No travel to Argentina is complete without a stay in the country’s vibrant capital, Buenos Aires. This lively city has a European flair in its design, and an artsy, sophisticated vibe permeates the air. What iconic locations and landmarks should you explore in Buenos Aires when you’re on your Argentina vacation?
Eva Duarte de Perón, former first lady of Argentina and known worldwide as Evita, is one of the most beloved people in Argentina’s history for her dedication to helping the working class. Get acquainted with her when you visit Museo Evita, a museum in her honour. You can also remember Evita by visiting the presidential residence, Casa Rosada.
San Telmo Flea Market
Buenos Aires brims with possibilities for shopaholics and casual browsers alike, and the San Telmo Flea Market is one of the best. Every Sunday, the San Telmo neighborhood comes alive with a bustling flea market. The main attraction of the market is in Plaza Dorrego, where vendors sell fascinating antiques that include items such as gramophones and antique toys. The weekly event is also home to delicious food and thrilling entertainment in the form of tango dancing.
Buenos Aires has almost 50 neighborhoods, but some stand out as can’t-miss spots when exploring the city.
La Boca: Colourful structures are just some of the attractions in the La Boca kaleidoscope. Sports enthusiasts can catch a game at La Bombonera, a soccer stadium with amazing acoustics, It’s easy to hear why the stadium also serves as a concert venue.
Also in La Boca, you will find Caminito, a colourful street museum where you can see local artists’ work. The street itself is a work of art. In 1960, artist Benito Quinquela Martín painted the walls there and built a stage, effectively bringing life to what had once been an abandoned part of town.
Palermo: Palermo is truly one of the highlights of Buenos Aires. As the largest neighborhood in the city, Palermo offers a host of activities.
Some of the finest boutiques in the city make their home in Palermo. Check out the handmade jewelry at Gabriela Horvat. Stop by Forum Palermo, which has more than 100 stores, or look for antique finds along Corso Alberto Amedeo.
The dining in Palermo is also excellent. The cafés are endless in this neighborhood. Head to Boutique del Libro for a cup of coffee and browsing of its bookshelves or go to Pierina Tea House for a sweet treat. If you want a heartier meal, head to La Cabrera, where you will probably have to wait in line, but the waiters may hand you some free champagne while you wait for a table. Of course, if long lines are present, you can take advantage of our Unique Dining in Buenos Aires option.
Puerto Madero: The best part about the wealthy Puerto Madero neighborhood is the ecological reserve, which boasts more than 800 acres of space. While you walk through the reserve, you may spot parrots, swans, kingfishers, turtles, and vipers.
Recoleta: Bordering Palermo, you will find Recoleta, an elegant neighborhood that boasts breathtaking architecture. Even if you are stopping over in Buenos Aires for a few days, take some time to study its architecture. Many of the buildings reflect a 1920s Parisian influence. When you’re in Recoleta, walk along Avenida Alvear, where you will find the French Embassy, the Alvear Palace Hotel, and Palacio Duhau.
Recoleta is also home to a famous cemetery, which is more like a “city of the dead” than anything else. You’ll see spectacular marble statues and ornate sarcophagi. Evita and other notable people from Argentina’s history are buried here.
Plaza San Martin: For a breathtaking mixture of natural beauty and stunning architecture, head to Plaza San Martín. Visit the Arms Museum in Military Circle or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Plaza San Martin itself, you will see more than 350 trees, plus a pleasing mix of locals and tourists. Because Plaza San Martín is so close to downtown, the area puts you near other attractions like the Basilica del Santísimo Sacramento.
The tango should be a staple for any Argentinean vacation. Visit the magnificent La Ventana Tango show, where you can enjoy a tasty dinner as you sip your wine and watch athletic and lithe dancers float across the stage. There is even a folkloric segment that showcases Andean musicians.
The Rojo Tango Show is another highly rated show where you can dine and get lost in the magic of dance. This experience includes a three-course meal, but the cabaret-style atmosphere and exquisite dancing might distract you from your food.
Refuel With the Best Food in Town
Good food is everywhere in Buenos Aires, but here are some of the top opportunities for tantalizing tastes in the city:
- Adentro Dinner Club — This closed-door restaurant hosts a weekly Asado dinner for tourists that you can’t miss.
- Anuva Wine Tastings — Sip a perfect Malbec or other product of the vine as you listen to a good-humoured sommelier.
- Parrilla Tour — Sample authentic Argentinian food as you visit some of the city’s best restaurants. The tour even includes a stop at an artisanal ice cream shop.
- The Argentine Experience — Here, your hosts invite you to “Forget everything you know about going to dinner.” Taste local foods, interact with your fellow travellers, and listen as an experienced guide takes you through this delectable food journey.
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