Sunday Funday: Four Super Cool Things To Do In Buenos Aires In Less Than Twenty-Four Hours
A ten-day vacation disappears like 10 dollars at a Black Jack table. Immediately. In attempt to help you take complete advantage of your vacation or travels and make time move more like cold molasses then Quaker State Motor Oil, I planned a day for you. In less then twenty-four hours you will be able to visit some of the coolest places that I think Buenos Aires has to offer. Don’t worry I didn’t plan your precious Friday or Saturday; your day is scheduled for Sunday. Sunday Funday to be exact.
Lets start the day at Barrio Chino or China Town for all my monolinguals. China Town is located in the Belgrano neighborhood, which is only a short bus or taxi ride from any of the northern neighborhoods. Although China town is quite small and only consists of two streets it has quite a lot to offer especially in the food department.
China town hosts several grocery stores that offer a variety of fresh sushi rolls as well as a large mix of food oddities, novelty items and harder to find imported spices/ingredients/foods (I recommend Casa China). If your not feeling sushi, I would suggest grabbing some food on a stick from the small Kiosk that is in front of the Puerto Bambu Restaurant. Nine pesos later you will find yourself drooling at the gates of shish kebab heaven. As well as unique selection of food, China Town provides you with endless entertainment in the bizarre department as well as some classic souvenirs to bring home.
Bonus: The large park across the street from the bus and train station is great for enjoying some sun and maybe watching the random tango musicians or dancers. Find the cottage. China town is definitely the perfect place to kick off Sunday Funday.
Next stop is Plaza Serrano. Plaza Serrano is the hub of the Palermo Soho neighborhood and is located about 15 minutes by cab from China Town. The majority of streets that will bring you to the center of the plaza or roundabout are peppered with designer clothing stores, small boutiques as well some super cool hole in the wall shops that sell some amazing hand made crafts. The plaza itself it surrounded by several bars and restaurants that all offer outdoor or roof top seating. The vicinity of these bars set you up perfectly for a little unpremeditated pub crawl or nice sit down lunch, depending on how many sushi rolls you inhaled in China Town.
Saturday or Sunday is absolutely one of the best times to visit Plaza Serrano. During these days around noon tons of artists and fashion designers fill the streets as well as the interiors of the restaurants and bars with their booths. In these stands you can find tons of hand made jewelry pieces, bohemian and modern style fashion, plus many other unique treasures.
After the Plaza Serrano it’s time to make the trip across town to the San Telmo Neighborhood. San Telmo is a beautiful neighborhood full of a good list of Buenos Aires Must Do’s but on a Sunday there is only one thing you should be doing in San Telmo. Going to the San Telmo Feria! The San Telmo Feria or fair is located on Defensa Street and runs more than a mile long.
Not only is the feria overflowing into the side streets with hand made crafts, there is great variety of savory street foods and excellent entertainers that definitely all are worth taking note of. Even if you are not looking to buy anything or are still full from the sushi and unexpected pub crawl, the energy of the feria and the environment itself make itself worth the trip. Grab a coffee at one of the run down cafes if you feel like relaxing and doing some people watching.
As the sun starts to head down you should start making the short walk to Puerto Madero. Puerto Madero is a great place to relax and end a long day of exploring the city. Although it has a high traffic of tourists I still find it to be quite a tranquil location and isolated from the sounds of the city. Puerto Madero is an extraordinary safe area and theft is extremely rare, which is good because it offers amazing photo opportunities, especially around evening time. I recommend just snapping a few photos and taking a nice stroll along the water, which are both extremely enjoyable as well as free.
Puerto Madero is home to a few of the nicest restaurants in Buenos Aires (excluding Hooters and TGIFridays). Choose wisely, dine by the glimmering water and enjoy a relaxing meal. Going out for drinks and hitting the clubs are always an option in Buenos Aires- the night life is world famous here- but that’s another article’s worth of content.
Less then twelve hours half past since you started your day and I am sure that you have seen as much of Buenos Aires in one day as some people do in whole weekend.