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Faded European grandeur, fiery Latin passion – that’s a potent cocktail!
From tangy steaks to tango heat, Buenos Aires sizzles with a unique vigor. Join the crazy crowds at La Bombonera Stadium or in the Avenida Corrientes theaters, and party into the wee hours in Palermo Hollywood. This is a city that compels you to live life to the fullest.
Never has crossing the street been such an ordeal! In order to negotiate the world’s widest avenue you need to hurry across a full 18 lanes of chaotic traffic. This monster boulevard was built as Buenos Aires’ answer to the Champs Elysées, and while it may not quite have the je ne sais quoi of its Parisian counterpart, it more than makes up for it in sheer jaw-dropping scale.Accommodations near 9 de Julio Avenue
This is one needle you won’t have trouble finding – mainly because it’s smack-dab in the middle of the city’s main avenue. Pointing to the heavens like a primordial monolith, it’s a rallying point for porteño crowds. Time your visit right and you’ll see masses swarming round the obelisk to sing hymns, wave placards or whoop deliriously after football victories.Accommodations near The Obelisk of Buenos Aires
Toi, toi, toi! This auditorium is the essence of operatic opulence. Ornate chandeliers glimmer high above an explosion of red velvet and gold lacquer, while stacks of gilt galleries sweep round a cavernous concert hall. To experience Colón in all its glory, dress to the nines and join the city’s sophisticates for a musical feast with ultra-crisp acoustics.Accommodations near Colon Theater
Ghosts of Argentina’s turbulent history haunt Plaza de Mayo. The pink palace of Casa Rosada is the president’s official residence. It has witnessed some of the country’s most seismic events, including riots, rallies and revolutions. Gaze up at the balconies and picture Eva Perón giving her famous speech to the nation (or Madonna singing "Don’t Cry For Me Argentina").Accommodations near Plaza de Mayo Square
Go hunting for diamonds in the rough. This weekend flea market is a repository of relics from a faded past. There’s a pleasing order to the stands, where you’ll find hundreds of dolls, gloves, magazines or candelabras stacked together. Sharpen your haggling skills at this one-stop souvenir shop, or just wander and admire humanity’s accumulated trinkets.Accommodations near San Telmo Antique Market
How will you be remembered once you’re gone? For the last 200 years, the great and the good of Argentina have shuffled off this mortal coil straight into Recoleta’s marble mausoleums. Look for your favorite late Argentine as you trace the massed ranks of statues and sarcophagi—some pristine, others overgrown—and don’t cry for Evita as you pass her final resting place.Accommodations near Recoleta Cemetery
Ever heard of the city that never sleeps? Well this is the street that never sleeps. Even at stupid o’ clock, chattering theatergoers line up in the glow of twinkling venues. By day, see if you can find a hidden gem among the second-hand books or CDs before stopping for a juicy slab of pizza, BA-style. Just make sure that you keep an eye out for pickpockets!Accommodations near Corrientes Avenue
Latin America is a complex place with a complex past – so imagine what its modern art looks like. At MALBA, you have the chance to wander through the Latin subconscious, contemplating all aspects of the continent’s post-colonial hangover. There are star turns too: a Frida Kahlo self-portrait and a family scene with Fernando Botero’s unmistakable bulbous figures.Accommodations near Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires MALBA
One, two, three and step…the tango, Buenos Aires’ sensual strutting dance, flounced out of the bordellos of Caminito Street a century ago. It’s still a hive of activity today – dancers prance on the cobblestones, artists flog paintings and papier-mâché figurines wave from balconies. All against a backdrop of ramshackle toy-town houses painted in all shades of the rainbow.Accommodations near Caminito Street
There’s always something going on in busy Plaza Serrano. During the day, dreadlocked street vendors hawk their funky wares while street performers jam jazz rhythms or dance street tango. The party keeps rolling well into the night as the bars overflow with carefree revelers from far-flung corners of the world. Grab a seat, order yourself a birra and watch the scene unfold.Accommodations near Plaza Serrano Square
Buenos Aires’ center stage. Rapturous applause erupts from theaters on every other block, hailing rib-tickling stand-up, racy tango spectacles and more. Suited and booted lawyers rehearse their own performances as they stride in and out of courtrooms. And in Microcentro’s office blocks, the nine-to-five drama of capitalism unfolds.Accommodations in Downtown Buenos Aires
Palermo is all about fun and games. The hippodrome turned casino provides myriad ways for you to part with your pesos. There are so many eateries, drinkeries and danceries that you could easily make this district your only stop. Sip coffee and sashay past chic boutiques in Palermo Soho before heading to Palermo Hollywood, the city’s hedonistic hotspot.Accommodations in Palermo
