Tips for enjoying your visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Just like in any other big city, tourists are the default target of pickpockets. If you take a few sensible precautions, nothing will mar your holiday:
- Don’t carry valuables in your back pockets
- Carry your backpack or handbag in the front rather than your back.
- Never hang your handbag from the back of your chair when in a restaurant, cafe, etc.
- Be aware of the latest scams, like someone squirting handcream on your clothes. They offer to wipe it off for you, both handcream and wallet! (Don’t be afraid to reject help in a case like this, even if you need to be rude.)
- The coffee culture is vibrant in Buenos Aires. There is a handful of cafes that have been officially declared part of the city’s historic and cultural heritage. Make sure visit at least one to soak up their old world atmosphere. Cafe Tortoni is the most famous and touristy. If there’s a queue outside the door, head to Los 36 Billares ( Avenida de Mayo 1265) or any of these.
- Unfortunately, not all bars and restaurants take credit cards. Ask the waiter before ordering (or make sure you have enough cash.)
- Walk, walk, walk. Buenos Aires is a pedestrian friendly city (even if some motorists are most definitely not.) Its grid pattern makes it easy to find one’s way around the place.