Loving Buenos Aires more and more each time I return. I first visited in 2005 when I was on a Fulbright Teacher exchange in Jujuy. I have been back about 10 times since, each time for at least a week when visiting friends and former students in Jujuy. This time I have been in Buenos Aires for about a week and my daughters and I have not been doing too many touristy things, but we are soaking up the atmosphere. Cafe hopping a lot, one of our favorite things to do in Buenos Aires. We have visited Café Tabac and La Biela (two of our favorites) but we have also gone to many lesser known cafes too! We had tea at the Evita Museum restaurant today for the first time, and we loved it. I think it has been discovered though, it was totally packed! We had been to the museum and for lunch in the restaurant before, but had never had tea there.
Our favorite restaurants have not disappointed us: Sottovoce (on LIbertador), Rodi Bar, and El Caldén de Soho in Palermo. Pizza at Filo was (as always) delicious too! We had a lovely breakfast at Baraka on Gurruchaga, where the breads and medialunas were excellent and the atmosphere very comfy.
Our visit to the Bicentennial Museum under the Casa Rosada was really enjoyable. It is very interesting and modern. We also went to the Casa de Cultura on Avenida de Mayo to see the exhibit Borges and Buenos Aires. I had never been into that building before! What a gorgeous place. The exhibit (which is free) was very good too! I loved hearing Borges recite his poems and see his interviews.
Tomorrow we are heading to La Rural, a place we have never visited, but my porteño cousins have always recommended.
I am finding Bs As to be much more expensive than ever, unfortunately. We are not on a shopping trip, so we have bought almost nothing. We are just enjoying strolling around and window shopping. I have been living in Jujuy for the last 6 months (on a sabbatical) and the price differences are dramatic.
Throughout the years we have stayed in many neighborhoods and many hotels. Our favorite neighborhood to stay in is Barrio Norte, since we find it the most convenient and we like the vibe. We have stayed there various times. Renting apartments, or at the MARSEILLE DES ANGES hotel, which we really liked. We have also stayed at the Juncal Palace (very economical and in a great location too!). We have stayed in Recoleta at the Trianon Residence and we found it very nice, especially for the great location. Right now we are in Palermo. We stayed at Posada Palermo a couple of times and really enjoyed it. This time we are at a new place, a small apartment called Color Botánico. It is very clean, modern and perfectly fine.
I am rambling now, but just want to finish up by saying that Buenos Aires is a great city. I feel so fortunate to have been here and to know it as well as I do. I wanted to thank the wonderful people on trip advisor who have always been so kind and so passionate about Buenos Aires. I read the forum each week and live vicariously through these posts sometimes. It is nice to be back!