Home Travel

15 Best Things to Do in Buenos Aires

21/01/2022

From shopping for antiques in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods to exploring the most impressive collection of Latin American art on the continent, there’s no shortage of things to do in Argentina’s cultural capital.

La Recoleta Cemetery

Is it creepy to fly to a city just to visit the graveyard? Not if the city in question is Buenos Aires. Located in posh Recoleta neighborhood—where moneyed porteños live—this cemetery features thousands of statues, mausoleums that resemble Gothic chapels, crypts, fairytale grottoes, sarcophagi, coffins, and elegant little houses that hold the remains of some of Argentina’s most iconic and celebrated figures.

Getty

 

Teatro Colón

A world-class theater for opera, ballet, and symphony, the Teatro Colón will take your breath away. If you’re lucky enough to score tickets to a performance, the acoustics are spectacular no matter where your seats are. If you can’t make it in for a performance, stop by for a guided tour. (English-language tours happen seven days a week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.)

Getty

 

 

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

Filled with avant-garde 19th- and 20th-century works, the MALBA showcases pieces by Frida, Diego Rivera, Antonio Berni, Wilfredo Lam, among others. Even if you’ve only got an hour, you can see all the hits. If you have a bit more time, do yourself a favor and check out one of the temporary exhibits, which sometimes deviate from the Latin theme.

GETTY

 

 

Buenos Aires Ciudad La Boca Tour

If you’re short on time and want to see the highlights of La Boca, this 90-minute walking tour, which sets off from the Caminito tourist office, is a good idea. The birthplace of tango, La Boca is most known for its colorful houses, that hold the history of Buenos Aires’s working class immigrants.

 

Campo Argentino de Polo

Established in 1928 and known as ‘The Cathedral of Polo,’ this venue hosts some of the most important events in the sport, including the Argentine Polo Tournament each spring (November-December). For big name events, the stadium holds some 30,000 spectators, but tickets can get expensive. Save your money and watch local clubs compete. You can get seats up close to the action.

 

GETTY

 

La Bombonera

Set in La Boca, La Bombonera stadium is home to Boca Juniors, one of Argentina’s top futbol clubs. During home games, the streets of the neighborhood are a sea of yellow and blue, the team colors. The real score here is getting tickets to a superclasico game between Boca Juniors and its rival team, River Plate. You’d think fans had scored tickets to a Beatles reunion.

GETTY

 

Feria de Mataderos

You’ve heard of gauchos, Argentine cowboys, but there’s very little chance of seeing one in Buenos Aires itself. This outdoor Sunday market, located just outside the city limits but still within the province, features traditional Argentine cuisine, folkloric dancers and musicians and, of course, gauchos showing off their horsemanship.

 

Rapanui

Remember when Häagen-Dazs came out with a new dulce de leche flavor? Yeah, they got that idea from the ice cream parlors of Buenos Aires that serve up gelato-style scoops. Try the real deal at family-run Rapanui, which has four different dulce de leche ice creams.

Courtesy Rapa Nui

 

Café Tortoni

Once upon a time, the crowd at one of the oldest cafes in Argentina might have included writers José Luis Borges and Alfonsina Storni, singer Carlos Gardel, and painter Benito Quinquela Martín. Now, 160 years after opening, the atmosphere is electric pretty much any time you visit the café for a glass of wine or espresso, but it is particularly crowded at lunch time and tea time (around 5 o’clock).

Getty

 

La Carnicería

If you just show up at this tiny steakhouse, you’ll likely be turned away. Hipsters serious about steak, tables of Argentine males bonding over protein, and foodies keen for a different meat experience know to book ahead. Here, the cut of the day is either grilled or smoked; whichever you choose, it’s a vast hunk of meat that’s fit for sharing. Come for the night’s second service, where there’s less emphasis on ‘fast’ food.

Photo by Damian Liviciche

 

Feria de San Telmo

One of the best antique markets in the world with 250 booths and stands pops up Sundays in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego. You never know what you might find at the Feria, anything from matchbox cars to mid-century modern furniture, a limited edition record or even a first edition book. If you know what you’re looking at (and your seller doesn’t), you might even score a vintage Louis Vuitton bag or Bertoia chair for a song.

Courtesy Buenos Aires City Tourist Board

 

Niceto Club

Just about every major city has a club, the club, the one everyone will tell you to check out. In Buenos Aires, Niceto is that club. Local and international bands and DJs play here and the dance floor often gets packed to the gills. This is a club for night owls. Don’t expect to show up before midnight and see any kind of a crowd. The party really gets started around 2 a.m.

 

La Viruta

Located in the basement of the Armenian Cultural Center, La Viruta is one of the most welcoming spaces to dance the tango. The teachers are awesome, the vibe is friendly, and the crowd is a mix of tourists, expats, and locals. Everyone is here for one reason, and one reason only: to learn how to tango. Go earlier in the night and sign up for a lesson. More experienced dancers show up after midnight and put on a show. Best to just grab a table, watch, and learn.

Photo by Javier Pierini

 

Context Architecture Tour

Most people have heard Buenos Aires called “the Paris of South America,” and after this tour you’ll understand why. You, and five other people tops, meet in front of the National Congress, make your way around Avenida de Mayo, and then walk around ritzy Recoleta and Retiro neighborhoods. The guides, mostly local architecture school grads, talk at an unrushed pace that allows for questions and conversation.

Getty

 

Bosques de Palermo

Buenos Aires’s Central Park has it all: small lakes with boats for rent, pretty gazebos, a rose garden, a sculpture garden dedicated to iconic poets, picnic spots, running paths, stands that rent rollerblades and bikes. At almost 1,000 acres, this park is best explored from a specific starting point. Take a taxi and ask the driver to take you to the Rose Garden and then make your way to the lakes.

Getty

 

From Conde Nast Traveler

You Might Also Like

%d bloggers like this: