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  • Radio in English
  • From the BANewComers list: March 23, 2005

Argentina's Only English Language Radio Program! 

We finally launched BA Today, the only English language radio program in Argentina.  Listen to it every Thursday at 1:00PM on Radio Cultura  97.9 FM, or via Internet at www.fmradiocultura.com.ar pressing the ESCUCHENOS icon.  If you want to call us while we are on the air you may dial:  5031-9807/08

Last week, since it was St. Patrick's, we also had an interview with the Irish Ambassador, the Hon. Ken Thompson.  Of course, we also had local and international news, travel tips, community calendar, and lots of talk, with callers calling in to chat with us.

Tune in today, Thursday March 24th, and give us a call or send us your emails.  We are sure everyone will enjoy the program.  Our email address is batodayradio@yahoo.com

See you at the radio..... (begining next month we hope to be able to go on air daily)

Enrique, Nicola, James, Casey, Carmella, Debby, Martin, Deidra, Simon and Michael

PS.  By the way, we are a group of Americans, British, Canadians and Argentineans ready to make this radio program your favorite one.

    From BANewcomers: ebanuchi September 6, 2005

BA Today.. ARGENTINA'S ONLY ENGLISH LANGUAGE RADIO PROGRAMME IS MOVING!

Argentina's only English language radio programme has now moved to RADIO CADENA SOL 89.5 FM.  We are now broadcasting on TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS at the usual time, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM.  Join us for news, entertainment, music, interviews, travel tips, community calendar and BA events. Continue to email us at  batodayradio@yahoo.com

You can also listen to us live online at  www.fm895.com.ar 

    From: wbatradio

Remember that Buenos Aires now has a 24 hour web radio; WBAT.

You can listen to WBAT by going to  www.wbat.com.ar

In addition to having CNN News Updates every hour on the hour, and BA Today Live Monday thru Friday at 3:00pm, we also have other locally produced programs as well as programs from the US and the UK.  These are just some of them:

1.  Democracy Today  -  Monday thru Friday at 9:00am US produced program talking about key issues affecting the US and the world.

2.  Cruising the Blogs - Monday thru Friday at 11:00am Locally produced (Buenos Aires) program which reviews current political and social issues/news as expressed by Bloggers worldwide.

3.  BA Today Live - Monday thru Friday at 3:00pm Locally produced here in Buenos Aires, this magazine program includes local and international news, discussions of current issues affecting Argentina and the World, music, interviews and much more.

4.  What's on BA  -  Monday and Thursday at 7:00pm This locally produced program gives you tips on things to do for the week and the weekend, here in Buenos Aires.

5.  ESPN Sports Review - Monday thru Friday at 4:00pm US Produced program with the roundup of the most import sports' news of the day.

6.  The Daily Telegraph - Monday thru Friday at 6:00pm This UK produced program brings you the most important news from the UK and the world.

7.  Dianne Rehm's Show - Mondays at 10:00pm US Produced political program

8.  Business Week Cover Stories - Thursdays at 10:00pm US produced program with the most important business stories of the week as reported by Business Week.

9.  VOA Reports in Special English - Monday thru Friday at 5:00pm This is a US produced program designed to help non English speakers

practice their listening skills.  The reports are written without any complicated words and are read slower than normally.

10.  Time Magazine Business Report - Friday at 7:00pm and Sat. 2:00pm US produced program discussing Business issues of the week as reported by Time Magazine.

11.  Weekend America - Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00pm This program is produced in the US and it's intended to get you in that weekend mood.

AND MUCH MORE.....  Tune in or LOG IN and let us know what you think.  

Our emails are:  info@wbat.com.ar   or  programdirector@wbat.com.ar

    From: mariefer, April 14, 2006

Soon we will have our own site, meanwhile you can catch it live at

www.radiopalermo.com.ar  (it´s 30´inside the 2hs StockWeek programing)

Saturday from 12 to 12:30 noon 99.5 fm

Welcome to Argentina!  Bilingual radio show with information and services for english speaking tourists and expats !!!

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  • Real Estate - Consultants to help you with buying property in Buenos Aires
  • From: Peter J. Macay, March 21, 2010

I have a friend who helps people buy property in Buenos Aires, then renovates the property and manages it if they need someone to pay the expenses, cleaning, etc.

www.buyinba.net
info@buyinba.net

buyinba2

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  • Real Estate - For Sale - Ranch in Santa Lucia

Real Estate For Sale

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  • Real Estate Agents - Places to look online for Properties

www.argenprop.com.ar
www.azulay.com
www.buscainmuebles.com
www.covello.com.ar
www.exxels.com.ar
www.inmobisite.com.ar
www.inter-prop.com.ar
www.reynoldspropiedades.com
www.tizado.com.ar
www.todopropiedades.com
www.topinmobiliario.com
www.sist-dixon.com.ar

    From:: Oliver Butterick, July 31, 2008

arkis

Here is a listing of properties to check out: http://www.arkis.com.ar/Alquileres/alquileres.htm#perm

we did have a pleasant experience working with this agency and I feel comfortable recommending them.

    From: Rob Wright, July 31, 2008

clarininmuebles

http://www.inmuebles.clarin.com/inm/resultadosBusqueda.do

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, July 30, 2008

To have a look on local prices check this site (Argenprop, is in Spanish) http://www.argenprop.com.ar/index.asp
In English http://www.argenprop.com.ar/index.asp?eng=S

    From: eblondet, July 30, 2008

Here's the url for Clasificados Clarin http://www.clarin.com/shared/v9/clasificados.html . Go to the Inmuebles section (hopefully you can read spanish) it is easy to figure it out. The prices there are in pesos (mostly) and more realistic than most of the info that people in the forum may provide.

Well, this only applies if you are looking for a non-furnished place. Well there are also furnished places, but as they are furnished, they are designed and priced towards tourists, hence, much more expensive.

    From: Peter J. Macay, July 30, 2008

"La Nacion" http://www.lanacion.com.ar/ is the other biggest local newspaper here.

I would suggest you find a temporary 2 or 3 month apartment first, then you can make some Argentine friends, drill them for advice on what locals pay / where they shop / best places to live, check out the neighborhoods people have mentioned for yourself and see what is best for you.

    From: Greg Walker, May 21, 2008

I have been trying to buy in this town for 4 trips ove almost a year. It is freakishly difficult.  Lucky me, I am just closing a deal on an apartment in Congresso.

Here is a website for a search

http://www.enbuenosaires.com/offer-profile-browse.jsp

Also www.clarin.com.ar has real estate classifieds

For the details on how to buy, this is a good source

http://www.realestateguideba.com/index.htm

As far as agents, this country is a wasteland.  There is no comprehensive mutiple listing. Most agents do not share listings, so they only have what they have personally listed. Few speak english. Most are lazy and do not return phone calls or follow up. They are just not serious. Possibly they just don't feel like dealing with non-spanish speaking foreigners. But coming from California, I am just now used to such work habits.

The agents tend to know only a small part of town. If you want a very good agent for downtown Buenos Aires, I can refer a woman who is very serious and will get you some results. Also, she is one of the few that will work with other agencies for a listing that she does not have. Try Silvia Geluda at Armando Pepe. 11-4381-3625. info-pepe@som.com.ar

Also, if you want a reasonably priced and responsive lawyer I can refer you to one that has been good for me.

Also, once you decide to buy, the movement of cash into the country is another long story. I think the real estate guide website touches on this. Be sure to contact a lawyer before you make an offer.

    From: Samuel, May 14, 2008

Here are a few websites that might help get you started:

http://www.inmobusqueda.com.ar/inmobiliarias/buenos_aires.php  lists properties by category with multiple agencies

http://www.inmobusqueda.com.ar/inmobiliarias/buenos_aires.php  links to tons of real estate companies and their corresponding websites

http://www.inmuebles.clarin.com/inm/home.do;jsessionid=D64910E2455BB89654437F6FEA64C6BC  The Clarin's website for real estate listings.

    From: Michael Silver, May 14, 2008

i recently bought an apartment from some folks who used remax development real estate agency to sell their place.  their agent, pablo barrera, ended up helping me a great deal during the transaction.  although there is no MLS here as we know, remax is international, and has a great network.  they use their u.s. counterpart's standards for great customer service, etc so if you are looking to buy, or want to sell, please drop me an email and i'll introduce you to pablo personally.  he is a hard worker who wants to get the job done right the first time, and is very profesional. 

    From: Alejandro Saks, May 19, 2008

http://www.myplacerealestate.com/

    From: murp4, May 19, 2008

Sandra Fried is with Re Max
Sandra : 155.182.1935 (cell phone)

    From: Samuel Warde, January 02, 2008

I have a friend named Brenda that does a great job with managing properties.  She is a native Argentine and lives with another friend who is an American that is one of the publishers of the BAInsider Magazine.  They are really good friends and wonderful people. 

Her contact number is:  4300-1164

and website is:  Best Properties http://www.bestpropiedades.com/

    From: monacolv, April 07, 2006

Re: I am actually contemplating a purchase through ApartmentsBA. I have extensively researched them, and you can rest assured that they are 100% legitimate.

I have to disagree.  First, much of his information is worded almost identically to that on the Reynolds site.  Ok, so he may have ripped off some info and passed it along, no big deal.

He speaks of a client sending money to his personal bank account which he then uses to close.  There would NEVER be any reason for a

legit deal to go that way.  You should never have to "trust" anyone with your money.  Makes one wonder if he is trying to get other to do this.

His prices are ridiculously high.

He has "clients" write letters about him on the net.  Fine except one of them is nearly identical to the story he writes about himself on his own website.  At least one client is either him, or they freakishly wrote identical letters and have identical backgrounds.

His claim all transactions are done in cash in just plain wrong.  His suggestion to carry cash on an airplane is questionable.  Security is bad and there are currency regulations.  Not declaring is a problem, and depending on who you believe there may be taxes to pay if you do declare.  There are reputable companies available to help with this if you need it.

Just a few points, but I would be very leery of any guy self-proclaiming his expertise.  Especially someone as new to the country as he is.  Take the references with a grain of salt.  I can write from ten different people how great I am also.

    From: Philip McDonald, April 03, 2006

Have you looked at the www.argenprop.com  site?

    From: Daniela Melton, April 03, 2006

another good site www.buscainmuebles.com.ar

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  • Real Estate Investment In Argentina
  • From: Simon, April 24, 2007

Hi All - you may like to know that my book The Complete Guide To  Real Estate Investment In Argentina has just been published by  Lansdowne Press.

This comprehensive book explains everything you need to know about  buying and investing in Argentinean real estate. Subjects include: 

* Buying for investment compared to buying a home * Investment opportunities in Argentina and why there's investment  potential * Return on investment * The role of property consultants and how to decide if you need one * The role of realtors and how to choose one * Finding property and an explanation of classified advert terminology * Viewing property - important factors to consider * The role of escribanos and how to choose one * The offer process * Boletos, senas and the escritura * Obtaining an Argentinean tax ID * Getting the purchase cash into Argentina * Post-purchase costs (running expenses)  * Refurbishing and furnishing property * Choosing a rental agent * Long term, short term and luxury rentals * Taxation * Selling real estate * Common scams and pitfalls and how to avoid them * Residency and citizenship * Inheritance issues * Plus many others

Full details can be found at  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1430303980 

Best wishes to all. - Simon

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  • Real Estate Prices by Neighbourhoods
  • From: Pericles E., May 7, 2007

Prices per neighbourhoods great vary in  the capital of Buenos Aires.  To give you an average per square metre of some neighborhoods .  Puerto Madero 2800 Recoleta 2100 Barrio Norte 1900 Palermo 1700 Belgrano 1500  Almagro 1100 San Telmo 950 Constitution 650   These are average prices and of course there are variances . With less developed neighbourhoods you can find places for 500 dollars a square metre . It just takes a bit of effort. 

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  • Real Estate Searching Online - Something like a Multipe Listing Service (MLS) in the USA
  • From: Pataninba, April 26, 2007

here in bs as there are actually two very good databases that are  available online and that allow you to search for agency-wide sales and  rentals. one is the servicio de ofertas multiples or som http://www.som.com.ar/   and the other, which specializes more in zona norte, is the sistema  dixon http://www.sist-dixon.com.ar/  i have looked at lots of properties through these websites, both also  have direct links to the seller, where you can get more photos/info.  it's not mls, but pretty close pat

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  • Reasons for Moving or Relocating Here

Don't move here because it's cheap, Argentines say it's either the most expensive place in the world to live or the cheapest.  Right now it's cheap if you have American $$$ stored outside Argentina, but when we first moved here in 2000 it was very expensive, like living in California where I lived almost 20 years.  If it was still as expensive as California we would still be here, now that it's inexpensive for us to live, it's just icing on the cake.

If you are very close to your family and want to see them several times a year, the flight is not cheap and is grueling!  I HATE THE FLIGHT!  It's between $850 and $1,100 USA for coach (we're cheap, we always fly coach) and it's 8.5 hours from Buenos Aires to Miami and another 5.5 hours to San Francisco.  The flight is ALWAYS overnight, I can sleep anywhere but on a plane.

Luckily the internet makes you feel much closer, I set my mother up with a laptop and email before we moved here.  We now email and chat more then when I lived 30 kilometers away from her.

We did not move here to hang out with Americans, so I don't know what the "support" structure is for any kind of "Gringo" clubs or social clubs.  Of course we do have some English speaking friends, and do attend some of the events that are announced through the yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/banewcomers group. 

Frances Perry fperry@fibertel.com.ar has started the "Buenos Aires Food & Wine Society" where she has dinners paired with well known chefs and wineries to create a dining "event", so that you can learn about different wines throughout Argentina and enjoy a culinary experience with delicious food perfectly fitted for each wine tasting.  These are held often throughout the year and are in English.

We also volunteer at Halloween for the kids party given by the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/buenosairesinternationalnewcomers  which is a more "formal" social club for expatriates living here and is a great resource for those that like to participate in clubs or like a sense of community through different clubs and events.

I have found Argentines very open and accepting, they seem to love people from abroad.  They are very educated, they love live performances, there are TONS of places that have live music every night, for 5 pesos you can sit and enjoy music on Friday and Saturday nights, Av. Corrientes is lined with theaters.

We have discovered Buenos Aires is an incredible city and Argentina is an incredible country.  It is a great place to have a home base and the entire world is only a plane trip away.

    From: wheresleslie, July 2, 2007

Sorry to be the first of what I'm sure will be many people to caution  you about your expectations. It could be difficult to find work that  will pay you well enough to afford to live on just your salary alone.  Come down with a decent amount of savings and low expectations  regarding finding work and you should do fine!

This guy's already left town but you can read some of his entries on  finding work as an teacher etc. http://suitcaseonwheels.blogspot.com/ 

5 months of Spanish is not going to be enough to get you office jobs  unless you can find some foreign owned businesses that want an  english speaker. The accent here is quite different and usually  throws most people for a loop when they first arrive! 

Other places to try for work would be some of the hostels -- who  might have contacts for you if they don't have any work to offer  themselves, or the South American Explorers Club perhaps needs  someone. Maybe try and get in touch with them before you come down  here. The Argentimes newspaper perhaps has contacts as well?

Regardless, just make sure to bring enough money to tide you over for  at least a few months in case finding a job doesn't work out as  quickly as you hope.

Buenos Aires seems to be becoming a "hotspot" for recent graduates to  come to, but most that come down don't end up working at all. It's a  great city to live but as a foreigner with anything less than perfect  spanish it's not a great place to find work.

here´s a contact for a firm. she´s a friend of mine and hv heard good things abt the company. juhi  Consuelo Summers

Summers Consulting
executive search - recruitment - interim management - organizational assessment - business linkage
Posadas 1391 - 1º
C1011ABG - Buenos Aires - Argentina
#5411.4815.2705
info@summers.com.ar

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  • Recycling 
  • From:  Victoria Anda, June 6, 2006

Recycle is a US concept- www.freecycle.org , there is a group here in Buenos Aires http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreecycleBA/  and it is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away.

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  • Refuge for the Homeless
  • From: Marilyn Fisher, May 29, 2007

I would like to pass on this information to the group:      There is help for the people living on the street in this season of cold weather.  Anyone can call this toll-free number and tell this agency where the person who needs help is.  The agency sends people to talk to the person, take them to their "hogar" where they can bathe and are given a meal and a bed.  I have called in behalf of people living on the street on my street.  Please keep this telephone number handy so if you see someone in need, you can quickly call.  Many people living on the street especially now need a clean, warm place.  Thank you. Marilyn Fisher

toll-free telephone number: 0800-777-6242
address: Paseo Colon 1366

Here is the notice in Spanish which you can pass along, or print and give to those on the street.  ESTA LLEGANDO EL INVIERNO: CUANDO VEAN GENTE A LA INTEMPERIE, LLAMEN A ESTE  TELEFONO: LOS PASAN A BUSCAR, LOS BAÑAN, LES DAN DE COMER Y UNA CAMA LIMPIA. 0800-777-6242   HOGAR: PASEO COLÓN 1366 POR FAVOR, envialo a tu lista con copia oculta. Cuanta  mas gente lo sepa, mejor. Gracias.

