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Best Things To Do in Buenos Aires

In a single trip, it's near impossible to experience everything Buenos Aires has to offer: cemetery-strolling, boutique-shopping, opera-watching, and tango-dancing. But watching a soccer match or leisurely sipping an espresso at a local café is an excellent way to start your visit. You'll want to stroll through La Boca and San Telmo to shop, catch a street-side dance performance, and walk through the colorful Caminito. But don't miss out on the cache of contemporary art showcased at the MALBA or the spectacular performances at the Colón Theater. You'll also want to carve out time for hidden gems like the El Zanjón de Granados and the Zen-like Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal).

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#1
Palermo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and ... read more»

#2
Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To get your culture fix, you'll want to head straight to the Fería De Mataderos. Here, guachos (similar to ... read more»

#3
Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When you tire of meandering down the bustling Avenue Libertador, take respite at the city's tranquil rose garden. Located ... read more»

#4
Recoleta Cemetery Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This beloved cemetery—located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood—is the resting place of many notable political figures and elites ... read more»

#5
The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Belles Artes) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For art aficionados, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic wonderland. The collection sprawls across 30 rooms and ... read more»

#6
Puerto Madero Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When visitors want to take an evening stroll, many head to Puerto Madero, where dazzling city lights illuminate the port ... read more»

#7
Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With its extensive collection of avant-garde 19th- and 20th-century works, the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA ... read more»

#8
Children's Museum (Museo de los Niños)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Essentially a playground, this interactive museum is comprised of rooms where kids explore a miniature Buenos Aires. Complete with a ... read more»

#9
El Zanjón de Granados
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When you tire of rummaging through San Telmo's designer racks and museums, head over to El Zanjón de Granados ... read more»

#10
San Telmo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you came to Buenos Aires to dance, sashay your way over to this stylish southern neighborhood where tango has ... read more»

#11
Corrientes Avenue
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For a taste of Argentine's exuberant spirit, take a stroll along Corrientes Avenue. This is where tango dancers have ... read more»

#12
Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico Carlos Thays) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In this verdant, 18-acre botanical garden, you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and ... read more»

#13
La Boca Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This fashionable neighborhood located in southern Buenos Aires brims with trendy boutiques and art galleries. Once a gritty shipyard bustling ... read more»

#14
Colón Theater (Teatro Colón)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This opulent opera house is as pleasing to the eyes as its performances are to the ears. Inside this grandiose ... read more»

#15
Palermo Hippodrome (Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're feeling lucky, head over to this lavish French-style racetrack. Welcoming visitors since 1876, the Palermo Hippodrome hosts ... read more»

#16
Plaza de Mayo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Tourists have flocked to this historic square ever since Argentina declared independence from Spanish colonial rule on May 25, 1810 ... read more»

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