What To Do & See in Buenos Aires

What to Do & See in Buenos Aires | Top 11 Best Things To Do

Argentina is the most visited country in South America and its capital, Buenos Aires, is the most visited city. Serving as the initial gateway for numerous international tourists, it's no wonder that this bustling city warmly embraces nearly 3 million visitors annually.

Buenos Aires stands as a bustling metropolis, housing an estimated population of around 3 million residents. Frequently likened to Paris, its architecture boasts a significant French influence, owing to a substantial influx of French immigrants after the Second World War, yet Buenos Aires surpasses Paris in size, showcasing its vibrant grandeur on a larger scale.

Spanning more than 200 square kilometers (or approximately 77 square miles), Buenos Aires stands as a sprawling cosmopolitan hub that offers a diverse range of activities and attractions to suit every type of traveler. Let's explore some of the most sought-after experiences:

1. Obelisco (Obelisk):

Obelisco Obelisk Buenos Aires

The Obelisk, known as "Obelisco" in Spanish, serves as the focal point of the entire city. While the obelisk itself is a notable landmark, the true attraction lies in the surrounding area. Situated at the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, the obelisk graces the iconic 9 de Julio Avenue, renowned as the widest avenue globally.

(A recommended approach to reach the Obelisk is by strolling along Corrientes Avenue, which offers an ideal vantage point to admire the obelisk from a distance while also exploring the neighboring surroundings). 

You can book a guided tour of the area here.

2. Teatro Colón (Colon Theatre):

Colon Theatre Buenos Aires

The Colón Theatre stands as Argentina's premier opera house and is globally recognized among the Top 10 opera houses. Reflecting the splendor of Argentina's golden era, when the nation held immense wealth surpassing countries like Australia and several European nations, this opera house captivates with its architectural magnificence and captivating performances.

The theater not only boasts remarkable architecture but also hosts an array of captivating plays. Visitors have the opportunity to book tours to explore its grandeur, and for those willing to indulge, attending a performance is an option worth considering. (It's worth noting that most events uphold a formal dress code, so keep this in mind when packing).

Book a guided tour by clicking here. (Tours available in English, Spanish & Portuguese.)

Click here to see available plays at the theatre. Sadly the website is only in Spanish, so if you need help getting tickets, you can click here to contact us and we'll do our best to help you.

 3. Recoleta Cementery

Recoleta Cementery Buenos Aires

While cemeteries might not typically be on your list of places to explore, the Recoleta Cemetery defies convention by offering much more than a typical burial ground. Beyond its gates lies an open-air treasure trove, where art, history, and architectural brilliance converge.

Amidst the remarkable tombs of influential figures from Argentina and Latin America, you can find the eternal resting place of Eva Perón, affectionately known as Evita, the iconic First Lady of Argentina

Embark on a guided tour of the Recoleta Cemetery to delve into its rich history and significance. Alternatively, you can explore its captivating grounds on your own.

Best selling guided tours:

- Recoleta Cemetery Tour in English (Small groups)

- Recoleta Cemetery Walking Tour

4. Ateneo Grand Splendid

Ateneo Grand Splendid Buenos Aires

Distinguished as the world's most beautiful bookstore by National Geographic, the Ateneo Grand Splendid is an absolute haven for book enthusiasts.

Nestled within a meticulously restored theater, this bookstore exudes an unparalleled charm and grandiosity. You can easily lose track of time while wandering among the shelves, and if you desire a break, the bookstore's café offers a delightful respite. (Please note that the selection of books in English may be somewhat limited.)

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5. Casa Rosada (Pink House)

Casa Rosada (Pink House) Buenos Aires

Casa Rosada, also known as the Pink House, stands as Argentina's iconic governmental seat.

Situated in the heart of the city, it carries immense historical importance for the country. This structure has borne witness to pivotal moments in Argentina's political evolution, serving as a steadfast emblem of democracy and national pride.

