Buenos Aires is a city that exudes cosmopolitan charm. Visitors find a balanced blend of Latin and European culture. Each barrio (neighborhood) has its own character, tree-lined boulevards and eclectic architecture.
Taste the finest Argentinian meats and sample the best Malbecs. Take a Tango lesson or attend a performance at the Colon Opera House. Shop at the boutiques in Palermo or the Sunday antiques market in San Telmo.
We found this city to be full of rich cultural experiences, fun activities and warm-hearted people.
Here’s our list of things to do, where to stay, dine and how to get around.
Where to Go & What to Do…
The city’s neighborhoods branch out from the widest avenue in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, home to the famous Buenos Aires Obelisk.
San Telmo: One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city where immigrants from Europe came to settle. Walk the cobblestone streets and shop at the old indoor market and a weekly antique market on Sundays. Visit the Dorrego Plaza, Defensa Street and the nearby church to learn more about the history of this city.
Monserrat: The historical center surrounds Plaza de Mayo, with landmarks including the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Pink House (Casa Rosada) where you can see the Evita Balcony, and continuing along Avenida de Mayo where you can take a break and get a refreshing drink at the oldest Cafe Tortoni dating back to 1858.
La Boca: Visit this colorful neighborhood and the colorful Caminito street. This area is where the first port was in the 19th century. Keep a lookout for colorful sidewalk art and if you’re lucky, you’ll see couples dancing the tango in the alleyways.
Palermo: One of the hippest neighborhoods with a variety of boutiques and cafes. If you love to shop and find trendy clothing, you’ll want to come here.
La Recoleta: Visit the most prestigious neighborhood in B.A. where you’ll find beautiful mansions and high-class establishments. Start your walk along Avenida Alvear, and continue to the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the last resting place of Eva Peron and many other rich & famous Argentines.
Retiro: Plaza San Martin is the heart of this barrio with a leafy park surrounded by beautiful architecture and filled with monuments.
Take a Tango Lesson & See a Show!
Rojo Tango: One of the most popular Tango Shows in Buenos Aires! Located inside the exclusive and impressive Hotel Faena, Rojo Tango is a fascinating show that conquers all the senses, combining sounds, aromas, colors, movement and flavors. Book your reservation click here!
Take a Tango Class at the legendary Café de Los Angelitos
Take a Daytrip to Iguazu Falls: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage natural wonder – Iguazu Falls. Highly recommend a daytrip to Iguazu Falls to see the roaring falls and rainbows in the mists. You can see the falls close-up walking along the suspended walkways leading to the impressive Devil’s Throat Gorge cascade. Book a trip with Tangol click here
STAY & DINE
Where to Stay & Dine:
This list will continue to grow as we visit Buenos Aires. From our most recent trip, we recommend:
Palacio Duhau is one of the most beautiful villas from the 20th century and has been restored into a five star luxury hotel. General Manager Guillaume Paupy noted it is “one of the Top 10 Hotels in South America” evidenced by the way we were pampered with excellent service during our stay.
Inspired by an 18th century French castle, it retains its original splendor. The garden is an oasis in the city and we highly recommend dining on the terrace at the hotel’s Los Salones de Piano Nobile.
Cabaña Las Lilas: One of the best steakhouses in Argentina! Enjoy a traditional dinner located in the heart of Puerto Madero – a “must” when visiting Buenos Aires.
The The New York Times has even named it as one of the 10 best restaurants worldwide.
Take a city tour with Joy of Buenos Aires and Buenos Tours! We took a ½ day tour with each of these companies and recommend both.
Joy of Buenos Aires is a local and offers authentic experiences. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buenos Tours offers a variety of city tours, and our guide Jack is from Colorado and has lived around the world.
Helpful links provided by Buenos Tours:
Day Trip to Iguazu Falls
Tangol arranged for our flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Airport, a private excursion to the Argentine side of the falls, and return flight to Buenos Aires same day. Our guide Carlos was excellent!
HOW TO GET AROUND
How to Get Around
Blacklane provided our transfers to/from the airport to hotel during our stay in Buenos Aires. It’s easy to book rides on their website and the drivers are professional, punctual, and you can choose from a range of vehicles in their fleet.
They also provide some of the lowest rates across the globe in top cities like NYC, Paris, London, and more!
To book a reservation, click here.
Global Adventuress thanks the following for hosting us:
- Joy of Buenos Aires
- Buenos Tours
- Cabanas Las Lilas
- Los Salones de Piano Nobile
- Blacklane Limousine
- Rojo Tango