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
    Things to do 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, likeCarlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts

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  • #2
    Fair of the Mataderos (Fería De Mataderos)
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    #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 andguachosrival each other in Argentinean contests

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  • #3
    Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal)
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    #3 in Buenos Aires
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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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

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  • #4
    Recoleta Cemetery
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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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  • #5
    The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Belles Artes)
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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

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  • #6
    Puerto Madero
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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.

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  • #7
    Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)
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    #7 in Buenos Aires
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    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

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    Children's Museum (Museo de los Niños)
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    #8 in Buenos Aires
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    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,

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  • #9
    El Zanjón de Granados
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours
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    When you tire of rummaging throughSan 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

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  • #10
    San Telmo
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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

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  • #11
    Corrientes Avenue
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    #11 in Buenos Aires
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    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

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  • #12
    Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico Carlos Thays)
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    #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

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  • #13
    La Boca
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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

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    Colón Theater (Teatro Colón)
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    #14 in Buenos Aires
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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

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  • #15
    Palermo Hippodrome (Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo)
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    #15 in Buenos Aires
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    Cafes, Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping
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    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

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    Plaza de Mayo
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    #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

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