Buenos Aires is a city for living. Argentina’s capital is abuzz with joie de vivre, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the city’s corners. Yes, that sacred space at the end of every block where the buildings’ edges clip back at all four points, opening the intersection up for an urban hug.
Author: Sorcha O'Higgins
An architect in her former life, Sorcha tired of building houses after 4 years working in London and decided instead to build a new life in South America. Armed with no Spanish, an unpronounceable Irish name and a passion for the unknown, she landed in Argentina in mid-2013 after a failed romance with Mexico, and hasn't looked back since. She now spends her days dissecting her life with a pen by writing for various blogs, savouring the flatness of the city on her cruiser bike and spreading the good word of graffiti by giving street art tours.
6 TOP PICKS FOR OPEN HOUSE BSAS
Open House Buenos Aires give you the chance to go behind the doors of some of the city’s most interesting and iconic buildings. Here is The Real Argentina’s pick of the best six.
CLORINDO TESTA: OFTEN A NATION’S HISTORY IS REFLECTED IN ITS BUILDINGS
In the case of Buenos Aires, certain buildings trace one man’s vision through the passage of time. Clorindo Testa, Argentina’s most lauded architect, created some of the city’s most iconic edifices over the course of his 89 years.
FREEMASONRY AND BUENOS AIRES’ MOST IMPORTANT BUILDINGS
Buenos Aires is known for its varied and often schizophrenic architecture. In the historical centre of the city, numerous buildings have more than a few unifying characteristics; the symbolic flourishes of Freemasonry.
The best places to go biking in Buenos Aires
Like clockwork, on March 21st, summer in Buenos Aires ended. Temperatures dropped and the breeze sent crisping leaves fluttering across the pavement. With the passing of summer go the rooftop asados, pool parties and days at the quinta. However, now that the clinging heat has dissipated, it’s the perfect time to indulge in an autumnal bike ride, and Buenos Aires is littered with fantastic cycling destinations, both in and out of the city. We round up some of the best places to go on two wheels, in Capital and beyond.
The five best bookshops in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires was recently crowned the bookshop capital of the world, boasting more librerías per person than any other city in the world. With such revered authors as Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar hailing from Argentina, and the capital’s international book fair, Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires now in its 42nd year, the reverence for the written word is apparent on every block. But of course some literary temples are better than others. Here is our list of the 5 best bookshops in Buenos Aires.
The five best outdoor markets in Buenos Aires
En Buenos Aires hay ferias excepcionales, en parte porque los argentinos son personas habilidosas y sus artesanías son difíciles de superar, pero también porque a la gente le cuesta deshacerse de las cosas. Eso hace que esta ciudad sea el lugar perfecto para embolsar un valioso botín de artículos vintage. Los mercados tienen de todo, desde ropa hasta muebles y reliquias antiguas. Si bien hay algunos muy buenos en espacios cubiertos, los mejores lugares para descubrir algún tesoro local son los mercados al aire libre, o ferias. A continuación, un resumen de las cinco mejores ferias de la ciudad.
Five Argentine Street Artists to Follow on Instagram
Instagram provides the perfect platform to capture an essentially visual art form in a complementary visual nature. Artists can instantly record their work and an artist’s Instagram account can offer great insight into their lives. Sorcha guides us to discover the five best Argentine street artists to follow on Instagram. We can see the artistic process and we can follow the artists in real time as they travel the world, attending different street art festivals and doing artistic residencies around the globe.
The Art of Craftsmanship in Argentina
Argentina may not be as well known for its quality goods as it is for its steak, with “Industria Argentina” calling to mind infuriating impermeable coated napkins or the plastic paradise of Colombraro. But “Industria Argentina” could be interpreted as something else entirely – a support for the artisan and an appreciation and celebration of craft that continues to exist, not just in more rural areas of the country, where artisan goods are commonplace, but also in the capital…
Summer in the City: Swimming Pools of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires in the summer is hot. A few years ago, someone somewhere took their giant cigarette and burned a hole right through the ozone layer above the city, creating saunas out of any homes lacking AC and forcing Argentines to develop a system for having a constant supply of ice to cool water when the cold tap runs hot (note the buckets of ice in freezers decanted from the ice trays). Most of the summer is spent sweating it out on the sidewalks, wishing for a pool…