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Learning Spanish over Christmas in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 8:08

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If you came in Buenos Aires learning Spanish and that this is your first time spending Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, the first thing that will stands out is the heat. It’s summertime in Argentina and the days are getting hotter and hotter, so say goodbye to your christmas sweaters, blankets and hot cocoa by the fire. You will definitely want to opt for your swimsuit and pool time after having walked throughout the city.

 Photo blog Learning Spanish over Christmas in Buenos Aires

The guide to spend a traditional Christmas in Argentina while learning Spanish :

Before Christmas :

You will start hearing some Christmas vocabulary as people in the street, stores or even in spanish class start talking about all the preparation and plans. Being around Buenos Aires at this time of the year when learning spanish really allows you to immerge in the culture and tradition of the country as well as improving a specific vocabulary about Christmas season and celebrations. Before the D-Day people usually celebrate Christmas with friends and coworkers. For example, here at Expanish we organize a Christmas party and as there are a lot of different nationalities, it is a good way to learn about other Christmas traditions while practicing your spanish.  

24th of December :

On the 24th people gather with their family. At Expanish, a lot of our students take the opportunity to practice their Spanish by choosing a homestay. This allow our students to spend Christmas with a local family and get a traditional experience of a typical Argentine Christmas. Usually everyone brings something to eat. As it is summer, it is more common to eat an asado and cold dishes, rather than the hot dishes and Christmas hams you may be used to. When midnight rolls around everyone will have toast, drink cider, eat pan dulce and commence opening gifts! Christmas celebrations usually end around 2AM but it wouldn’t be a proper Buenos Aires party without the younger generations heading to the “boliches (clubs) to dance until the sunrise. Argentines truly like to party!

25th of December :

On the 25th most Argentines gather again in the afternoon (everyone needs a good sleep especially the ones that went clubbing) and eat either the leftovers from the night before or have an asado. Be aware that most public transports will not run on Christmas day, so my advice would be to plan in advance. If you choose to live in a homestay, this will allow you to meet even more people and practice your presentation skills in Spanish, by the end of the Christmas celebration you should be an expert and feel more confident talking in Spanish.

New Year’s Eve :

While in other countries it may typically be a night out on the town with friends to ring in the new year, New Year’s Eve in Argentina is a very family centered holiday. Argentines gather with their family once again to have an asado and drink Malbec. It’s always best to have a friend or family member that has a rooftop host the New Year’s Eve party so that you can enjoy the fireworks at midnight, so don’t hesitate to ask around to your local friend if they have a “terraza”. Again, it wouldn’t be a true party without the younger generation heading off to the boliches with their friends after midnight while the older crowd heads out to parties with their friends and family.

Activities and places to go to during Christmas in Buenos Aires as a foreigner learning Spanish :

  • Play the lottery and maybe treat yourself to a big money prize. Every year, Argentina organizes a Christmas Lottery called “Gordo de Navidad” where you could win this year 15.000.000 pesos!!!
  • For Christmas dinner : La Dorita in Palermo (Humboldt 1892) is a “parilla” restaurant with one of the most complete menu and famous for it’s high quality. It offers a great variety of meat such as a 400g piece of “Bife de lomo” (Beef tenderloin).
  • Christmas party : Kika Club in Palermo (Honduras 5339) is one of the most famous boliches in the city, there is no doubt you will have a good time there and maybe meet some new Porteño friends as this is a very popular social spot! This could be a good opportunity to learn slang called “lunfardo” which is used a lot by the young generation.
  • New Year’s dinner : If you want celebrate the New Year in style, Casa Cruz in Palermo Viejo (Uriarte 1658) is the place for you. For more than 10 years, Casa Cruz has offered a wide variety of meat cuts and sides dishes as well as a very wide choice of wines, in an upscale yet cozy atmosphere. Another option could be to catch Tango Shows, many of which offer special dinner and show packages.
  • New Year’ Eve party: Club Shampoo, located in the heart of Recoleta and one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive nightclubs is a great place to ring in the New Year. If nightclubs are not your thing, you can head to Palermo Hollywood where the streets are filled with local block parties with djs and bands playing music, Porteños hosting asados and people enjoying the warm summer night to dance all night long until sunrise.

Expanish wishes you a “Feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo” !


