Argentina’s capital, long considered the Paris
of South America
, has a rich history in its own right. From popular attractions to little-known gems, there are a million and one sights to see in this metropolis, which, just like its inhabitants, never sleeps. Read on for the ten best things to do and see in Buenos Aires
Stroll down El Caminito
La Boca, home of beloved local football team Boca Juniors, is a neighborhood bursting with life and color, particularly on its most famous road, El Caminito. Peek into the myriad shops selling blue and yellow Boca Juniors apparel as well as sky-blue and white Argentina national team jerseys –generally emblazoned with the names and numbers of legends like Maradona and Messi – and admire the brightly hued houses nearby (don’t veer off the main roads here, though; the area is rough around the edges).
Go market-hopping in San Telmo
From clothing to antique housewares and souvenirs to artisanal crafts, San Telmo’s outdoor weekend feria has it all. Nibble on an empanada or an alfajor as you peruse the wares at the market’s assortment of stalls. San Telmo is the oldest barrio, or neighbourhood, in Buenos Aires, and its cobblestoned streets are ringed with beautiful old homes and churches as well as contemporary art spaces and cafés.
San Telmo Market, Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Get immersed in nature
The Reserva Ecólogica Costanera Sur is a lush and verdant stretch of nature in the middle of the city, offering trails for walking, running and cycling, four lakes, as well as more than 200 types of birds and other wildlife. Whether you’re into bird-watching, exercising, or simply enjoying a bit of sunshine, take some time out to relax in this nature reserve.
Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, +54 11 4893-1853
Learn about politics in Microcentro
Buenos Aires’ downtown area is home to La Casa Rosada, the official presidential residence, which is a wonder in pink opulence. After taking in the view of the building, and its splendidly-dressed guards, take a walk around Plaza de Mayo, where demonstrations and protests frequently occur. Visitors on a Thursday will see the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, who have been stalwarts on the plaza since the Dirty War of the 1970s.
Casa Rosada, Balcarce 50, CABA, Argentina,+54 11 4344-3600
Go tango dancing
When in Argentina, try out tango dancing, or at least watch the professionals. While undoubtedly a touristy experience, the tango show at Bar Sur in San Telmo features top-notch dancing and a small, cozy venue, making the entire experience feel authentic and intimate.
Bar Sur, Estados Unidos 299, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4362-6086
Have a night out in Palermo
Don’t miss Crobar, a boliche or nightclub located under a railway bridge in Palermo, which brings in all sorts of big-name international DJs, or head to Niceto Club, which hosts an iconic Thursday night event comprising everything from techno music to cabaret to break-dancers. Don’t try to show up to a nightclub before at least 2am, though – they’ll be empty until then.
Crobar, Av. Cnel. Marcelino E. Freyre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4778-1500
Niceto Club, Av. Cnel. Niceto Vega 5510, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4779-9396