My first week or so in Buenos Aires was mostly spent alone. When I wasn’t holed up in my Airbnb apartment trying to get some work done or enjoying Argentine Netflix, I was exploring Palermo and feeling a bit shy due to my lacking Spanish skills.
As much as I love my own company, my sad little routine left me feeling quite lonely. After all, one of the most rewarding aspects of travel is the connections you make! So, I found ways to put myself out there and make a few friends! Should you find yourself looking to meet people in Buenos Aires (or really any new city), the following list may be of some help to you:
The most popular language exchange group is Mundo Lingo. They meet multiple times per week in various locations. A huge variety of languages are represented but the most prevalent are English and Spanish. The meetings are always held in cool bars with awesome happy hour specials! There is no need to feel intimidated about going alone either, as it’s a super friendly environment with lots of other solo visitors.
I love yoga but I hate trying to do it at home. Fortunately, there are a few yoga studios in Buenos Aires that hold classes primarily in English. If your Spanish is as crappy as mine, this is a great way to meet other English speakers.
Buena Onda holds classes in three studios across the city (San Telmo, Palermo and Villa Crespo) and offers a great sense of community as well!
Even if crashing on a stranger’s couch isn’t your thing, you shouldn’t discount Couch Surfing as an awesome network for travelers. You can find locals and fellow travelers alike to meet for coffee, or sometimes even a personalized city tour.
Couch Surfing also offers a multitude of events for those in the area, such as parties, happy hours, film screenings, and recreational sports. If you have a Couch Surfing profile, search for “Buenos Aires” under events and groups. You’ll see that events are offered nearly every night!
No trip to Buenos Aires is complete without seeing a tango show. But why just be a spectator, when you can join in on the fun? The city is filled with tango schools, many of which offer long or short-term classes in both English and Spanish. They aren’t difficult to find either, as many schools advertise via hotels, hostels, Spanish schools, and other tourist hotspots.
I took a tango class in English at La Catedral Club, where I made some new friends to watch the evening tango show together. Beginners are welcome to participate in the show as well, in case you’re feeling brave!
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I had so much fun using Tinder in Argentina! Many have reservations about the app, and it’s easy to dismiss it as a shallow hook-up platform However, most of my friends are using it and I have met several solid guys and platonic friends via the app.
Many of the guys took me to some local hole in the wall restaurants or bars I would have never discovered on my own. Also, if you’re on a tight budget it’s not a bad way to get treated to a free meal or some drinks!