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Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and swimming pools here in Buenos Aires. We do have the occasional rainy day; and when it rains, it pours.

The best way to really explore Buenos Aires is to walk around. Although that’s easier said than done when you’re surrounded by puddles desperately clutching at your paraguas.

Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of places to go and things to see for when things get a little bit damp.

So make sure you note these down, and save them for a rainy day!

SIGHTSEEING

When it’s raining, it’s safe to say that places like the Obelisk and Recoleta Cemetery are out of bounds. But not too worry, there are still plenty of things to do that will get you out of the house and keep you dry – whether your stay is long term or short term.

Teatro Colón

The stunning Teatro Colón is situated in BA’s microcentro, a stone’s throw away from the Obelisk. With its rich history and awe-inspiring architecture, you’d be mad to miss it. Why not join a guided tour of the breathtaking Teatro Colón, and lose yourself inside this impressive building for a few hours. Ditch the umbrellas at the door and explore Argentina’s most famous theatre. Click here for more information on timings and prices.

Café Tortoni

If you decide to brave the rain in the San Telmo area, it’s definitely worth stopping off at Café Tortoni to dry off and enjoy a cortado. This famous cafe is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike, and is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of people-watching. Inaugarated in 1856, it aimed to emmulate the sophistication of its name-sake in Paris, where the Parissienne elite were often seen throughout the 19th century. Nowadays the café still has its athentic, traditional design, allowing you step back in time as soon as you enter.

Palacio Barolo

Palacio Barolo

The Palacio Barolo is a national historic monument which nowadays is home to many offices and studios – including the Elebaires Spanish School! When the building was completed in 1923 it was the tallest building not just in Argentina, but in the whole of South America. Nowadays daily tours operate throughout the building, filling you in on its fascinating story. Located at Avenida de Mayo 1370, tours can be booked online with a few simple steps. And while you’re here, why not pop into Elebaires and say ‘Hola’!

Inside Palacio Barolo

Note: the view of Plaza del Congreso from the top is pretty spectacular, even if there are clouds in the sky.

El Ateneo

If your feet get a little tired from all the sightseeing, stop off at El Ateneo bookshop on Avenida Santa Fe. This theatre-turned-bookshop is a must-see come rain or shine, and it was recently voted the second most beautiful bookshop in the world! Seats are provided throughout the building for readers to take a load off and try out a book before they buy. Grab a coffee at the cafe which había una vez was the theatre’s stage and soak up the elaborate architecture.

MALBA

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

While the lure of Palermo’s parks might be off limits during a downpour, there are still many museums in the area that are a perfect way to pass the time on a rainy day. MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) is a modern art museum that has a rather impressive collection of art by Latin American artists. This popular museum hosts over 1 million people every year, and frequently has temporary exhibitions as well as its permanent collection. MALBA is open everyday (except Tuesday) 12:00 til 20:00, and tickets cost 60 pesos (only 30 pesos on Wednesdays!) So why not lose yourself for a few hours while brushing up on your knowledge of Latin American artists!

Other art galleries worth visiting on a rainy afternoon are Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, MACBA and Museo de Arte Moderno.

EATING

The rain should not stop you from making the most of your time in Buenos Aires. And this includes the amazing culinary experiences this city has to offer. Buenos Aires can be enjoyed with budgets both big and small, so it really is worth checking out the fantastic selection of restaurants on over all over the city.

Burger Joint

If you manage to drag yourself out of your hostel and jump in a taxi, the world is your oyster. You’d be mad not to try out the montón de restaurantes in Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood.  From Indian curries that hit the spot (Bangalore – Humbolt 1416) to the nicest burger you’ve had in a long time (Burger Joint – Jorge Luis Borges 1776), there’s something for everyone in Palermo! Of course it is full of parillas just like the rest of the city, but a safe bet with reasonable prices that will leave you satisfied is Las Cabras (Fitz Roy 1795).

Las Cabras

 

Palermo has so many more great cafes and restaurants such as Pan et Vin, Fifi Almacen, Ninina, Bartola and Oui Oui. Take a book and watch the rain come down while you sip on your smoothie and enjoy a fresh toastado.

Ninina Bakery

Ninina Bakery

However when it’s really chucking it down, you could cheat the system and cut out the middle-man completely with this ingeneous website – www.pedidosya.com.ar. Grouping together some of BA’s best restaurants and take away spots, all you have to do is make your selection and order it. Choose anything from empanadas and pizzas, to sushi and ceviche. An hour later, dinner is delivered right to your doorstep, and you didn’t even have to leave your chair.

SHOPPING

Abasto Shopping Centre

It’s safe to say that Buenos Aires is full of great shops. Escape the rain and update your look at the same time by exploring some of BA’s historical shopping centres! Three of my favourites are Alto Palermo (Avenida Santa Fe 3253), Abasto Shopping (Av Corrientes 3247)  and Galería Pacifico. Soak up the beautiful, unique architecture of each one while browsing the shops in a safe place that will transport you far away from the downpour going on outside. Abasto Shopping even has it’s own cinema inside!

Galería Pacífico

Each mall features all types of shops from small Argentine boutiques to bigger international highstreet brands.

So whether you are visiting Buenos Aires for 5 days or 5 months, you shouldn’t let the rain dampen your spirits! Get out of the house and make the most of your time in this magical city.

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