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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
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#1 in Buenos Aires

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The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.
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Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Palermo
The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.
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#2

#2 in Buenos Aires

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To get your culture fix, you'll want to head straight to the Fería De Mataderos. Here, guachos (similar to cowboys) saunter on majestic horses and market vendors offer a colorful array of crafts and food. Ornately costumed tango dancers ignite the streets with traditional country dancing and guachos rival each other in Argentinean contests to win prizes. If you tire of watching all the fun from afar, you can sign up for boleadoras (guacho classes). And if you should get hungry, you'll find no shortage of tasty steak sandwiches to munch on and scrumptious local wines to leisurely sip.
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Festivals Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos)
To get your culture fix, you'll want to head straight to the Fería De Mataderos. Here, guachos (similar to cowboys) saunter on majestic horses and market vendors offer a colorful array of crafts and food. Ornately costumed tango dancers ignite the streets with traditional country dancing and guachos rival each other in Argentinean contests to win prizes. If you tire of watching all the fun from afar, you can sign up for boleadoras (guacho classes). And if you should get hungry, you'll find no shortage of tasty steak sandwiches to munch on and scrumptious local wines to leisurely sip.
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#3

#3 in Buenos Aires

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When you tire of meandering down the bustling Avenue Libertador, take respite at the city's tranquil rose garden. Located in Palermo Woods (also known as Parque Tres de Febrero), this lush green space bursts with color thanks to more than 1,000 species of roses found here. The Rose Garden exudes a Zen-like charm similar to Paris' Tuileries. The path extends into to a serene Poet's Garden and features an Andalusian patio, teeming with colorful tiles imported from Seville.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal)
When you tire of meandering down the bustling Avenue Libertador, take respite at the city's tranquil rose garden. Located in Palermo Woods (also known as Parque Tres de Febrero), this lush green space bursts with color thanks to more than 1,000 species of roses found here. The Rose Garden exudes a Zen-like charm similar to Paris' Tuileries. The path extends into to a serene Poet's Garden and features an Andalusian patio, teeming with colorful tiles imported from Seville.
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#4 in Buenos Aires

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This beloved cemetery—located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood—is the resting place of many notable political figures and elites in Argentine history.
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Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Recoleta Cemetery
This beloved cemetery—located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood—is the resting place of many notable political figures and elites in Argentine history.
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#5 in Buenos Aires

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For art aficionados, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic wonderland. The collection sprawls across 30 rooms and three floors, showcasing international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Inside, works of Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, and Picasso hang on the walls. The museum's permanent Latin American and Argentine collections can be found on the first floor, while temporary exhibitions are located throughout the building and in the outdoor pavilion.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Belles Artes)
For art aficionados, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic wonderland. The collection sprawls across 30 rooms and three floors, showcasing international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Inside, works of Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, and Picasso hang on the walls. The museum's permanent Latin American and Argentine collections can be found on the first floor, while temporary exhibitions are located throughout the building and in the outdoor pavilion.
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#6 in Buenos Aires

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When visitors want to take an evening stroll, many head to Puerto Madero, where dazzling city lights illuminate the port that once served as a major destination for European trade. During the day, this area rests as a quiet business hub, but by night, this little neighborhood bursts with energy. Trendy porteños flock to the neighborhood steak and seafood restaurants and tango at festive dance clubs. Standout spots include Rojo Tango and Asia de Cuba, which are both for their sultry dancing and festive décor.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Puerto Madero
When visitors want to take an evening stroll, many head to Puerto Madero, where dazzling city lights illuminate the port that once served as a major destination for European trade. During the day, this area rests as a quiet business hub, but by night, this little neighborhood bursts with energy. Trendy porteños flock to the neighborhood steak and seafood restaurants and tango at festive dance clubs. Standout spots include Rojo Tango and Asia de Cuba, which are both for their sultry dancing and festive décor.
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#7 in Buenos Aires