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  • Rental Agencies to Manage your Apartment
  • From: Ruben Franco, May 12, 2008

I have some appartments for rent for tourists contact me rdfranco@yahoo.com 

    From: Globe Gentleman, May 12, 2008

i have rented my apartment to an upscale company called InternationalNest , www.internationalnest.com  and was very

happy with their treatment and professional behaviour. All financial transaction were done immediately.

www.buenosaires-penthouse.com

    From: linden_schaffer, May 12, 2008

I have an apartment in BsAs that I rent to tourists through www.apartmentsba.com . Overall the entire experience has been great. I rented one of their apartments before I bought my own and as a tourist the experience was great too.

    From: Samuel, May 21, 2008

Daniela, who is a good friend and active member of this site, has a great apartment rental agency called Home in Argentina.  http://www.homeinargentina.com.ar/en/index.php

    From: Daniela Buira, May 12, 2008

I own an agency that rent houses and apartments in Buenos Aires. Excellent recommendations from many tourists available.

Daniela
www.HomeinArgentina.com.ar 

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  • Rentals - Companies to avoid / complaints
  • From: Natasha March 23, 2010

Hola, Group.

As we often share rental agency advice here, I want to share this rental warning with you.

Do NOT RENT from the TELMO ESPACIO rental agency. Their website is www.telmoespacio.com .  The photos do not accurately represent the apartments. If you are a student traveling with a whole troop of other back-packers AND you share the cost of the rental, then yes, maybe the price is fair and the conditions are within expectation. But the agency purports to rent "exclusive apartments." The do not say "We rent dingy apartments to foreigners at high costs. Pay more and get a lot less."

I have rented many high end apartments in Buenos Aires over the past 4 years and I have always been satisfied. The Telmo Espacio rental agency misrepresents itself and does not provide complete information.

When the mucama (maid) checked my father out today after a five day stay, I explained to her that my father was very disappointed with the condition of the rental apartment. She said this was "nada" and that ALL of the apartments from Telmo Espacio were in this SAME condition. She joked they must photoshop the pictures on the web-site. She relayed the story of checking in a Brazilian couple a few weeks ago. She said the couple had packed for a month's stay and arrived at the rental apartment not knowing there was NO elevator and as a result they had to carry their belongings up approximately 5 flights of spiral staircase. Once the couple finally reached the apartment, they found it was not in good condition.

A few of my complaints:

*I rented an apartment for my 65 year old father with back and feet problems and their was NO mention that there was NO elevator in the advertisement for the apartment. Please note this site is catered to foreigners and I believe it IS fair to assume this information is noted.

*MANY parts of the apartment smelled like mold.

*The bathroom fixtures were chipped and overall dirty. The shower curtain was filthy.

*The bathroom towels were dirty and used.

*Below a dirty spread on the couch was an even dirtier couch. I was actually anxious sitting on the couch and choose to sit on an uncovered chair.

If you are wondering why my father didn't walk away the minute he arrived in the apartment, it was because he is a nice, middle-class, hard working guy and he isn't one to complain easily. I on the other hand was caught off guard by having to carry heavy bags up several long flights of steps into a steamy apartment.

Saludos,
Natasha

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  • Rental Contract Terms
  • From: R Tota, August 11, 2006 

That's my article and I've wrote it because it's helpful let people know there is a difference from renting a place for long term: in Argentina is a two years contract and a warrantor is needed, the place is unfurnished and if you either don't pay the rent or cause any damage, the warrantor must respond (pay) and if not, his/her property will be claimed by the court to cover the damages plus interest, when renting a long term rental 2 months deposit + 2 months real estate agency commission should be paid.; furnished short term apartment rental: As I do with my apartments, we let an agent to advertise the property, the agent takes a 20% of the inflated price plus "administrative fees", in general many put on the apartment the garage sale furniture, old and used towels and they can easily furnish an apartment with a few bucks. This is known in Argentina as "alquiler temporario" easily traslated to "temporary rental". Many doesn't know, but this is actually ilegal, since the law establish the minimum term for rentals is 2 years. Many can baypass an acussation saying that this was an "exception" which is allowed on the law ONE TIME, but those who rent temporary apartments should pay extra taxes and declare their activities. Many illegal practices in Argentina are overlooked, but of course those people impliyed on this should know how to deal when they get cought. Anyway, when you rent short time furnished apartments, the rent (in general) also includes apartment services such as power & light, water, condo expenses, phone line (if has) and Internet (if has). Maid is not offered in order to reduce cost to the minimum and satisfy the demand for cheap rentals. Apart Hotel: The independency of an apartment and the services of an hotel (but restaurants) when all of the apartments are together on the same building. Apart-Hotel pay extra taxes and rates are similar to hotel, but offer a real apartment with kitchen (no frigo bar) so you can make your purchase on the supermarket and leave it on the refrigerator, or cook for yourself if you want. The cheaper apart hotels don't include towels and liens replacement (it is optional) But now the tendency it's like an apart hotel but with the apartments in different buildings. Many owns more than one apartment in different buildings so they can offer this service that includes even more services than hotels or apart-hotels, like cellphone, wi-fi, airport transfers, radio taxi service (in english), laundry, maid, breakfast, access to gym, and the standards plus a quality apartment with premium furniture and nice stuff. This is an HYBRID-APARTMENT. And I've wrote the note for people understand the difference from one thing to another.  On my blog: www.barts.com.ar there are not only apartments, but thousands of photos that I've taken with desc, videos (produced and shooted by my lovely wife and myself), articles (written by myself, even being a very lazy writer, mine is visual), news about Buenos Aires, written by my friends, events updated by my secretary who actually works in another different thing, nighlife and you can also buy tickets in advance. I prefer call it blog because offers a close view to Buenos Aires and offers useful updated info to be close to BA. I've wrote it in english because I thought english is a common use language for many people who speak/ read english as a secondary language but I've realized that 90% of my visitors are from US / Canada.

    From: Sean, August 12, 2006

Rents periods of less than two years are not “illegal” as in against the law.. You are confusing the mis-leading verbiage in Spanish of “not being legal” as it pertains in this case to a contrast of a typical “legal  rental contract” which is indeed two years here.

Bottom line, it is perfectly legal to rent for less than two years, and special names are given to such contracts , for example “comodato” ,etc. If anything, the landlord has less legal protection in a short term contract than a 2 year typical “legal rental contract” and is taking a risk that he/she may not recuperate certain losses from a wayward tenant that may be easier to legally recuperate in a 2 year contract.

    From: R Tota, August 12, 2006 

Hello Sean: The rentals law is the #23.091 and it's written as it follows: Art. 2do. - PLAZOS  Para los contratos que se celebren a partir de la vigencia de la presente ley, el plazo mínimo de las locaciones con destino a vivienda , con o sin muebles , será de dos años . Dicho plazo mínimo será de tres años para los restantes destinos. Los contratos que se celebren por términos menores serán considerados como formulados por los plazos mínimos precedentemente fijados  Traslated is: For any agreement the minimum term will be two years when destination is personal (non commercial), with or without furniture. The term will be minimum three years for anything else. Agreements for under these terms will be treated anyway as for those terms.  There are exeptions but for sure "comodato" is not one of them. Comodato is a such different thing and is instrumented on the CC for cases as farm explotation, ways, water rights, etc. No apartment in the city may be passed on a court as "comodato". As in any other civilized country, in Argentina you may not sign an agreement which is against the law even if both parties agree. You may not sale an arm of your body. even if You and I agree. So when you take your case to the court and the judge read a "comodato" contract for an apartment rental he may declare the agreement as "ilicito" (illegal).  The 7th article of the law express that NO PAYMENTS FOR MORE THAN ONE MONTH PERIOD MAY BE REQUESTED by the lanlord, as many of the "temporary" rentals ask the whole payment in advance, which is, as you said against the law.  Baypass the minimal rental period is easy, but many lanlords, if they have trouble with the teneants should hire an attorney and of course pay him.  In addition, Argentinean laws also attends the jurisprudiction which in some cases may be more important than the law itself.  This is why the agreement must be very written with accuracy. I had luck and never had a trouble more than a broken glass on my apartments, but I always think about what if my teneant get killed at the apartment? what if he/she is a drugdealer? What if they cause a fire on the building? (as happened a couple of months ago in recoleta, and who has the liability?), I have insurance for this, but also that increases my cost, but I never had an email in 4 years that ask: "Do you have any insurance that covers my liability in case that I accidentaly cause a fire"  By the way, I write my rental agreements in either italian and english, keep it in mind!

    From: Sean, August 12, 2006

I think it’s more about semantics than anything, but my point is that when a judge calls it “ilicito”, he/she is not declaring that the contract is against the law, but rather that it does not adhere to the law of a typical 2 year contract.

Any landlord that tries to pursue a claim in court, and displays a contract that is less than 2 years, the judge will most likley laugh it off as being unusable to pursue the claim.

Part of the issue is that Argentines love the phrase “por ley” – For example, escribanos love to quote that phrase when they want to charge the full amount they would like to charge

    From: goconnell347, August 12, 2006

Sean you are right. In order for the rentee to be legally protected under those protections given in ley 23.901 you are suppose to have a two contract. However it doesnt mean it is not a legal contract and often those protections (ability to hold deposit for damages, etc are explicitly written in a contract of a year or less). The other way around it (most lawyers advise) is a two year contract with a escape clause for the renter after one year..One year is doable and legal.

    From: R Tota, August 13, 2006

I'm sorry but with all respect let me tell you that your option makes no sense: 1. terminating the contract earlier is subject to indemization (one rental month) to the owner. 2. all contracts also require an eviction agreement signed together with the rental contract, this is an instrument that permits the eviction when 2 consecutive rental periods has not beign paid, besides of the civil liablity. 3. "Part of the issue is that Argentines love the phrase "por ley" - " again, with all respect, attorney and notary public fees are regulated, while they can quote their fees, if desagreement occurs you can claim any inconvenience at the "colegio de abogados" or "colegio de escribanos". Argentina is sometimes corrupt on politics and criminal issues, also on the provinces, but in the capital federal civil issues works pretty well and especially for small issues like rental contracts and such. I had several civil contracts treated on the federal courts and beyond that they are slow, all claims has been properly treated. Like in any city, big part will depends on your attorney's skills. 4. Finally, making a ONE YEAR contract is NOT LEGAL, if you sign for a 2 years contract and you terminate it earlier IS LEGAL but is NOT a ONE YEAR contract, is a two years contract terminated earlier.

    From: Sean, August 13, 2006

The most important thing that must be stressed here is that, despite your writings, short term rental contracts are by no means “against the law” in the sense that something wrong is being done. That’s the perception one could get from your writings, and it’s just not true.

Other things where you persist being confusing is:

1) yes it is usually written into a 2 year contract that after a certain amount of months, for example 6, that the renter can exit the contact with typically a month cancellation fee. Why you say this makes no sense is odd, when indeed it is a very convenient way to exit a 2 year obligation should something arise, not to mention the fact that you will be saving lots of money compared to rates associated with “short term leases”. For example, if the short term rent is 1500 pesos a month, and the official 2 year rent is 1000 pesos a month (assuming rentee offers both rates) then after 6 months if you have to leave, you clearly still paid less even with the penalty. But, there is the constant challenge of finding someone to guarantee your rent, so 2 year rents are not that easy to get into if the rentee persists on a guarantee. Other rentees allow 6 months prepayment if you can negotiate it with them, on the 2 year rents. ALSO, 2 year rents usually don’t come with furniture, etc. So it’s important to state the differences clear.

2) Eviction clause? Funny you mention it but it’s the eviction clauses that are based on laws older than my grandma, that are precisely why rentees are so adamant about a guarantee. Eviction process have historically taken over a year to execute although know to execute earlier in some cases and more recently.

3) A one year contract, a 23 month contract, or a one month contract, are short term contracts. And they are perfectly acceptable, typical, traditional, and not “against the law” meaning in that something wrong or bad is going on.

END

    From: victoria_anda, August 14, 2006

Hello I checked with the Ley de locaciones Urbanas (just in case) regarding this subject, and in its article 2 it says that rental

Contracts must be of two years length minimum EXCEPT if

a)rented by embassies, consulates, international organisations

b)Rentals destined for tourism for a period of up to 6 months (if  the contract is more than 6 months it wil be assume dit is not for tourism)

c)Places were animals are kept, garages and such...

d) Rentals in mercados (markets)and fairs

3) contracts in which the government take spart in..

    From: R Tota, August 14, 2006

You should separate commercial stuff and legal issues. 23 months rental contract is TOTALLY ILLEGAL because it is forbidden to celebrate a contract for under 24 months. It is forbidden by rentals law #23.091 on the 2nd article.  You should buy the law which is available at any kiosk in tribunales district of BA, read it, then post. The only official law it's written in paper and has an approved seal somewhere, or you may read it for free on the congress library. Any internet document from a non official (gov.ar) website could be maliciousy modified, here is the link for the congress library but I was unable to find the law online to save work for you http://www.bcnbib.gov.ar/ so it seems you will have to do it yourself. The article #2 admits exeptions which are rent for diplomatics, embassies, consulates, when the government is teneant, when destination is for animals holding, when rental is in a flea market, when rent to people for tourism propuses, but if the term is longer than 6 months will not be considered as tourism propouses. This is the law. Jurisprudence says that stills not valid when more than 3 months or consecutive rentals to the same person for more than 1 month period in Capital Federal, since visas for tourism are given for 90 days.  You should also buy the "law #18.828" which regulates on the art. 4. "obligation of declare any room with destination of tourism any place destinated to lodge tourists" Perhaps, there are two contradictory laws here, so what rules is Jurisprudence. Of course I will not provide free lessons of jurisprudence here in public, but if anyone is really interested on this matter, they only have to buy the menctioned laws and read it, that's it. -- Eviction clause? NO. I did not said that. Eviction agreement, which is a separated agreement.  You seem to be unnacurate again on the eviction concept since the law 25.488 (modificacion del codigo civil procesal) from nov 19th of 2001 (your grandmother must be a very young lady) establish on the arts. 680 ter. and 680 bis. quick eviction before the lawsuit sentence,"reconocimiento judicial dentro de los cinco días de dictada la primera providencia, con asistencia del Defensor Oficial." and also fines up to ar$20.000, so it takes 5 days not one year.  -- Commercialy speaking: When it's possible to sign for a 2 years contract it is also important to consider the art. 8th, anticipated termination: "Resolución anticipada . El locatario podrá , transcurridos los seis primeros meses de vigencia de la relación locativa , resolver la contratación , debiendo notificar en forma fehaciente su decisión al locador con una antelación mínima de sesenta días de la fecha en que reintegrará lo arrendado. El locatario, de hacer uso de la opción resolutoria en el primer año de vigencia de la relación locativa, deberá abonar al locador , en concepto de indemnización, la suma equivalente a un mes y medio de alquiler al momento de desocupar la vivienda y la de un solo mes si la opción se ejercita transcurrido dicho lapso. " AFTER the 6th month and within 60 days in advance, the teneant should notify the landlord the anticipated termination. Perhaps, you leave the place on the 8th month, plus a penalty of one month of rent or one month and a half if passed this period. Commercialy speaking, renting an apartment for 6 SIX months means for an ar$1500 apartment: real estate commission (2 months) 3.000 8 months of rental 12.000 1 month penalty 1.500 st: 16.500 US $5.500 also, contracting services such as: gas, land line, cabletv, high speed internet, each one of these is US$100 installation fees + up to 3/4 weeks of waiting but the gas which is cheaper and faster. For landline and cablevision a DNI# must be provided to the company. In addition building expenses could be included or not, if not, add another US$100 monthly (I pay a lot more for my apt at las canitas) + extras for building mantainance or improving. Every month you should pay these services dues during your stay, plus power and light. There is also a month of deposit, and pretty much depends on the lanlord if he wants to refund it or not, if he is seriuos and honest he will, if not you must lawsuit him. + furnishing and repair it if needed + garantia propietaria + lots of hassle + hiring a proffesional to write the notifications properly Easily 10k+ for 6 months and a lot of time wasted.  -- help people and do not provide advise when you are not sure about what you are talking about

    From: Sean, August 14, 2006

Hi Mr. Tota – you are quite a handfulJ

Okay, I retract what I said about 23 months, because who does that. And, yes, to keep everybody from going to jail (lol), most short term contracts peak out at about 6 months and then some folks renew them if still available. I know a few people in BA who have been renewing 6 month contracts for years now. Of course they keep wondering why the rent keeps going up lol.

Again, to keep things in perspective, nobody will be arrested for writing or signing unique rental contracts. Please stop insinuating this.  “Celebrations” of short term contracts happen every day in this country.

5 days on a renter eviction in Argentina, even since some new law in 2001? Yeah right LOL.

Please show me one case where it took 5 days to kick out some wayward renters on a 2 year contract.

Please don’t promote people to pay 2 month’s worth of real estate commission to a 6 month short term contract, for this is downright ridiculous.

