Buenos Aires is the cradle of tango, a dance born in the port. This cosmopolitan city has seen generations of immigrants from overseas, making it a city of both the Old Continent and the New World. In a word, Buenos Aires is fascinating! We’ve created a quick Buenos Aires City Guide to show you the […]
Buenos Aires is the cradle of tango, a dance born in the port. This cosmopolitan city has seen generations of immigrants from overseas, making it a city of both the Old Continent and the New World. In a word, Buenos Aires is fascinating! We’ve created a quick Buenos Aires City Guide to show you the best sights and give you travel tips, along with our top recommendations.
We recommend you spend at least 4 days in the city in order to see its top attractions. Make sure you don’t miss out on our top 6 things to do in Buenos Aires:
La Boca is one of Buenos Aires’ most lively districts with a decidedly European vibe thanks to a large immigrant population who settled here at the end of the 19th century. Its cobblestone streets are full of music, tango, art and history – don’t miss the Feria de Artesano Caminito (artisan market) where you can buy homemade souvenirs and also witness professional tango dancers in the street.
Colloquially known as Casa Rosada (Pink House), this distinctive executive mansion located on the Plaza de Mayo is officially called the Casa de Gobierno (Government House) and is the office of the President of Argentina. The house sits on the site of Buenos Aires’ original colonial fort, although construction of the current building only began in 1882. Reserve a tour here for free on Saturdays by visiting the government website.
The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, or the MALBA, hosts an impressive collection of modern 20th-century Latin American Art. The center also often stages art and film exhibitions, as well as talks, courses, and presentations. Spend an afternoon here to immerse yourself in the Latin American art scene and enjoy a coffee in the on-site café.
|Teatro Colón (Columbus Theater)
Argentina’s main opera house is considered to be one of the ten best in the world, as well as one of the five best in terms of acoustics. The construction of the current building dates back to 1908 and was designed in the Italian style, reminiscent of European opera houses of the time. It’s well worth taking a guided tour to learn about the history of one of Buenos Aires’ most famous and important landmarks. Visits are possible from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm every day for around 9 USD and last 50 minutes. Alternatively, buy a ticket for a show and enjoy a sophisticated evening in one of the world’s best theaters!
|Fine Arts Museum
The Bellas Artes Museum is one of Argentina’s oldest and largest. The collection spans over 12,000 pieces from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century. Best of all, it is free to enter, so make the most of it during your time in Buenos Aires!
|La Recoleta Cemetery
While you may not think to visit a cemetery during your travels, make sure you make time to visit this one in Buenos Aires. First opened in 1822, this cemetery is a mini city in itself and is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. The graves are elaborate and ornate structures in a variety of styles such as art deco, neo-Gothic and Baroque. Many famous Argentineans are buried here including ex-Presidents, politicians, poets and Eva Perón, Argentina’s controversial former First Lady.
Popular local specialties include:
Step back into 19th-century Buenos Aires by taking a seat at the Café Tortoni. The place dates back to 1858 when it was opened by French immigrants and its famous guests have included Albert Einstein, Jorge Luis Borges, and Federico García Llorca, among many others. Savor a coffee alongside one of their delicious pastries, admiring the original fin de siècle interior and Tiffany glass ceiling.
Argentina inherited pizza from the Italian immigrants who moved here over a century ago and it’s been given a very porteño twist. The crust is usually very thick and topped with a lot of cheese. Check out pizzería El Cuartito which makes some of the best in town.
“Fun, interactive, and delicious” is the motto at The Argentine Experience. Go beyond tasting Argentine cuisine and learn how it’s made, the history and culture behind it and even make some of your own! There is even the option for an additional “Wine Cocktail Experience” before the meal, where you will get to sample Argentina’s finest wines and a selection of tapas as well as experiment with making your own wine cocktails.
Cruise on the Tigre
Escape the busy city streets by cruising down the waterways of the Paraná river. The river is 19 miles (30 km) outside of the city and reaches over 8,700 miles (14,000 km) into Argentina’s subtropical regions. You’ll spend a day enjoying the sights along the river before stopping for a traditional lunch on one of the islands.
Buenos Aires is the ancestral home of tango, so you’d be crazy to miss it on your trip. There are endless tango bars and clubs scattered throughout the city, as well as schools if you fancy learning the steps! Read this article for the top 10 best tango shows for whichever experience you’re after.
San Telmo Market
This famous market has been going since 1897 and sells everything from antiques to fresh produce. It’s the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs and experience local culture. Make sure you check out Coffee Town if you’re in need of a cup of Joe – this place is one of the best cafés in Buenos Aires and serves fresh-brewed Latin American coffee. While it is open every day, some stalls only open on the weekends, so make the most of it by going on a Saturday or Sunday.
Street Art Tour
The streets of Buenos Aires are full of visually stunning murals by both national and international artists. Take a tour with a local guide to see the best pieces, learn about the history behind them, and support these local artists in the process.