Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires
Energetic, elegant, eternal, Buenos Aires bursts at the seams with its excessiveness and charm, inviting thousands of visitors each year to experience the enviously cool porteño lifestyle that is eat well, sleep well, and dance until sunrise. To top it off, the Paris of South America is a perfect destination to get your study on. Want more reasons to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires? Keep reading!
Where to be in BA!
Buenos Aires has something for everyone. If you're not at our Spanish school in Buenos Aires take a look at where to hang if you're a ...
- Hipster – An antique bike glides past and you catch a whiff of freshly brewed coffee. You're in Palermo Hollywood, a low-key hipster Mecca where the cool kids come to play. You'll want to dress the part, so keep an eye out for trusty thrift stores and high-end outlets nearby. Above all else, just act incredibly hip!
- Traditionalist – Around the corner – still in Hollywood – the Mercado de los Pulgas (Flea Market) is waiting for you with its charming collectables and impeccable antiques. Don't forget to move on to San Telmo, the heart of all things elegant and old in Buenos Aires.
- Ballerina – Tango on stage, Tango on the street, Tango everywhere. A trip to La Boca has you looking for somewhere to dance. Behind an antique door, you find dozens of people patiently picking up Tango in a traditional milonga, an informal dance class set to the sounds of live music.
- Party animal – It's 2 in the morning. The milonga's over and the streets of Buenos Aires are bustling. Where to go? Absolutely anywhere (but try Palermo Soho as a starter). Buenos Aires is renowned for its eternal nights in which dinner is served late and nobody's allowed home until the sun comes up.
- Bookworm – Once the Grand Splenid Theater, El Ataneo bookstore in Barrio Norte features ceiling frescoes and divinely sculptured caryatids that compete with those of Europe's most glamorous venues. It's just one of dozens of places where you can delve into the mysterious world of Argentine literary culture.
And this is just where to be if you choose to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires! There's a whole country waiting for you. Read more about Argentina in our Learn Spanish in Argentina section!
Be part of history!
There's space for everyone in the dramatic pages of Buenos Aires' history. But while you find your story, check out what's already been written:
- Brothels of La Boca – Prostitution and Tango – hand-in-hand – began to thrive in Buenos Aires in the early 1900s, particularly in the working class suburb of La Boca. Mass migration from Europe and a shortage of women in the city meant men would queue for hours. So, to kill time they paired up and began dancing Tango! Who would have thought?
- Don't cry for me – More than just a musical, Evita Perón is pivotal in the recent history of Buenos Aires. Born in the Pampa province, she moved to the capital at 15 to launch a career as an entertainer before marrying soon-to-be president Juan Perón in 1945. It was from Buenos Aires that Eva campaigned for women's suffrage and labor rights. She died from cancer at the age of 33, celebrated at a massive state funeral in the streets of her querida Buenos Aires.
- Spy tales – In the aftermath of World War II, Buenos Aires received large waves of migrants from across Europe. In amongst them was Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi lieutenant wanted on charges of crimes against humanity. He led a quiet life in Buenos Aires, until 1960 when a team of Israeli Mossad agents abducted him and secretively took him back to Israel for trial.
Let your mouth water!
- Beef – With the fertile Pampa region at its doorstep, Buenos Aires is a carnivore's paradise. The Argentine obsession with steak rears its head on just about every corner in this city at parillas – or steak houses – where you'll taste some of the world's best cuts of beef!
- Asian cuisine – As far as Tokyo and Beijing as possible, you wouldn't expect to find top quality Asian cuisine in Buenos Aires. Think again! For decades the people of Buenos Aires have been hungry for rice and noodles, evident at places like the thriving barrio chino (China Town) in the suburb of Belgrano.
- Pasta – Buenos Aires' culinary identity is infinitely tied to its migrant past. Italians, being one of the most prominent ingredients in the Argentine melting pot, made huge contributions to gastronomy here. Today, Buenos Aires awaits you with a big bowl of spaghetti and a tinto on the side!
Those frustrated Argentines living in the country's 23 provinces will tell you that the capital gets the best of everything, which is great news for those who want to study Spanish in Buenos Aires. So, keep these dates handy!
- Buenos Aires Fashion Week takes place in February and August in the funky showrooms of La Rural Fairgrounds. For a small fee you can rub shoulders with the city's rich and famous – or at least get as close as possible to them in the bleachers!
- Buenos Aires Tango Festival – This nine-day explosion of all things Buenos Aires takes place in mid-August with dance classes, competitions and a mass open-air milonga in Avenida Corrientes. This one's not to be missed!
- Argentine Polo Open – If one city epitomizes Polo, it's Buenos Aires. This sport's premier event takes place between November and December each year at Palermo's Campo Argentino de Polo venue.
- Feria de vinos y bodegas is the city's annual wine festival, which begins in early September with the arrival of truckloads of the country's finest grapes. The event includes wine-tasting (obviously), cooking lessons and seminars.
Check out how local porteños do it with the following advice on how to study Spanish and live in Buenos Aires!
- Grab a SUBE card from the post office or kiosko to enjoy easy (and subsidized) public transport across the sprawling metropolis that is BA. With 13 million people to get past, walking can sometimes be a challenge!
- Move over when you spot the dogs. Buenos Aires is famous for its brave dog walkers who, for a few hours each day, walk up to 20 dogs at a time through the parks and streets of the city.
- Grab a free bike at one of the city's Ecobici hotspots. Make sure you take your passport with you for ID and get peddling down some of Buenos Aires' new bike lanes.
- Shop smart by making the most of Buenos Aires' great sales, which take place towards the end of the four seasons. If you miss out on these, check out the outlet shopping districts in Almargo and Palermo.
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