As far as your additional scenario of all those expenses, us$100 install fees, etc – I’m not going to get into that with you – there are promotions and ways to work through this.

I frankly don’t know why I am defending short term contracts to you since you write them yourself? What I am missing here?

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  • Rentals Long Term

Four years ago we enlisted the efforts of Olga Rico, to help us find and rent an apartment, she has since become a good friend.  She is a one woman show (a powerhouse of energy) and doesn't work with any specific realtor.  Her business is renting apartments to foreigners.  We love Olga, she is Bolivian and has lived here 25 years, she doesn't trust Argentines, that's one thing we like about her, she's a very wise business person.  A year ago we paid her a 3% commission to help us locate and purchase an apartment.  Four years ago we paid her a commission to help us locate an apartment to rent based on the 2 year rental lease.  Money well spent in my opinion.  Unfortunately, Olga moved back to New York in August 2005 and is no longer renting apartments in Buenos Aires.

Renting a furnished apartment is very common here, compared to the USA. I'm not sure which country you are coming from. Most furnished apartments we looked at here included everything, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, linens for the bed, towels, etc. Basically everything you needed to move in except your clothes.

In Argentina, EVERYTHING is negotiable. If the bed pillows look really icky (ours did) ask for new pillows to be purchased. If there is no electric toaster and you like toast in the morning, ask them to buy one for the apartment. The owner showed us this little contraption to toast bread over the gas cooktop, something you would use while camping (I thought) and I politely asked for an electric toaster that I didn't have to hover over to be sure my toast didn't catch on fire. She bought one, no problems.

There is usually an inventory sheet of items in the apartment, our realtor friend Olga said it's wise to count every dish and every fork to avoid problems when vacating, and take a whole roll of pictures during the inspection of every room, especially any existing damage there may be like tears in furniture or nicks in wood cabinets.

We moved here 5 years ago and our landlord was hesitant to rent to us at the time without a guarantor, an issue if you are coming here on your own is that you don't have a company to be your "guarantor", someone who would be responsible for any unpaid bills.  We ended up paying 6 months rent in advance to secure the apartment, however, Olga suggested we write up a contract explaining how the "advance" was to be paid back with smaller monthly rental payments in the 2nd year of the lease. This way the owner didn't have to come up with a huge sum of money at the end of the lease. For 100 pesos we had it signed and witnessed in front of a lawyer.

I think the point is that whatever the owner requests, you can counter offer. The important thing is to come to an agreement you both feel comfortable with.

    From BANewComers: Geo August 18, 2005

I've had great luck with renting apartments from the actual owners through the web site

www.BYTargentina.com

Put in the dates you need (weekly rates available for some) and then set the search for your neighborhood. It lets you list availabilities by price. The rates are generally high by local renting standards but much lower than the standard hotel rates mentioned in an earlier post. $500 a month works out to only $17 / day. I have received my deposit back every time. The pictures are accurate and their service charge of $25 is much lower than the full month rate that other realty companies I visited want to charge. (I was told by one owner that he pays a 20% commission to the BYT... company.)

But take the warning about the noise problem very seriously. One place at Pueyrredon & French was on the 11Th floor but it still had a high level of noise 24/7 and that bedroom was in the back. (There is also some demolition work going on close by to add on to the noise scene.) If you can try to visit the location first, it'll help. If the buses run on that street, I generally try to avoid renting in that location...even though the back of buildings can be quiet(er.)

I think people who come here for a short term have a distorted idea of what they should be paying for an apartment.  When an apartment is used for 3 months and it is furnished, has everything you need to live there, the prices will be higher than if you were to rent an unfurnished apartment for 2 years.  The prices are in USD as the hotels are.  This type of apartment is for tourists not for Argentines.

When someone says they are quoted $500 USD to rent a FURNISHED apartment in Barrio Norte, it is not expensive.  It is probably actually a good price.  If you were to rent an unfurnished apartment in Barrio Norte for 2 years the price would be more like $600 pesos.

However, you would have to buy  a refrigerator, furniture, dishes, telephone, and everything else.  You would also most likely be paying the expenses, taxes, and everything else which would probably boost the $600 pesos to $900.  Granted, at $300 USD it is still cheaper than the $500, but the stay is longer and again without any furniture.

The same is true in the U.S.  The costs are much higher.  Where I lived in California, a studio apartment might rent for $900 month. As a residence Stay apartment it would rent for $125 a day.

I think it is very important to keep things in perspective.  As a short term visitor to this country you will not always be able to get the "Argentine" price.  No one is trying to take advantage of you.  They are conducting business in a generally accepted manner that all facilities do for short term visitors, regardless of the country.

    From: macfroggy, July 2, 2006

Apartment rentals have gone up 50% since I rented the one I'm in now 2 years ago. I currently pay 950 pesos per month (I don't pay the expenses) for a gorgeous large 2 bedroom-plus place on a lovely street in Caballito. The first year I paid 800 pesos. I didn't have the famous Garantia, so I paid the first year in advance.

Now the same apartment would go for 1700 pesos + expenses, easy.

(I HATE that I have to move, but the owner is giving it to his daughter.)

Now in my searching I've learned not to even call a realtor, because they won't even talk to me without a Garantia. It doesn't mean a thing that I will pay one year in advance.

I've been relying on word of mouth to deal with the owners directly, who SOMETIMES will agree to rent to me without a Garantia, but at very high prices. One owner wanted 2 years rent in advance, with a 8 month deposit: thousands of dollars upfront.

When I began searching, I thought I could find a comfortable place for around 1200 pesos, but slowly the price has inched upward, and today I was even considering a nice place for 1600 pesos plus expenses. But I just can't do it; I've got to rethink and regroup.

I know the reasons owners want the Garantia of property owners within Buenos Aires, sometimes they want 2 Garantias, and sometimes it has to be of a family member. They don't want to take any risks. But this pretty much prevents foreigners from renting longterm. For this reason, many owners have furnished their apartments with garage sale items and put them up for vacationers on Craigslist and every other internet rental site at high prices. It's an easy option for renters with lots of money.

But it's time people realized that the days of lovely U$S200 apartments in good neighborhoods is over in Buenos Aires. Before you come here to live, you should know how it is.

All my foreign friends who live here have bought. Oh if only I could! There's a 3 bedroom house across the street from me for sale for only $500,000 U.S. !!

    From: Richard, July 3, 2006

It's all about supply and demand... the factors are many (construction deficit, mortgage deficit, etc), but not really worth getting into.

For people on fixed incomes the real problem is Argentina's tsunami style economic cycle. This has been mentioned before on the list.  Buenos Aires is, at one time or another, one of the most expensive cities in the world.

During the years I taught English, for example, my hourly fees varied from a low of 4 dollars to a high of 25 dollars. Trying to explain that to someone from a country with a stable economy isn't easy. I always thought, jokingly, that a person studying economic science in the first world should do his thesis in Argentina!

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  • Rentals Short Term / Hotels / Hostels

These are in no particular order, none of these have been checked out by me, only ideas for you!

flatsandrooms

tobaires

El equipo de Tobaires
www.tobaires.com.ar
Alquiler temporario de departamentos en la ciudad de Buenos Aires
mail:contact@tobaires.com.ar
Tel: 54911 6 690 1099  / 5411 5 917 2905

    From: Rachel, December 31, 2009

Re: What is the best way to rent an Apt for a few months?  Online? or in person

There is a Craig's list for Bs As too, just look on the home page at the list of countries and follow it through. There are also numerous agencies who deal with short term rentals. From time to time, there are scams reported both via Craig's List and new agencies, so remember that if it seems to good to be true, it probably isn't. These are reputable agencies:

www.bytargentina.com

bytargentina

www.apartmentsba.com

apartmentsba

www.buenosaireshabitat.com

buenosaireshabitat

www.shortstayinba.com

shortstayinba

    From: h_mannering, December 31, 2009

I agree with what Rachel said, but I recommend http://promptproperties.com/  

Good luck.

promptproperties3

    From: Javier Fernandez Prece, December 31, 2009

Try with Mr Indalecio Gonzalez from BApass.com
indalecio@bapass.com
best!

bapass

    From: Eric, December 29, 2009

Unless your looking for a long term or get very lucky the prices  probably won't be very different and you probably don't want to deal  with the hassle when you get here. Just make sure to compare prices from several different sources. I have a few friends who have found good deals but have spent weeks looking and live in Buenos Aires. Please check out our site too. We have over 340 vacation rentals from various property managers on our site. It's http://www.moveglobally.com/vacation-rentals/argentina

moveglobally

    From: Juhi (Kavita) Manwani, December 19, 2009

chk out www.solodueños.com  / http://www.xn--solodueos-r6a.com/

juhi

solodueos

conventillodelujo1

We rent apartments on a temporary basis.  We are very "family friendly".  Attached is our schedule of rates and services we provide.  
 
Please visit our website, http://www.ConventillodeLujo.com
 
Let us know the arrival and departure dates and we will make a special offer to the families.
 
Amy and Ray
Conventillo de Lujo

tgc-inn

TGC Inn - Temporary Loft and Apartment rentals and property management

aptsbuenosaires.jpg  

hostelscentral-4

www.sabaticohostel.com.ar

www.DorregoLOFT.com.ar-6

casa1casa3

livinginbuenosaires

friendlyapartments

waytobaway1waytobaway2

BATRBanner

argentinayes

seekinganapartment

homeinargentina-1homeinargentina-2

mrefugio

 

    From: yoyvos705/Buenos Aires, July 5, 2007

http://www.buenosairesrentsapartments.com/   This site has a US phone line and you will not have international charges.  And they can take credit cards via Paypal.

    From: bakerlibros, July 5, 2007

Hi Frank; I recommend you Claudia, she is a reliable person who works in real  estate, she can get you an appatment for a few weeks, good price. Tell her I gave her phone number

54-11-4826-5294. claudia@realtyargentina.com  Good Luck Rodolfo

    From: Kara Bauer, July 5, 2007

Hi Frank! Also, contact www.myplacerealestate.com .  You can talk to Giselle (a good friend of mine who became a friend after I rented from her) or Santiago (her partner).  They have an excellent service and great apartments.  Good luck!  Kara

    From: zurrolaur, July 5, 2007

Frank, if you are dealing with reputable agencies you shouldn't have any problem if you are paying by CC as Sean said. However, many smaller agencies or independent people might not be set up to receive cc payments. The best thing is to stick with a larger agency, you have a lot to choose

From: www.myplacerealestate.com , http://bytargentina.com , http://www.barts.com.ar  just to name a few very reputable agencies. I'm sure other people can chime in with others.

You will also be required to give your security deposit to them in cash when you see them, another reason for wanting to work with someone reputable.

    From: Skye Williamson, May 1, 2007

Renting an apartment would be the way to go, I think. Here are a few  places to start. I got the place I'm staying at through the first link.

http://www.bahomerental.com
http://adelsur.com/
 http://www.4rentargentina.com/
 http://www.alojargentina.com/
 http://www.homes.com.ar/props.php?del=z&t=3
 http://www.rentnbuyargentina.com.ar/SiteEN/home.asp
 http://www.bytargentina.com/
 http://www.idearental.com/
 http://apartmentsba.com/
 http://rentinba.com/
 http://www.vrbo.com/

    From: romy.natalia, May 2, 2007

I got my apartment though Reynolds Propiedades: http://www.reynoldspropiedades.com/temporary_rentals /

    From: Fabian Fuentes, January 29, 2007

Note from Pete, I know Fabian and he’s a good guy!

LISTA DE HOTELES RECOMENDADOS LIST OF RECOMENDED HOTELS

Estas son  mis sugerencias personales a partir de ver las locaciones, los hoteles y las habitaciones. Los precios son por dìa y algunos de ellos pueden variar) 

These are my personal recommendations after I saw the locations, the hotels and the rooms. The prices are per day and some of them can vary

4 stars hotels

ASPEN SUITES HOTEL, Esmeralda 933 – www.aspensuites.com.ar  (54 11) 4313-9011 Single/Double room: U$S 115 .- Taxes and breakfast are included (Highly recommended)

 DOLMEN HOTEL, Suipacha 1079 – www.hoteldolmen.com.ar  (54 11) 4315-7117 Single room: U$S 133.-  Double room: U$S 160.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (Highly recommended)

LOI SUITES, Arenales 855 – www.loisuites.com.ar  (54 11) 4324-9400 Single/Double room: U$S 105 .- Taxes and breakfast are included (Highly recommended) - SHELTOWN HOTEL, Marcelo T. de Alvear 742 – www.hotelsheltown.com.ar  (54 11) 4312-5070/3 Single room: U$S 75.-  Double room: U$S 95.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (Highly Recommended)

BISONTE PALACE HOTEL, Marcelo T. de Alvear 902 – www.hotelesbisonte.com  (54 11) 4328-4751 Single room: U$S 120.-  Double room: U$S 139.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (Highly Recommended)

SUIPACHA SUITES, Suipacha 1235 – www.suipachasuites.com  (54 11) 4819-3600 Cheapest suite: U$S 105.- Taxes and breakfast are included (Highly Recommended)

REGENTE PALACE HOTEL, Suipacha 964 – www.regente.com  (54 11) 4328-7460 Single/Double room: U$S 115 .- Taxes and breakfast are included (Recommended)

PLAZA SAN MARTIN SUITES, Suipacha 1092 – www.plazasanmartin.com.ar  (54 11) 5093-7000 Single room: U$S 97.-  Double room: U$S 80.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (Recommended)

GRAN HOTEL BUENOS AIRES, Marcelo T. de Alvear 767 – www.granhotelbue.com.ar  (54 11) 5254 4000 Single room: U$S 80.-  Double room: U$S 87.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (It`s ok, nothing special)

ART DECO HOTEL & SUITES, Libertad 446 – www.artdecohotel.com.ar  Single room: U$S 81.-  Double room: U$S 87.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (It`s ok, nothing special)

3 stars hotels

ATLAS TOWER HOTEL, Av. Corrientes 1778 – www.atlastower.com.ar  (54 11) 5217-9371 Single room: U$S 73.-  Double room: U$S 85.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (Highly Recommended)

BAUEN, Av. Callao 360 – www.hotelbauen.com  Single room: U$S 60.-  Double room: U$S 75.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (Recommended)

COLUMBIA PALACE HOTEL, Av. Corrientes 1533 – www.columbiapalacehotel.com.ar  Single room: U$S 40.-  Double room: U$S 52.- Taxes and breakfast are included in both cases (It`s ok, nothing special)

Gay or gay friendly places

CONCORD CALLAO, Av. Callao 1234 – www.friendlyaparments.com  (54 11) 4811- 4673 Mix of apartment and hotel, lot of services (they also have apartments for rent) Single/double: U$S 85.- Breakfast not included (Highly recommended)

EL CONVENTILLO BED & BREAKFAST, Sarmiento 1528 – www.conventillotango.com.ar  (54 11) 4373 3995 Bed & Breakfast, check everything in their website, they also have apartments for rent (Recommended)

1 star hotels - VERY basic hotels

Hotel Gran Sarmiento
$ 80 – habitacion doble
Sarmiento 1892 – 4372-2764
www.hotelgransarmiento.com

Mundo Hotel
$ 45 – habitacion doble
Bartolomè Mitre 1671 – 4373-8709
www.elmundohotel.com.ar    they have another hotel in Solis 306 1ro A and costs $ 50, but they must go to the first one, because the owners are updating that place now...

Hotel Caoca
$ 60 – habitacion doble
Bartolomè Mitre 1688/90 – 4383-9950

Apartments for rent

www.ba4uapartments.com.ar   (Highly recommended/gay owners!)

www.buenosairestravelrent.com  (Highly recommended/large variety of apartments!)

    From: Linden Schaffer, July 9, 2007

Check out www.apartmentsba.com   I rented an apartment for 2 weeks with them. They give you a cell phone for local calls, there is free wireless access for your computer and 2x a week maid service. They were flexible when we had to leave a bit early. We did have to pay 1 week in advance and the 2nd week when we arrived, but I couldn't have been happier. The company is run my an American man so I felt a little safer handing over my money without meeting anyone. It worked out perfectly and I'd do it again.

    From: Kaisha Johnson, July 5, 2007

As I have in the past, I would recommend ByTArgentina.  They are reliable, trust-worthy and have hundreds of apartment listings from at least ten different neighborhoods, that you can peruse online.  Most importantly, the apartments listed actually look like the pictures when you visit in person.  I've done short term rentals (one week minimum) with them before in the past and have always been struck by their professionalism.  Additionally, they allow you to book with a credit card. However, all payments must be made in cash- US dollars.  Rates start at about $150/week.  www.bytargentina.com 

    From: Nat, January 25, 2007

Talking about apart rentals I can recommend you to check the link  below,

http://www.indextar.com/ba/public/category/view/306 

You will find recommendations and reviews about services.

    From: Charles Anderson, January 26, 2007

For getting help, specially on Real Estate and Temporary apartments, contact Carlos Contini. Very helpful and honest people! He's prepared to help you in general for everything you could need or would like to know about Buenos Aires. He helped me a lot when I first came. He is always willing to help foreigners. 

