As part of our adventure on Authentic Food Quest, we are traveling through South America to discover and highlight authentic foods in the region. We are spending the month of August in Buenos Aires before taking off to visit the northern and southern parts of Argentina which have their own regional specialities. More to come….
We have now been in Buenos Aires for about 10 days visiting the city and experiencing local delicacies which you can read about in our previous post. For today’s post, we want to bring you our surprising discoveries about Buenos Aires as well as a short video of the city.
2. Cartoons In The Streets
Not only is there a lot of street art, Buenos Aires also has cartoons and famous cartoonist to the street for everyone to enjoy. You cannot miss out on the “Paseo de la Historieta” which is located in San Telmo, starting at Defensa and Chile. Here you will find world famous Mafalda, drawn by Argentine cartoonist, Joaquin Salvador Lavado, better known by his pen name Quino, seating on a bench next to her friends Susanita y Manolito.
3. Beautiful Tiles All Over Buenos Aires
Walking through the streets of the city is a beautiful experience. Placing each foot on a decorative tile adds joy to the experience. Once you get past all the “dog treats”, you will notice and appreciate all the beautiful tiles that adorn the streets.
4. Cars From The 80’s
Alive and well on the streets of Buenos Aires, you will discover cars that were sold in France in the 80’s like the Renault Fuego, Renault 9, 11 and 12. It makes you feel like you are in a movies from the 80’s.
5. Dolce Far Niente Pace of Life
One of the most surprising things to witness is the slow pace of life in the capital city. Having lived in large cities in the U.S. (Chicago and Los Angeles) and Paris, we are used to a hurried pace of life, with people rushing constantly. Here in Buenos Aires, the pace is slow and people seem to have adopted a Dolce Far Niente pace, which is relaxed and stress-free. This might explains why portenos are so friendly and patient with us. We have found Buenos Aires to be a great place to easily have conversations on the street!
6. Poop On The Street
Be very aware! Dog poop in the streets and it is just about everywhere, unfortunately! Be prepared to look up and down while walking around. Just a warning…. but not worth saying or showing more here…
7. Verduleria y Fruiteria
Verduleria y Fruiteria stores are corner groceries stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables. It has been a surprising discovery to see verduleria y fruiteria stores literally at every corner. Best of all, they propose fresh and high quality veggies and fruits at very affordable prices.
8. You Cannot Have Bad Coffee
In Buenos Aires, you can not go wrong with the coffee. The cafe culture is strong and you will find many options to enjoy great coffee which come with treats and freebies. The most common is the cafe de leche con medialunas. The coffee with milk comes served with a glass of sparking water. Additionally, it is served with a small sweet cake. Another alternative is to have the cafe de leche con tostadas (Jamon y Queso in our case). This comes with four delicious toasted ham and cheese sandwiches. The best part is the quality of ingredients used… No corn syrup, no high sodium content, no sugar added to the bread! Le bonheur!
When it is time to order a beer, you have the choice of artisanal beer, either rubia, negra or colorada. I usually go with the rubia which is a light beer. Again, you are sure to be well treated, you automatically get peanuts with your beer without having to ask. And they are not from last week, they are fresh!
9. Panaderias At Every Corner
Uhmmmm…Panaderia! I can already smell the bakeries as I type the word: PANADERIAS are at every corner, to my delight!!! They sell bread and facturas, the small desert pastries with dulce de leche. Everything smells, tastes and looks delicious, ricissimo! The dough is not sweet but tasty and flaky, and the filling is just delicious, no artificial sugar, no corn syrup, I am IN!!! This reason alone makes Buenos Aires a destination worth visiting 🙂
10. Eva Peron Is Everywhere
Who has not heard about Eva Peron? Especially after the controversial (for the portenos) Eva Peron movie starring Madonna. Of course we knew about Eva Peron before coming, but have been surprised to see her portraits everywhere. She is represented on many buildings including the impressive building situated on 9 de Julio downtown Buenos Aires (here on the featured image). You cannot miss it!
From these 10 surprising discoveries about Buenos Aires, tell us in the comment below which one surprised you the most.
Stay tuned as we bring you more travel and food discoveries.
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Claire is a culinary explorer, digital nomad and engineer brain behind Authentic Food Quest. Together with her partner, Rosemary, they created Authentic Food Quest to help people find the best local food on their travels. For over 5 years they have eaten their way through South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America while sharing the best local food experiences on their website. Authentic Food Quest has been featured on top publications such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Honest Cooking. Claire and Rosemary are also authors of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.