Discover art, food and history at every turn in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America, and for good reason. Argentina’s capital is a city full of life and intensity, with stories that are shared and intertwined.

People meet on the streets and sit for hours at tables in cafes. The night wakes you, the day is new, and the city shines with its abundance of theaters, restaurants and bars.

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Montserrat, Balvanera and San Nicola

The central neighborhoods of Buenos Aires include all the areas around Plaza de Mayo and Avenida de Mayo. Around the Plaza you can visit the Cabildo, the Cathedral and the Casa Rosada. It’s worth booking a guided tour if you’re visiting at the weekend, as this will be a good starting point to explore Buenos Aires.

As a special treat, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Teatro Colón, one of the most important opera houses in the world for its capacity, acoustics and workshops.

May Avenue

This avenue starts from the Plaza de Mayo and is one of the most important and traditional avenues in the city. By the time you reach the Congress building, you can visit several of the oldest and most important architectural structures, such as the Casa de la Cultura and the Palacio Barolo.

A place you cannot miss in this area is Café Tortoni, one of the oldest in Buenos Aires and as if time has stopped there. If you don’t want to consume anything, you can just visit to feel the museum on its walls. There is also theater and tango plays almost every night, but be sure to buy tickets in advance.

Port of Madero

This site is the trendiest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is built by the river, so you can enjoy a pleasant environment for walking and physical activity.

There is a pleasant walk from one end to the other where you will enjoy the area of ​​dams and the renovated area with streets named after women. The Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge), an icon of Buenos Aires, is located there and has excellent lighting at night.

Renovated, Puerto Madero has moved away from the “porteno tradition” and is populated with buildings, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs along its shores. If you’re out at night, an excellent Argentinian gastronomic offer is Estilo Campo.

This year, Buenos Aires, Argentina will be a popular destination for Mexican travelers.  (Photo: Solange_Z/iStock Unreleased).
La Boca is an open-air museum, and artistic expression makes Caminito famous for its tango. (Photo: Solange_Z/iStock Unpublished)

San Telmo and La Boca

And while in the area, San Telmo and Boca are a must. The idea is to go twice in these neighborhoods, especially the first one: on Defensa street, one of the most emblematic of the area at weekends, there is a wonderful fair, food stalls, leather goods, antiques, glass and fabrics, clothes and various objects.

It’s worth walking around and when you get to the corner, let yourself be guided by the smell of barbecue and buy a traditional choripan to finish with a dulce de leche and an al paso coffee.

During the week in Plaza Dorrego you can enjoy a good beer and watch the tango dancers who usually gather there.
La Boca is one of the most attractive alleys of Buenos Aires, whose walls are painted in different colors. It is also an open-air museum, and artistic expression makes Caminito famous for its tango.

Everything is art, its music, its tango, its murals, its artists exhibiting their works; here the simple and the refined, the real and the mythical, the present and the ancient, merge. You won’t want to miss it. There are several notable bars and tanguerías in the area, such as El Almacén, where you can enjoy a good show after a gourmet dinner. Another landmark in this neighborhood is the Boca Juniors stadium.

In Argentina, watching a football match is only a small part of the natural spectacle; in the stands there is jumping, shouting, chanting, hugging and basically a lot of passion. There is a guided tour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am. The ride goes around the neighborhood, and at this and other stadiums, the ride also takes you to museums.

Another neighborhood in Buenos Aires that you cannot miss is La Recoleta. On the weekends there is a Craft Fair in Plaza Francia. Why should you be there? Because walking around will allow you to visit the cemetery, which is a unique experience; the site is part of porteños culture due to its funerary architecture and sculptures, making this place more of an outdoor museum of a final resting place.


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