Carlos and Candelaria (his assistant) are on the Real Estate bussines, and rent out apartmens for short term, and they seem to be always on the expatriates side. When you rent from them, they do not charge you commission as they charge it to the owner. Fluent in english, they helped me first renting an apartment, then buying 2 properties, and finally managing them to be rented out. They are very honest and reliable, and ready to advise on anything in Buenos Aires. A jewel in the city! Their website is www.bestinba.com  Carlos phone number is 15-5114-2894 and the office number is 4382-5141.

Go to www.ba4uapartments.com.ar    Chat with Tomas.  They manage many great furnished rental apartments in the best neighborhoods.  In BA, that is the way to go.  Have a great trip!  It's a wonderful city! 

    From: Greg Walker, May 21, 2008

I have rented from Patricia at this contact

Alquilando en Buenos Aires
www.alquilandoenba.com.ar
mail: alquilandoenba@gmail.com
tel:15-3545-9555 nextel id 629*5403
foreign: 011-54-11-3545-9555       

    From: dwilban98, May 22, 2008

We have rented from Alberto at Living in Baires on and off for the last 9 months. He has really nice places that are all fully stocked with everything you need including highquality linens, TVs etc.

His service is honest and professional... something you have to watch out for with the tourist rental operators down here.

http://www.livinginbaires.com   From the US, you can call: 213-593-9757

David, A Texan In Argentina: http://atexaninargentina.blogspot.com

    From: Ruben Franco, May 22, 2008

This is my new blog with some of the appartment than I rent specially for tourists.
http://furnishedappartmentsfortourists.blogspot.com/

    From: Pia, December 10, 2007

I rent out my apt. It s a very lumnious studio located on 8th floor on Junin St (and Tucuman St.) 150 mts from main subways stations (D and B). 5 minute walk to UBA, 10´ Recoleta and near Corrientes Ave.

All furnished and equipped for 2 people, microwave, air conditioner, fridge, etc. TV, DVD, telephone and internet. Linen and maid included. Doorman.

I rent it per week or per month. Long term rents are granted with a special price. AVAILABLE now. Week: AR$480.- (U$D160) Month: AR$1500.- (=U$D485) TE: 15-6860-4452

    From: Philip McDonald, August 28, 2006

Try www.bytargentina.com

They have apartments and host families. Just had a glance at their site and there are apartments for under US$300 per month. There is an admin fee but I don't know what it is. (it was $20 when I used the agency a couple of years ago .... no matter how long you were going to stay.

    From: Sean, Sept 7, 2006

Try www.buenosaires.com.ar   for additional reference and booking options

    From BANewcomers: Geo August 18, 2005

Just a FYI on hotels:  I've had great luck with renting apartments from the actual owners through the web site

WWW.BYTargentina.com

Put in the dates you need (weekly rates available for some) and then set the search for your neighborhood. It lets you list availabilities by price. The rates are generally high by local renting standards but much lower than the standard hotel rates mentioned in an earlier post. $500 a month works out to only $17 / day. I have received my deposit back every time. The pictures are accurate and their service charge of $25 is much lower than the full month rate that other realty companies I visited want to charge. (I was told by one owner that he pays a 20% commission to the BYT... company.)

But take the warning about the noise problem very seriously. One place at Pueyrredon & French was on the 11Th floor but it still had a high level of noise 24/7 and that bedroom was in the back. (There is also some demolition work going on close by to add on to the noise scene.) If you can try to visit the location first, it'll help. If the buses run on that street, I generally try to avoid renting in that location...even though the back of buildings can be quiet(er.)

    From BANewcomers: Brian August 18, 2005

http://www.milanhotel.com.ar/home.htm

This was the hotel where I stay two years ago for eleven euros a night.  (This was a promotional rate, even at that time the normal rate was higher)  But they are always sending out emails offering cheaper rates than their published rates.

    From BANewComers: Jim Black August 18, 2005

Actually you can also stay at the Hotel O'Rei on Lavalle for about $13-$14 dollars a nite. ($9 if you don't mind a shared bathroom)

http://reservations.bookhostels.com/travellerspoint.com/hostel.php?HostelNumber=10809&SubID=en&DateStart=2005-08-20&NumNights=3

I stayed there about 2 months.  It's a bit spartan... and the area is very commercial/busy  But the price is right and you can get anywhere from there.

    From BANewComers: Michael Silver August 18, 2005

Now is the time for me to chime in and remind folks that I have a few apartments that I rent for short term, and I am an honest businessman that requires a modest returnable deposit and fare prices in recoleta/barrio norte.  I have a studio on rodrigues peña/santa fe and a one bedroom on Cordoba/callao.

Michael Silver
michael@buenosairesliving.com
www.buenosairesliving.com

011-54-11-4803-2238 (casa)
15-5850-5397 (celular)

  • Friends of ours Lewis Kalmbach & Greg Ott have 2 luxury apartments in Palermo, Buenos Aires!

http://www.rentalsbuenosaires.com/

  • In Uruguay:  Someone liked the Posada Manuel Lobo.  Not spartan, more mid-range price wise.

www.colonianet.com/posadamdelobo

  • From the BANewComers list:  The Hotel Lyon in the Congreso area is perfect -- you get a small suite and breakfast.  I stayed there for two weeks while looking for an apartment, and the several friends I referred there have all liked it very much.  Riobamba 251, 4372-0100

www.hotel-lyon.com.ar

  • Someone just had relatives visit then and they got them an apartment via the internet with a company that has hundreds of apartments listed. You have so much choice that you are bound to find something you like and for just about any length of time also.

http://www.bytargentina.com

  • Another recommendation for this same website: I rented a nice apartment from a company called ByT Argentina (www.bytargentina.com ). They own fully furnished units of various sizes all over the city and specialize in short-term rentals. I made my housing arrangements somewhat on faith from Chicago and everything worked out well.
     
  • Provides Lodging and Services for Tourists and Businessmen

http://www.alojargentina.com/

  • Somone made a quick google search and this is what they found for rentals in BA, I don't know any of these people.  Good luck !

http://www.friendlyapartments.com - Friendly Apartments rents exclusive gay friendly apartments in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

http://www.buenosairesapartments.com/index.html

http://www.letsgoargentina.com/home/propview.php?id=AP009

http://www.accomodationsrome.com/apartment_detail.asp?ID=1326

http://www.vrbo.com/48028

http://www.alojargentina.com/sections/alojamientos/departamentos/search-result-apartments.php?zona=22

http://www.ba-h.com.ar/Loftin.htm

http://www.buenosairesloft.com/

http://www.buenosaires.hotelguide.net/  A hotel guide (not all inclusive for sure)

http://www.argentinahomes.com/props.php?t=1

http://www.2rentbuenosaires.com/

    From: unaportena, April 04, 2006

www.craigslist.org

is helpful if you are looking for accomodation, esp. in shared/roommate catagory.

    From: ningle_2000, Aug 1, 2006

Re: Can anyone recommend a good, reputable agency that may have a small apartment available in San Telmo?

I have had very good dealings with http://alojaargentina.com  . They have furnished apts., all over the city in all price ranges and are thorough and professional in their dealings. Email them with your requirements and dates and they will tell you what is available.

If you want to 'rough' it, Hotel Victoria on Chacabuco is liveable with shared kitchen and private baths.

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  • Residency - Asset Tax Required - Disadvantage to being a legal resident.
  • This was from the BANewComers list:

Let me clarify the 'resident' or 'non-resident' as far as the 'Assets Tax' (at least that one!) is concerned:

- in Argentina there is a tax on ALL assets, in addition to many other taxes on rent etc.

- this is levied on the value of assets, whether they provide you with a rent or not. Included are property, cars, cash, currency, shares, even furniture, etc.

- There is a free tax allowance for this tax of $Pesos 102,400.   Above that, you pay 0.75% on the excess up to 200K, then 1%.

- CATCH IS:  is you are a resident in Argentina, you pay on ALL YOUR ASSETS, even if located overseas (for ex, a house in Timboktu).   If you are not a resident in Argentina, you still pay but only on your assets located in Argentina (for ex, a car in Buenos Aires, but not a car in L.A.).  Obviously they'll have no idea of the assets you left behind in your home country - however you'll be expected to fill in a sworn declaration...mmmm..choices ...choices...

You may want to consult with an accountant for other implications, but this is the scoop on the 'Assets Tax' and residency.

All other taxes are levied on 'rent', same as Income Tax, and I'm not very familiar with them.

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  • Residency / British citizens don’t need a police report to obtain a DNI
  • From: Nick Butterfield , October 31, 2007

http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org/version%20ingles/information/inbormacionb.html

Police Record certificate, (for applicants 16 years and over who do NOT hold a British passport) stating criminal records for the past five (5) years and legalised by the FCO with the Apostille. In case of having resided in another country within that period, the certificate must be issued by the police of that country and legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Apostille, or by the Argentine Consulate in the jurisdiction of the issuing country. This document must be submitted with its translation into Spanish and will be retained for processing by argentine authorities

    From: Michelle Alison , October 31, 2007

In order for me to apply for permanent residency here, I had to have a police check from the UK.  I printed off the form online from the CRB and sent it back to London with a 10 pound cheque and copy of my passport and driving licence.  It took about six weeks to arrive back.  I then had to send it back to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to be apostiled (legalised), as they would not accept it otherwise (what a waste of 24 pounds).  Once it arrived back I had it translated and legalised here - they accepted it - wow.  Then we had to get our Argentine police check done -  not so complicated.

Went to renew our visas yesterday, and was told that we would get our DNI  when our visas expire in three months time.

    From: Sean, November 03, 2007

Regarding Argentine residential visas issued out of Arg embassy in UK,  this is pretty detailed and specific, surprisingly.:

http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org/version%20ingles/information/visas.html

I just want to reiterate that Argentina immigration policy favors a foreigner residential visa application if you apply for the visa in your home country, rather than waiting till you are here and apply for it via local govt offices.

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  • Residency Explanation - What is it?  What is a DNI?
  • From: holtjj, July 12, 2007

The site below (in Spanish) should tell you what you need to know, assuming you're not a citizen of a Mercosur country.

 http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/migraciones/radicacion_e_mercosur.asp 

    From BANewcomers: Deby Novitz September 09, 2005

A DNI is not a work permit or a visa.  It is like the social security number in the U.S.  ALL Argentine residents have one whether they work or not.  Without a DNI it is possible to live here, but you do have a more difficult time.  There are many places and services that will not accept your passport as identification, they will only accept the DNI. 

In order to get a DNI you need to have a residence visa. You do not just "get one by standing in line and paying $200."  The DNI is the last part of the visa process AFTER you get your residence visa.  The DNI itself is only 25 pesos, and I think 10 pesos for the pictures. You cannot apply for a DNI without the paperword from Migraciones.

There was an opportunity until March of this year to get a temporary residence visa.  It basically let anyone apply for the visa and almost no one was turned down.  That visa cost 400 pesos and is no longer available.

The current process to get a residence visa is that you must be married to an Argentine, have parents who are Argentine, or children living here.  Failing that if you are retired you can get a visa if show you have income monthly.  This process is started in the consulate in your home country.

A work visa needs to be applied for in your home country but sponsored by a business here.  You need to have the visa before you come here.  Coming here to look for a job and then expecting a company to sponsor you is probably impossible.  (See previous posts in groups - ie, Sun told me to get my DNI and then they would talk to me)

There are places that say they can get you a visa for X number of dollars.  Make sure they are credible. Lots of people get ripped off this way.  Better to spend your money talking to an immigration lawyer here.

As for jobs, if you want a "real" job.  Then you need a work visa and a company to sponsor you.  You can work off the books like many of us do.  However, without a working sense of the language you are sort of hampered.

I know sometimes it is hard for people to think this way, but look at all the expats in the U.S., Mexicans, Chinese, etc. without papers and language skills...what kind of work do they do regardless of their talents?  How come they did not get papers?  Because they did not qualify for a visa.  Well, we are in the same boat here...a non-documento is a non-documento regardless of the country.

The only difference here is that it is much easier to stay here without documentation than it is in the U.S.

    From BANewcomers: Peter J. Macay September 24, 2005

Great information Deby, very precise, well worded and documented, just one more point I want to make sure others are aware of.

In the past there were 4 ways to obtain residency
1) Marry an Argentine (not an option for me)
2) Student Visa, easy to get, just enroll in an UBA class, but it is only temporary for the time you are in school, this just saves you from leaving the country every 90 days while you're a student
3) Get a company to sponsor you, hire you and be your guarantor
4) Invest $150,000 USA in a business here (this is when it was 1 to 1, I guess now it is 150k pesos)

About 2 years ago they added:

Retirees (pensioner) that can verify they have at least a 2,000 peso monthly income and something called a “rentista” who can verify they have at least a monthly 2,000 peso income from “some source”.  This can be rental property, or an annuity, or some kind of monthly bond payout, anything that can show a regular income stream.

In my case my income stream is from rental property, I needed to show a 2 year signed lease by my renter that “proves” my income stream.

Originally we tried to setup a business to apply for residency, however, at the time 5 years ago, we had to setup a corporation, we could not form a sole proprietorship like an Argentine local can.  This was stupid expensive in monthly taxes, at the time $800 USA per month we would have to pay into the Argentine social security system.  I would be happy to pay taxes and contribute to the Argentine economy if I was making money, but I wasn't about to pay $800 a month just to have a business license.

    From BANewcomers: Peter J. Macay, August 30, 2007

Rentista and Pensioner Renewals

Short version:

We obtained residency under the rentista and pensioner options, both of these require that you prove an income stream of at least 2,100 pesos a month. Ron's was easier to prove because he gets social security and we were able to get a letter from the USA embassy here stating the income stream. I had to show a 2 year rental contract on my rental property and 6 months of bank statements showing the monthly deposits, all apostillo'd.

When we first got this residency, we had to have a local police report done also.

Yearly renewals were a snap, showed up a month early (in case there were any problems), showed 3 months of bank statements, paid 200 pesos, in and out in 30 minutes of immigrations, then to the DNI place for another hour's wait. Nothing needed spanish translation on the renewals.

The 4th yearly renewal we were told we would become permanent.

On the 4th renewal they said I had to have 3 months of bank statements apostillo'd in the USA, we had to have another police check, but this is a snap as it's done in their office in immigrations. They said we needed this extra tramite work because now it will become "permanent". Ron also needed a letter from the embassy's social security office stating his income stream. I did not need to supply the rental contract. This all needed to be translated by an official translator here, and then verified at the translation college office.

It takes 30 days to process the renewal once your residency expires, they sit on the paperwork until it expires. During this time you can't leave the country because your DNI is expired and then all bets are off because you will be in the custom's agent's computer as traveling as a tourist, they told us then you would have to start the whole residency process over from the beginning if we did that.

Now we wait until they process it, then take it to the DNI place for our permanent stamp.

Longer version:

At first they said Ron only needed to get a letter from the embassy stating the social security amount, this was easy and they write it in spanish, so no translation was needed. Ron had to take his verification letter to Arenales 817 "Legalioda en Concillena" to get verified as a true document originating in Argentina. This is like a notary. Of course this is all written on little sticky notes and handed to you, the reason the spelling for the place is probably wrong.

They told me I needed 3 months of banks statements showing my deposits, apostillo'd in the country of the statement's origin.

I used www.apostilla.com to do this. They charge $200 USA per stamp. When we did this ourselves 4 years ago it was $20 per stamp when we walked in the door of the apostillo in California, but this company is a "pay service" and not the USA government office. The embassy said they do not provide this service to send things off to the USA to be apostillo'd. You have to get documents apostilla'd in the country they originate from. When we did this the first time, they said we had to use the apostillo in the state of the origin of the documents. However, www.apostilla.com is in New York and they said any apostilla is the same. Something to note and chew your nails over wondering if anyone cares.

We had to get our fingerprints taken again, but as I mentioned above that was done in immigrations so was very easy, we paid the extra 5 pesos to have it done in 1 day instead of 4.

You need a photocopy of your passport and DNI, they wanted EVERY page of the passport whether it was blank or not. Sigh.....

We had to have the bank statements translated by an official translator and then verified at the "Colegio de Traductores" at Corrientas 1834. This was 30 pesos per document. I used Eloisa Anchezar for my translations.

Eloisa Anchezar
English Translator
BGE Translation Group
eanchezar@bgegroup.com.ar
www.bgegroup.com.ar
Mobile: (54 9 11) 4422 3877
Phone: (54 11) 4806 6101

She was great, efficient, fast. She charges on a per word basis, not per page, so it depends on what you want translated. She asked if they wanted just certain sections with the required information translated, and because I didn't know, I just had her do everything.  She finished the job early and called me to let me know the job was completed BEFORE she originally said she would have them done, wow!

