The capital of Argentina has everything you need as a digital nomad. It’s a large city with tons of things to do, there’s a strong community of people working in tech, and the quality of life is high compared to prices. The infrastructure for working remotely is great - there are modern co-working spaces, Airbnbs, and coffee shops with good wifi. But it doesn’t have the hustle and stress you might find in an American tech city like San Francisco or New York.
Note about our recommendations: Buenos Aires is a huge, sprawling city. Most of our recommendations are in the Palermo area since that’s where we spent most weekdays working.
The Good We were in Buenos Aires February - May, which meant we got to skip some of the winter months in the US! It was 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit the whole time we were there, and peaches were in season. We lived in Palermo Soho, which is popular among tourists as the trendy area because off its restaurants, coffee shops, and co-working spaces. Buenos Aires felt safe as a whole, but Palermo felt particularly safe and easy to exist in as a foreigner. The people in Buenos Aires were friendly, and it was easy to make friends with locals who spoke both Spanish and English.
The Bad Buenos Aires is really far from other major cities! We only had one friend make the trip down to visit, which did feel a little isolating. While there are plenty of lifestyle things to do in the city, it didn’t have as many historical and cultural sites as you would find in most other major cities. Reservation culture is strong - don’t expect to show up up at most restaurants or trendy bars without one. Many restaurants are “puertos cerrados” (closed door) spots to eat - so you have to do your research to find them!
Paying for things is always an interesting experience - always clarify accepted methods ahead of time. Walk around with plenty of cash, because most places still don’t accept foreign credit cards.
Coffee shops to work from
If you stay in Palermo, there are plenty of places to find wifi and a place to work. You may want to start your day a little late, because most cafes don’t open until until 10 AM.
Lab coffee - This hipster coffee shop and roaster has two locations, one in Palermo and one in Belgrano. Go here for great coffee, kale salad, and the ability to use their wifi all day long. Expect to see lots of people coding and other English-speaking travelers.
Padre - This gastropub is a coffee shop and roaster by day. Table service is provided throughout the day, but they don’t mind if you pull out your computer and work for a while. They have good coffee and tea, and also have a full lunch menu.
Le Pain Quitidien - The chain that’s well-known in the US and Europe is also in Argentina. While it’s not exactly a local experience, you can order a drink and stay for a while. All their locations have wifi and there are other people working or having meetings. Our favorite location was located at Arcos Mall in Palermo.
Starbucks - We find that Starbucks is a safe place to work, anywhere in the world. It’s a chain that always makes our list somehow. Our favorite locations were at the Arcos in Palermo and Arcos at Rosedal. Both of these locations have plenty of restaurants and outdoor space to explore when you need a break. If you are planning on coding, note that their public wifi blocks port 22, which is used for Git. A VPN or tethering gets around this.
Full City Coffee - This trendy coffee shop has two levels for working. It’s another place where you order coffee at your seat, and pay when you’re done.
Ninina Bakery - The bakery and coffee shop is set in a beautiful building with white tiles and two levels. They are known for their bakery, but also have coffee, tea, and lunch. It’s not a great place to stay for multiple hours - but there are plenty of people working on computers and doing meetings.
Libros del Pasaje - This location is a bookshop and coffee shop. It’s a good spot for staying for a few hours and has plenty of other digital nomads doing the same thing.
Area Tres - This was one of our favorite co-working spaces among all that we have tried around the world. There are four floors of devoted office space, but we worked out of the flexible working area on the bottom floor. There’s a coffee shop, it’s generally quiet, and has an outdoor garden with private meeting rooms. A3 separates coworking space from leisure space, so nobody is playing ping pong next to the communal work area.
Urban Station - We didn’t go here much, but it’s a great option for a flexible co-working space while you’re traveling. You just pay for the time you work, and there’s no commitment.
La Huerta - This space is simple and basic, but also very affordable. They have flexible plans, which lets you book last minute and pay by the month. Note that it is only open from 8AM-8PM on weekdays.
WeWork - There are three locations in Buenos Aires, but they are usually full. We were on the waitlist the whole time we were there, so never got to visit the space. Other people who had worked there previously said these were beautiful WeWork locations!
Meal schedule + easy lunch spots
Buenos aires does not have much of a breakfast culture - a typical first meal is coffee and two medialunas. Medialunas are the local pastry, which are basically a croissant covered in sugar.
Lunch starts around 2PM, and dinner starts around 8PM. We saw families with young children sitting down for dinner on a weeknight at midnight quite often. Most meals in Buenos Aires are sit-down restaurants with table service.
This is a list of quick places for when you need a bite to eat in the middle of your workday.
Chori - This is a chorizo and bread restaurant created by the same people who made La Carniceria and Nino Gordo (two dinner restaurants we highly recommend). Chori Pan has a simple menu of flavorful sausage sandwiches on homemade bread.
Brandon - This restaurant has delicious to-go salads that come with a full basket of bread and hummus. It’s a little pricier than the normal Buenos Aires lunch, but it’s the fresh vegetable meal you’ll be missing after all the Argentinian steak and wine.
Caral - A street food-style restaurant where you order at the counter and get your food in about 5 minutes. They are only open during the week from 12 - 4 PM, so it’s good for a quick workday meal. They have wok, salads, and sushi rolls.
Genghis Mongolian Grill - This place looks like a dirty garage blasting 80’s music from the outside. But the to-go bowls are delicious. You choose your own meat, vegetables, and rice or noodles. They cook it on the Wok right in front of you. If you skip the rice and noodles, it’s a great low-carb option.
Lab coffee - The same coffee shop mentioned above, this place has hearty salads. It’s one of the only places that consistently serves fresh Kale in the city. They also have pastries if you want to end your meal with a famous medialuna croissant.
Donkeys and Friends - This spot has Mexican food, but it’s probably not what you’re used to. The salsa is not spicy, the chicken is pretty bland, and the tortillas are made out of flour instead of corn. But it’s fast and somewhat resembles the delicious Mexican food you might be craving!
La Panera Rosa - This pink tea shop has a full menu of breakfast and lunch items to eat in the restaurant or to take away. Waffles, crepes, sandwiches, and salads are all on the menu.
Things to see
Recoleta Cemetery - A historic cemetery in the middle of a more modern part of the city. This is where many famous Argentines were buried in the late 1800s. You can walk through thousands of beautiful mausoleums on a raised area of stone walls and cobblestone streets.
Rose garden at Rosedal - Perfect destination if you’re looking for a place for Sunday brunch, nature, or outdoor exercise. The garden itself is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, but the area around it is open all the time. On the weekends, it’s a popular place to go for a run or stop for a bit to eat. The strip of restaurants is called “Arcos del Rosedal”.
San Telmo Market - The historical downtown area has a Sunday market with vendors selling mate gourds, art, and antiques. You can walk all the way from Casa Rosada where the president lives, down to the more residential area with old restaurants and bars.
La Boca - A historical part of the city south of downtown Buenos Aires. The area called Caminito is where you can walk through cobblestone streets with brightly colored houses and tango dancers. Other easy things to do while you’re in the area: tour Boca Juniors La Bombonera soccer stadium, and walk through the free Quinquela Martín Museum.
Puerto Madero - This neighborhood is the newest addition to Buenos Aires. In the 1990’s, this port area was reconstructed into a modern area of luxury apartments and restaurants. There’s also a large ecological reserve where you can walk, run, or hike. We recommend going on a nice weekend day.
To see a full list of travel recommendations for Buenos Aires, check out Emma’s personal travel blog post here!