The best day to visit San Telmo is Sunday. On Sundays there is the Feria de San Telmo, an outdoor market that stretches for blocks; showing off antiques, crafts, souvenirs, delicious food stalls, and street performers. Even if you don’t purchase anything, it is a great way to spend an afternoon. While in the neighbourhood, kick back with a latte on one of the many cafe patios and watch the locals and tourists go about their day. One of the best steak dinners in the world (in my opinion) can be found at La Brigada on Estados Unidos Street in the San Telmo neighbourhood. It sounds ridiculous, but one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Argentina was for the steak. Argentina has some of the best steaks in the world and they did not let me down. Well-cut, thick, delicious steak with creamy peppercorn sauce…I was in heaven. The waiters will pair your meal with the perfect glass of Argentina wine, creating one of the most memorable meals of your life.
Pulling yourself away from the vibrant San Telmo neighbourhood, head over to Cementerio de la Recoleta. It may seem a little odd visiting a cemetery, but this is no ordinary graveyard. It was voted one of the worlds best and most beautiful cemeteries. The site contains vaults and mausoleums that have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government. Notable people such as Carlos Saavedra Lamas and Evita Perón are buried here. Also, outside the cemetery is another artisan market! This one has a lot of hand-crafted items such as journals, jewellery, shoes, and ceramics.
Lastly, one of the best things to do in Buenos Aires is to go to a futbol game, specifically a Boca Juniors game. The stadium holds over 40, 000 fans, wearing the dark blue and yellow Boca colours, waving their flags and banners. For safety reasons there is a closed off section for the other teams fans and no alcohol is served in the stadium. I have never felt such enthusiasm or intensity as I have at this game. With so many people chanting, singing, and jumping, the stadium actually sways and vibrates. Of course, we had to join in with the chanting. Not quite sure what we were chanting (only Spanish to be heard here), but the locals seem to be amused with us.
There is a lot to do in Buenos Aires, that is for sure. If you only have a couple of days here, these are the places and things I would recommend. As interesting and exhilarating this lively city is, it still contains a large amount of scams and crime. I haven’t experienced these scams first hand yet they happen. Things to be wary of are: pickpockets, counterfeit money and unofficial cabs. Use common sense, stay out of sketchy neighbourhoods, do not put your bag down, take registered taxis, and you will be just fine.