We took this all down to immigrations and fate was not on our side that day. The regular boss was gone and everything was being bumped up the executive ladder to the next in line. He said NO to everything. The girl we were dealing with was very sweet but said there was nothing she could do and that we should try and come back next week when her regular boss would be there. Sigh.... this is the part of living in Argentina which can be very frustrating. You never know what really will happen and if someone is having a bad day, well, you just try again another time.

She said they always accept the letter from the embassy as sufficient proof of income, but this boss was saying he also wanted 9 months of bank
statements for both of us.

The first time I apostilla'd each bank statement separately at $200 a pop, but this time I stapled Ron's 9 statements together into one bundle and my additional 6 months of statements into one bundle and sent them off to www.apostilla.com for 2 more stamps.

All of this was translated into Spanish by Eloisa (another 450 pesos) and then verified at the "Colegio de Traductores" (30 pesos per document).

Eloisa also translated the first page of our passports, even though it was already in Spanish, just in case. (30 pesos per document for the "Colegio de Traductores").

We took this back to immigrations and so far they accepted it. It expires on Aug 31 and they said it should be ready to pick up on Sept 22.

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  • Residency - Lawyer Assistance
  • From: Curt Peters, July 30, 2010

US$ 1200 is the same price that ARCA charges for a rentista visa and DNI. 

www.argentinaresidency.com

arca

    From: DaVe, March 30, 2010

I'd recommend contaction Gabriel Celano. He is an excellent immigration attorney that I (and many other expats) have used.  He also speaks perfect English if that is an issue.

Celano & Asociados Abogados
(+54 11) 4342 9433
http://www.celano.com.ar/

celano

    From: DaVe, July 29, 2010

There are several reputable immigration attorneys who deal with a wide range of issues and can speed up the process tremendously.  I, like many other expats, used Gabriel Celano based on recommendations from other people here. He has handled hundreds of visa and DNI applications.  In my opinion, it was money well spent.  I had a rentista visa and DNI within 45 days of submitting the paperwork.  From stories I have seen, it takes substantially more time doing it on your own.

Is it a requirement to have an immigration attorney? Absolutely not. You CAN do it on your own. Do they know more than you?  Absolutely. They deal with this every day and the requirements can change at a whim as so many things in Argentina.  When I applied, they had just put in a new regulation requiring not only proof of income, but also proof of the source of income to help prevent money-laundering.  This was a brand new requirement I would not have known about. I was able to put together all the required paperwork in advance and avoid an additional trip to Migraciones.

Gabriel and his team also knew everyone at Migraciones and the DNI offices and they greeted us warmly and in several instances allowed us to bypass long lines. And, like I said, the process was much smoother and quicker. They also speak English, which is another issue for many new expats.

I've also used him for other legal matters here and have been impressed each time.  Check out his web site if you want more info - http://www.celano.com.ar/

    From: Curt Peters, March 30, 2010

I have used ARCA for the past 4 years.  Very good service and fast.  Not cheap.

http://argentinaresidency.com/

ask for Lorena

argentinaresidency

    From: brontierex, March 31, 2009

Here's a brief introductory plug for the legal team that helped us to wade through the process of receiving permanent residency.

Gabriel Celano and his legal team are experts on the immigration process (and other specialties) to Argentina and have been an indispensible asset to my family in assisting us through the sticky process of acquiring our resident status. Aside from his knowledge and experience, he is an excellent communicator and speaks impeccable English and bears genuine concern for the particular needs of his clients. He's professional and ethical yet personable, creative and flexible, and understands the client from a human angle and not just a legal perspective. We had our documents in hand within six months of moving to Buenos Aires! (By expressing that I'm not making any guarantees on the timing. I am just aware of how long the process CAN take--and often takes--and note that the expedience of this process for my family would NOT have happened without the help of Gabriel and Mattias.)

His kind assistant, Mattias, has also been on the spot for us, spending copious amounts of time <<waiting>>...

The website address for his organization, Logistica Internacional:  www.logistica-sa.com.ar

logistica-sa

From: Peter J. Macay, January 26, 2005

This is the name of the law office that helped us obtain residency:

Beretta Kahale Godoy
Sarmiento 580, piso 4º - 5º
C1041AAL, Buenos Aires
Argentina

Tel: 54 11 4326 7386
Fax: 54 11 4326 7396

www.bkgfirm.com

Once you get residency, you can apply for a DNI to work here legally.

    From: Belliappa Pattada, September 03, 2006

I have a very good lawyer recommendation for those of you i had promised to reply back to, regarding my lawyer hunt for the past 8 months ever since i came down to BsAs to start and run a business but only after getting residency. I did interview and consult with 6 lawers and law firms and eventually only 1 could deliver (i got residency within 4 weeks after i submitted the required documents to him). I paid just 25% in advance and the rest after i got residency, which many lawyers don´t usually accept. He also happened to be very inexpensive as compared with the others, so now that i know he delivers i can recommend him.

His name is Nicolas Procopio (i met him when he was with BKG law firm, he however recently started on his own), and i got his recommendation from another expat from Costa Rica. He is a specialist on the rentista and retiree residency, but i got a work-related residency. He also did a lot of other work for me, company formation, tax consultations, etc., and for some other smaller issues he did not charge me anything including getting me my DNI appointments/CUIL/legal translations, etc., . You can refer my name if you need an initial free consultation, wherein he will  explain how the system works at migrationes and any other issues or questions u have. You can contact him at  nicolasprocopio@gmail.com  

His english is excellent! / belli

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  • Residency - Living here Long Term as a Tourist
  • From: Peter J. Macay, April 11, 2004

We moved here in 2000 from the USA. According to the Argentina Embassy in Los Angeles before we moved here it is perfectly legal to live here indefinitely as long as you leave the country every 90 days to have your tourist stamp "visa" renewed, this is not a "visa" really, just a stamp that automatically happens when you enter the country and pass through the custom's agent. You do not have to return to your country of citizenship, just take the ferry to Uruguay, and you can turn right around again if you like, you don’t even have to stay overnight.

You can also go to the immigrations office and renew your tourist visa which is cheaper then taking the ferry to Uruguay, you can do this every OTHER 90 days, so you only have to leave the country twice a year. I have never done this at the immigrations office but others have said it's easy.

We have been doing this for 3.5 years now and have never been questioned, not once, our passports are 90% Argentina stamps. I did contact several different Argentina embassies when we first moved here on the proper procedures to bring our 2 kitty katz in to the country, and everyone told me something different, sooooooooooooo, you never know if you're getting a proper answer, even from someone who should know the proper answer.

    From: Peter J. Macay, December 31, 2010

Update: There have been many rumors on the BANewcomers group that immigration is cracking down on long term temporary residents.  Because laws here change often, my strategy listed above may not be a good idea if you plan to live here long term, so obtaining legal residency will be your best option long term.  I've heard it is MUCH easier to get Argentina residency from the Argentine consulate nearest you in the USA before coming to Argentina.

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  • Residency / Obtaining / Experiences
  • From: DaVe, July 31, 2010

This was just posted to BA Expats, so now the new rentista visa policy is actually in writing:

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By Disposition Nbr. 1534/2010 of the DNM, published July 29, 2010, the monthly income required for the rentier (rentista) visa was establised at AR$ 8000.-

The complete text of the Disposition may be found here (in Spanish)
http://infoleg.mecon.gov.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/165000-169999/169991/norma.htm
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Yes, this is a tremendous increase and will limit the number of people who can now qualify for this visa, either for the first time or when renewing.

    From: Marilyn Fisher, December 23, 2009

The new place to get that DNI is now the Immigration Offices at Av. Antártida Argentina 1355 (close to Retiro bus terminal). 

The telephone number to obtain a "turno" at Immigration regarding  DNI paperwork at the Immigration Office on Avenida Antartida is  5222-7117  Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 16:00.

nuevodni
migraciones

They have converted the bottom floor of the Immigration Museum behind the Immigration Offices into some extra space, and have erected a large tent to accommodate even more people and services.
 
So I think from now on the Immigrations Offices on Avenida Antartida are the new one-stop shopping for DNI processing.
 
And for the cedula obtained from the office at Azapardo, corner of Mexico, they need not only the new DNI, but also a legalized photocopy of the birth certificate which had to be presented to get one's DNI the Immigration Office.  They told me it had to be obtained from the office that issued me the DNI.   A little redundant to be sure.

    From: Veronica Salvetti, January 11, 2008

I think you qualify for temporary residency, not permanent, these are the requirements for permanent residency acording to Migrations:

B) DOCUMENTACION DE ENCUADRE MIGRATORIO: RESIDENCIA PERMANENTE

Además de la documentación personal, la persona que desee radicarse en forma definitiva o permanente, deberá acompañar documentación específica en relación al criterio de admisión invocado, a saber:

- Hijo argentino o radicado: deberá acompañar Partida de nacimiento y DNI del hijo argentino o radicado.- Cónyuge de ciudadano argentino o radicado: Partida de matrimonio y DNI del cónyuge argentino o radicado.- Padre o madre argentino/a: DNI del padre o madre argentino/a y partida de nacimiento del solicitante.- Padre o madre radicado/a: el interesado debe ser soltero y menor de 21 años, debiendo acompañar el DNI del padre o madre radicado/a y partida de nacimiento propia

Depending on how your company is structured you may qualify for a rentista visa.

http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/migraciones/radicacion_e_mercosur.asp

    From: noimmediateplans, January 11, 2008

There are several different types of visas, and it is not always easy to figure out which one is the most appropriate for a given situation. The simplest thing would be for you to seek the help of immigration consultants. You will pay more than if you do it yourself, but the process will be a lot smoother and faster.

If you use consultants, instead of doing it yourself, you will have to do the final step at an Argentine embassy or consulate, so that step would obviously have to be done outside Argentina (usually in your home country). In the US you are assigned to a consulate (or the embassy in DC) based on what region of the country you live in. When the immigration office here in Argentina approves your application, you are notified and then you can make an appointment at the consulate office. The immmigration office here forwards your information to the consulate/embassy where you will have your appointment.

When you get there, they will fingerprint you and then glue a form (the visa) onto one page of your passport. They give you a couple of sealed envelopes to hand to the immigration officer the next time you enter Argentina (which has to be within one year of getting the visa in your passport). At the immigration desk at the airport you get a temporary stamp in your passport, just like you would if you were coming in as a tourist. Depending on the type of visa, the stamp shows an expiration date of 1 or 2 years (as opposed to 90 days for a tourist visa).

The hardest part of the whole process is deciding exactly what visa category is most appropriate and what strategy you are going to use. Then getting all the paperwork together takes a little time, since you need a certified birth certificate, police report, etc. Everything (except the police report) needs an apostille. And then everything will need to be translated by an official translator, and the translation will have to be "certified" by the college of translators (forget what it's called exactly).

Once you submit the paperwork, if it is a straightforward application, it can move pretty quickly (about 30 days). But it takes a while to get the paperwork together, to get the appointment at the consulate/embassy, etc. Plan on several months from start to finish.  And PLEASE do NOT post a question on this forum asking how long it takes to get a DNI --- the board will suddenly be swamped with hundreds of posts complaining about the bureaucracy here! (Actually, DNI approval seems to go in cycles --- when I got my DNI, it took very little time, but now for some reason there is a huge back-log.)

Try www.afnvisas.com  They have an office here in the city. And yes, they speak English.

    From: karalbauer, July 10, 2007 / Replies by Rick Jones, July 12, 2007

Here are my questions (I apologize if they've been asked many times):

1 - I'm using the NY consulate. Is the private income/retiree visa the same as the rentista visa?
Rick reply: 1. A retiree visa is not the same as a rentista visa.  I believe 'rentista' implies a source of investment income, whereas 'retiree' implies that you are receiving a pension.

2 - What is the process for getting things notorized and translated?  Do I get it translated first and then notorized. Does anyone know where to go in NYC or the process/amount of time it takes?
Rick reply: 2. When my wife and I did our retiree visas in the States, we got everything notarized, then apostilled, then translated before turning it all in to the Argentine embassy in Washington DC.  The length of time varies with each document.  Our marriage license took forever, because the state of New York was slow and bureaucratic. My birth certificate was quick, because the state of Delaware was more efficient.  Once we had it all together and translated, it took two weeks at the embassy.  

As far as getting things notarized, each agency we dealt with (for birth certs, marriage license, police report, etc.) had their own people who did notarizations.  When you request the document, make sure to request a notarized copy.  For apostilles, just do a Google search on the word "apostille" and the particular state, and you should find the exact place to get an apostille.  For translations, ask the consulate if they have specific translators they recommend or require.

3 - Letter stating income. I currently have rental income but I'm selling my apartment and don't have any 1 year lease. However, I can show that rental income has been coming into my account for the last year. I also have a US job (that I do from BsAs) and have income being deposited into my account each month. Again, I can show past deposits, but I don't have any contract projecting into the future.  I'm confused on what my options are...
Rick reply: 3. Cannot help you there. You might consider asking the consulate what they will accept.  For my retiree visa, I had my accountant write a letter stating my income, which I got notarized and apostilled, and that worked.

4 - Police records. Does anyone know the process of getting your police records (in NYC) or the length of time this takes.
Rick reply: 4. You might find something here...
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html 

My criminal background check in Washington DC took about an hour, then another hour to get apostilled across the street.

5 - Once all this is completed in NY, does the rentista visa get granted or is there further processing in Buenos Aires?
Rick reply: 5. The initial visas get granted in the U.S., then they need to be renewed for some number of years here in Argentina.

 6 - Can all of this be done from Argentina or is it best to do in the US?
Rick reply: 6. Can't answer that one.  Most of our stuff was done by mail, so that aspect of it is certainly doable from here. In terms of where the final processing is easier -- a consulate or here -- I don't know.

    From: Sean, May 12, 2007

Re: Does anyone know exactly which documents must be translated from English to Spanish in order to get a rentista visa?

Hi Carrie, I would follow the written instructions given to you by the appropriate authorities involved, otherwise you are asking for one surprise after another. I would recommend starting the process in your home country with the Argentine embassy or consulate nearest to your home city. If you start the process here, you are subjecting yourselves to a much longer process, not to mention filled with the potential runaround factor.

From: holtjj, May 12, 2007

See the page below:

http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/migraciones/radicacion_e_mercosur.asp 

I just went through the process at Migraciones of getting permanent residency (which  wasn't as bad as I feared) and didn't need my passport translated, notarized, etc. I'm  pretty sure the same would apply to you regarding the passport.

    From: Belliappa Pattada, March 29, 2006

There are two ways of applying for any residency.  One is going thro the Argentine consulate in the US (You have to use the consulate that your state comes under), and the second is at Migrationes here in Buenos Aires. I´m not sure which one takes longer.

I´m not sure about the procedure for the regular police clearance certificate (which will require to be Apostilled), but if and when you apply for the FBI cert (info is online), you have to specifically ask for it to be Apostilled (total cost is 18 USD-credit card or money order, 10 days to 40 days approx, and u may have to go into ur local police station to have them fingerprint you on their card). So when they finally send you the FBI cert they will include a letter stating that it does not require to be Apostilled, which you will then translate to spanish (School of Public Translators is on the 1800 Block of Corrientes and if you ask the lady at the info desk for the names and contact numbers of the official translators in your area - although you have to tell her your postal code, for me it was 1425 in Palermo, and she will printed out a few 100 contacts for me to choose from), along with your all other required docs, and submit it to Migrationes.

I may be wrong about this, but i think your proof of pension has to be made by an accountant along with the last few months bank statement showing that you got paid at least the minimum amount required (approx 1000 USD or probably even lesser for pensioners)...and then have that apostilled before coming here.

I´m not sure if you need a Police clearance certificate from here too, but you can get that in 2 places, one is at the Migrationes office itself (Tramite Rapido 48 hrs -40 pesos, Tramite Normal 7 to 10 days, 25 pesos) get there by 8am, or also on the 1300 block of Tucuman in the Justice office (sorry i don´t know the spanish name) where you can get the same, (go there by 9-10am) , and also the super fast Tramite 8 Hrs - 50 pesos...the same day where i got mine 2 days ago....i recommend this as the bank is located within the office.

The residency may take approx 6 weeks to obtain if you apply here in Migrationes. I think you have to pay 200 pesos as processing fees....not sure though.

Now, the DNI is not directly related to the residency application process, it is usually necessary for working legally here, but also a very important document if you plan to live here and get gas, phone connections, etc.,....i would want one even if i am not working here!!

You can apply for the DNI only after you have obtained at least temporary residency. I have not done this so i can´t tell you much, but you can check the previous posts.  Remember, you may have to go to Migrationes more than once cause it depends on the person who is receiving your application and may ask for more documents. etc...

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  • Residency Requirements
  • From: Sean, June 14, 2006

Check out the latest downloads of rules and regulations and requirements at

http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/

    From: Peter J. Macay

For the “official” requirements on obtaining residency, I think it wise to visit the Immigrations building, they have a form that lists how you get started.  The immigrations building has been remodeled and modernized, it is actually a very nice governmental office, however, like most governmental offices there are 50 different counters.  Unless you are fluent in Spanish, I would highly recommend bringing a person fluent in Spanish with you.  Every visit we have been there included lots of questions of authorities, pointing in multiple directions, rapid fire conversations, shrugged shoulders and waving arms.  I couldn’t understand a word of it.

