How safe is Buenos Aires? Is Buenos Aires dangerous?

How safe is Buenos Aires? Is Buenos Aires dangerous?

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Here we will give you some tips to start the summer to be safe in BA…

As a big city, in South America you have to be aware, while going around and special attention in the subways, where pickpockets do really well…

While walking in the city of Buenos Aires and in subways you will see people with backpacks in their front, and that is a way to keep them out.

Main suggestions:

– Always ask if it’s safe where you will be moving around, especially at night. ex: la boca is not that safe out of Caminito area.

– When you take a taxi, ask the driver to turn the taximeter ON, and try to pay with small notes. The ONLY fixed price IN PESOS will be the fare to/from the airport, not from the port.  You can use Taxi Premium to call them (telephone: 5238-0000) because they will speak english, you can always ask the restaurant or bar where you are to calla taxi for you, and if not another super option is UBER that works really well in Buenos Aires

– DO NOT EXCHANGE money in the streets. Will you do it at home? Then avoid doing it in here, too good to be true.

– DON’T use jewelry in Buenos Aires, especially watches. One of the most usual ways of robbery is gust luxury watches and necklaces.

– Avoid close contact with strangers that approach you  offering help to wipe off stains of a liquid previously squirted on you. This is use to distract while they pick your pockets.

-Dont leave your purse unattended at any time in bars or restaurants, just have them on your lap.

Public transportation in Buenos Aires

Public transportation in Buenos Aires

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Public transport in Buenos Aires is quite organized. Using buses and subways and walking (which very easy because the city is flat), you can cover the whole city.
To use public transport necessary to get your SUBE card and you can use it for the subway, for the bus and for the short distance train as well.

The price of the card should be between 25 or 35 argentinean pesos, the public transport betwee 6 and 7 pesos, you can use the card until minus 20 pesos and up to two or three you can share it. 😀

Here are some of the places where you can buy the SUBE card according to the neighborhood where you are staying.

Abasto

VALENTIN GOMEZ 3295

SARMIENTO 3067

VALENTIN GOMEZ 2989 (BALVANERA)

Almagro

GASCON 1099 (ALMAGRO)

MEDRANO 598 (ALMAGRO)

AV. CORRIENTES 4700 (ALMAGRO)

Microcentro

AV. PRES. ROQUE SAENZ PENA 978

MAIPU 386 (SAN NICOLÁS)

SUIPACHA 709

Palermo

AV. SANTA FE 3300 (PALERMO)

AVENIDA SANTA FE 4208

EL SALVADOR 4497 (PALERMO)

AV. CORDOBA 5353 (PALERMO)

BONPLAND 1728

Retiro

RECONQUISTA 1093

MARCELO T DE ALVEAR 780

Recoleta

AV. PRES. MANUEL QUINTANA 558

AVENIDA PUEYRREDÓN 1962

ARENALES 2968

San Nicolás

AV CÓRDOBA 1710

AV. CORRIENTES 1800

TUCUMAN 1200

San Telmo

TACUARÍ 681

AV. INDEPENDENCIA 814

CHACABUCO 906

BOLÍVAR 1075

Villa Crespo

MALABIA 310

AV. CORRIENTES 5578 (VILLA CRESPO)

AV. CORRIENTES 5816 (VILLA CRESPO)

Where is the best beef in Buenos Aires and what to eat?

Where is the best beef in Buenos Aires and what to eat?

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Ok, Buenos Aires is famous because of our steak, but what else does Argentinean beef have?
It’s not only that the cows grow up in very green fields so their muscles are not so developed and as a result the meat is more tender, it’s also the way we cut it afterwards!!! That is why, first advice, I wouldn’t order the American T-Bone or Baby beef… come on! get into pure beef culture!!!

So here you’ve got some recommendations of different cuts you may try:

Appetizers:
MOLLEJAS (glands, totally recommend these ones with lemon ‘n salt! – not for everybody…)
PROVOLETA (it’s not meat, it’s melted provolone cheese and its great!!!)
CHORIZO (pork and cow sausage)
MORCILLA (blood sausage)

For the brave ones: you can also try – I don’t like these and don’t recommend you to do it…:
CHINCHULINES (guts)
RIÑONES (kidneys)

Main (all of them are beef stakes):
BIFE DE CHORIZO
ENTRAÑA
VACIO
ASADO DE TIRA (small ribs)
OJO DE BIFE (rib eye)
MATAMBRE TIERNIZADO
COLITA DE CUADRIL
LOMO (tenderloin)

Would you like some pork?
BONDIOLA
MATAMBRITO DE CERDO

HOW TO EAT EVERYTHING?
When we go to a Parrilla, we usually order different cuts and then share them with our friends.  As first could be an empanada, chorizo, morcilla and provoleta and then for main we ask for one cut every 2 people.

If you’d like to taste a dessert, a classic here is “FLAN CON CREMA Y DULCE DE LECHE”.

WHERE TO GO?
It’s easy, welcome to Argentina!!!
You don’t need to pay a fortune for getting a very good steak….

There are four big groups of parrillas:

Prices are orientative

PARRILLON it’s a place “from around the neighborhood”, cheap, and don’t expect a great service, prices will be about AR$ 300 – AR$500

EL DESNIVEL – San Telmo – 1 – Defensa 855 – Tel 4300-9081 I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE! Ask for BIFE DE CHORIZO MARIPOSA!

