The Best Things to Do in Buenos Aires
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Between glorious parks and gardens and the remarkable street art here, you may never want to head indoors...but then you'd miss the shopping, the historical sights, and museums. Viva Buenos Aires!
Junín 1760, C1113 CABA, Argentina
La Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most visited cemeteries in Latin America, mainly because Evita Peron is buried there, among other notable figures. The cemetery is built around a convent and a church, Our Lady of Pilar (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora...
Calle Rivadavia s/n, C1004 CABA, Argentina
Up until recently, the Catedral Metropolitana was famous for a few things - the rococo altar, the Christ statue carved from algarrobo (carob) wood, the fact that it's the final resting place of the great South American liberator General Jose de...
Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires, Argentina
No woman—or man—has come to symbolize Argentina more than Eva Perón, the country’s first lady from 1946 until her death at age 33, in 1952. Learn about this iconic figure at the Evita Museum, where photos, videos, and numerous personal effects...
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
The Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve owes its creation to rubble from a highway construction project that was dumped into the river: As nature took over the landfill, new life emerged along the shoreline. Look out over the estuary—that spot on the...
Av. Santa Fe 1860, C1124 CABA, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a city of readers—it supports more bookstores per capita than any other place in the world. The crown jewel of the librerías here is the Ateneo Grand Splendid. Housed in a theater where music legends such as Carlos...
Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1929, C1169 CABA, Argentina
Legend has it that immigrants who lived near the port of La Boca painted their houses with whatever leftover paint they could scrounge from nearby shipyards, lending the neighborhood its charmingly colorful style. There are several tourist...
Av. del Libertador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A forest grows in Buenos Aires. Popular, expansive Tres de Febrero Park, which borders the Palermo and Belgrano quarters, is commonly referred to as Los Bosques thanks to its tree-lined jogging trails and large pond that’s home to fish, duck,...
Av. Casares 2966, C1425 CABA, Argentina
Grittiness and constant grind are part of Buenos Aires’s charm—but sometimes you need a moment of Zen. The Japanese Garden’s tranquil minimalism provides one of the few oases in the city where you can truly disconnect. Cross red bridges spanning...
Buenos Aires, C1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina
The red-gravel paths that wind among 6,000 plant species, past a babbling stream, and into deeply shaded areas may make you forget you’re in the center of a loud, bustling city. That said, many visitors don’t know that the Botanical...
Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen s/n, C1087 CABA, Argentina
On every Thursday for the past 40 years, women have walked a picket line around Buenos Aires’s most politically significant plaza. They call themselves Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, and each mother present has lost a son or a daughter,...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graffitimundo is dedicated to increasing awareness of the bustling street art scene in vibrant Buenos Aires. Beginning in 2009, the non-profit organization began connecting people with the artists of this unique movement and increasing knowledge...
Cerrito 628, C1010 CABA, Argentina
Teatro Colón is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. Though the theater was, to the great disappointment of many travelers, closed for years while undergoing major renovations, the Colón has now reopened and is playing host...
Agüero 2502, C1425 CABA, Argentina
One of the more jarring building styles you’ll find in the city’s architectural mishmash is brutalism, and Argentina’s National Library is an iconic example of the movement. The imposing structure rises like a mammoth tree in the park that...
11 de Septiembre 1901, C1428 CABA, Argentina
La Glorieta attends to those attracted to tango’s drama but who eschew slick, three-hour dance extravaganzas in downtown cabarets. Free and open to the public, this gazebo, in a plaza near Belgrano’s Barrio Chino, transforms on weekend evenings...
Av. del Libertador 4101, C1426 CABA, Argentina
A symbol of Buenos Aires’s golden age, the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo was the locus for the horseraces that played a major role in 1930s and ’40s porteño culture. Crowds flocked to the track on weekends; great wins (and many more losses)...
Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, C1425 CLA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Like any great city, Buenos Aires has its Museum Mile. For art, standouts include the National Fine Arts Museum (MNBA), with its mix of Argentine and European pieces, as well as the Buenos Aires Latin American Art Museum (MALBA), highlighting the...
Defensa 755, C1065AAM CABA, Argentina
Touring this one-of-a-kind urban villa and archaeological site allows a unique insight into the city's history. The beautifully restored urban mansion was once the residence of a wealthy Spanish family; they fled for higher ground when yellow...
Av. Sarmiento s/n, C1425 CABA, Argentina
Commercial space flight is coming soon, but for now we have the Galilei Planetarium to spur our intergalactic dreams. Its 65-foot planetarium dome can portray a whopping 8900 stars, a presentation highlight; get ready for other big moments like...
Cavia 2985, C1425DDA CABA, Argentina
This dreamy 1927 house is suddenly a hotspot. Denizens love the magnificent architecture that frames a restaurant, florist shop, bookstore and library, perfume boutique, cocktail bar and publishing offices. Innovative yet winningly accessible,...
With its swoon-worthy, 6000-plus piece collection, the museum establishes a magical dialogue with the past. All kinds of great stuff, from neo-classical statuary, silverware of yore, and centuries-old tapestries, and more inhabit a magnificent...
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