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Ten things to do in Buenos Aires on a Sunday

Ten things to do in Buenos Aires on a Sunday.
by Veronica Lampón, author of the blog "Vamos a Pasear?", special collaboration for Violeta Deyapa.

Buenos Aires is well known for its beef, wine, tango…and Sundays. Although it's true that Buenos Aires is well alive all week long, it is particularly Sundays when the cultural supply goes into overdrive.

San Telmo Fair: The most famous among tourists and locals as well. The San Telmo market started out as an Antiques market and now it's pretty much a Chaos Fair. Handcrafts from Bolivia, ponchos from Salta, homemade Dulce de Leche, couples dancing the tango, artists showing off their photographs and paintings, antiques, antiques and more antiques. The Sunday market has not been ruined by tourism. It's simply gone crazy.

Oh, and one more thing: watch out for pickpockets! Since the fair is always crowded and by late afternoon there's so many people, it's easy to be distracted and not think about your pockets or your bacback's zipper…So, be aware just like in any other big city.

Recoleta Market: Also open on Saturday and holidays (unlike the San Telmo fair which is only open on Sundays). It's in Plaza Francia, right in front of the Recoleta Cemetery.
The market is supervised by the city Government, so it's quite well organized. Each stand is placed in a certain order and everything is handcrafted.
Tango is danced under a big rubber tree, usually after 4PM.

Mataderos Fair: this probably the most different among all the fairs in the city. It's quite far from downtown (about 45' by bus) in the fringes of the city, near the borderline with the province. It's right next to the premises where cattle trade takes place every week day.
Traditional dishes from Buenos Aires and the provinces, folklore shows (the typical music of the country), gaucho competitions such as the traditional "Sortija race" and handcrafts made of wood and leather are what makes this fair special.

Milonga at the Gazebo (Glorieta): In the neighborhood of Belgrano every Sunday there is a crafts market right across the main church. But a few blocks from there, down Juramento Ave. towards the train station, we find a park called the Barrancas de Belgrano, in the middle of which there is a gazebo where every Sunday evening a milonga takes place. It's one of the most spontaneous and nicest shows in town. And it's free.

China Town ("Barrio Chino"): Sunday is the most lively of all days. The Oriental community displays its culture in this neighborhood. The portal at its entrance, a real icon in the neighborhood, gives way to more than 10 blocks full of color, the smell of food and lots of people with slanted eyes.

The Palermo Woods ("Bosques de Palermo") : At what is arguably the greenest part of the city, there is a blast of music and people on Sundays when the Porteños go out for some fresh air. Rollerblade lessons, bike rentals, gym classes, boat rides on the lake or carriage rides are some of the options available mainly on weekends. A key location for families on weekends.

Cortazar Square ("Plaza Cortazar"): As families gather in the woods of Palermo on Sundays, youngsters will flock to Plaza Serrano and check out the clothes market (mostly by indie designers), hang out at the bars and the little square right in the middle of this neighborhood. Look out for good deals on clothes, variety of beers and cool music, all in one place.

Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada): Opens Saturday, Sunday and holidays from to 10AM to 6PM. Tours last about 1 hour and you get to see all the rooms (even the President's office!) in the palace. It's pretty interesting to see where Presidents work from the inside, the rooms where press conferences are held and even the famous balcony where president Peron spoke to the crowds.

The Trolley bus and Time traveling: Not too far from downtown and one quick subway ride away (Line A) in the Caballito neighborhood you can ride the city's last trolley bus. Run by the "Friends of the Trolley bus Association" (Asociacion de Amigos del Tranvia) the Caballito trolley takes 30 minute ride around the neighborhood (about 2 km) and it's free. You'll probably have to stand in a short line where you'll meet grandparents and their grandchildren trying to see the world, at least for a short while, through the eyes of the past.

Shopping : Many people think that shops are closed on Sundays, which is true to a certain point: there is very little going on in the downtown area, business-wise, except for the big malls. But there are also two commercial areas that really come alive on Sundays and special deals: the outlets on Cordoba avenue (starting at 4400 Cordoba ave. and Aguirre street, between 600 and 900. At both locations you'll find special end-of-season deals and sales of discontinued products. Perfect if you're only in the city for the weekend.

So, make good use of your Sunday by starting out early, and as we say here in Argentina: …go Sunday around!! 

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