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First day at Expanish

Monday, August 3, 2015 11:28

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This day for many is nerve racking, it’s like the first day of school all over again. The thought of the unknown and embarking in on new experiences for some is intimidating and overwhelming however for some being the most memorable first experiences. That first experience in meeting your best friend, trying mate for the first time (famous Argentinian drink) or simply the comforting feeling that you are in a safe place in Buenos Aires.

Usually the case is everyone feels slightly nervous, however these feelings go within no time after feeling more at ease with the situation. On your first arrival at Expanish, within the first hour you will feel completely free of any emotions that may have been affecting or holding you back! The first hour involves a fun packed orientation where you get to meet your fellow peers, play games, are informed on general information of Buenos Aires and are required to complete other enjoyable activities-we can’t reveal all as that would be no fun, and everyone likes surprises!

However, before all these fun filled activities, a small exam, “un chiquito examen” is required to distinguish which level your spanish is at. Then from there, the teachers can determine the most suitable and appropriate class for you. You will also receive a welcome pack which is filled with useful information on the best places to eat, how to get your first subte card, weekly activities the school has to offer (definitely get on board with this, it’s a great way to make new friends) discounts for places to eat and lots of other useful information. Oh and not to mention you get a cute expanish bag, it’s great to put the books in and keep as a little memory/souvenir of the school icon smile First day at Expanish

The morning tour you are introduced to our wonderful school and may meet some of our teachers on the way. You will definitely meet Gabriel (Expanish Academic Director) which is by far a favourite and plays a very important role with your studies at Expanish. If you are having any doubts, worries about your studies or either just want to add classes, Gabriel is your go-to man. On your first day you will also meet our famous Milva! Expanish and Milva go hand in hand, when you think of Expanish you think of Milva, you could say she’s kind of a mascot for Expanish. Milva works at reception and will help you with all your needs, even if it’s the smallest question or worry Milva has all the answers.

After your first class, to end the day you have a tour on general advice, directions and locations of surrounding neighbourhoods and a talk on safety-for example distinguishing between fake and real notes. This talk is very useful and will give you the heads up on what to do and what not to do! We can promise to you that your first day will be very welcoming, memorable and simply just nice. What more could you ask for, studying a language you enjoy in a beautiful city-mind you in the best location of Bs As, meet and make friends with people around the world, oh and get taught by the best teachers? Nothing beats an experience as such…

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The Best Heladeria in Your Barrio: A World Beyond Freddo

Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:59

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Just spending an hour in Buenos Aires, one can see how big of a role ice cream plays in the daily life of the porteño. While there are heladerias on every corner, it seems everyone you talk to has “their” heladeria that they claim is the best in the city. So, how do you go about finding your one true heladeria? Well, a major factor is obviously quality, but another factor is proximity. When you want to drown your sorrows in a half kilo, you want to make sure it’s only a short walk away, or delivers. If you’re in Buenos Aires for any period of time, try some heladerias in your area, pick your favorite, and of course, stay faithful.

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for: a breakdown of the best heladerias by barrio!

Puerto Madero: Abuela Goye; Alicia Moreau De Justo 540

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This is a shop with a lot of history and traditional homemade ice cream, so you can’t go wrong. Abuela Goye sells ice cream, traditional Patagonian chocolates, cookies, alfajores, and pastries. In addition, every shop has a cute statue of Abuela Goye herslef for you to take some selfies with!

San Telmo: Nonna Bianca; Estados Unidos 425

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With a homey vibe from all the wooden furniture, Nonna Bianca is the stop for San Telmo. This family-owned heladeria offers homemade Italian gelato, coffee, and chocolates. If you´re headed there during the day, they also sell snacks and pastries.

Recoleta: Rapa Nui; Arenales 2302

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This heladeria is my personal favorite. They have amazing flavors, with their specialty flavors on display in the front and many more to choose from in the back. What makes this place stand out is that they double as a chocolate shop and sell delicious gourmet chocolates as well. Not to mention you can buy all types of coffee and pastries.

Palermo: Tufic; Gautemala 4579

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In Palermo Soho, this is a great place to hit before a night out on the town. This heladeria has creamy, rich flavors and is definitely worth a visit. Aside from just ice cream, they also have a cafe that serves fresh coffee along with tasty food. They also have a variety of specials ranging from popsicles to frozen yogurt to crepes topped with ice cream.