National Migration Office, Av. Antartida Argentina 1355

Previously there were 4 ways to obtain residency:

  • Marry an Argentine
  • Invest a $150,000 in a business here (this is when it was 1 peso = 1 USA dollar, don’t know what it is now)
  • Have a company sponsor you by wanting to hire you
  • 1 year student visa, I heard this was quite simple to get by just enrolling in an University of Buenos Aires language class.

Recently they have added 2 other options called a “Rentist” and a “Pensionist” for those with verifiable incomes as described in Susan’s info below.  This is how we qualified, Ron has social security income and I have a condo that I rent out in California, USA.

    From BANewcomers:  Susan Ramshaw sent on August 20, 2004

I have made further inquiries about foreigners who are steady stable income holders/pensioners from abroad and interested in getting a visa: (This is a free translation, so please bear with me).

a) A foreign stable income holder is a person who will receive a monthly income for at least 2 years of not less than the equivalent of $2500 (pesos).  (Note as of July 2010, this have been raised to $8,000 pesos a month)

b) A foreign pensioner is a person who receives a monthly income of not less than $2000 (pesos)  as a pension generated abroad and to be remitted to his order in Argentina.

* The documentation required for a) is a certificate issued by the entity used to remit the funds, as well as proof of banking investments abroad or proof of local investments as long as they have been obtained with funds remitted from abroad.   Where it concerns a company a certificate from a notary public or public accountant will be required as verification.

* The documentation required for b) is a copy of the document awarding the pension as well as copies of the last 2 monthly pensions.

Then of course there is the pile of documents, birth certificates, good conduct certificates, passports, marriage certificates, etc. etc. which are also required.   I also have that list for anyone interested.

All of the above mentioned documents require an apostille as well as translation into Spanish and legalization in the Buenos Aires College of Public Translators.

    From: noimmediateplans, January 11, 2008

There are several different types of visas, and it is not always easy to figure out which one is the most appropriate for a given situation. The simplest thing would be for you to seek the help of immigration consultants. You will pay more than if you do it yourself, but the process will be a lot smoother and faster.

If you use consultants, instead of doing it yourself, you will have to do the final step at an Argentine embassy or consulate, so that step would obviously have to be done outside Argentina (usually in your home country). In the US you are assigned to a consulate (or the embassy in DC) based on what region of the country you live in. When the immigration office here in Argentina approves your application, you are notified and then you can make an appointment at the consulate office. The immmigration office here forwards your information to the consulate/embassy where you will have your appointment.

When you get there, they will fingerprint you and then glue a form (the visa) onto one page of your passport. They give you a couple of sealed envelopes to hand to the immigration officer the next time you enter Argentina (which has to be within one year of getting the visa in your passport). At the immigration desk at the airport you get a temporary stamp in your passport, just like you would if you were coming in as a tourist. Depending on the type of visa, the stamp shows an expiration date of 1 or 2 years (as opposed to 90 days for a tourist visa).

The hardest part of the whole process is deciding exactly what visa category is most appropriate and what strategy you are going to use. Then getting all the paperwork together takes a little time, since you need a certified birth certificate, police report, etc. Everything (except the police report) needs an apostille. And then everything will need to be translated by an official translator, and the translation will have to be "certified" by the college of translators (forget what it's called exactly).

Once you submit the paperwork, if it is a straightforward application, it can move pretty quickly (about 30 days). But it takes a while to get the paperwork together, to get the appointment at the consulate/embassy, etc. Plan on several months from start to finish.  And PLEASE do NOT post a question on this forum asking how long it takes to get a DNI --- the board will suddenly be swamped with hundreds of posts complaining about the bureaucracy here! (Actually, DNI approval seems to go in cycles --- when I got my DNI, it took very little time, but now for some reason there is a huge back-log.)

Try www.afnvisas.com  They have an office here in the city. And yes, they speak English.

    From BANewcomers: May 26, 2005 Charles

Question: hello people I am living in the usa and im on social security.  I was wondering if argentina has a pensionado visa program. does anyone have any info on this, id really apreciate any info. thanks

Charles’ Reply: Yes, you can get a temporary visa for 3 years that can be extended.

http://infoleg.mecon.gov.ar/txtnorma/92016.htm

ARTICULO 23. — Se considerarán "residentes temporarios" todos aquellos extranjeros que, bajo las condiciones que establezca la reglamentación, ingresen al país en las siguientes subcategorías:

c) Pensionado: quien perciba de un gobierno o de organismos internacionales o de empresas particulares por servicios prestados en el exterior, una pensión cuyo monto le permita un ingreso pecuniario regular y permanente en el país. Podrá concederse un término de residencia de hasta tres (3) años, prorrogables, con entradas y salidas múltiples;

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  • Restaurants - Club de barrio restaurants where you can taste real Porteño cuisine
  • From: Julio Cesar Losua, February 2, 2010

Here's a list of Club de barrio restaurants where you can taste real Porteño cuisine!!!
http://www.planetajoy.com/index.php?8_clubes_barriales_para_comer_bien_y_barato&page=ampliada&id=1179
Saludos,
Julio

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8 clubes barriales donde comer bien y barato
Los restaurantes de los clubes barriales tienen una relación precio calidad imbatible. Estos son los mejores de Buenos Aires y alrededores.

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Muchas veces se come mejor en un club de barrio que un restaurante que se las tira de “gourmet”. No importa que las mesas sean de fórmica, que la decoración sea un trofeo de plástico dorado y que al lado haya un pibes jugando al papi fútbol. Acá sabés que pagás poco, y comés mucho y bien. Recorrimos la ciudad y sus alrededores y buscamos los clubes en los que se come bárbaro. Calzate los cortos y vení a conocerlos.

1. Para una noche de calor con amigos: EL BOCHIN
Un club de Palermo algo venido a menos donde el deporte estrella es el arco y flecha. El restaurante es bueno, aunque el servicio algo lento. Lo mejor es el patio, bajo el cielo con estrellas y con vista a la cancha de pelota-paleta. De la parrilla sale mucho el bife de chorizo mariposa ($32). En pastas, mucha salsa Gran Caruso y Parissiene. También está bueno el pollo a la Guadalupe (cebollas, morrones y papas españolas) a 22 pesos.
(Julián Álvarez 2355, Palermo / T. 4823-7507)

2. Nacional y popular: CLUB GIMNASIO PARQUE CHACABUCO
En el barrio todos el restaurante del club que se hizo famoso a fuerza de porciones generosas, precios módicos y un clima familiar. La vitrina de trofeos, las gaseosas de litro, y los chicos corriendo transpirados después de haberla gastado en la canchita también forman parte de la decoración. ¿Recomendados? La tortilla a la española, los bocconcinos con salsa de mostaza o verdeo y, de postre, los clásicos panqueques con dulce de leche.  
(Miró 750, Parque Chacabuco / T. 4432-5575)

3. Para ir con toda la familia: EL RIBEREÑO
Pequeño club de barrio, a metros de las vías, siempre lleno, y donde es imprescindible la reserva. Ojo: sólo abre de noche. Es uno de esos lugares con tele prendida y motores de heladera tronando; algo más tranquilo es el patio que se habilita en verano. Se destacan las pastas frescas (los ravioles de calabaza son exquisitos) y también los pescados. Muy recomendable el bife de chorizo: es enorme y tiene que pedirse con una hora de anticipación.
(Chile 193, San Isidro / T. 4747-2269)

4. Para palermear barato: CLUB EROS
Clásico del barrio y paraíso de las minutas donde podés comer bien y barato sin alejarte de Plaza Serrano. Hay turistas, hay gente de trabajo almorzando, hay familias, hay pibes, hay televisores prendidos, hay botellas de vinagre Menoyo sobre las mesas y queso rallado en sobre. Que la parrilla esté afuera es una gran ventaja para no salir con la ropa llena de olor a comida.  Por $18 tenés una porción de pollo a la parrilla con ensalada de papa y huevo y por 16, unos ñoquis con estofado.
(Uriarte 1609, Palermo / T. 4832-1313)

5. Para volver a los ´80: CLUB CIRCULO VILLA DEVOTO
Comer acá es como viajar a 1982. Luces en spot, manteles, pisos y paredes en la gama del marrón, sillas de caño. En su gran salón conviven socios y forasteros (aunque para los socios se reservan las mejores mesas, como las que tienen vista a la pileta del club) y si uno se olvida de la decoración ochentosa puede comer muy bien. Imponente la milanesa napolitana ($22). Postres clásicos, entre $8 y $10 y bife de chorizo con guarnición, $25. En la mejor zona de Villa Devoto.
(Pedro Morán 4151, Villa Devoto / T. 4501-0501)

6. Para comer étnico: CLUB GUESHER
A dos cuadras del Congreso, se esconde este restaurante sefardí, frecuentado por miembros de la comunidad local. El dueño, David, es un ‘espanta- nuevos clientes’ (“No necesito, siempre está lleno, no quiero trabajar más”, dice), pero los manjares ameritan una visita. De noche, sólo abre los miércoles y jueves y tiene un menú fijo (aprox. $60) que incluye ensaladas (tabule, babaganush), platos calientes (niños envueltos, berenjenas rellenas), café y dulces. El salón parece de fiesta de 15. 
(J. D Perón 1878, Congreso / T. 4372-2800)

7. Para futboleros: CLUB LANUS
La pasión granate se vive también en el restaurante de la sede del Club Lanús. El lugar tiene más de ¡200 platos!, entre los cuales se destacan los pescados. Entre lo que más sale está la picada de mar (para dos personas, $46), el arroz a la valencia ($24) y la parrillada para tres personas (con mollejas, ensalada y papas incluidas) a sólo $65. El salón tiene un lindo ventanal con vista al jardín de la sede.
(9 de Julio 1680, Lanús / T. 4247-2322)

8. Para conocer turistas: VILLA MALCOLM
Club de extraordinario nombre y extraordinario pasado (sus fiestas de carnaval fueron antológicas para varias generaciones), Villa Malcolm ofrece un modesto servicio de buffet con platos de la cocina tradicional argentina: ravioles con variedad de salsas, pollo al verdeo con papas a la española. Además de cancha de baby fútbol, clases de taekwondo, de patín, de gimnasia artística para los chicos del barrio, los miércoles y viernes hay clases de “tango con onda” o “tangocool” que se llenan de turistas. 
(Córdoba 5064, Palermo / T. 4772-9796)

De yapa: dos de alta gama

Para un almuerzo de negocios: LA TERRAZA (CLUB VILAS)
Alejado del concepto de "barrial", con vista al campo de golf y a la cancha de tenis principal del club, La Terraza ofrece comidas saludables y no tanto para espíritus deportistas, por ejemplo, el salmón al grill con guarnición ($45). El plato del día más postre y bebida, está a entre $42 y $45. Abierto para no socios de lunes a viernes, no así los fines de semana. También está el Vilas Deli, con opciones de sándwiches y tartas en modo autoservicio.
(Valentín Alsina 1450, Belgrano / T. 4777-7500)

Para una salida romántica: EL CLU
Otro club con restaurante fashion. El salón tiene ventanales que dan a las canchas de tenis y también se puede comer afuera, en el deck. La cocina y la carta están supervisadas por uno de los mejores chefs del país: Pablo Massey. Platos simples con las mejores materias primas. Por ejemplo, salmón rosado con cous cous y cilantro ($34). Al mediodía hay menú ejecutivo de entrada, plato, postre y bebida a $60.  Si tenés suerte, quizás te lo cruzás a Del Potro, que suele entrenarse allí.
(Galván 3920, Saavedra / T.5197-6373 y 5197-6367)


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  • Restaurants - Ethnic - 10 Best
  • From: Julio Cesar Losua, Nov 2, 2009

Months ago someone in the group was complaining about the lack of ethnic restaurants in Buenos Aires.  Here’s a list of a top ten ethnic restaurants in Buenos Aires.

http://www.planetajoy.com/?Los_10_restaurantes_etnicos_menos_conocidos_de_Buenos_Aires&page=ampliada&id=867
Saludos,
Julio

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Los 10 restaurantes étnicos menos conocidos de Buenos Aires
Aquí, 10 lugares ocultos para probar platos extranjeros, que en nuestra ciudad, casi nadie conoce.

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1. DE CAMERUN: EL BUEN SABOR
En una esquina de Villa Crespo, este es el único restaurante de comida africana de la ciudad. Atendido por el camerunés Maxime Tankouo es un espacio del tamaño de un quiosco que alberga 10 mesas y sirve platos típicos de la zona de Africa central, que en muchos aspectos de parece a la brasileña, por sus sabores agridulces y la utilización de porotos, plátanos y pescados. El precio de los platos va de $30 a $40. Una joyita digna de ser descubierta.
(Camargo 296, Villa Crespo / T. 4854-8800)

2. DE CROACIA: DOBAR TEK
Los croatas no sólo inventaron las corbatas. También tienen su cocina nacional representada por este pequeño reducto ubicado en San Telmo, administrado por la familia Rusendic. La cocina es un poco hipercalórica pero de factura casera y muy sabrosa. Como entradas ofrecen leberwurst y un fiambre de cerdo ahumado. Después, gulash, ajíes rellenos o un codillo de cerdo de tamaño obsceno, acompañado por una parva de chucrut. Pero la especialidad de la casa son los strudel, dulces o salados, hechos con una masa grande como una sábana y fina como una estampilla que las mujeres de la familia amasan con sorprendente destreza. Entre 50 y 60 pesos per cápita.
(Av. San Juan 548, San Telmo / T. 4307-5235) 

3. DE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA: LA FIESTA
Queda en Constitución y, si bien resulta interesante, lo recomendamos para aquellos que quieren jugar a ser el Hombre Camel. Se trata de un salón con mesas y sillas chuecas y una rocola donde suena música caribeña a todo volumen. Los platos que preparan son muy sencillos, como el pica-pollo (pollo frito con plátano), el Moro, una especie de arroz ligado con porotos y la Bandera, el plato dominicano por excelencia (habichuelas, carne salteada, ensalada verde y arroz). Todo acompañado con cerveza. Se puede comer por unos 25 / 30 pesos.
(Virrey Ceballos 654, Constitución / T. 4381-3037) 

4. DE UCRANIA: ERMAK
En este ruso-ucraniano de la calle Billinghurst se respira nostálgia, quizás producto de una bandera soviética con la imagen de Lenin. Visitarlo es una gran experiencia. Se puede comer desde el clásico borscht (sopa de remolacha y crema), varenyky (ravioles ucranianos), blinis, pelmeni (paquetitos de pasta rellenos), hasta la reconocida suprema a la Kiev, la especialidad de la casa. Se bebe cerveza y varios tipos de vodka, garantía de que los comensales van a salir ebrios bailando kalinka. Precio: entre 50 y 60 por persona.
(Billinghurst 815, Almagro / T. 4862-0170) 

5. DE HUNGRIA: HUNGARIA
La comunidad húngara acostumbra reunirse en un club tradicional en Martínez (en el límite con La Lucila). El restaurant está en un salón con aire centroeuropeo. No hay violines gitanos pero es lo más parecido a estar en Budapest. Omar, que nada tiene de magyar (no sabe por qué, pero siendo entrerriano le dicen “el santiagueño”), está a cargo de la cocina del Hungaria. Entre otras cosas, prepara figasas (tortas fritas húngaras) y gulash (de cerdo o mondongo), pollo a la húngara (una presa de pollo estofada acompañada de los clásicos ñoquis), repollo relleno (de carne de vaca, cerdo, panceta y chucrut), chucrut a la Transilvania, etc. De postre, el clásico dobos o el lujurioso rigos (una torta de chocolate de varias capas). La cocina es sencilla, fresca y rica. Como corresponde a un club húngaro, los sábados por la tarde se reúnen los esgrimistas en una sala a practicar su arte. El restaurante está abierto al público y tiene precios muy accesibles. 40 / 45 pesos por persona. Eso sí, una botella del codiciado Tokay Aszu cuesta unos $300.
(Pasaje Juncal 4250, Martínez / T 4799-8437. Martes a sábado por la noche, y sábado y domingo al mediodía)

6. DE COREA: BI-WON
Un discreto pescado de madera que pende sobre la puerta es la única referencia que lo identifica. Cuando uno ingresa, se encuentra con una ex confitería retro que no se condice con la impronta oriental de la cocina. Sin embargo, a poco de sentarse, el muy criollo Domingo ofrece especialidades coreanas como el bul gogui, unas lonchas de carne condimentadas que se cocinan sobre un pintoresco hornillo que traen a la mesa (como si fuera una pierrade). Esta preparación es la más pedida y se acompaña con una guarnición de diez platitos. Eso sí, lidiar con los palitos coreanos requiere pericia: son metálicos y parecen agujas de crochet. El yache twiguim es una versión local del tempura, una generosa fuente cubierta de verduras rebozadas en una fina fritura, muy recomendable para compartir. También podés pedir unos calamares salteados con verduras o una cazuela de kimchi, repollo pungente mezclado con carne de cerdo, queso de soja y otros condimentos. No sirven postre aunque traen unos refrescantes gajos de mandarina. La comida coreana es deliciosa, pero generosa en picante y ajo, así que si luego tenés una cita, te aconsejamos llevar un frasquito de Listerine. Precio: 50 / 60 pesos por cabeza.
(Junín 548, Congreso / T. 4372-1146 / Lunes a viernes mediodía y noche. Sábados sólo por la noche; hay que llegar temprano porque la cocina cierra a las 22)

