What to do on a rainy day in BA
It’s raining… again. A raincoat wasn’t really on my mind when I was packing to move south of the equator for the year, but alas, we adapt. Trailing round outdoor sights accompanied by a downpour which feels never-ending is not ideal, so here I’ve made a list of (indoor!) activities for a rainy day in BA.
Wonder around El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Av. Santa Fe 1860
Situated on the main street of Av. Santa Fe in Recoleta, amongst modern shopping malls and city hustle and bustle is an architectural wonder – El Ateneo. In 2019, the National Geographic named it ‘the world’s most beautiful bookstore’ – so I thought it was maybe worthy of a little explore. Originally built as a theatre in 1919, opening its doors to performers like the Tango legend Carlos Gardel (!!) the once theatre-seats have now been replaced by bookshelves and leather chairs, where you can sit, relax and dip into a new story before buying. There’s also a cafe placed on the former stage, the cappuccino and cake the best show of all. Dreamy, really.
Check out Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)
Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
MALBA was built with the idea in mind of preserving and collecting the coolest Latin American art from early 20th century – present. Its interiors are stunning and the museums content fascinating. Even better, students go in for free on Wednesdays! Current exhibitions include ‘Arte Latinoamericano 1900-1970’, bringing together 230 pieces by more than 200 Latinoamericano artists and ‘La colección D’Alessandro’, consisting of 402 pre-Columbian pieces dated between 1000 BC and 1500 AD. There’s so much to see in Malba that the rain might even have stopped once you’re done admiring how Latin American art has developed over time.
Take a tango class!
La Virtura Tango Club is a renound spot for watching and learning how to Tango, with classes of all difficulty, split into 6 levels of experience. I, unsurprisingly, went to the least experienced class on a Thursday night and it was a whole lot of fun. The teachers are lovely and do not treat you like an inglesa with two-left-feet who only really went to a tango class so that their mum would stop asking. At $300 peso a class it doesn’t break the bank either, so why not fullfil your dreams of becoming a porteño/a while staying in BA.
Horario de clases
- Miércoles 18:30 – 20:00, 22:30 – 23:30 Jueves 18:30 – 19:30, 22:30 – 23:45 Viernes 17:30 – 18:30, 18:30- 20:00, 22:30- 23:45 Domingo 21:15- 22:30
Catch a film at Cinemark, Palermo.
A trip to an Argentine cinema does not necessarily mean watching an Argentine film, as Cinemark plays all the international favourites. You can often choose between either watching it dubbed into Spanish or watching it with Spanish subtitles – I strongly recommend the latter. I’ve so far seen a magical screening of the Lion King and Richard Curtis’ ‘Yesterday’ which should still be in cinemas now. A Perfect wholesome task for a Sunday afternoon!
Be cultured at el Museo de las Bellas Artes
Av. del Libertador 1473
As the second museum in the list, it is not to be underestimated. Here at the Museo de las Bellas Artes you have access to the works of Picasso, Monet, and Goya just to name a few. With free entry and free organised tours around the Museum, a day at MBA is enriching as it is enjoyable. The ground floor of the museum begins with a permanent collection of Latin American Art, commencing with the Pre-Hispanic Period, travelling through the Colonial Era and ending in the Argentine Art of the 19th Century. While it is a bit less modern and contemporary than MALBA, they both offer completely different sides of Latin American Art in a way that by visiting both you will have an all-round view of the South-American art scene.
Explore Planetario Galileo
Av. Sarmiento s/n, C1425
Bang in the centre of Palermo is a planitarium – who knew? While it is definitely worth visiting the website before you go because of sporadic events and opening times, the chance to sit and observe the Buenos Aires starry sky isn’t one to pass by. The building was built with the aim to educate BA about all things astrology, in a super cool way. Vamos!