Belgrano: Furchi; Cabildo 1508

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Arguably the best heladeria Belgrano has to offer. Unlike the other heladerias on the list, this place is low-fat (as far as ice cream goes anyways). So eat away with these unique flavors, like pineapple and parsley or celery and apple!

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Colonia del Sacramento

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:43

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Colonia es una pequeña ciudad costera en Uruguay, es más o menos en frente de Buenos Aires o como los porteños dicen “Colonia está del otro lado del charco”. Es una ciudad muy pintoresca y relajada con una poblaciĂłn mayor. Si vas a Colonia tenĂ©s que visitar al barrio histĂłrico donde han conservado ciertos aspectos del pasado como las calles empedradas y las casa coloniales. Además, es el destino perfecto para escapar del bullicio de la ciudad de Buenos Aires por algunos dĂ­as. En Colonia hay mucho que hacer, tiene una linda playa para relajarte y muchos restaurantes con comida buena, como mariscos. No puedo olvidar mencionar que está a sĂłlo una hora de Buenos Aires en barco. PodĂ©s tomar un barco desde Puerto Madero y llegar a Colonia en sĂłlo una hora. Los  servicios más conocidos son Colonia Express y Buque bus y el viaje cuesta alrededor de 500 pesos. Además, para los extranjeros es el destino perfecto para renovar su pasaporte, porque no es posible estar en Argentina por más de 90 dĂ­as como turista: es necesario salir del paĂ­s y volver a ingresar. En Colonia la moneda oficial son pesos uruguayos pero tambiĂ©n se pueden sacar dĂłlares de los cajeros a una tasa conveniente.

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Cuando estés en Colonia no te pierdas de ir a estos restaurantes y cafés:

Ganache, Calle del Comercio 178, Colonia

El lugar perfecto para tomar un buen taza de illy café, y también para desayunar.

Charco Bistro

Este restaurante está situado frente al mar en el barrio histórico de Colonia.El restaurante ofrece una gran variedad de comida fresca y orgánica.

Lentas Maravillas

Tenés que ir para una buen taza de café y también almuerzo ¡con una hermosa vista al mar!

La Florida

El restaurante está en un lugar muy íntimo ubicado en una zona muy tranquila. El restaurante tiene buena comida: ¡tenés que probar el risotto negro!

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Studying Abroad: An interview with one of our students

Friday, November 7, 2014 12:10

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Pete, 29, London

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Why did you choose to come to Argentina?

I have lived here before in 2003 for more or less 6 months, when I was 19 years old. After stopping through Argentina for a month, I went travelling through South America for 4 months and then decided I really wanted to come back. I worked in a couple of bars and really got to know Buenos Aires and my Spanish was at a really good level.

How was your Spanish before you came?

Pretty much non existent. I had studied Spanish for a year in high school learning basic introductory Spanish.

What made you want to come back?

I turn 30 in January and just had a bit of a life epiphany. Having of kept in touch with people I had met in Buenos Aires but had moved to Europe. I kept my Spanish going speaking to them and then realised I can really talk and thought I should dedicate some time to getting it back in to shape.

Why Expanish?

Well, it had a very good reviews and testimonials about this place. As well as the location being right in the centre of town. It also seemed to have broad mix of students with different levels of ability. There also seemed to be a lot of places that just offered introductory and beginner courses. However, because I did have a background of learning Spanish,

When I came here I was fortunate enough to meet Gabriel. The first thing he did was ask me to do a test, to see how good my Spanish was. It was a little bit dissapointing as I was not as good as I thought I was. He then put me in a class with everyone at the same level as me. What I really liked is that the classes are not dictatorial, we talk loads and that really is the best way to learn Spanish! I am really enjoying it! One thing you kind of forget is that Brazil is just next door so you get a lot of brazilians in the school, which is awesome! If I look back at what I learn’t in school in that one year of High School, I have probably more in the one month that I have been here than I did in that entire year.

What do you like about Argentina?

I find that the people are generally really warm and welcoming. Obviously its sad at the moment with the state of the economy. However, on the flip side it means that we can live and travel and come to school quite cheaply, relatively talking. I like the fact that having spent 9 years in London where they are rules and regulations for everything, then in comparison here there isnt much order but in a positive way, there is rules and regulations too but not everyone respects them and it kind of makes you feel free in a way. I have been quite fortunate to end up in a neighbourhood called Caballito, which I didnt know so well prior to coming here. But, its really cool I really really like it.

