Embrace the unpredictable. Be prepared for strikes, pickets and protests, which can make moving around the city slow and tedious. Keep your itinerary flexible and avoid the hassle of transport problems by sticking closer to your accommodation if there are road blocks or demonstrations going on.
Stay up late. To experience the charms of Buenos Aires by night you'll need to stay awake past bedtime at least once during your trip. Make up for it with a lie-in – on weekends many porteños snooze until noon.
Watch your step. Walking is one of the best ways to get around in Buenos Aires, but beware of loose paving slabs on the sidewalks; these wobbly tiles are hard to spot but you'll find your foot drenched in water if you step on one after a rain shower.