7. DE BOLIVIA: MIRIAM
Liniers es más que un centro neurálgico de transporte. Allí está establecida parte de la comunidad boliviana y entre sus aportes están los originales restaurantes. Este comedor es bastante precario pero dispuesto a recibir a aquellos que buscan algo distinto. Sillas metálicas y mesas con manteles de plástico pueblan el modesto y colorido local, donde permanentemente suena música del altiplano. Se pueden probar las famosas empanadas bolivianas, chicharrón, fricasé paceño (mote, chuño entero y carne de cerdo en ají picante), charque, laping (mote con cáscara y carne adobada con limón y papaya), y otros platos típicos. Miriam, oriunda de Cochabamba, está a cargo de la cocina. El menú trae fotos para ilustrar a los neófitos. Como bebida se puede tomar jugo de zanahoria, cerveza Paceña (no siempre hay), batido de bicervecina (cerveza negra con huevo) o una jarra con jugo de durazno con canela y clavo de olor. Vale la pena realizar una caminata por la calle vecina, José León Suárez, para chusmear en los puestos del mercado. Precio promedio: $20 por persona.
(Ibarrola 7184, Liniers / Todos los días de 9 a 23)

8. DE CHILE: LOS CHILENOS
Supo tener tiempos mejores, pero Los Chilenos hace más de cuatro décadas que recibe a su clientela. Gonzalo Bustamante, a cargo del restaurant y oriundo de Valdivia, cuenta que en los últimos años ha aumentado la demanda de pescados y mariscos. A pesar del bajón de turistas, se defienden con la gente del barrio y los profesionales que almuerzan durante los días de semana. Los mozos son “old fashioned”, de la vieja guardia, al igual que el local: una cantina sencilla decorada con posters de distintos puntos turísticos de Chile. El congrio con ajo y oliva, locos “al pil-pil”, soufflé de centollas patagónicas, chupe de locos o cholgas y caldillos de pescado son algunas de sus especialidades. También hay minutas y un rincón de vinos chilenos. Costo por persona: unos $60.-.
(Suipacha 1024, Retiro / T. 4328-3123 / Lunes a sábado, mediodía y noche)

9. DE SUECIA: CLUB SUECO
Además de Abba y los Premios Nobel, los suecos cuentan con su restaurante en el microcentro porteño. Martín Varela y Nancy Sittman, dos ascendentes chefs, han tomado la concesión hace poco más de dos años.  Se encuentra en el quinto piso y ocupa tres sobrios salones: un lobby con una barra donde se destacan las distintas marcas de acquavit con sillones suecos originales, una pequeña biblioteca y un amplio comedor con el parquet de madera escandinava y sillas de diseño nórdico. Las mesas están convenientemente separadas entre sí. Los platos emblemáticos son la degustación de lacha y salmón, los sándwiches nórdicos, los arenques marinados, las köttbullar (albóndigas suecas con puré de papa y rúcula), el far i kal (cordero guisado) y el biff a la Lindström (hamburguesa con alcaparras y remolacha agridulce). Precio aprox: $50 por persona. Es recomendable concurrir al Smörgâsbord ($120), una especie de buffet sueco que se hace los segundos jueves de cada mes. Es imprescindible la reserva.
(Tacuarí 147, 5º piso, Microcentro / T. 4342-0888 / Lunes a viernes al mediodía, y jueves y viernes por la noche)

10. DE POLONIA: LA CASA POLACA
Un restaurante que ya tiene una larga historia en Palermo Soho, al lado de donde funcionó durante años el mítico bar Mundo Bizarro. Antos Yakowiak sigue a cargo del lugar que hasta hace unos años funcionaba en un subsuelo que hacia recordar a los años 40, con escudos en las paredes y un piano de cola. Ahora, se mudaron a otro salón dentro de la misma casa, mucho más moderno. La comida es la misma de siempre, bien tradicional polaca, con toda la influencia germana y centroeuropea que eso conlleva. Entre los platos destacados están los típicos piegodi, una suerte de capeletti, rellenos de papa y queso blanco, o chukrut, entre otras opciones, como el barszcz czerwony, una sopa fría de remolachas. Costo por persona: 60 / 70 pesos.
(Jorge Luis Borges 2076, Palermo Soho / T.  4899 0514 y 4777 6683 / Martes a sábado por la noche)
 

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    Restaurants – Mexican food

    From: chegringo57, November 04, 2007

My goal: to find the best Mexican I could find in this city and report my findings.

First up, "Ay Jalisco no te rajes", in Villa Devoto, Nueva York 4401.  A very tasty place, but not very Mexican. Another one of those places that forget that Mexicans eat very spicey, regardless of where the restaurant might be located, ie. Buenos Aires. A very small place located directly adjacent to the railroad tracks, the food was good, but not authentic; more adapted to the clients. My wife had the worst quesadilla her and I have ever had (the bad meal, cheese was still cold and uncooked inside), and I had their special platter with the same name as the restaurant (tortillas and a chicken/veggie mix covered in melted nacho cheese). The nacho cheese wasn't spicey, but it was a rather tasty meal and this place might have enough to quench your desire for Mexican food.

Next up, "Vera Cruz" in Palermo SoHo, Godoy Cruz 1819. This place has both spicey and non-spicey salsa. And it is some spicey salsa. I was very satisfied with this place. My wife and I had burritos (her's vegiterian, mine chicken) and it was very good. So good in fact, that it satisfied my current cravings. They also have corn tacos there and many other Mexican dishes. In terms of authentic, it is not, exactly, but probably as close to authentic as you're going to find here, and perhaps enough to satisfy any taco/Mexican cravings. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and the price very acceptable for the location (Ay Jalisco is cheaper).

website: www.restauranteveracruz.com.ar

They're open Tueday through Thursday for dinner, Friday through Sunday at noon.  However, this place could probably use some expatriate love, as I think it is too authentic for the Buenos Aires crowd.

I visited the California Burrito Company on Lavalle in the Centro, and it was too close to a Qdoba or Chipotle, and not what I have in mind when I think Mexican, so I didn't stay and eat. But I know people love those, so feel free to check it out, it looked good

enough.

    From: Carla Horton, November 04, 2007

Try Restaurant Mole in Belgrano, very close to the Mexican embassy.

I have been a couple of times to Mëxico so my standard is Mexican food not Tex Mex food, I found MOle the closest to Real Mexican food in Buenos Aires.

Mole Cabildo 1368

Cielito Lindo in Palermo Soho was also really good a few years ago.El Salvador 4999

Cancún in San Telmo was not good in terms or authentic Mexican food

    From: apogorelc, November 05, 2007

Since you have a quest to try Mexican, you might want to try this new Mexican restaurant (about 3-4 months old) called Como Aqua para Chocolate. The owner is Mexican. I heard that it is good but can't vouch for it since I haven't been yet. The address is Gorriti 5657 and telephone 4775-9594.  If you go, let me know how it is - I love Mexican!

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  • Restaurant Reviews - Places Pete liked / And Other Reviewers Recommendations

Note: Restaurants come and go in the blink of an eye and are constantly changing and evolving.  I was going to take this section out but thought I would leave it in case the place still exists and is still good.  There are also some links to other "review" sites which are updated much more often.  Cheers!  Pete

 

Ron and I live in Recoleta at Montevideo and Las Heras, most of the restaurants I recommend will be within walking distance of us.  We don’t have a car, and basically I prefer to walk.  This is not meant to represent a city wide approach, more of a Recoleta neighborhood scan.  If it can help you out, great, if you have a favorite place to recommend, please send it to me to include to broaden the scope of these reviews.

788 Foodbar, Arenales 1877, Recoleta 4814-4788, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am to 24:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 am.
A very cool atmosphere, trendy, yuppie, we arrived at 9 pm and were the first in the restaurant to have dinner.  There is an area with couches and comfortable chairs to have drinks.  Food was excellent, wine list was a little pricey.  For 2 of us the bill was $125 pesos which included appetizers, main dishes, 1 dessert, 2 coffees, and a bottle or red wine.  Complimentary champagne with the bill.  Visited December 2004.

    Review Update: Aug 2006 - We recently returned to 788 Foodbar and the quality of the food has seemed to have gone down.  I mentioned this to a friend and he said that the restaurant was sold and has new owners.  Our waiter was a disaster, friendly, but totally untrained and inefficient, bringing us bottle water and no glasses??.  One meal never arrived and some brief explanation was given.  For 6 people we ordered 3 desserts and the waiter gave us 3 coupons for free desserts on return visits because of the mishap with the late dinner, I would have preferred that he just took the 3 desserts we ordered off the bill.  The food was ok, not a waste of time, just a noticeable drop in quality from before.

Azema Exotic Bistro / From: Pericles E., May 1, 2007  I recommend Azema Exotic Bistro in Palermo Hollywood

Cabaña las Lilas, Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, 4313-1336 In Puerto Madero, prices are higher than the more authentic neighborhood parrilla. This is where Clinton had a steak when he was visiting, very elegant “yuppie” decor, but the steaks are unreal.  Great “special occasion” place

California Burrito Co. - From: diana glass, August 16, 2006

Lavalle 441 Neuvo Bajo.  Excellent burritos...

Campo di Fiori - From: alsante, August 24, 2006

Is an excellent italian restaurant. In barrio Monserrat, calle Venezuela y......? I can't remember the other street. Must call in advance for reservations. / Alfredo

Casa Cruz, Uriarte 1658, 4833-1112, gm@casa-cruz.com  Germán Martitegui is the owner.  Forget “Sucre” for an “in” place to go (was not impressed at “Sucre” with the uncomfortable chairs and loud ambiance) “Casa Cruz” is everything a fine dining experience should be.  Fantastic food in a truly romantic and comfortable setting.  This is in Palermo Viejo and not near our home.  Expensive but worth every penny.

Casa SaltShaker casasaltshaker  Closed Door Restaurant / Salon for Food and Conversation

http://www.casasaltshaker.com/

Dashi - Sushi - From: Eric Northam, 4/19/2007

The best sushi I've found so far is at Dashi on Salguero in Palermo Chico. For some reason the Dashi in Palermo Hollywood hasn't been as good at least from the few times I've been there. The Salguero Dashi also delivers. You can check out there menu at www.dashi.com.ar . Tuna is actually on the menu but I've never been there when it was available. The nigiri and sashimi is execellent but the seaweed on the temaki, the one timed I ordered it, was very chewy. I have yet to try the tempura.

Two other places that are popular for Sushi that I didn't like at all where Osaka and Sushi Club. I lived in Tokyo for a year so I might just be too picky.  - Gaijin 

Don Julio - From: Rick Jones, September 06, 2006

My favorite parrilla is a place at the corner of Guatemala and Gurruchaga called Don Julio.   That particular block of Gurruchaga (from Guatemala to Paraguay) is one that Borges allegedly called "the secret heart of Buenos Aires" in one of his poems.  Ellen and I are standing on it in this photo: http://www.rjeb.com

El Globo - From: alsante, August 24, 2006

Is excellent for Spanish (from Spain) cuisine, downtown B.A. / Alfredo

El Salto de la Rana - From Michael Silver, August 17, 2006

Don’t forget there is a place called el salto de la rana on Rodriguez peña between santa fe and arenales that has burritos, it is not a taqueria, but I have asked numerous times to put everything they serve on the side, inside the tortilla, and it’s great!

El Sanjuanino, I had never heard of locro, so for those that don't know, it's a type of stew with big chunks of fatty ham (it's SOOO good), beans and other assorted yummy cold weather ingredients, it's wonderful in the winter.

Our good friend Olga took us to "El Sanjuanino" in Recoleta on Pasadoas 1515 right near the corner of Callao.  It is a small family restaurant that seems like it has been there 30+ years.  Antonio Bandaras ate there while filming "Evita" so his mug shot is on the wall.  The food is mostly "traditional" with empanadas, tamales and the best damn locro I've had anywhere.

This was taken from the http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/   website:

El Sanjuanino
Posadas 1515 - Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Tel: 4804-2909
Recoleta
Cocina:Autóctona
Tarjetas: todos
Horarios:De martes a domingo, mediodía y noche.
Mail:(no tiene)
De lo nuestro, lo mejor...

El Sanjuanino junta tradición con tiempos de cocina modernos, servicio de nivel con sonrisas de tierra adentro. Madera y cuero, promociones exploratorias... Argentina revaloriza sus productos, la comida en este caso, no se queda afuera: Las empanadas criollas encuentran en este restaurante el punto justo. Los dulces de postre nos remontan al sabor casero de la abuela. Para sentirse Patoruzú y comerse unas cuantas empanadas de "la Chacha" nada mejor que sentarse en el Sanjuanino.

Especialidades:  Empanadas, tamales, humitas, locro. Postre: Quesillo con dulce de alcayota, de mamón, miel de caña.

Buen Provecho!

Empire Bar - Tai food - Tres Sargentos 427, Retiro 4312-5706.  I have not personally been here but this gets good recommendations

http://economist.com/cities/displayobject.cfm?obj_id=787478&city_id=BEA 

Faena Hotel - Cocktails faenahotel

We had the opportunity to have cocktails last night at Faena hotel http://www.faenahotelanduniverse.com/   I have heard about this place for a long time and WOW, what an amazing hotel.  The first cab we got into didn't recognize the hotel name or the address, so we jumped into another cab, I thought this strange since everyone seems to be talking about this place.

We only met for cocktails there, arriving at 7:45 pm, walking into the incredible entrance on Martha Salotti 445, greeted by several attendees and directed to the hotel bar area.  Very elegant.  The inner central gallery is really stupendous, I must say I've never been in a hotel like this.  There was a restaurant off the left as you entered, a large terrace to the right, and other rooms (meeting rooms?   Hotel rooms?) off the central gallery.

The bar area is large, in several sections, but the tables are spaced apart nicely so it doesn't feel crowded, even though the
place was filled.  The wait staff was impeccable, the music level was such that you could have a conversation, and the smoke level was hardly noticeable.  The decoration is strange, impressive, elegant and gaudy, all at the same time.  Animal heads adorn the walls, lots of red crushed velvet, beveled mirrors, big black leather chairs, modern metal chairs, old crystal chandeliers, huge standing paper lamps, whoever the decorator was really pulled this strange combination all together into a "fantasy" experience, I felt like I was meeting Truman Capote for a martini in a Fellini movie.  This hotel is really, REALLY amazing and having drinks here is a great way to start the evening.  Reviewed Aug 2006

Gaijin - Sushi - From: wheresleslie, April 27, 2007

I really like Gaijin on Paraguay y Bulnes. We're regulars there and  every tim we go we get a better and better selection of fish. They are  very reasonably priced. We usually spend about $35 a head incl wine.

Hereford Steak House - From: tango_kiwi, August 12, 2006

For all you carnivores out there...I can highly recommend the Hereford Steak House for a mouth watering, delectable taste experience of which  I have yet to better in BA. And believe me; I have had my fair share  of good steaks here in the past two years or so!  The address is: Av. 9 de Julio 1465 (y Posadas) Under Av. 9 de Julio  on the Recoleta side, al lado de Four Seasons Hotel. Arrive before  9pm without booking.  Not only was the food and wine selection exquisite, but the service  was exemplary. Modern with traditional decorum and an ambiance of  class and comfort that made you feel genuinely welcome.   The night was full of tasty additional extras that did not show on the  bill!! And even when the bill came, it was with a glass each of  bubbles!  A wonderful night out, without having to break into the piggy bank!!

Inaki – Sushi / From: twin_tri, May 1, 2007. I go here for my seafood .Yummy and cold oysters on the half  shell,  occasionally tuna and sword as the market determines. I've had the crab  au gratin appetizer. Across (almost) the street on the second floor is  another  seafood restaurant that has a Basque flair and the name'Basque' in the  name.I don't recall the exact name. A bit more expensive than Inaki.  Make a reservation for either unless you get there when they open.

http://www.inakirestaurante.com /

La Carretería - From: Carla Horton, September 06, 2006

Brasil street between Chacabuco and Perù in San Telmo. They serve locro on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Very inexpensive each locro serving is around 7 pesos. Great empandas and humitas too

La Mariscoqueria / From: twin_tri, May 1, 2007  A unique place, La Mariscoqueria, 2745 Las Heras. Retail seafood  downstairs and restaurant upstairs. Pick what you want and they'll  prepare it for you.