What activities did you do here?

I have seen a couple of movies, which was really good. Then I went to the Intercambio which was fun and I think I am going to the Mate tasting this week.

How long are you going to be here for?

Well I am here to stay ! I plan to study here at Expanish until December, being 3 months in total, then I am going to do the DELE exam as I think it will be a worthwhile thing to do have a universal accredited qualification of my Spanish. Then, have a go at starting my own business here, with 9 years of Digital and start up experience under my belt so it seems like everything is coming together quite well.

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Your Local Butcher

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 13:32

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Clear your schedule! Dont make any plans if you have decided to join friends for an asado.  The social culture that brings friends and family together for an asado on a sunny Sunday afternoon requires dedication.  Dedication for the “Asador” in cooking all the meat, dedication for those waiting while being tortured with the smell of the delicious assortments of meat that have been sizzling over a low burning wood fire.    But have you ever been to the local butcher to see what kind of meat is available?  If you are not accustomed to going to the local butcher you might be overwhelmed when trying to wrap your head around the many different options of meat.  The following translations are some of the meats you may like and some of the ones you may want to avoid (if you dont want to try cow intestines!!):

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  • Cerdo: Pork
  • Ternera: Veal
  • Parillada : Selection of meats (probably your best bet if you’re new to Argentine meat  and want to order a selection of the most popular cuts & parts)
  • Morcilla: Blood Sausage or Black pudding
  • Entraña: Skirt steak (thin flat steak)
  • Vacio: Flank steak (thicker steak, one of the most popular options)
  • Chinchulin: Intestines
  • Riñones: Kidneys
  • Cordero: Lamb
  • Higado: Liver
  • Tira de Asado: Rack of ribs
  • Bife de Costilla: Rib steak
  • Bife de Lomo: Tenderloin
  • Bife de chorizo: Sirloin Steak
  • Chimichurri: Traditional condiment (mixed herbs and olive oil)

Running Buenos Aires

Monday, April 28, 2014 12:29

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Running in Buenos Aires can be an experience in itself.  It can sometimes be borderline dangerous with the aggressive driving of the cars speeding through the city.  Wouldn’t  it be nice to avoid traffic?  Ive got a few suggestions to avoid the traffic and get the feeling of almost leaving the city.6478714671 d740c769a7 z Running Buenos Aires

  1. Puerto Madero provides an excellent opportunity for a traffic free area with large sidewalks big enough for bikers, skaters, and runners alike.  If you prefer more of a nature scene, between 8am and 6pm on Tuesday through Sunday, runners can take to the nearby Reserva Ecológica for softer surfaces and some local flora and fauna.
  2. Avenida Libertador is another great option for runners and cyclists alike.  Although slightly more chaotic with the busy street next to the running path, you do not have to stop at many lights and can run for about 3.5 km before the trail starts to run out.  This is a popular option because of all the plazas scattered along the way.  Many plazas contain steps that can be used as another exercise routine or just a way to rest and people watch.
  3. Starting from Plaza Italia, the Parque Tres de Febrero offers a car free zone for runners or for those just looking to take a walk outside.  The park fills up on the weekend with families sitting in circles drinking mate and talking for hours.  With three man made lakes and an abundance of trees, this makes a very nice scenic run for those trying to escape the city, if only for an hour or two.

Sampa versus Buenos

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 14:57

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Una diseñadora llamada Vivian Mota se inspiró en un Tumblr llamado Paris vs New York para hacer una versión de América del Sur. Con las dos ciudades más populosas de Latinoamérica, São Paulo y Buenos Aires, ella describe sus ilustraciones como:

“An illustrated battle between the biggest cities of South America, São Paulo and Buenos Aires.”

Las ilustraciones son de caracterĂ­sticas marcadas de los paĂ­ses. Y de forma minimalista, muestra un poco la variedad local.

¡Disfrutá algunas imágenes!

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¡ Hay más ilustraciones en Sampa vs Buenos !

Ustedes que conocen las dos ciudades, ¿concuerdan con las ilustraciones?, ¿qué más te agradó?

