Buenos Aires awaits you with its amazing steaks, red wine and many sights to keep you busy for days. This city rarely sleeps and you will have the chance to explore many weekend ferias or markets, stunning restaurants, historic sites, squares and museums during your visit.
Sip a glass of malbec, eat an empanada in the park, go out and practice your tango skills… or simply leave the care to the professionals.
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When you’re tired of all exploration and shopping, order a coffee with leche and relax next to the trendy Porteños (as the locals call it). “Paris of South America” with endless cafes, nightclubs, delicious food and European architecture will be ready to go once that you will have recovered.
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Plan de l'article
- 1. Recoleta Cemetery
- 2. Eat a steak, drink Malbec
- 3. Visit Tigre
- 4. Dance Tango to a Milonga (Or Just Watch)
- 5. Museum of Bellas Artes
- 6. Cafe Tortoni
- 7. San Telmo Market
- 8. Discover the fashion designers in Palermo
- 9. Have a beer in Plaza Serrano
- 10. Watch a polo match or horse racing in Palermo
- 11. Dance in a Boliche late at night
- 12. Eat Empanadas
- 13. Take part in a show at the Teatro Colon
- 14. Stroll around Puerto Madero
- 15. Plaza de Mayo and La Casa Rosada
- 16. Try Dulce de Leche and Alfajores
- 17. The Museum of Latin American Art
- 18. Feria de Mataderos
- 19. Corrientes Drive Avenue
- 20. Relax in the Botanical Gardens
- 21. Explore the Feria de Recoleta and Plaza Francia
- 22. Discover the colorful neighborhood of La Boca
- 23. Dinner at dinner club or drinks at a Speakeasy
- 24. El Zanjón de Granados
- 25. Become a Gaucho for a day
1. Recoleta Cemetery
This is not an ordinary cemetery. It is a place of rest for the rich, famous and powerful of Argentina.
You’ll find impressive ornate, packed mausoleums in this small corner of town where you can walk for hours amidst a maze of family graves.
Admission is free, but you may need to buy a map to find your way.
Perhaps the most “popular” site here is the tomb of the first lady Eva Perón, where people still leave flowers and tributes.
After paying tributes to Evita, taking haunting photos and caressing some stray cats, take a look inside the nearby Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar.
2. Eat a steak, drink Malbec
You’re in Argentina after all. Beef and the act of picking for a barbecue (known as “asado”) is a large part of Argentina culture.
Enjoy some of their high quality meats and enjoy some of their local red wine.
Some of the city’s great steak establishments include Don Julio and La Cabrera, but if you feel like parting, there is the still popular Cabana Las Lilas.
Learn some vocabulary before you leave and remember that it’s “bife de lomo” for net and “bife ojo” for ribeye.
Be sure to order it “jugoso” if you like it rare medium. Then select a bottle of red from anywhere in Mendoza — they are super affordable!
3. Visit Tigre
If you feel like getting out of town for a breath of fresh air, take the train to Tigre to explore the delta for the day.
It’s very easy, costs only about 6 pesos (0.38 USD), and takes about an hour.
The best day to visit is Sunday where you can check out the city’s Puerto de Frutos, a large market of crafts, food and handicraft furniture.
There is also an artists’ market on the main dock, a park and a few museums.
It’s easy to take a boat trip, rent a kayak or take a ferry to some waterfront restaurants and clubs while you’re there.
4. Dance Tango to a Milonga (Or Just Watch)
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Buenos Aires is the cradle of tango, so it’s the perfect place to learn… or just watch the pros.
You could go book one of these tango dinners and shows, but why not go for the real thing? A “milonga” is a place where people go to dance tango, and there are tons of authentic ones around the city, depending on the day of the week.
There is a Sunday night milonga in Plaza Dorrego de San Telmo where you can see people dancing on the street.
At Salón Canning, the entrance is cheap and it is ideal for traditional milongas, but they also offer classes and shows.
La Glorieta is a milonga in the middle air in Belgrano which holds free milongas on weekends, although donations are appreciated.
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5. Museum of Bellas Artes
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Museum of Bellas Artes
The Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires is one of the best in the world, with works by South American artists in addition to the big names such as Van Gogh, Degas, Monet and Picasso.
And shocking, it’s free! Be sure to visit this museum as you walk through Recoleta as it is definitely worth looking around you.
They have paintings, tapestries, sculptures and temporary rotating exhibitions on display.
6. Cafe Tortoni
Always charming even With all the tourists, Café Tortoni opened its doors in 1858 and is an ideal place to have a snack.
Swaying for a coffee with leche and medialuna (local croissant) or a sub-marino (hot milk and chocolate for soaking). Known meeting place for the great tango dancer Carlos Gardel, this Porteño café has been a meeting place for famous scholars and artists throughout his life.
Although slightly more expensive than the average coffee of Buenos Aires, for the price of a coffee, you can spend some time in this large historic building located on Avenida de Mayo.
Be sure to check the Tiffany glass ceilings.