La Olla de Felix, Juncal 1693 between Montevideo and Rodriguez Peña, 4811-2873, open for lunch and dinner.  Reservations required.
This was quite a find, we’ve been walking by it for years without noticing it.  It’s very small, maybe 15 small tables, that’s why reservations are necessary.  There are only 5 or 6 entrees, no appetizers, only 4 or 5 desserts.  That’s it.  Home style cooking, delicious, Ron had bife de lomo, I had a rice and chicken dish, David had ravioles.  We all had dessert.  The entrees were inexpensive, 8 - 12 pesos, wines are simple and inexpensive.  A wonderful place.  Only drawback?, with all small restaurants, one or two smokers can really stink up the place.

La Parolaccia Trattoria, Riobamba 1046, 4812-1053, also locations in Belgrano and Puerto Madero
A wonderful Italian restaurant, beautiful decor, delicious and inexpensive for the quality of the food.  Best calamari I’ve had in Bs.As.  Call for reservations as they fill up pretty quick.

La Rosa Inglesa, Juramento 2995, esq Conesa , Belgrano, 4788-1256.  Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm and weekends from 9am to 9pm.  Reviewed Aug 2005.

A friend mentioned this English tea house to us, this was our first visit.  We made reservations for 1 pm on Sunday.  The restaurant is not that large but had a wonderful assortment of cakes, pies, pastries, and scones.  We were hungry for more then pastries so we ordered lunch.  I had a special of the day, a wonder chopped meat dish served with dried tomatoes and potato crisps.  Ron had soup of pumpkin and our guest had onion soup.  Ron ordered the full mixed salad, which included tuna.  Ron then ordered a slice of berry pie for dessert and gave it rave reviews (he’s the dessert hound in our household).

The place is very comfortable, sunny, and well decorated and the staff was extremely nice, there is also a gift shop area to purchase all sorts of “English Tea” stuff like teas, cookies, trays with flowers painted on them, tea pots, etc.   Very enjoyable lunch! / E-mail larosainglesa@hotmail.com

    From: Frank E. Almeida, September 06, 2006

I finally made it out to La Rosa Inglesa this weekend. It took me a very  long time and I really should have made it out soonder. Sorry Lisa. I  plan on making up for lost time by going back regularly. If you want a  change of pace from the usual dulce de leche with (insert whatever  flavor you want here) cakes then this is a must go to place for you.  Just in case you are wondering, I am not affiliated with this  establishment. I happened to have met the owner Lisa through Newcomer's  and she told me about her venture.  I had a chocolate, carrot cake with a white chocolate icing. It was not  too sweet or heavy. I really liked it. It was a very home made dessert.  My wife had the torta de cassis and it was also very good. It was very  tart, the kind to make you want to pucker up after every forkfull. I  personally would have liked it to be a little more sweet less tart but  that is just a preference statement, not a quality issue. I plan on  going back and try all of the other baked goodies from Lisas's kicthen.  The place gets full on the weekends. I went there at 4:30 and had a 5  minute wait. By 5pm people were being told that the wait would be 35  minutes.  Here is the link for those of you who would like to more:  http://www.larosainglesa.com.ar/ 

Little Rose – Sushi -  From: wheresleslie, April 27, 2007

For a more expensive but certainly luxurious treat, try the Little  Rose -- it's fairly new I believe. It is on Armenia between El Salvador  and Honduras. It's a bit hard to find but I'm sure it's on  guiaoleo.com.ar  by now. Anyway it's on the same side of the street as  Podesta, it's upstairs, there's just a bell to ring.

The fish was excellent, everything was presented beautifully, but it is  definitely more expensive. Worth going to though if you don't mind that  (we paid $70 a head when we went, but we had a lot of wine)

Mala Cara / From: twin_tri, May 1, 2007  Crab stuffed ravioli can be had at Mala Cara for about 60p. Corner of  Marcelo T and Parana.

Malfatto - Ristorante, my review on July 2005, Libertad 1623 between Libertador and Posadas, 4811-3775 - 4811-3942 A friend of ours said this is the 2nd restaurant from a famous Malfatto in Bariloche. They opened approximately in 2004. Fantastic atmosphere and ambience, large interior, there might be a non-smoking section but I'm not sure (one of our guests smoked). The cuisine is Italian and the explanations on the menu are mixed with Spanish / Italian words. The waitress asked if we wanted a menu in English but we said it wouldn't be necessary. The staff was impeccable to our every desire without being intrusive. There were 8 of us and they used 3 servers to bring out all of the dishes at the exact same time, VERY NICE TOUCH! I started with carpaccio, a delicious and beautiful presentation. For dinner I had wild Patagonia mushrooms with linguine, TO DIE FOR! Ron had roasted salmon, also TO DIE FOR! We were all full after our meal, but one hardy soul ordered a tiramisu and it received rave reviews! Prices are a little high, appetizers 9 - 21 pesos, main entrees from 18 - 28, with 2 entrees being 35 pesos, however, the quality of the food, presentation, ambience and service make this restaurant an excellent find and one that we will return to time and again.

Marini, reviewed on November 2005, Buffet.  located in Av. Sante Fe 3666, between Araoz and Av. Scalabrini Ortiz.  Very nice decor and excellent choices.  The place is very busy so get there early.
 
If you have been to the buffet place "Grants", the quality of food and choices is WAY superior at "Marini"!  It is only a few pesos more then Grants, they even have a sushi counter on Saturdays (I'm not exactly sure on that)

Nemo – Sushi / From: Rick Jones, May 1, 2007 - I'm partial to Nemo, on Cabello between Scalabrini Ortiz and Ugarteche, in Palermo (just off Las Heras).  Don't know about the crab, but they have a variety of good fish in a pleasant atmosphere at a reasonable cost.

Olsen, Gorriti 5870, 4776-7677, Palermo.  Reviewed Aug 2005.  Nordic food in Buenos Aires??!?!  Who'd a thunk it?  Our friend Olga wanted to take us here for quite sometime and we were finally able to coordinate a dinner together.  There is outside eating in a really lovely garden in the front of the restaurant.  The portion closest to the restaurant has outside tables and is covered with a fabric awning and also heated with gas lamps for year round enjoyment, summertime must be really nice to dine outside.  The night we arrived was one of the unusually warm nights a week ago and we almost sat outside, however, I'm kind of a wimp and didn't want my food to get cold so we sat inside.  The interior is not that large with maybe only 20 tables, there is a nice bar and some couches and comfy chairs if you just want a cocktail and some hors d'oeuvres.  There is a loft / balcony area with more tables.  The servers are young and professional and most speak English, there is a menu in English if you like, we stuck to the regular menu in Spanish.  The menu is Nordic, lots of smoked meats and fishes.  I started with 3 fried oysters and a wonderful mixture of greens that were perfectly vinaigretted!  I’m kind of a vinaigrette snob and this was balanced perfectly.  Really, when a vinaigrette is good, it’s really good, and when it’s bad, well, you get the idea!  Ron ordered paté (actually I told him to order it), I’m also a paté snob (do you see a trend here) and this was excellent.  Olga order the Nordic sampler that came with 6 different little noshies accompanied by 5 shots of different liquors!  Now you’re talking!  There was Aquavit, a bloody mary, 2 kinds of vodka (the restaurant is known for their vodka concoctions) infused with different fruits and a shot of something no one could figure out.  The noshies were all different, cucumbers with caviar, toast crisps topped with different chopped meats and salads, etc.  VERY cool presentation and it seems a very popular order as I saw almost everyone ordering them.

For dinner I ordered a smoked pork loin, OH MY, it was really superb without being dry or too salty (a problem with smoked meats).  Olga order Piroshkis which were like no Piroshki I have ever seen, more of a ravioli, she loved them!

There is a nice selection of desserts, we were kind of full so we ordered on dessert and split it.

Prices are a little high, but the quality of food is worth the expense, the wine list has a nice range of wines, with lots of mid-priced wines around the 30 peso range.  My only complaint is the evening started off nice at 9 pm with quiet dinner jazz, but as the evening progressed, the music got louder and more modern, almost to the point of not being able to have a dinner conversation without shouting.  Why do restaurants turn up the music so you can’t hold a converation?  If I wanted to go to a concert and I’d go to a concert, GEEZ!!!

    From: Vanesa Kolodziej, August 24, 2006

Max and I went to Olsen last night. We decided on that restaurant because it was highly recommended in the Oleo guide:

http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/detail.php?ID=7

The place is unbelievably cool. The decoration is amazing and it really takes you somewhere else. Even if you are not hungry, plan to stop and see what an amazing interior designer can do with the appropriate budget. The service was nice, but not over the top. It is really hard to compare young waiters with mozos de carrera (people who have made of been waiters their career). Nevertheless, it was very good.

Finally, the food. I was a little disappointed. Despite all the great reviews, the dishes that we had were too simple and not surprising at all. We had the smoked meats and cheese appetizer, Max had meat with membrillo and  a cream sauce, and I had the bondiola with berries and potatoes. We liked the ambiance, but I am not sure If I will go back, unless I want to impress someone with the decoration. We spend around AR$50 per person, wine separate.

    From: Conyers Thompson, August 24, 2006

Olsen is good for Sunday brunch as well as dinner. It has a young-ish/hip/gay following, and a good number of tourists, too. Fun. And busy--plan on a wait. The space is pleasant, airy and open, with a two-story interior done in blond wood fronted by a well-landscaped open-air courtyard with more tables and seating. The staff is young and pleasant--attractive 20-something men and women. The place looks a shopworn, however, in the cruel light of day. The owner(s) should reinvest their (no doubt ample) profits to freshen the worn surfaces. Still, worth going to check out to see if it's your kind of place.

Recommended: bondiola on brunch menu + akvavit/vodka shot sampler.

"Red" restaurant at Hotel Maderohotelmadero

We walked 4 blocks or so from the Hotel Faena to Hotel Madero http://www.hotelmadero.com/  Rosario Vera Peñaloza 360, another very elegant hotel although nowhere near the Faena for "wow" appeal.  Their "Red" restaurant is a blend of about 5 different kinds of spaces, a bar area with comfy sofas, an eating area with comfy sofas, another eating area where our friends had a buffet lunch previously.  The ambiance is amazing, comfortable because of the sofas, elegant table settings, but not stuffy or high brow.  The wait staff was perfect, we didn't have reservations but the place was almost empty and quickly put a table for us together.  The wait staff again was top notch, and very attentive.

They have entrees ala carte, starters are 15-25 pesos, entrees 28-35 pesos, and also a prix fix menu for 75 pesos which include appetizer, entree and dessert.

I ordered the "Dos Pescados" which was salmon and white fish for 35 pesos.  Ron ordered the "pollo baby" for 24 pesos which was a funny name for a chicken dish.  He also started with a single large onion empanada for 14 pesos.

They first brought along a small shot glass filled with a puree of goat cheese and orange zest, topped with something I thought was caviar, but I think it was shredded dried seaweed.  Very nice, refreshing, the goat cheese was subtle allowing the orange flavors to come through.

My plate arrived accompanied by a mild sauerkraut of all things, how wonderful!  The fish was perfectly grilled, there were also 2 small kabobs of roasted red pepper, onion and mushrooms.  A very nice portion, and large enough to be a complete meal.  I’m glad I didn’t order an appetizer.

Ron was not so impressed with his “pollo baby” at all, he thought the meat was extremely chewy and stringy, but the flavors were good.  It was accompanied by a polenta and a strange white turnip kind of vegetable that Ron did enjoy, however, he would not order this dish again.

The wine list was extensive without being overwhelming, I was pleased to see a wide range of prices from several 50 peso choices, many 80 pesos choice and a few high end choices.  We ordered the Terrazas Malbec for 70 and the Terrazas Chardonney for 56 pesos.

I'm not a dessert person, that's Ron's job, I was too full.  Ron ordered a chocolate tort, heated, with a warm liquid chocolate center, accompanied by ice cream..

With 8 people the bill came to 626 pesos, with 10% tip it was 90 pesos a person.

Overall I would give both locations a whopping 2 thumbs up.  The only thing is I don't really like the Puerta Madera area as it's not "walking" friendly.  You have to motor in and motor out.  However, this is just a personal nit of mine, I like to walk where ever I go. 
Reviewed Aug 2006

Restó, Montevideo 938, near M. T. Alvear, 4816 6711, Mon to Fri, lunch, Thurs & Fri, dinner.  Call for reservations, very small, romantic and intimate.  Simply the most amazing food at the most incredible prices.  Three price fix menus to choose from.  French / California fusion.

Rodi Bar, Vicente Lopez 1900, right on the corner of Ayacucho, 4801-5230
A favorite family restaurant with great “neighborhood” atmosphere, you know you are in Argentina when you’re in here, very comfortable, waiters with bow ties.  Huge menu selection (hilarious translations in English), grilled trout is very yummy (stay away from sauces on the fish), creamed spinach is creamy and mouth watering.  Very reasonable and cheap wine list.

Tancat, Paraguay 645, Retiro, 4312-6106/5442
Great place “downtown” near the pedestrian street Florida.  Specialty is “tapas” but everything is good here, great seafood.

Tandoor - From: Shahrukh Merchant, December 19, 2007  Cocina de la India, Laprida 1293 (at Charcas), Buenos Aires

Tel: 4821-3676 http://www.tandoor.com.ar / Shahrukh and Belli

Teatriz, Riobamba 1220, 4811-1915, teatriz@yahoo.com
I LOVE this place, very special and fabulous decor.  Food, preparation and presentation are top rate, so the prices reflect that, also the wine list has some nice expensive choices, but luckily a few modestly priced bottles can be found.  They apologized profusely when we had 6 people with no reservations and they had to sit us at a smaller table.  We got there early and thought it would be no problem, make reservations!

Online Resources

    The Economist (of all things) actually has a good listing of restaurants

Economist’s best Restaurant bets!

Economist’s best Restaurant bets!

    Online Guía de Restaurantes de Buenos Aires

http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/

    From the BANewComers list March 29, 2005

  • A great web site to get information on restaurants in B.A.
  • http://www.elgourmet.com

    Click on "guia de restaurantes", then "tipo de cocina" to find international spots.

    Or you can set up specific search parameters (neighborhood, type of cuisine, price).

    If you can't read Spanish, the point rating system is easily understood.

    A friend Dan Perlman has a website for restaurant reviews

    http://www.saltshaker.net/

    From: Ian, Brit in BA, June 7, 2006

    http://buenosaires.queercity.info/eats.htm 

    Restaurants recommended by myself or others as having excellent food, good service and reasonable prices. They are not necessarily gay-owned.  Since my principal meal of the day is at around 1 pm then the first three on the list are my personal recommendations for lunch.

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  • Restaurants / Vegetarian / Healthy Eating
  • From: Frank E. Almeida, September 06, 2006

For when you want to eat out and healthy there are some veg. restaurants or "healthy" restaurants you could try. At this point though I can only think of one and that is "Bio" and it's on the corner of Humboldt & Guatemala in Palermo Hollywood. I am sure that there are more and maybe some people can recomend them on this site.

    From: victoria_anda, September 06, 2006

there´s a lsiting of Vegetarian/ Macrobiotic restaurants in the

Indexar website , here goes the link http://www.indextar.com/ba/buenos-aires-food-vegetarian-c272

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  • Return Flight Required within 90 days of Entry

As many things you will discover here in Argentina, it depends on the person on the other side of the counter.  We originate flights from Bs.As to the USA and return, we have been doing this for 4 years and have only been "caught" once, where the person behind the counter in San Francisco said we needed a ticket out of Argentina within 90 days.  She sold us a fully refundable ticket to Montivideo (about $80 USA) which we returned for a full refund once we arrived back "home" in Bs.As.  It is a law that you need to have a ticket for exiting the country within 90 days, but as I mentioned this is seldom “enforced”.

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  • Rosario
  • From: Andy Watkins, August 26, 2006

I love Rosario...... It is not BA by a long way but to me that's fine. I have never been big city person. Don't get me wrong Rosario has a lot and is quite large but except right in the centre it dose not have the bussle and pressure of a big city. The river has a real holiday feel to it with Sandy beaches and on a weekend hundreds of sail boats etc. There are some excellent restaurants and cafes (only one sushi bar so far which gets a lot business from us as my wife loves sushi). I feel a lot safer here than I have on my visits to BA but that could be just my dislike of city's. There are a few things I miss like a good curry (that's the English man in me) but the upsides far out way the downsides. I have even found a theme Irish bar that sells a really good pint of Guinness (and I have tasted the real stuff in Ireland so I Know). 

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  • Rug Cleaners
  • From: Frances Perry, September 07, 2006

For those of you keeping track of recommended services, I just had my rugs cleaned at Santiago Huergo Tel: 4762-3235 / 15-4413-5160.  The company did a very professional job on 5 carpets I sent out, some valuable hand-knitted Persian and Turkish rugs and a simple machine woven Indian rug that’s used near the kitchen area and was deeply spotted.  They were returned spotless, in excellent condition and not perfumed.  This is the second firm I’ve worked with here and there is no comparison in quality.  The cost is $15 pesos per square meter which includes pick up and delivery.  Washing time was 10 days.  -Frances

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