The beating heart of Buenos Aires’ economy. Beneath skyscrapers and billboards, white-collar workers scuttle through the traffic to their desk jobs. Camera-toting herds traipse between photo opportunities at Plaza de Mayo and the Obelisk, while pamphlet-waving promoters chase down pedestrians to sell tickets for tango shows and walking tours.Accommodations in Microcentro
If money talks, then Recoleta is Buenos Aires’ chattiest district. It’s chock-full of grand mansions, elegant embassies and swanky hotels, reminiscent of the affluent avenues of Paris and Madrid. In the streets around the striking cemetery, you’ll see fur-clad señoras sipping coffee or tottering along the pavement, yappy dogs in tow.Accommodations in Recoleta
Soho: two short syllables that ooze cool. And the Buenos Aires version puts its own spin on the name. Join the city’s cool cats as they slink between independent boutiques or rummage through the vintage market for a hipster bargain. Had your fill of retail therapy? Take your pick of the cutesy cafés serving up coffee, cake and cultural cachet.Accommodations in Palermo Soho
Lights, camera…action! Palermo Hollywood’s glitterati come out in force to eat, drink and be merry. Beer buffs and cocktail queens will have plenty to choose from among this smorgasbord of bacchanalia. Dress to impress and dodge the paparazzi as you rub shoulders with celebs and wannabes in Kika, Niceto or Rosebar. And that’s a wrap!Accommodations in Palermo Hollywood
Appearances can be deceiving. A case in point: Balvanera. On the surface, it has little to offer beyond graffiti-scrawled streets, cheap wholesalers and no-go areas after dark. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a stellar heritage, including the birthplace of legendary tango crooner Carlos Gardel and the former hangouts of writer Jorge Luis Borges.Accommodations in Balvanera
Retiro is a district of contrasts. Sharp-suited office workers flock to grassy Plaza San Martín for lunch or join the daunting rush-hour lines outside Retiro Train Station. Meanwhile, in the shanty town hidden behind the train tracks, street kids kick battered footballs around in the dust, dreaming of becoming the next Lionel Messi.Accommodations in Retiro
In this city of faded grandeur, ultra-modern Puerto Madero sticks out like a sore thumb. Once a shipyard, this area swapped barnacles for bars, and navies for nightclubs. During the day, you’ll see riverside joggers and fresh-air strollers. But come nightfall, it transforms into a playground of plush clubs where the rich and famous splash their cash.Accommodations in Puerto Madero
Las Cañitas packs a whole lot of fun into a small area. Quiet by day and raucous by night, it’s where young and moneyed porteños go to let their impeccably coiffed hair down. After a meaty feast at one of the many parrilla grills, kick-start the night with a beer at Van Koning or a classy cocktail at Mute. Then boogie on 'til sunrise at Frere.Accommodations in Las Canitas
Flavia is a book and music addict who's always on the lookout for new bands and writers.
Located in an area better known for its tango venues, M.O.D. Variete Club is a vibrant nightclub which plays everything from hip hop, electro and house to rock, pop and indie. I don't usually stay out late, but when I go to M.O.D. I get home at breakfast time!Accommodations near M.O.D.
Adrián was born and raised in Buenos Aires but is still discovering secret corners of the city.
El Zanjón de Granados is like a time machine in the middle of Buenos Aires! It's a beautiful old mansion which has been painstakingly restored, and it's one of the best places to learn about the history of the city. Check the website to book a tour in English or Spanish.Accommodations near El Zanjón de Granados
Nature-loving Ezequiel is an economist by profession but a traveler at heart.
When I want to escape city life, I head to Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, a huge nature reserve. It’s only 3 blocks from Puerto Madero, one of the trendiest spots in Buenos Aires, but it's filled with trees and it’s a great spot for biking by the river.Accommodations near Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Elisa moved from Italy to Argentina a year ago and is discovering fun things to do around the city.
I love La Catedral, a very traditional milonga (tango venue). They run daily classes for all levels, and it's a great to spend an evening here learning tango with people from all over the world.Accommodations near La Catedral
Avid cook Carla loves playing the guitar, traveling and meeting new people from around the world.
Make sure you visit the Faculty of Engineering building, part of the University of Buenos Aires. It’s an incredible example of Neo-Gothic architecture, with an impressive central staircase which can be viewed from the outside, and a large collection of stained glass.Accommodations near Universidad de Engineering
Dog-lover Cyntia enjoys traveling to new places and speaking different languages.
The Feria de Mataderos is the best place in the city to experience authentic gaucho (Argentinian cowboy) culture. This traditional fair is held on Sundays in the far west of the city, and you’ll find horse riding demos, local foods, crafts, folk music and dancing.Accommodations near Feria de Mataderos
Family-man Martin has spent most of his life in Buenos Aires and is a proud dad of two little girls.
