Argentina Facts is a guide for tourist, it offers all you need when coming to Argentina; travel tips, what to expect, what to eat, what to do and see in Argentina and Buenos Aire. And all is illustrated with pictures....
Few facts about Argentinians
It will be hard to understand Argentineans without knowing something about them.
So before you board the plane to the Capital Federal de Argentina – Ciudad de Buenos Aires, please carefully read the following notes.
After some thinking I realized that the best way to introduce you to the Argentinean capital is to tell you something about its inhabitants.
So - who are Argentineans?
And the answer is (quoting local city tour guide):
They are Italians, living in Argentina, speaking Spanish, thinking of themselves as being English living in Paris.
Wow! I agree, it sounds quite complicated and at first it may be difficult to comprehend this “mixture”, but these words are probably well reflecting the atmosphere “on the streets”….
In fact, it is really a good starting point to understand Argentineans, especially these living in Buenos Aires. But before going farther let me make it clear – they are proud but warm and friendly, “easy-going” but stylish and elegant, loving late night dining (and food in general) but still slim …..devoted to tango and practicing it almost everywhere around the city.
Now - if you are looking here for the information about visa requirements or last year’s temperatures, then definitely you are in the wrong place. There are literally thousands of websites providing this information. What they miss however is the first-hand practical information and tips you need to know from the first moment you land in the BA’s airport.
Food and Restaurants
So especially for visitors like you, the Argentina Facts present the following:
Argentinean Meat - Parrilla (grill). On the right - lamb prepared in a traditional "gaucho"- way.
Argentinean food for vegetarians:
Left - Freshly squeezed Orange juice (Jugo de Naranja Exprimido";
Right - green salad.....
Fortunately most restaurants offer a small basket of bread usually served shortly after you made an order (at your cost of about 8 to 12 AR-pesos). With an excellent local olive oil (aceite de oliva) it may do the job when waiting for the main meal.
More for vegetarian "gourmands": Rolls, toasted bread... with some extras like cream-cheese, humus, etc...may "save your life" if you are very hungry.
Ask for olive oil (made from Argentinean olives - it's great!)
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Guide for tourists : Left -
consider Argentinean red wine as a mandatory part of the meal. It is great
and you will find enormous choice of local wines in every restaurant.
Here - photo from "Botega Del Fin del Mundo"
Center - a bohemian restaurant in San Telmo;
Right - One of the most famous restaurants in Buenos Aires - Tortoni. Here you need reservation unless you want to spend time waiting in the line..... This is also the place of great Tango Show!
If you would like to have a lunch break, then you can try picadas (kind of tapas). To have an idea please visit:
But if you are not hungry (yet) then please follow the travel tips for tourists visiting Argentina as presented below:
Good news – things are changing and after a long “suffering” I found the chain of bakeries offering healthy bread operating in BA under the name – Casa de Pan “Hausbrot”.
For tea-lovers: Mate-Gourd in its elegant leather-covered version.
You will often find local people with characteristic mate gourds in hand sipping the tea. However, to my surprise you would not easily find places offering such traditional mate. Some bars will eventually offer tea-bags mate served in regular tea-cups but this is definitely not the same experience. To my disappointment it seems that “mate” is more a home tradition.
There is a good chance that you will become ice-cream lover. Keep in mind – these goodies came here with Italian immigrants and since then the recipes were only improved (many consider Italian ice-creams as the best in the world, but this is only because they never visited Argentina).
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Sweets in Argentina : Left: Hot chocolate and mousse do chocolate in Rapa-Nui - a Chocolateria in Bariloche.
Right - looks so good that my wife took a "bite" before I was able to take the picture :-)
Argentina indisputable facts: Cafe con leche con - well, this time "mousse au chocolate". Please note that typically medialunas (croissants) will be served for morning breakfast)
Most coffee houses serve it with medialunas (croissants) and a glass of water (cafe con leche con medialuna). Cafeterias are on every corner, often expending on sidewalks. And this adds to the coffee fiesta as there is nothing better than coffee’s aroma stimulating your sense of smell combined with a fresh croissant, local newspaper (diario) and the street life unfolding in front of you….
I hope that this page of Argentina Facts and Pictures offered you a lot
of useful information about Argentina and Buenos Aires. But this is just
If you want to read more travels tips to prepare yourself for vacation in Argentina then please select one of the following links:
Public Transport in Argentina (page 2)
Capital of Argentina - Buenos Aires (page 4)
Buenos Aires People (page 5)
Not sure yet where to go and what to see in Argentina? You may find help selecting: Tourist Destinations in Argentina
However if you are falling in love with Buenos Aires (I do not blame you for that as it happened to me) then please select: Buenos Aires Walking Tours
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