7. San Telmo Market
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San Telmo Market
This colorful and crowded Sunday fair — the Feria de San Telmo — attracts more than 12,000 people every week.
There are tons of antiques, works of art, trinkets and other treasures arranged along the pedestrian street of Defensa.
It is the perfect place to get an original souvenir dating back to the Golden Age of Buenos Aires.
Keep an eye on your stuff as you walk through the 270 stands of this local bazaar, buy homemade snacks and watch street performers do their thing along the 13 cobblestone blocks.
8. Discover the fashion designers in Palermo
Feria Artesanal De Palermo Viejo
Emerging Argentinian designers put their goods at the Feria de Plaza Serrano and the Feria Artesanal de Palermo Viejo.
You can hang goods such as unique jewelry, discounted clothing and eccentric accessories from their stands.
Be sure to consult the sellers Freelancers who sell their stuff in the pop-up stores of shops around Plaza Serrano (and all other free outdoor spaces and open spaces they can find). Browse the trendy and trendy shops to find cheap sets before heading for a beer or snack before dinner at one of the many nearby bars.
9. Have a beer in Plaza Serrano
Speaking of this, Plaza Serrano is a favorite place in the very popular Palermo Soho for a drink outdoors. Tons of cafes and bars have tables and chairs that spread across the street every night.
Grab a liter of Cold Quilmes and watch the sun set on one of the coolest neighborhoods in town.
If you are in the mood for craft beers or discoveries International, just walk a little way from the square and you will find the Temple Bar and Antares with more diverse selections.
10. Watch a polo match or horse racing in Palermo
Horse Racing in Palermo
Argentina is known for its horseback riding, so why not take part in a polo game or race while you are in the capital? If you’re here between September and November, you can see why Argentina is famous for polo at Campo Argentino de Polo.
Or head to the Palermo racecourse for a horse race — they’ll have several during an afternoon.
Tickets for stands are cheap, and you can bet on your favorites.
Even if you’re not here on a race day, you can still enter the park to discover French architecture and see the horses in the paddock.
11. Dance in a Boliche late at night
If tango is not your thing, party with the locals in one of the city’s famous nightclubs (“boliches”). But don’t make it until late… like really late.
We talk at 2:00 in the morning. Buenos Aires is known for its nightlife, and many of these places remain open until 7am. Note that Porteños are not huge drinkers — they’re really there to dance, socialize and have fun.
House music and electronic music are popular all over the city, so take a visit to one of the biggest and most popular clubs, Pacha (the same international brand as all of Europe), go see some big name DJs in Crobar, or hit Niceto for a bit of everything.
12. Eat Empanadas
The quintessential Argentinian snack, these small pockets of goodness come in endless forms and they are sold everywhere from kiosko street to bus stations to bakeries to actual sitting restaurants.
The outer shell of the dough can be cooked or fried, and the inside can contain anything, from ground beef to grated chicken, ham and cheese, to onions or mushrooms.
Some of the best places to try them out? Güerrin near the Obelisk is an ideal place in cash only, while the Na Serapia is a hole in the wall in Palermo serving empanadas with a spicy dip.
And in Recoleta you will find La Cocina, the ideal empanada dive to take them away.
13. Take part in a show at the Teatro Colon
One of the most important operas in the world and a landmark of Buenos Aires, the Teatro Colón began operating in 1857, with the opening of the current space in 1905. Now fully restored to its former glory, visitors can attend symphonies of famous orchestras, operas and ballets in the majestic building.
The theater has seven floors high and occupies a whole block.
Check their website to see what’s on schedule, but even if you don’t see a show, you can do one of their guided theatre tours that start every 15 minutes.
14. Stroll around Puerto Madero
Located on the waterfront, this modern cosmopolitan neighborhood is worth a visit.
N’ Don’t forget to cross the iconic Puente de la Mujer (“Women’s Bridge”) and note that all the streets of this neighborhood bear the name of women.
You can even explore two museum-ship ships that remain in the water: Sarmiento and Uruguay.
Or you can go to Reserva Ecológica if you want to see the Atlantic Ocean.
Here you can stroll along walking trails or take the park’s bike paths to see some wildlife on this greener edge of the city.
15. Plaza de Mayo and La Casa Rosada
This is perhaps the most important place in the city.
Don’t forget to spend time in this important historical and political square to see the Casa Rosada (“Rose House”) where the Argentine president works, and where Juan and Eva Perón have delivered famous speeches from its balconies.
In addition to feeding pigeons and people watching, it is also an epicenter for demonstrations.
Mothers and grandmothers of people “missing” by the government during the dirty war of the 70s and early 80s — Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo — organize their weekly march on the square.
You will also find numerous protests against the British occupation and the property of the Falkland Islands (“Las Malvinas”).
16. Try Dulce de Leche and Alfajores
Dulce De Leche and Alfajores
You can actually do these two things at the same time! Dulce de leche is a treat made from super sweet milk, sticky and reminiscent of caramel.
And he’s an Argentinian favorite.