Bebop Jazz Club is hidden away in the basement of a brand new wine bar and restaurant called Aldo's. Tickets start at ARS 80 and you can hear great live jazz, blues, funk and soul from national and international artists.Accommodations near Bebop Jazz Club Buenos Aires
Film-lover Silvina enjoys discovering new places and meeting great people.
If you visit Buenos Aires during the summer months, keep an eye on the city’s official website – there are always so many things going on! My favorite is the open-air cinema: bring a sun lounger with you, lie back and enjoy a good movie!Accommodations near Summer Activities
Argentinian Mora is married to an American so she's a pro at showing people around her city!
There's something different going on every day at Konex! One of my favorites is La Bomba del Tiempo, a group that plays awesome percussion every Monday night. There's an open-air stage and it's a great place to have a drink while listening to live music.Accommodations near Konex
When Victoria isn't windsurfing or wakeboarding, she also likes to travel and discover new cultures.
Teatro Ciego (Blind Theater) offers unique “plays” where the audience are all blindfolded. Sounds seem to go straight to your brain, and you can enjoy a whole play without ever seeing the actors’ faces – an amazing sensation. One of the plays even includes dinner!Accommodations near Blind Theater (Teatro Ciego)
A beach girl living in the big city, Mariana loves singing, cooking and finding new places to eat.
La Manzana de las Luces (The Illuminated Block) is one of the oldest buildings in Buenos Aires. It’s connected by secret underground tunnels to important points around Buenos Aires, and some of the country’s most important political decisions were made in these hidden tunnels.Accommodations near La Manzana de las Luces
Mariana has lived in Buenos Aires all her life and loves traveling and looking for new experiences.
La Viruta is perfect for anyone who likes to dance or wants to learn. They offer various different styles here, including salsa and swing, but of course the speciality is tango. In the evenings there are classes, and afterwards the floor is open for you to practice your moves.Accommodations near La Viruta
Local girl Guillermina is passionate about dancing and also likes to roller skate.
I love to dance, so I like heading down to the Costanera Sur boulevard in Puerto Madero on Sunday afternoons. That's when people gather here to dance salsa and bachata – it's free and great fun!Accommodations near Malecon Buenos Aires
Felicitas, a dog lover, is a born traveler who always comes home to Buenos Aires.
La Glorieta de Belgrano has been an open-air milonga (tango venue) since 2006. It's located in Barrancas de Belgrano, a beautiful park in a traditional district which was once a village. Dancing is open to all ages and it's free! Classes are also available before the dancing starts.Accommodations near La Glorieta de Belgrano
When Boca Juniors fan Maximiliano isn't at the stadium, you'll find him writing stories to relax.
Notorious is a small bar with a really relaxed atmosphere. It hosts regular live music, and also allows you to pick out a CD, listen to it, and then buy it if you want. You can just have a drink or enjoy a full meal, depending on the time of year.Accommodations near Notorious
A Buenos Aires resident for 30 years, Teresa spends her free time writing poetry and short stories.
Built in 1919, the Ateneo Grand Splendid started its life as the city's most iconic cinema. It's now an amazing book shop, and still has a glamorous 20's feel. After browsing the huge collection of books, CDs and DVDs, treat yourself to coffee and cake in the lovely little café.Accommodations near El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Natalia was born in Cordoba and still loves sightseeing and feeling like a tourist in Buenos Aires!
Palermo Lakes is really close to the city center and it's where locals come to get some fresh air and exercise. If you want to blend in with them, you can rent roller skates, bikes or a pedalo at El Rosedal.Accommodations near Outdoor sports at the Palermo Lakes
Avid photographer Silvina is also a big fan of rock and electronic music.
Cocoliche is an effortlessly cool DJ club, based in a slightly run-down old mansion. The main stage is located in its downstairs basement, where there’s a fantastic sound system and a state-of-the-art light show. I go there for the best breakbeat, techno and drum and bass tunes!Accommodations near Cocoliche
Patagonian Marisol loves life in the big city, where there are always things to do and fun to be had.
Cruce de Artes is a cool cultural space hidden in the middle of the Palermo neighborhood. It's an underground passageway that goes from Avenida Libertador to Parque Tres de Febrero, right in front of Buenos Aires zoo. It's always filled with interesting exhibitions – and it's free!Accommodations near Cruce de Artes
After 14 years living in the city, Patagonia-born Marcelo still loves sports and outdoor activities.
