Tired of the long winter here in Europe? Grab your friends, your hat and best dresses and vamos a Buenos Aires, the city of fortunate winds.
The summer here starts from December until March. Buenos Aires is a beautiful historical city and I fell inlove with the majestic trees. They stand abundantly in the many parcs this green city has, creating perfect places for a picknick or a moment of rest.
My best friend and I set out to celebrate our 30th birthdays and the beginning of the new year. We made it a symbolical journey to set our intentions for 2020 and celebrate life and friendship underneath the sun. With icecream and empanada’s. We were lucky enough to be guided by a true local and I would like to share with you the gems we came across.
San Telmo market on Sunday
A must do! It strechtes out for miles and you see locals selling their own creations. You can buy incense, antiques, vintage, self-made stuffed animals, little bags in shape of an empanada, jewellery, leather bags and funny baubles and trinkets. An excellent opportunity to support small businesses and enjoy a stroll through the center. Bring your bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. The streets parallel to the market hold cafe’s where you can stop for lunch or a coffee.
Al Ateneo Grand Splendid Library
If you are a lover of books, like I am, you will definitely enjoy the enchanting library that looks like a theatre. That is because it was a theatre and has kept and maintained it’s original ceilings and elegant balconies, it has the feel of a red carpet entrance. I loved to see people sitting in it’s corners and reading books.
A visit to Evita Perron
You can get to the know the life of the famous Eva Perron by a visit to her museum. Her life story is displayed in Spanish as in English, with her clothes and pictures from that time. Afterwards you can make a visit to her grave in the Recoleta cemetery. Look for directions at the entrance because there are no signs to her grave and it’s quite a search. It’s interesting to see a village of graves in the city center. In the Netherlands the coffins are underground but here you can sometimes spot them when you look inside a grave.
Time for food!!
As vegetarians, we arrived in the country of steaks and meat but we were lucky enough to also find delicious vegetarian food. Here are my 5 best vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires. Or should I say; restaurants with vegetarian options?
1. Casa Cavia
An oasis in the buzzing city where you can sit in the green courtyard garden with the relaxing sound of flowing water coming from their water bassin. Inside the interior is classic and tasteful. The dishes are pleasing to the eye, perfect to the detail and most importantly: delicious. We enjoyed two bruschetta’s for breakfast, one with pumpin, black olives, burrata and nuts, the other was with mashed avacado, eggs and crunchy spiced chickpeas. HEAVEN. Even the orange juice tasted like the best we had. This sets the tone for your holiday. The prices are very reasonable for what you get.
2. Gran Dabbang
A tiny restaruant that serves fushion Asian and Indian dishes. Wauw. Nothing like I tasted before and my favorite was the burrata dish: it has crunch, a little spice and just melts on your tongue. They want to keep the atmosphere authentic and small but actually they need to expand because it is so popular that there are waiting lines. Give your name to the waiter, he puts it on a list and go for a small walk or keep standing in front of the door. Make sure you are back though when they call out your name otherwise you lose your turn.
An Armenian restaurant with dishes varying from kebabs but also vegetarian like their falafel with a creamy peanut sauce. Make sure to order a starter of hummus and baba ganoush with flatbread from their oven. Yum. And please don’t leave without trying their icecream with chocolate sauce and walnuts. Absolutely delish!
This place is also very popular, it opens at 20:00 and there is a waiting line. Just like in Gran Dabbang, put your name on the list and wait for your name to be called out. The best time is to come before 20:00 or around 22:00 because then first round of people have finished eating by this time.
We always took our breakfast here. It was very difficult not to get secuded by their desserts and sweets that are displayed so beautifully. This cafe has long white draping curtains outside that move along with the wind and block out the sun. The interior is white and on the walls are positive life quotes. There are vegan and vegetarian dishes in abundance and the staff was very friendly!
5. Costumbres Criollas
Do you want to try the best empanada’s in town? A suggestion from our local friend: go and try the best fresh empanada’s at Costumbres Criollas. A small cafe on a busy street close to the center. We tried the mozarella and basil one, one with corn and with spinach. They are soft and fresh. A perfect snack for in between.
`Thank you for taking the time to read this and hope to see you again here soon!