First Encounter with the Tropical Climate: Turkish Woman in “Las Cataratas de Iguazu(Iguazu Waterfalls)”

Thursday, March 13, 2014 17:44

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In Turkey one of the things that we are proud of  is being able to experience 4 seasons at the same time and almost through the whole year.

Yes, both are real facts: you can find the season you pleased almost the whole year, and we really are proud of it! But honestly, even after my first visit to Argentina my pride regarding this claim has been a bit shaken.  In my previous posts, I explained that the deep knowledge  I had about Argentina 4 years ago was consisted in 3 topics: Tango, Malbec, Maradona. ( ) Facing a country which has a long variety of climates at the same time, was of course more impressive than having different seasons at the same time! Even the idea of seeing glaciers and the rain forests in the same country played with all my buttons!

Well, in my first visit to Argentina, I was not aware that I ll be back in here so many times(!); that s why I wanted to have more impressive trips. One of those was “Las Cataratas de Iguazu (Iguazu Waterfalls)” . ( )

Iguazu Waterfalls actually marks the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay; where the highest distribution of the falls are on the Brazilian side.

My Iguazu experience was in the Argentinean side, within the province of Misiones. Puerto Iguazu is the closest settlement point to the falls in the Argentinean side. Even if you can find several affordable hostels, accommodation opportunities do not show a big diversity in the city and are mostly expensive. Almost all hotels are quite nice: you can choose to experience the woods in a nice house or a big holiday complex with more amenities.

Starting from the city center and including stops in front of big hotels, there are frequent buses, which will drop you at the entrance of the Iguazu National Park. At the entrance you might feel a bit upset or angry by the different entrance fee among the locals and the foreigners. The good part is all these negative feelings will fade away at the moment you step into to the Rainforest Ecological Train which will take you to the Devil’s Throat, as well as the upper and lower trails.

My first glowing heart moment at the train was when I saw those beautiful butterflies! As a deep butterfly lover, any kind of butterfly always astonishes me with their beauty and their simple existence. But I have been definitely fascinated with the exotic butterflies of Iguazu. In particular those blue ones!

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Apart from these beautiful butterflies, in your little trip through the rain forests, you will see many gorgeous birds and funny/scary chimpanzees around. Also in your coffee snack stop at the bar of train station (although you are totally aware that they are insect eaters) you might feel excited and/or terrified with small anteaters of South America. ( )

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Visitors are most likely choosing Devil’s Throat for their first destination at the park, so did I.

Before the trip I have been notified that the bigger part of the falls are on the Brazil side and I was a bit worried (another natural blonde moment) about not experiencing the best of the falls. I have not seen the falls from Brazil side yet, and although I do not have any doubt that the experience in Brazil would be outstanding (I am sorry my dearest Brazilian friends) the view of the Brazilian long line falls was breathtaking  from Argentinean side! On the Devil’s Throat you are finding yourself almost completely surrounded by the big big falls with beautiful rainbows between/above them!

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While we were doing our nice walk from one path to another to see each wonderful view of the falls, we have heard many many different languages around(including Argentinean of course). Among these sounds we heard a English/Spanish talking small group with a guide who held a X language course flag (this X refers to “I don’t remember the name”!). But after starting my Intensive Spanish Course in Expanish Spanish School, I learned that they are organizing several attractive trips around Argentina too; and Iguazu is one of them!( Actually some of my classmates have recently returned from their weekend tour in Iguazu with the school and they are still sharing their good memories they made in there!

Where ever you are right now, (including the ones are in Argentina and still have not seen) I can firmly recommend you this small but effective trip, which you can deeply enjoy just in 2 days period.

Exploration of Bars and Restaurants in Buenos Aires by Turkish eyes

Friday, March 7, 2014 10:20

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For a foreigner in a new city, the best way to warm up is to discover the places  which you can relate with. Parks, streets, book stores, bars, restaurants etc.

I wanted to share my first top places to eat and drink in Buenos Aires.

Considering Turkish cuisine aims to the(!) meat all the time, Argentina is not a hard country for a Turkish to find a place to eat.

As not being addicted to meat, my list includes more variations than barbecue places. But we are in Argentina, let s start with a good “parilla”!

Don Julio is a barbecue place(Parilla in Castellano) which you will find any kind of delicious meat with an affordable price, served with warm gorgeous smell breads and good service.