With its extensive collection of avant-garde 19th- and 20th-century works, the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) is an essential stopover for art lovers. The museum features the private collection of Eduardo Costanini, a real estate tycoon with an eye for iconic art. Highlights include the works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Antonio Berni. In addition to its temporary exhibits, the museum also hosts film and lecture series throughout the year.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)
With its extensive collection of avant-garde 19th- and 20th-century works, the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) is an essential stopover for art lovers. The museum features the private collection of Eduardo Costanini, a real estate tycoon with an eye for iconic art. Highlights include the works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Antonio Berni. In addition to its temporary exhibits, the museum also hosts film and lecture series throughout the year.
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#8

#8 in Buenos Aires

Essentially a playground, this interactive museum is comprised of rooms where kids explore a miniature Buenos Aires. Complete with a hospital, a newsroom, a TV station, and a post office, they run around replicas of city landmarks. Kids particularly love climbing through the mock plumbing system and playing doctor, reporter, and other professions. One TripAdvisor raves, "I was blown away. This place exceeds every other place I have secretly been bored in before."
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Children's Museum (Museo de los Niños)
Essentially a playground, this interactive museum is comprised of rooms where kids explore a miniature Buenos Aires. Complete with a hospital, a newsroom, a TV station, and a post office, they run around replicas of city landmarks. Kids particularly love climbing through the mock plumbing system and playing doctor, reporter, and other professions. One TripAdvisor raves, "I was blown away. This place exceeds every other place I have secretly been bored in before."
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#9 in Buenos Aires

When you tire of rummaging through San Telmo's designer racks and museums, head over to El Zanjón de Granados for insight into Buenos Aires' far-stretching, 500-year history. From the outside, the building looks like an immense, lavish mansion. But beneath this glamorous structure, you'll catch a glimpse of Buenos Aires' past as you traverse a maze of ancient Spanish settlements.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
El Zanjón de Granados
When you tire of rummaging through San Telmo's designer racks and museums, head over to El Zanjón de Granados for insight into Buenos Aires' far-stretching, 500-year history. From the outside, the building looks like an immense, lavish mansion. But beneath this glamorous structure, you'll catch a glimpse of Buenos Aires' past as you traverse a maze of ancient Spanish settlements.
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#10 in Buenos Aires

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If you came to Buenos Aires to dance, sashay your way over to this stylish southern neighborhood where tango has left its mark. Though its streets garnered a reputation for seediness in the early 1990's, the area has since blossomed into jam-packed bohemian blocks. Meander through San Telmo's cobbled streets and you'll pass colonial houses, quaint cafés, traditional restaurants, eclectic shops, and festive flamenco and tango clubs.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
San Telmo
If you came to Buenos Aires to dance, sashay your way over to this stylish southern neighborhood where tango has left its mark. Though its streets garnered a reputation for seediness in the early 1990's, the area has since blossomed into jam-packed bohemian blocks. Meander through San Telmo's cobbled streets and you'll pass colonial houses, quaint cafés, traditional restaurants, eclectic shops, and festive flamenco and tango clubs.
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#11 in Buenos Aires

For a taste of Argentine's exuberant spirit, take a stroll along Corrientes Avenue. This is where tango dancers have congregated since the booming 1930's and where Broadway-esque performers riveted audiences. Cinemas and world-renowned theaters rub shoulders with charming bookstores and boutiques. Look up and you'll find a sky-high obelisk beaming above. Corrientes is also an idyllic spot for enjoying a churro and a cup of coffee as you people-watch from one of the area's European-style cafés. Apart from admiring the local architecture, particularly the monumental obelisk and the Colón Theater, you'll also find landscaped gardens, dazzling nightly tango performances, and plenty of nightlife.
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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Corrientes Avenue
For a taste of Argentine's exuberant spirit, take a stroll along Corrientes Avenue. This is where tango dancers have congregated since the booming 1930's and where Broadway-esque performers riveted audiences. Cinemas and world-renowned theaters rub shoulders with charming bookstores and boutiques. Look up and you'll find a sky-high obelisk beaming above. Corrientes is also an idyllic spot for enjoying a churro and a cup of coffee as you people-watch from one of the area's European-style cafés. Apart from admiring the local architecture, particularly the monumental obelisk and the Colón Theater, you'll also find landscaped gardens, dazzling nightly tango performances, and plenty of nightlife.
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#12

