The Top Things to See and Do in Córdoba, Argentina

Make time to visit Güemes artisans' market while in Córdoba
Make time to visit Güemes artisans' market while in Córdoba | © Zoonar GmbH / Alamy
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21 July 2021

The city of Córdoba, capital of the province in Argentina of the same name, has a history of culture and intellectualism. Find out the top things to see and do here, whether you’d like to catch a tango performance, roam around Spanish-colonial buildings, immerse yourself in art and music or check out the trendy restaurants of the bohemian Güemes neighborhood.

Tour the Cathedral of Córdoba

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Argentina Cordoba cathedral in San Martin square. Image shot 12/2019. Exact date unknown.
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The Cathedral of Córdoba is the oldest church in Argentina to be in continuous service – just as well, as it took more than two centuries to build, starting from 1577. This National Historic Monument features frescoes painted by Argentine artists such as Emilio Caraffa and Manuel Cardeñosa, as well as a crypt where significant historical figures are buried, including General José María Paz, a military leader in the Argentine War of Independence and the Civil War.

Look for handicrafts at the Feria Artesanal

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Busker in Cordoba's hip neighbourhood Paseo de las Artes playing street music on guitar and vocals to crowds of people sitting on the curbs
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Head downtown on the weekends to browse the outdoor crafts fair at Paseo de las Artes – the perfect place to get your hands on the finest artisanal goods. The wares on sale are diverse, from ceramics and handmade jewelry to children’s toys. Skip the overpriced cafes ringing the area and instead go to one of the food stalls within the market. Make like the locals and try an alfajor – two shortbread-like cookies with a sweet filling between them.

Dine in Güemes

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Argentina Cordoba modern architecture of a typical restaurant in Guemes distric. Image shot 01/2020. Exact date unknown.
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This hip neighborhood in the heart of the city is full of bohemian restaurants and bars, making it an ideal spot to grab a bite to eat. Casual Argentine cuisine is served all day at Bruncheria, from bruschetta, jamón and freshly squeezed juice in the morning, to pizza and vino tinto in the evening. Its retro blue-and-yellow styling extends to the terrace, which is open until 8pm every day. If you’re in the area on the weekend, be sure to check out the colorful artisans’ market.

Take in the canal-side nightlife

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A landscaped canal bisects Córdoba, and the canal-facing street of Marcelo T de Alvear in the downtown area is chock-full of bars for every type of reveler. One of the best is X Bar, a dimly lit locals-only spot with second-hand furniture and vintage adverts on its walls. Order a kiwi daiquiri, which tastes so good it could pass as a breakfast smoothie.

Dance up a storm at Tsunami Tango

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You can hardly come to Argentina without witnessing its globally influential national dance: the dramatic tango, which originated in Argentina in the 1880s. Stop by to watch the professionals at a milonga, or tango club, such as this cavernous venue in Güemes. Feeling inspired to hit the dance floor? You can learn the moves here, too, at lessons that run from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Peruse art at the Evita Fine Arts Museum

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Cordoba Argentina Evita Museum of Fine Arts. Image shot 02/2020. Exact date unknown.
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Known in Spanish as the Museo Superior de Bellas Artes Evita, this museum is housed in an opulent beaux arts mansion. Take a gander at the collection of over 500 works by artists ranging from Goya to Picasso, and don’t miss the sculpture garden outside.

Stroll through Parque Sarmiento

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Sarmiento Park is the largest public park in Cordoba, Argentina - KWX3HT
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The 43-acre (17ha) Parque Sarmiento, adjacent to the aforementioned museum, is the green heart of Córdoba. University students congregate on the grass, among features such a rose garden, a duck lake and a natatorium. The park is also home to the city zoo, where you can see creatures such as hippos and bears, as well as hand-feed the camels, ostriches and tapirs.

Get a dose of history at the Jesuit Block

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Jesuit Block, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cordoba, Argentina, South America
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If you’re interested in the fusion of European and indigenous cultures, head to the Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba. This Unesco World Heritage site is a collection of buildings built in a Spanish style by 17th- and 18th-century Jesuit arrivals, who were allocated one of the 70 blocks of the original city. The core buildings include a church, the Jesuit priests’ residence and a university.

Catch a show at the Teatro del Libertador General San Martín

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This theater, concert hall and opera house was designed by an Italian-Argentine architect in the late 19th century, in an effort to mix Italianate details with the beaux arts style. The neo-baroque interior is equally sensational, complete with red velvet and chandeliers. Check in advance what cultural delights are coming up – shows include classical music, opera, rock and dance.

Take in the culture at Paseo del Buen Pastor

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Paseo del Buen Pastor is a cultural, recreational and commercial center in Cordoba, Argentina
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Paseo del Buen Pastor started its life as a women’s prison in 1906, with a landmark gothic revival church added two decades later. These days, the complex has had a whole new lease of life, as a cultural center and performance space, offering everything from live music to art exhibits by local emerging creatives. In the central courtyard you’ll find a couple of cool cafe-bars serving beers and cocktails.
These recommendations were updated on July 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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