LAS CABRAS – Palermo – Soler @ Fitz Roy – It’s really cheap, go early! Nice atmosphere! It’s no so parrillon, it looks cooler!

LA GRAN HOLLYWOOD  Palermo – Bonpland 2205 – 4773-3580

PARRILLA PEÑA – Barrio Norte – Completely local and friendly! – Rodríguez Peña 682 – tel 4371-5643

NEW STYLE PARRILLAS (A$500-$800)

LA CABRERA – Palermo Soho – Everybody likes this one!!! – Cabrera 5099 – tel 4831-7002 – Don’t forget to book for this one!

LA DORITA – Palermo Hollywood – Humboldt 1905 -4773-0070

DON JULIO – Palermo – Guatemala 4691 – 4831-9564

EL ENCANTO – Palermo Hollywood – Bompland 1690

LA POPULAR – Almagro- Lavalle 3602 esq Mario Bravo

FANCY PARRILLAS (AR$ 600 – AR$1500)

LA BRIGADA – San Telmo – Estados Unidos 465 – tel 4361-5557 – Book and ask for a table at the lobby, perhaps you are lucky and you have a Tango singer over there! I love this place!!!! Mollejas and Provoleta are the best!!!!EL MIRASOL– Puerto Madero – Alicia Moreu de Justo 202 – Tel 4315-6277

EL MIRASOL DE LA RECOVA – Recoleta – Posadas 1032 – Tel 4326-7322

CABAÑA LAS LILAS – Pto Madero – Alicia Moreau de Justo 516 – 4313-1336

The ones on bold letter are the ones I take my friends to and we love going!

If you try those 4 ones, you will have an idea of what Parrillas are like, if you have to choose only one, LA BRIGADA (if you are in the San Telmo area) or LA CABRERA (if you are in the Palermo area) and if you go to La Cabrera, sharing is the main tip, the portions are HUGE!

Restaurants Buenos Aires we recommend

Restaurants Buenos Aires we recommend

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Buenos Aires gastronomy scene is growing, here are some experts we follow 

Pick up the fork is Ally Lazzar `s blog, on who we trust!

Some of our favorites restaurants are:

Proper based on the most fresh products direct from the producer, they will change their menu every day

Gran Dabbang a great eclectic chef will suprise you 

Cocina Sunae asian cantina by Sunae

Tango in Buenos Aires

Tango in Buenos Aires

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Since you are in Buenos Aires (the Tango Capital) is a must do some Tango. This are two different options.

Or you can go to a traditional Tango Show, there are lots and very good ones, but the best tango show in Buenos Aires is La Esquina Carlos Gardel

Good News! If you book trough us, we get a 10% discount on the tango show, or dinner tango show!!!!! Just contact us at info@bafreetour.com

The Milongas are the night clubs for tango dancers, so you can go there just to watch real people dancing tango, or to dance the tango! I won´t recommend you to try to dance if you don´t really know how in there, they will NOT smile to you
There are many Milongas (Tango night clubs) but we will recommend, the cool (C) and the traditional (T), depending on wich night;

Monday  TANGO:

El Afronte, 571 Peru St. San Telmo. Starts 10, 30 PM.

Tuesday TANGO:

La Catedral4006 Sarmiento st. Abasto.  Starts at midnight

Buenos Ayres Club (Tango Queer) 571 Perú st, San Telmo. Starts at 9.30 pm

Wednesday TANGO:

Maldita Milonga ,  571 Perú st, San Telmo. Starts at 10.30 pm

La Marsharll (tango queer, tango gay) 444 Maipu st (1st flor) downtown. Starts at 10 pm

El beso (T), 416 Riobamba st 1st floor. Starts at 10,30

Thursday TANGO:

Niño Bien tango, 1462 Humberto primo st (1st floor). San Telmo. Starts at 10.30pm

La viruta tango , 1366 Armenia st, Palermo. Starts at 11 pm.

Club Gricel, 1180 La Rioja st. Starts 10,30 pm.

Friday TANGO

Salon Canning , 1331 Scalabrini Ortiz ave. Palermo, starts at 12 pm.

Villa Malcom , 5064 Cordoba Ave. Starts @ 10,30 pm.

Saturday TANGO:

La viruta tango , 1366 Armenia st, Palermo. Starts at 12 pm.

Confiteria La ideal, 384 Suipacha st, downtown. Starts at 10 pm.

TANGO in the Street in Buenos Aires

La Glorieta , on the square at 11 de septiembre st, bet Sucre st and Echevarrria St, Saturdays and Sundays from 6,30 to 11 pm you will have this authentic tango in the streets! (btw in a square )

El indio milonga, Plaza dorrego (yes on the square, open skys!!). Once the San Telmo fair its done, at 7.30 you will find this beautiful milonga. San Telmo´s milonga.

Tango in the afternoon/evenings in Buenos Aires

Confiteria La Ideal), 384 Suipacha st, downtown. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun from 3 pm to 8,30 pm

El Arranque , 1759 Bartolome Mitre st, San Nicolas. Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat from 3pm to 10 pm.

Enjoy the best Buenos Aires Tango in Buenos Aires!!!!