#12 in Buenos Aires

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In this verdant, 18-acre botanical garden, you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and savor the scenery from a park bench. Boasting around 5,000 species of plants, this tranquil oasis lures visitors with its versatile array of flora, as well as beautiful statues, trickling brooks, buzzing dragonflies, and organic vegetable garden. Another highlight: The garden contains a green house imported from France in 1900.
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Parks and Gardens Type
Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico Carlos Thays)
In this verdant, 18-acre botanical garden, you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and savor the scenery from a park bench. Boasting around 5,000 species of plants, this tranquil oasis lures visitors with its versatile array of flora, as well as beautiful statues, trickling brooks, buzzing dragonflies, and organic vegetable garden. Another highlight: The garden contains a green house imported from France in 1900.
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La Boca Free

#13 in Buenos Aires

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This fashionable neighborhood located in southern Buenos Aires brims with trendy boutiques and art galleries. Once a gritty shipyard bustling with European immigrants, this now vibrant port houses local artists, soccer fans, and middle-class workers alike. Its name—which translates to "The Mouth"—is derived from its distinct location near the Río de la Plata (the estuary formed by the meeting of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers).
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Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
La Boca
This fashionable neighborhood located in southern Buenos Aires brims with trendy boutiques and art galleries. Once a gritty shipyard bustling with European immigrants, this now vibrant port houses local artists, soccer fans, and middle-class workers alike. Its name—which translates to "The Mouth"—is derived from its distinct location near the Río de la Plata (the estuary formed by the meeting of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers).
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#14 in Buenos Aires

This opulent opera house is as pleasing to the eyes as its performances are to the ears. Inside this grandiose space, you'll behold European-style décor ranging from Italian-marble staircases and Venetian mosaics to French stained glass and a gleaming grand chandelier. And in case you're not awed by spectacular architecture and design, the theater has welcomed a slew of world-class artists, including Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, and Luciano Pavarotti. Visit between April and December to catch one of the theater's spectacular ballet or opera performances.
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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Colón Theater (Teatro Colón)
This opulent opera house is as pleasing to the eyes as its performances are to the ears. Inside this grandiose space, you'll behold European-style décor ranging from Italian-marble staircases and Venetian mosaics to French stained glass and a gleaming grand chandelier. And in case you're not awed by spectacular architecture and design, the theater has welcomed a slew of world-class artists, including Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, and Luciano Pavarotti. Visit between April and December to catch one of the theater's spectacular ballet or opera performances.
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#15 in Buenos Aires

If you're feeling lucky, head over to this lavish French-style racetrack. Welcoming visitors since 1876, the Palermo Hippodrome hosts 10 horse races each month and features a casino, shopping area, and delectable French restaurants. Recent visitors are impressed by the beautiful race horses and the elegant facilities. "If you love horse racing, French architecture, and being near large roads than this is your spot," says one TripAdvisor user.
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Cafes Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Palermo Hippodrome (Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo)
If you're feeling lucky, head over to this lavish French-style racetrack. Welcoming visitors since 1876, the Palermo Hippodrome hosts 10 horse races each month and features a casino, shopping area, and delectable French restaurants. Recent visitors are impressed by the beautiful race horses and the elegant facilities. "If you love horse racing, French architecture, and being near large roads than this is your spot," says one TripAdvisor user.
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#16

#16 in Buenos Aires

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Tourists have flocked to this historic square ever since Argentina declared independence from Spanish colonial rule on May 25, 1810. One major draw is the Casa Rosada (or Pink House) perched at the plaza's eastern tip. Casa Rosada contains Argentina's presidential headquarters. From its lofty balcony, Evita once spoke to swarms of Peronists (members of Buenos Aires' poor labor class). Another feature is the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid), which was erected to commemorate the country's uprising and holds the stature as the city's oldest monument.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Plaza de Mayo
Tourists have flocked to this historic square ever since Argentina declared independence from Spanish colonial rule on May 25, 1810. One major draw is the Casa Rosada (or Pink House) perched at the plaza's eastern tip. Casa Rosada contains Argentina's presidential headquarters. From its lofty balcony, Evita once spoke to swarms of Peronists (members of Buenos Aires' poor labor class). Another feature is the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid), which was erected to commemorate the country's uprising and holds the stature as the city's oldest monument.
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