptural creatures and figures. His warehouse-type studio, which is open whenever the garage door is pulled up, is a sight in itself, and the pieces are reasonably cheap, considering their uniqueness. Next is the Museo Evita, where you can get your fix of the legend of Eva Peron. And to top off the night, Club Museum in San Telmo is free for women and half-price for men before 10pm at their hugely popular Wednesday “After Office” party. The happy hour 2-for-1 drink specials also end at 10 so get there early to get the party started! When you’ve had enough, turn in at the Naha Dreamhouse Hostel, where a few bucks gets you a comfy little space, and maybe some new friends, if you’re lucky.


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Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

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Location:

Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415
C1425CLA Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4808 6500
fax: +54 11 4808 6598


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Botanical Gardens

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Location:

Santa Fe and J.L. Borges
Av. Las Heras, at Plaza Italia, across from the subway entrance
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 48314527


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Bio

Location:

Humboldt 2199
At Guatemala
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 54 11 47743880


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Braga Menendez Arte Contemporaneo

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Location:

Humboldt 1574
C1414CTN Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4775 5577 / +54 11 4775 9255


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Nico Alligator

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Location:

Uriarte 1857
1414 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 15 5763 6300


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Museo Evita

Location:

Calle Lafinur 2988
At Gutierrez
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: + 54 11 4809 3168


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Naha Dreamhouse Hostel

Location:

Acuña de Figueroa 737, ¨A¨
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Day 2 - Buenos Aires


Get your second day started with a stroll down along the waterfront in Puerto Madero, the newest, and chicest, neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Cross from the developed, restored port area over to the Reserva Ecologica, located right on the riverfront beyond Costanera Sur, where you will be able to forget for a minute that you are in the center of a giant metropolis. Bike rentals are available some days for about $5 per hour, but even if you don’t have wheels, wandering along the paths by the Rio de la Plata is spectacular. Walk the 10 blocks back to San Telmo and get some coffee and dulce de leche treats at the cozy El Aleph café. Cross from here over to poke around inside the Parroquia San Pedro Telmo, the majestic church from which the neighborhood takes its name. Then walk down to Parque Lezama to see how the locals like to spend a lazy afternoon. On the north edge of San Telmo is another grandiose church, the Inglesia de San Ignacio, which is often under construction but always remains open for visitors to take a peek inside this Jesuit-built gem. Get yourself to a bar stool at the smoky French lounge La Cigale, located downtown, for dinner. Don’t miss happy hour, which lasts until 10pm – but do note that the 2-for-1 cocktail deal is personal, so come thirsty. Once you’ve restored your energy, end the night at the rock and roll Mod Club in Palermo, where you can ration your pesos out and get yourself some good old cans of Budweiser. Turn in at La Menesunda Hostel in Boedo – splurge this once and take a cab unless you find someone whose bus directions you trust.


1

Puerto Madero

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Location:

Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 200
1007 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 (0)11 4515 4600
fax: +54 (0)11 4515 4690


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El Aleph

Location:

Chacabuco 443
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 54 11 4343 1938


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Parroquia San Pedro Telmo

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Location:

Humberto Primo 340
1103 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 43611168


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Parque Lezama

Location:

Calle Defensa and Calle Brasil
1098 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4313 0187(Tourist Information) /+54 11 4315 4265(Tourist Information)


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Iglesia de San Ignacio

Location:

Bolívar y Alsina
Zona Centro
1066 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 43312845
fax: +54 11 43312845


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Cigale (La)

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Location:

25 de Mayo 722
1376 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 54 11 43128275
fax: 54 11 43128275


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Mod Club

Location:

Araoz 2424
1554 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 54 11 4778 1500


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La Menesunda Hostel

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,

Contact:

tel: 541149570946


Day 3 - Buenos Aires


Friday morning kicks off in Plaza Francia, the lush, lovely park in Recoleta. Get your morning coffee to go at the surprisingly good-quality and well-priced McCafé before ducking into the sprawling Centro Cultural Recoleta, where you can get a month’s worth of culture and art exhibitions for free. Next door is the Recoleta Cemetary, which is free to enter. For a few pesos, you can get a map that will direct you through the maze of tombs to those of the cemetery’s celebrities, like Eva Peron. Get a variety of slices of old-fashioned pizza for lunch at Las Cuartetas, one of the more famed pizza joints in Buenos Aires (and one that still hasn’t inflated their prices too much). Dining here is casual, with many patrons breezing in, scarfing their food standing at the counter, and jetting. Next, stop in to the public library, the Biblioteca Nacional. Free art exhibitions are often displayed here, such as the stunning works by students in the local non-profit photography program, Ph15, which has been gaining international recognition in recent years. After the library, take the elevator up to the 18th floor viewing deck at Palacio Barolo, where you can get a full view of the city. Sometimes tickets are necessary; just inquire at the building’s reception desk. Dinner is at Gibraltar in San Telmo, where yet another happy hour special awaits. The gin and tonics are the pub specialty, complementing the tasty Indian cuisine. Too cheap to buy tickets to an actual soccer match? At Locos por el Futbol, you will get much of the same rowdy experience, albeit in front of a TV screen rather than a live-action game.


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Plaza Francia

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Location:

Avenida del Libertador, entre Agote y Pueyrredón
1405 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 (0)11 4372 3612 (Tourist Information)


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Centro Cultural Recoleta

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Location:

Junín 1930
1113 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4803 1040


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Cementerio de la Recoleta

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Location:

Azcuénaga 1901-1999
Recoleta District
1116 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4804 7040


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Las Cuartetas

Location:

Avenida Corrientes 838
C1043AAU Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 54 11 4326 0171


5

Biblioteca Nacional

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Location:

Calle Aguero 2502
2502 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4806 9885


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Palacio Barolo

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Location:

Av. de Mayo 1370
At San José, Administrative office 9th floor, desks 249-252
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: +54 11 4383 1065


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Gibraltar

Location:

Peru 895
1098 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 5411 4362 5310


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Locos x el Fútbol

Location:

Vicente Lopez 2098
C1128ACF Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact:

tel: 54 11 4807 3777


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