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In my opinion, Palermo is packed with little cafes on practically every corner, many of which serve a great cup f coffee and a quiet place to read a book: there are a good few of gems around our Spanish school.

We asked our students what they have to say about this:

Aaron, from New Zealand

"My personal favourite based mostly on its location is the Crisol Café on Plaza Güemes. Not only does this café have some really good café (and some pretty cheap breakfast/latte combinations), it is also bright and welcoming with full wall windows that let in plenty of light. And if you manage to get a seat near the window, you will have a pretty view across the plaza to the Basilica Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe ―a pretty impressive piece of architecture". 

Lily, from the UK

"I actually need to work at the café I choose, as the WiFi connection at my hostel isn't very good. After some research, I definitely prefer FiFi Almacén because of its WiFi". 

Magali & Marlon, de Brasil

"A nosotros nos gusta el Café Cortázar, por su ubicación y porque lleva el nombre de uno de los escritores argentinos que más nos gusta".

In Buenos Aires there are as many options as you can think of as regards coffeeshops. Yet, if reading is your only goal, your best option may be to head down one of the many parks the city has to offer. Become a real local and bring your thermos and mate, and enjoy watching the dogs out to play.

Enjoy!

While Buenos Aires is a wonderful city plenty of fine cafes and restaurants, not to mention parks to wander, many people might feel the need to take a bit of an adventure. And of course take a chance to put some of your lessons at Spanish school at test! Well fear not, because just 45 minute train ride from Buenos Aires lies the beautiful river delta ―Tigre. 

A network of canals and islands dotted with trees, pasture and interesting little houses, Tigre is a must visit for anyone stating for a long period of time, and not so long too. The best part is that it's very easy to reach! Just jump on the train heading to "Tigre" from the Retiro or Belgrano C train stations, and before you know it you'll be jumping off in another world. And this train even uses the same SUBE card as the rest of the city's buses and metro ―it's just a matter of swiping on AND off the train. 

While many people visit Tigre only for a day...

November in Buenos Aires means Spring! Time to exercise, time to relax under the shade of the trees, time to explore...

Here is a list of some relaxing places where you can exercise after your Spanish class at IW Languages.

During daytime

Botanical Gardens: enjoy the shadow of its trees and go "photo hunting" as well.

Bosques de Palermo: walk, run, ride a bike, even take part of a yoga class or go paddle boating. You can do all these and even more at this huge park.

Japanese Garden: Take part of an Anime and Manga contest, watch the tea ceremony or just live its peaceful atmosphere. 

 In the evening

Walk along the streets of Palermo Soho, find art galleries, murals and the lively Plaza Cortazar, also called Plaza Serrano.

Take your first tango steps, join a tango class. It's fun and non expensive.

Go for a beer outdoors.

Eat at a typical bodegon (word to name short menu but big meals at a very accommodated price).

Enjoy Buenos Aires at this time of the year!

So in-between all that sightseeing, and eating (and Spanish lessons), you might decide you need to sneak in a bit of exercise. Fortunately, there are many gyms throughout the city of Buenos Aires that cater to a wide range of fitness programs, including activities such as yoga, kick boxing, spin, and all your favorites. Always Gym, On Fit and Openclub are some of the larger chains, but you'll find at least one gym a short distance from your place just about anywhere in the city. Or if not, certainly somewhere offering yoga or pilates, which are very popular!

And if you prefer a more sporty form of exercise, football is popular with avery age group. Once you've connected with a few locals or expats, it won't take long to find a group with a weekly football game. A reminder: football is a serious business in Argentina, and it is played to win.

Of course, there are some other sports as well. Martial arts are popular: taekwondo, boxing, taichi and everything else under the sun!

Like everything else, Buenos Aires truly has everything, even bouldering gyms and archery!

A few years ago, no-one could have said that Buenos Aires (or Argentina) was the place to go for beer. But fortunately for those of us here, Ba has not been spared the craft brewing craze that has swept the world.  In fact, you might even see breweries (or cervecerías) popping up on seemingly every street corner. It's actually become a little overwhelming!

Fortunately, the beer is pretty good in most of the places, but if you want the best setting or range of cervezas to choose from, these are four you don't want to skip.

#4 On tap

With locations in Retiro, Palermo and Belgrano, it's a pretty way to start the list for people visiting the city. They do have one of the best range of beer options in BA, with anywhere around 20 different options available in a given location/night. In Retiro, although the area is not the greatest, a visit for After Office drinks will reveal an insight into the local businessmen who work in the area. There's also a great terrace to sit on when the summer comes around. 

#3 La Birrería Palermo Viejo

Tus one might make the cut more for its location. Situated just a few blocks from Scalabrini Ortiz and Santa Fe, it's easily reached by bus or metro from anywhere in the city. The beer is pretty good as well, and there's plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy on clear days and nights. It's also close to the Spanish school IntoWords and a great cowering space called Origin, which makes it perfect for dropping into with friends of for After Office. Like many spots in Buenos Aires, their happy hour runs until 8pm. 

#2 Growlers Palermo

The one's a great option when the summer rolls around, with a great rooftop terrace overlooking the streets of Palermo. With people watching being the major attraction in a city as busy as Buenos Aires, this makes Growlers a great spot to visit on a fine weather day. The beer is very good as well, and those who'd like to stock up your own fridge could grab a growler to take away with you. Again the happy hour is until 8pm, but if the weather is good you'll be sure to stay longer. 

#1 Strange Brewing Bar

This one wins hands down when it comes to the beer, their nachos (a significant challenge in Buenos Aires) and their music/atmosphere. Strange actually has all their brewing equipment out in the open for everyone to see, along with crazy bottling machines for those of you wanting to take some beer home for a later date. Their beer is definitely worth a bit more than some other spots on this list. Their sour cervezas were really quite good, and the IPA there was something else! 

 

 

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