Buenos Aires, Argentina – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Updated in 2022.

The capital of Argentina and one of the largest cities in Latin America.

Often considered to be the cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires offers much in the way of old architecture, museums, art and, culture.

It is also the most-visited city in South America, and the second-most visited city in Latin America, behind Mexico City.

POPULATION: 2,900,000

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$450-$750. Don’t count on finding anything less than $450.00 near the city centre.




Like Sao Paulo and Mexico City, Buenos Aires earns a perfect ten in the nightlife department.

This is a party city, by anyone’s standards. Ergo, there are bars and discos all over town.

When you first arrive, just stick to Palermo so as not to get overwhelmed and frustrated trying to find any “hidden gems” that are “off the tourist track.” It would take at least a year of living here to be in the know in regards to any underground parties or secret hip bars that “aren’t out yet.” Sorry for all the quotation marks.

The nightlife is also better at certain times of the year. In Argentine summer, a lot of the party scene moves to Mar Del Plata and other beach towns. 

I recommend: Kika Club. Sometimes the obvious choice is the best choice. Kika is by far the most well-known bar to young tourists in Buenos Aires. On any given night it will be at least 20% gringo, if not more. If this sounds like a turnoff, you’re right. it is. However, it’s unfortunately also the best place to get your feet wet if you’re new to Buenos Aires.




The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $753 USD/month to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina



Safe compared to almost all other Latin American capitals. Petty crime and theft is what you should be most concerned about in Buenos Aires. Violent crime against tourists is rare.


One of the most livable cities in Latin America. If you are looking to settle down somewhere for a couple months, or even a year, give Buenos Aires some serious consideration. It has all the comforts and attractions of a European capital, but it is much cheaper and dare I say edgier than many European cities. For that, you are much better off in Peru or Colombia. Buenos Aires would be a good place to come if you’re an artist looking for inspiration, a telecommuter of any kind or just a romantic who’s in love with cafe culture, old buildings and city dwelling.


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