EL CAMINITO IN LA BOCA

EL CAMINITO IN LA BOCA

Having gotten a dose of rural Mataderos life on the first day, today’s dedicated to exploring the major historical districts- basically, setting the base before spending the rest of the week reaping the modern ways of wining, dining, and shopping in BA. Now old pals, Madi from BA Cultural Concierge met us at our hotel at Palermo Place and introduced us to the extensive bus system in Buenos Aires (there’s like 200 different buses). We started with the 152 bus on Sante Fe and Carranza and made our way to La Boca, home to the colourful El Caminto, then the 29 bus to San Telmo, walked all the way up Defensa to Plaza de Mayo (pronounced Ma-sho), and subte (subway) to the El Congreso building. If you start at 11:30am, expect to wrap around 5:30/6pm.

Here's Day 2 in Buenos Aires in pictures:

CUTE OVERLOAD: BREAKFAST AT PANI

READY TO FEAST

THE TOPPINGS TRIFECTA: DULCE DE LECHE, WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE, AND PASSION FRUIT JAM

DULCE DE LECHE SMOTHERED ON A SCONE? YES PLEASE.

WALKING THROUGH LA BOCA (AN ITALIAN BARRIO WHERE TANGO IN B.A. WAS BORN)

THE OLD PORT

MADE IT TO EL CAMINITO

MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES DEDICATED TO THE WORK OF BENITO QUINQUELA MARTIN

EL CAMINITO'S COLORFUL HOUSES ATTRACT HUNDREDS OF TOURISTS AND I CAN SEE WHY

CAMINITO'S CONCENTRATED COLORS ARE ACHIEVED WITH THICK BOAT PAINT

VINTAGE APARTMENT ABOVE EL PARAISO

CATS ON A TIN ROOF

OVERLOOKING EL PARAISO

PROA MUSEUM (MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE UPSTAIRS CAFE)

UNINTENTIONAL ART INSTALLATION? CUTE OLD MAN WATCHING TV INSIDE A LIFE-SIZED DOLLHOUSE.

LA PERLA BAR

INSIDE LA PERLA

WELCOME TO SAN TELMO

BLACK CAT GRAFFITI IN SAN TELMO

SAN TELMO'S CONVERGENCE OF FRENCH AND ITALIAN ARCHITECTURAL INFLUENCES

MERCADO DE SAN TELMO

JUAN ANTONIO BUSCHIAZZO, THE ARCHITECT BEHIND MERCADO DE SAN TELMO

DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS

VERDULERIA FRUTERIA

VEGGIE RELIEF AT HIERBABUENA

MUSHROOM RISOTTO

WARM SPINACH SALAD WITH RED PEPPERS, EGGPLANT, SPROUTS

FARMACIA DE LA ESTRELLA OPEN SINCE 1894

BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL FRESCOES ON THE CEILING INSIDE LA FARMACIA

PASAJE DE LA DEFENSA SIGN SHOWING THE GRIT OF BUENOS AIRES

AKA CASA CHORIZO (SAUSAGE HOUSE) BECAUSE OF ITS NARROWNESS

VINTAGE SHOP ON DEFENSA, EL BUEN ORDEN

THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF BUENOS AIRES, PLAZA DE MAYO

CASA ROSADA PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. EVA PERON REGALED THOUSANDS FROM THIS BALCONY.

HEAD SCARVES ON THE GROUND REPRESENT THE MADRES DE PLAZA DE MAYO

OLD SCHOOL WOODEN SUBWAY CARS MODERNIZED BY GRAFFITI OF TODAY

ALL ORIGINAL WOOD INTERIOR

PUT A BIRD ON IT... FLY-BY PHOTOBOMB AT AVENIDA 9 DE JULIO.

FOR THE LOVE OF STEAK. THE LINE-UP AT PARRILLA (PRONOUNCED PAR-EE-SHA) LA CABRERA.

MEAT LOVERS REJOICE, EVEN THE PLATES ARE COW-SHAPED.

GRILLED PROVELTA CHEESE WITH SUNDRIED TOMATOES

RIB EYE STEAK AND SHORT-RIBS (IN THE BKGD)

TOO... FULL... TO HOLD... HEAD UP.

For a packed day like this, I'd recommend BA Cultural Concierge - there are a ton of free and paid tour guides around Buenos Aires but I particularly liked the balance of Madi's insane knowledge and casualness. It felt more like discovering the city with a friend who happens to be a local, rather than a stiff city guide. We got along so well that aside from us both being around the same age (and Libras, holla to all the Susan Miller fans), we found we had a lot in common and actually did become friends. Love when that happens. 

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