My favorite place in the city is La Bombonera (“The Chocolate Box”), the legendary stadium of Boca Juniors. It has great acoustics and such a passionate atmosphere that it’s been nicknamed “the 12th man.” On game days you may even spot Diego Maradona in his private box!Accommodations near Boca Juniors Stadium
Curious by nature, Rocío has spent 3 years exploring Buenos Aires and loves shopping for antiques.
There’s always something going on at Vorterix Theatre! This ultra-modern venue hosts intimate live concerts for all kinds of music, from local rock groups to heavy metal and international pop acts.Accommodations near Vorterix Theater
Colombian-born Gabriel loves to discover new cafés where he can read, sip tea and eat pastries.
Chinatown is the top place to go for Asian cuisine, including Chinese, Japanese and Thai. It’s also a great spot to find gifts, decorative items and clothing at amazing prices! Best of all, it has huge supermarkets with exotic ingredients and the best fresh fish in town.Accommodations near Chinatown
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe the best tango experiences that can be enjoyed in Buenos Aires.
El Viego Almacen in San TelmoSee all 9 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Buenos Aires.
United States of America
Tango Shoes are less expensive, Leather, Dining, Great restaurants bottle of Vino $30 dollars or less, sightseeingSee all 9 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
the steak parillasSee all 8 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Buenos Aires start with?
Belle ArtesSee all 6 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Buenos Aires than just brand-name stores?
Big shopping malls have many local brand name stores - Vitamina, Prune etc. with the great selection of clothes and accessories. Palermo area has small boutiques with design apparel. There are also outlets in Palermo and other areas. Leather goods (bags, belts, coats etc.) is what you want to look for in Buenos Aires.See all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the best way to make the most of Buenos Aires by foot?
If it is warm weather, which is really the best time to visit, only plan to visit one area each day - say the Museum of the bi-centennial and the nearby History Museum and Cathedral and park. Treat yourself to cappuccino on the way back and people watch.See all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Buenos Aires that makes history come to life?
Visit all the different districtsSee all 4 answers
Located around a 45-minute drive from downtown Buenos Aires, Ministro Pistarini is the city's main international airport. The best way in and out is by licensed taxi: just head to the taxi stands in Arrivals. Payment is always made in advance, and prices usually range from ARS 300 – 400. The Manuel Tienda León bus company also offers hourly services to the center. Tickets cost around ARS 100 and can be booked online or purchased at the desk in Arrivals.
Located very close to downtown, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery is a small airport with domestic flights and short international flights within South America. The best way to get to and from the airport is by public taxi: you'll find them waiting in line right outside the doors. Fares are metered and you should never pay more than the meter indicates. Be aware that small change is hard to come by in Argentina, so avoid paying in large bills.
Known as the "subte," the Buenos Aires subway is a great way to move around the city: faster than the bus and much more reliable than the train. The 6 lines don't cover the whole city, but there are stations near all the main tourist attractions and landmarks. To find them, just look out for the round "Subte" signs. Each journey costs ARS 4.50, regardless of the line or distance. Buy a single ticket or pick up a SUBE top-up card in any subte station.
Train travel in Buenos Aires is cheap but very unreliable, with frequent technical issues and strikes leading to late or canceled services. Trains are a good option in rush hour (7:30 am – 10:30 am and 5 pm – 7:30 pm), when buses tend to get caught up in traffic. The city's main train stations are Retiro and Constitución: buy tickets right in the station for around ARS 2, or pay with a SUBE top-up card (available from subway stations or designated kiosks).
Buenos Aires is a city of buses! Over 100 routes crisscross the entire city, with buses passing every 5 to 10 minutes and stopping every few blocks. You can pay in cash (around ARS 9, coins only) but it's much cheaper and easier to use a SUBE top-up card. These are available from subway stations or designated kiosks, and cut the average journey price to ARS 3.50. Expect very long and crowded journeys if traveling during rush hour (7:30 am – 10:30 am and 5 pm – 7:30 pm)
Street taxis in Buenos Aires are easy to spot—they're all painted black and yellow—but aren't recommended for first-time visitors. A safer option is to order a taxi over the phone. The city has numerous radio taxi firms, all are very reliable. Fares are metered, and radio taxis charge an extra fee of around ARS 10. Be aware that small change is very hard to come by in Argentina: taxi drivers are unlikely to have change for anything above a ARS 50 bill.
Extensive public transportation, heavy traffic and erratic drivers mean that car travel is rarely the most convenient option in Buenos Aires. If you do decide to drive, be aware that public parking is almost impossible to find in the center – be prepared to pay for private parking near the place you're staying. Try to avoid driving at the worst of the rush hour (7:30 am – 10:30 am and 5 pm – 7:30 pm), when traffic can often come to a standstill.
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