You can spread it on toast or Pancakes, garnish your ice cream with it, or eat dulce de leche between cookies or cookies — which would create the popular dessert known as “alfajor”. You can also buy these sandwiches filled with biscuits dipped in chocolate in many kioskos, cafes or grocery stores.
Dulce de leche is addictive, so whatever you do, be sure to bring some with you!
17. The Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires
Lovingly abbreviated and called the “MALBA”, it is another of the city’s favorite museums.
It is a super-modern building located in the Palermo district that houses both historical and contemporary art collections of Latin American artists, including the famous Frida Kahlo.
Discover political art and social aspects of the continent, as well as the Surrealism and Pop Art sections to learn more.
They also have traveling exhibitions that have included such as Andy Warhol and change regularly.
The entrance is 100 pesos (about $6 USD) but on Wednesday it is half the cost.
18. Feria de Mataderos
Feria De Mataderos
This lively folk market and gaucho fair is located in the working-class district of Mataderos.
On Sundays, this is a great place to try regional foods such as locro (a meat and corn stew), empanadas and humita (a mixture of cheese and corn wrapped in envelopes). There are dancers, folk singers and horseback gauchos entertaining the crowd, and you will certainly find some kind of original and rustic souvenir.
There is a lot of leather goods, jewelry made of silver and companion bottles sold, and it is a really warm and fun atmosphere.
19. Corrientes Drive Avenue
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This is the “street that never sleeps” and you can make your way through the city by strolling it.
The lively Avenida Corrientes passes through Microcentro, the financial district, crossing the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida, and the Obelisk.
There are countless bookstores, cafes, pubs, theaters and shops along its edges.
If you don’t want to tinker it, there are walking tours that run around the surrounding area that start around the National Congress.
20. Relax in the Botanical Gardens
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These botanical gardens are the perfect place for a Peaceful (and free) walk in the middle of this lively city.
You can find them in Palermo right next to Plaza Italia for a moment of serenity while exploring the different types of architecture that can be found in everyone.
There is a butterfly room, a century-old greenhouse, a small lake, some fountains and a herbal garden.
You can just walk around, and there is even plenty of shade for a picnic if you want to bring snacks and drinks.
21. Explore the Feria de Recoleta and Plaza Francia
Feria De Recoleta
This street market takes place on Saturdays and Sundays near the famous cemetery.
It is filled with “hippie” crafts and works of local artists.
There are tons of handmade products, silver jewelry, pottery, leather, matte water bottles and street artists.
Meet local craftsmen and of course some dirty hippies while you wander through the stands.
Relax and enjoy a drink overlooking Plaza Francia in one of the many restaurants and bars, or maybe sip some companion in the grass surrounding the feria.
The square has a large green area for lounging and occasional live music.
22. Discover the colorful neighborhood of La Boca
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La Boca District
For those who are iconic, Vibrantly painted buildings and tango dances on the street, hit the neighborhood of La Boca during the day for great photographs.
While some testify that the area is a bit clumsy at night, this rough neighborhood is home to two major tourist attractions: Colourful Caminito, filled with works by artists, and La Bombonera, the stadium of the famous club Boca Juniors fútbol and its crazy base.
Walk through the cobbled streets and get out before nightfall.
23. Dinner at dinner club or drinks at a Speakeasy
The underground scene of restaurants and drinks in Buenos Aires becomes huge.
These closed doors restaurants offer an intimate dining experience for guests and have a limited seating space.
They offer a dining atmosphere — you’ll probably be sitting with strangers around a common table.
These places began around 2001 when the economic crisis and the resulting tourist boom gave the leaders the idea to open their homes to diners.
Casa Saltshaker and Casa Felix are two of the most famous puerta cerrada restaurants in the city.
But if you just want to have a drink while feeling sneaky, check out the Victoria Brown Bar, located behind a secret entrance to a cafe in Palermo Viejo.
Or try the romantic and exclusive Ocho7Ocho, hidden beyond two modest wooden doors at Villa Crespo.
24. El Zanjón de Granados
El Zanjón De Granados
El Zanjón de Granados was something of incredible archaeological discovery.
If you want to live a real time capsule experience, head underground in the San Telmo neighborhood.
Guests entered through a house built in the 1830s and ventured through a maze of brick tunnels that were once closed and buried.
When the owner bought the land in the years 1980, he intended to build a restaurant before discovering the labyrinth of the tunnels below.
Restoring it has become a work of love, and now it offers visits to visitors who love architecture or want to understand the beginnings of the city.
Some historians have assumed that the first colony of Buenos Aires in 1536 was located there.
25. Become a Gaucho for a day
You know you want it. Head out of town to the plains (“Las Pampas”) in a local ranch (an “estancia”) for an afternoon of grilled meats, horseback riding and gaucho shows.
Do not worry, there should be a lot of red wine too.
These experiences are easy to organize with transportation to and from the city included.
You will be able to attend from traditional folk performances, dancing, singing and expert riding demonstrations.
If desired, you can take a ride on one of the horses yourself, then you can dig into a platter of assorted meats ranging from steak to chicken to sausages, including local specialty blood sausage or morcilla.
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