What ever you would choose from the menu I can assure that it has been made with good quality ingredients and you will not be regretful; this includes salads, fries, deserts. Their wine menu also includes a variety of exquisite and also affordable but good wines.

Another proof that you should follow my recommendation is that Don Julio is on the list of  The Guardian’s Top 10 restaurants in Buenos Aires. ( )

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Continuing with meat and beef, I want to mention Burger Joint Palermo. Burger Joint has really one of  the best Burgers I ever ate all around the world.

According to my first hand sources, owner of the place decided to invest more on the taste and the ingredients than the place. But what I can say it is totally a very cool place; which you can join it s decoration with your drawings on the tables or the walls by using the colourful pens left on your table!

Good burgers, delicious sauces, good combinations; and good fresh Sangria during hot summer days. What else I can say apart from “Do try it please!” (

When I first arrange a meeting with my few Turkish friends in Buenos Aires, I did not realize that I knew Pizzeria Piola from Turkey, which is based on Italy!

As a critic to Argentinean pizza, I am much more a thin Italian pizza lover; which also you can find in several places in Buenos Aires. Pizzeria Piola is one of them.

Starting from Italy, Piola has franchise in 11 countries around the world. Also in Buenos Aires they have 2; still I prefer the one in Barrio Norte considering it s location. Regarding the menu, it s serving to many different tastes. “Istanbul” is one of them, for the people are not that into tomato sauce. Although I am Turkish(!)  I should honestly say that it was not one of my favorites. ( )

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El Obrero is one of the famous old, traditional restaurants in Buenos Aires. It s located in La Boca, which you can enjoy several good tasting Argentinean dishes and deserts after or before a fun tour in famous Boca Juniors Stadium La Bombonera!(

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Or after your calm but satisfied tour in Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum, which has opened it s doors September 2012. (

Like many other traditional Argentinean restaurants in the city, you are going to see Maradona´s photos and  many football uniform on the walls around you. In particular the tasty deserts they have and it s location what is making it more special and recommended by me. ( )

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Museo Proa is also located in La Boca, but more in the center of it. After seeing a good exhibition at the museum, roof bar is very attractive to have any kind of drinks at any time of the day.

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In the terrace you can enjoy a good blend tea together with sweet orange crisps, companied by the view of beautiful old Italian street “Caminito” and the Puente Transbordador (also known as Buenos Aires Transporter Bridge). Highly recommended.   ( )

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Another roof bar for good drinks is 725 Continental Hotel in down town Buenos Aires.

For me by being just the next building to Expanish,  it s a good place to have some fresh drinks after a long day of my intensive Spanish courses!

With their many offers you can enjoy good cocktails or regular drinks with your friends with  a view which you could hardly find in the city. Within the hurly burly of the down town, 725 Continental´s roof  is a must to see the beautiful old structures in  down town. ( )

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Now let’s talk about a unique place. Floreria Atlantico is a cocktail bar , which is also perfect for flower and wine lovers like me with their good wine menu and beautiful flowers all around. It  has very justly earned place in Top 10 spot on the World’s Best Bars List.

This cool place looks like florist, wine bar, cocktail bar, restaurant and tapas bar at the same time. Whether you order a cocktail tapas combination or a wine dish combination; you will be definitely happy and satisfied.( )

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For some food alternatives I will mention 2 Asian food restaurants.

First of them is Dashi which mostly focused on sushi, but also has different kind of Asian foods too. It has many franchises in different neighbourhoods at the city; but my choice is the one in Alcorta, which is fancier than the others and also located  just beside the MALBA, The Latin American Art Museum of  Buenos Aires. (

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Very good sushi and also Peruvian & Japanese food combinations are the musts. For the people with the kids, I can say that staff is taking good care of them and giving adults place to enjoy their food more freely. ( )

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In Palermo Hollywood, a newly opened Noodle Bar is very hip.

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You can enjoy really good noodles in a very cool atmosphere  in Fukuro Noodle Bar.

Owners are a nice couple  whom worked in several good bars and restaurants in United States of America more than 10 years and at the end they decided open their own place in the native country of one of them, Argentina.

They are also directly working in kitchen and taking care of the serving. ( )


These were the ones from my first favourites´ list.

I hope you will have chance to try and enjoy them as I do, till I update you with the upcoming ones.




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