If you’re in… Buenos Aires (part II)

More useful tips that’ll help you feel at home in this wonderful city.

  • Tips. You’re not expected to tip taxi drivers. The standard tip is about 10% of the bill in restaurants and bars. Some places add it to the bill when there’s a party of eight or more people.
  • Haggling is not a common practice in this part of the world.
  • Taxes are already included in the price.
  • Taxis are relatively cheap. You can flag one on the street or call a taxi company. There’s a third possibility: you order a remis, a sort of private taxi (they aren’t black and yellow, though)

  • Buses are cheaper still. The basic bus fare is AR$ 1.25 (about 30¢ US). Try to get hold of a Guia T, which lists every bus line, bus stop and bus route in the city (Caveat: it’s available in Spanish only).
  • Learn your beef vocabulary:
  1. rare: vuelta y vuelta
  2. medium rare: jugoso
  3. medium: a punto
  4. well-done: bien cocido

Beef!

  • Some shops give you a discount if you pay cash.
  • Shopping is great in Buenos Aires, especially anything leather: shoes, boots, handbags, jackets.

About Ana O

Hi, I'm Ana. I'm originally from Argentina but I'm currently living in Dallas (USA) with my British husband. I'd like to share my experiences as an expat and as a traveller.

3 thoughts on “If you’re in… Buenos Aires (part II)

  1. I’d like a bife de chorizo, a punto (or jugoso). 🙂 I find that it depends on the restaurant – a lot of times if I order “a punto” it comes out too well done.

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