What to see and do in Buenos Aires?
Every time I go to Buenos Aires, there are certain places I like to go to no matter how many times I have gone. That is why in this post, I want to tell you what are these places in Buenos Aires that, from my point of view, you cannot miss.
And with which you will see how different this city can be in a few meters. If you like craft beer, do not miss this post with the best breweries in Buenos Aires according to a “Porteño” (people who live and are born in Buenos Aires)
7 + 1 Buenos Aires must-visit places
The Neighborhood of San Telmo
San Telmo is a typical neighborhood of Buenos Aires and one of the oldest in the city. In San Telmo you will find a rich architectural heritage, cobblestone streets, restaurants, tanguerías and antiqueshops. Every Sunday in Plaza Dorrego, the fair of San Telmo is held, with a lot of stalls selling from typical souvenirs to paintings and antiques.
There are also street performances and you can enjoy free tango shows. And you can’t leave San Telmo without taking a picture with Mafalda and company. Also, you have to visit the market, it has been fully restored and you’ll find the best empanadas, traditional Argentinian dishes and handmade dulce de leche.
This fair is held every Sunday and also on holidays, so if you are going to be in Buenos Aires, save Sunday to visit San Telmo.
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El Caminito de Buenos Aires
Caminito is an area of the neighborhood of La Boca that you cannot miss if you go by Capital Argentina. It must be one of the most colorful neighborhoods in the city. The colorful sheet metal houses are called “conventions” and are typical of this neighborhood.
There is always a lot of life in Caminito with numerous artists and tango performances on the street. For the biggest football (soccer) fans, a few steps away are the Stadium, which although you are not “bostero” deserves a visit…
Very close to Caminito is Puerto Madero, a renovated area of the port where you will find office buildings and restaurants of all kinds. Here, you can take a walk in the area, see a tango show with dinner (paying) I was in Madero Tango a few years ago and it was very good. Visit the Sarmiento Fragata at Dique III.
You can also see the Bridge of women, the work of the architect Santiago Calatrava, which is supposed to evoke a couple dancing the tango, you may need a little imagination… Lol. I like to have even a beer on one of the terraces.
Central and Congress Zone
For the downtown area of Buenos Aires, you just got to get to know it. You can start with the 9th of July and the Obelisco, visit the Teatro Colón, which must be one of the most beautiful theaters I have seen and tour Calle Corrientes.
In the micro center, you can walk down Florida Street, this is where I exchange currency when I go to Argentina. Visit Pacific Galleries. And to finish the visit to this area, you can go to Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada, the Cabildo, and the Cathedral. And you can end the day at Café Tortoni, a classic of the Capital.
Also in the downtown area, especially on Florida Street, you can see couples dancing the Tango as we found this one. The video is not of the best quality since at that time we were not prepared as we are going now.
La Recoleta is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city of Buenos Aires with many restaurants and a great cultural offer. It’s got a lot of life and I don’t know why, but tourists like it a lot. The Recoleta cemetery, despite being a cemetery, is another of the “attractions” of the area.
You will find works of art everywhere you look, actually, the whole cemetery is a work of art and there are many Argentine personalities buried here, such as politicians, artists, or athletes, among others.
Ateneo Grand Splendid
The Ateneo is very close to the Recoleta and I visited it this year (2015) on my last visit to Argentina.
The Ateneo was an elegant theatre, now converted into a bookstore. When you enter you run out of words as it retains that style of the early twentieth century, where previously there were boxes and armchairs now there are books, and where the stage was now there is an elegant café.
You can start reading the books on the shelves while you have a drink in one of the armchairs.
The Palermo neighborhood is another of my favorites, especially for dinner and/or out for a drink afterward. In Serrano Square, you will find a lot of places that in the morning are clothing shops and in the afternoon they become places of drinks. And it also has a very lively fair in the afternoon from Wednesday to Sunday.
And, of course, you cannot miss the forests of Palermo, which are beautiful parks of about 80 hectares that are very well preserved. The forests of Palermo, are actually several parks, these are the Rosedal, the Japanese Garden, the Botanical Garden, the zoo, the Planetarium and I will surely leave some.
El Tigre, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires
Tigre is another of my favorite places in Buenos Aires. It is a green area, full of canals and rivers that you can navigate. It is perfect to disconnect from the rhythm of the Capital and make a family excursion.
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