While summer is just starting in the Northern Hemisphere, here in Buenos Aires winter is upon us! A common question asked by our food tour clients is what the winter is like in the city. It’s all relative, but for me it’s extremely pleasant. Buenos Aires is not a tropical city, so it does get a little chilly, but it doesn’t snow or typically get below freezing, and the best part is it is almost always sunny, something that makes a huge difference.
Porteños are in general heat loving people, but the city does winter well. The people bundle up excessively in elegant heavy coats and definitely love their scarves! Outdoor asados move inside to quinchos, dedicated indoor areas for holding barbeques. Going to bookstores, cafes, the theatre, museums and watching local cinema are popular.
Typical winter foods are locro, a thick corn stew from Northern Argentina, cazuelas, casseroles, and pastas with heavy sauces. Hot mate tea is drunk all day long, and meals are accompanied by a glass of red wine. In general parrillas are great to visit during the winter since they are warm and cozy with crackling fires. The city has some great wintertime bars like 878 and La Floreria Atlantico.
Many people here take a vacation in July either to a warmer location or possibly to one of the several nice ski resorts near Mendoza. Overall the winter is a great time to visit Buenos Aires. Here at Parrilla Tour we’re looking forward to our winter tours over the next few months, and hope to have you join us!