You can tour Casa Rosada for free. (Only available in Spanish)

6. Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires' newest neighborhood, offers an ideal setting for leisurely strolls, particularly on sunny summer days, given its proximity to the river.

Many visitors are drawn to this area due to its modernity, which stands in stark contrast to the rest of Buenos Aires. Make sure to explore Puerto Madero and take in the sights of Latin America's most luxurious neighborhood.

7. Palermo

Palermo Buenos Aires

Palermo, the most popular neighborhood in Buenos Aires, occupies a central position within the city, making it an ideal choice for accommodation during your visit. Thanks to its prime location, it has transformed into a hub that caters to a wide array of interests. From shopping malls to globally acclaimed restaurants, from iconic bars to captivating architecture, and not to forget, the picturesque parks.

Make sure to explore Palermo on foot, traversing its entirety, and experience the epitome of Buenos Aires' style and elegance. Click here to know the best neighbourhoods to stay at while visiting Buenos Aires.

8. Go To a Tango Show

Tango Shows Buenos Aires

 

No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without indulging in a mesmerizing Tango show! Tango is an intricate fusion of various traditions and cultures, serving as a testament to Argentina's rich diversity.

Emerging in the 19th century within the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, Tango's origins trace back to African and Cuban dance forms. It gained immense popularity among European immigrants, gradually solidifying its place as a cornerstone of Argentina's dance culture.

Don't miss the chance to witness the allure of Tango during your stay. Here's a list of the top Tango shows available in Buenos Aires to book now:

El Viejo Almacén Tango Show

- Tango Show and Dinner at: Tango Porteño

- El Aljibe Tango Show and Dinner

Click here to see all tango shows available. 

9. Go to a Football Stadium

Football Stadiums Buenos Aires

If there's one thing that truly ignites the passion of Argentines, it's football (or soccer, for our friends in the United States). Whether or not you share an interest in the sport, a visit to a football stadium in Argentina promises a unique and exciting adventure.

Among the most renowned stadiums are River Plate (the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere) and Boca Juniors Stadium. 

- Click here to book a guided tour to River Plate stadium.

For the daring souls, attending a live match is an option too! Click here to explore the top rating tour for witnessing a match at these iconic stadiums. Be sure to select a tour with exceptional ratings, as these matches can be intense, and a reputable tour company ensures your safety throughout the experience.

10. Eat at a Parrilla (Steakhouse)

Best Steakhouse in Buenos Aires

Argentina boasts the world's finest meat, making it no surprise that the best steakhouses are found in Buenos Aires. Immersing yourself in a true Argentine dining experience is a must before leaving the country. From appetizers to main courses, desserts, wines, and everything in between, Argentine dining is akin to the Italian approach; we relish spending hours with friends and family, savoring conversations and food.

In the vibrant neighborhood of Palermo, Don Julio awaits, renowned as the world's best steakhouse. If possible, make sure to visit! (Reservations should be made months in advance to secure a table. While prices aren't exorbitant, they might be higher compared to other local eateries, with an approximate cost of 40-50 USD per person, excluding wine.)

And if meat isn't your preference, fret not. Argentina offers a diverse culinary scene, catering to various palates, notably Italian, Spanish, and French cuisines, influenced by the nation's history of immigrants from these countries. Click here to read Where to Eat in Buenos Aires: A Comprehensive Guide

11. Walk, walk and walk

Buenos Aires Plan Your Trip

While Buenos Aires boasts numerous iconic landmarks and distinctive sites, the true essence of the city unfolds as you explore its neighborhoods on foot. As previously mentioned, Buenos Aires spans extensively, demanding several days to fully acquaint yourself with every facet.

In essence, come to Buenos Aires and grant yourself the luxury of wandering its streets. Prepare to be captivated by its vibrant populace, captivating architecture, diverse cuisine, and the myriad offerings that the Argentine capital has in store.

Click here for the top-rated walking tours in BA. 

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