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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 (vintage in Recoleta, wine in Palermo Soho), the historical sights, and museums. Viva Buenos Aires!
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Florida 165, C1005AAC CABA, Argentina
Buenos Aires lies on the edge of flat pampa, so even a gentle incline is rare—you’ll have to take some stairs to get a view. The 16-story Galería Güemes, built in 1915, was the city’s first skyscraper, and its top-floor mirador offers great...
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Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear 1355, C1058AAU CABA, Argentina
The Juan Pérez superstore, in the posh Recoleta neighborhood, is your one-stop shop for fine vintage clothing. The well-organized racks are jammed with glamorous men’s and women’s fashions from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, all in excellent condition....
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Av. Alvear 1680, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Take home the essence of Argentina with a fragrance inspired by pampas grasses, the northern desert, or Patagonian lupine blossoms. Fueguia 1833, a perfume lab on ultra-chic Avenida Alvear in Recoleta, creates scents from all-natural ingredients....
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Agüero 2502, B1425 Buenos Aires, Pcia de Buenos Aires, 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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Cerrito 628, C1010 CABA, Argentina
Since the moment it opened in 1908, the Teatro Colón has hosted Argentina’s crème de la crème as well as top musicians and composers from around the world, among them Igor Stravinsky, local tango legend Astor Piazzolla,...
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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...
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C1425BGP, Av. Santa Fe 2729, CABA, Argentina
Support local artists and designers at the Patio del Liceo. The namesake courtyard, tucked away from Avenida Santa Fe’s hustle and bustle, connects art galleries, clothes and shoe shops, and, notably, boutiques selling eco-friendly home decor....
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Jorge Luis Borges 1772, C1414 CABA, Argentina
With wine legally decreed Argentina’s national drink, it’s all but a crime to leave without sampling the local tinto. To help decide which bottle to wrap up and take home, head to a tasting at Lo de Joaquín Alberdi in Palermo Soho. At 5 p.m....
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Paraguay 4979, C1425 CABA, Argentina
Once-abandoned railway sheds have been repurposed to create an open-air outlet mall in Palermo, one of the city’s buzziest neighborhoods. Clothes are expensive in Argentina so don’t expect rock-bottom prices, but you’ll appreciate discounts on...
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Fray Justo Sta. María de Oro 2899, C1425FOQ CABA, Argentina
Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, and Freddy Krueger are just a few of the famous faces you’ll find depicted on Palermo’s painted walls. Above and beyond hastily scrawled graffiti, the city commissioned this thoughtful street art to lend local business...
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Av. Lisandro de la Torre & Av. de los Corrales 1072, C1440 CABA, Argentina
Argentina is too vast a country to see on just one trip. But there’s a taste of real gaucho (i.e., Argentine cowboy) culture at the Mataderos Fair on the edge of town. For many, the main attraction is the various food stalls that hawk yummy,...
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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...
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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...
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Av. Juan B. Justo 2650, C1414CXP CABA, Argentina
With its innumerable acres of grasslands that are perfect for raising cattle, Argentina is not surprisingly known for top-quality leather goods. Murillo Street, in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, is lined with outlets where you can purchase bags,...
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Nicaragua 4880,Cdad. Autónoma de Buenos Aires, C1414 CABA, Argentina
Facon presents exquisitely handcrafted goods from all around Argentina. Look for baskets by the Matriarca women’s collective; Siwan’i natural, handwoven textiles produced by Wichí-nation women; and Warmi scarves and blankets the women of that...
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República de la India 2905, 1425 CABA, Argentina
This handpicked collection celebrating top local designers is the place to go for innovative Argentina-made fashions. The owners, also clothing designers, select the most interesting and iconic pieces from each of the 50-plus creators they...
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AAH, Perú 886, C1068 CABA, Argentina
Its years as a working-class neighborhood allowed San Telmo, considered Buenos Aires’s oldest neighborhood, to avoid development and conserve its low-rise, historical architecture. Today it’s no surprise that the area has become the go-to spot for...
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C1427BXE, Charlone 201, C1427BXE CABA, Argentina
The bricked-over windows of the bookstore/wine bar Falena may have you worrying the place has closed. But the isolation from the street that the bricks provide is part of what gives Falena the feel of a hidden sanctuary. Ring to enter and step...
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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)...
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Iberá 2858, C1429CMR CABA, Argentina
Just a few steps away from noisy Avenida Cabildo, one of the Belgrano district’s main drags, you’ll find quiet, tree-lined streets and stylish apartment buildings plus numerous old mansions amid idiosyncratic, evocative gardens. A wave of...
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Juramento 2291, C1428 CABA, Argentina
Steps from the Barrio Chino lies writer Enrique Larreta’s former summer villa, now home to an appealing collection of Spanish art. Works range from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, and the permanent collection includes furniture, ceramics, and...
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Elortondo 1837, B1643 Béccar, Pcia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Escape the city’s honking horns and revving motorcycles by traveling on the Tren de la Costa to Villa Ocampo, once the home of writer Victoria Ocampo and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the short trip, the train’s large windows frame...
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Gorriti 3780, C1172ACH CABA, Argentina
A great option for local music is Palermo’s Café Vinilo. Performances span genres, from jazz and tango to blues; check show times in advance, and arrive early to snag a good seat. The venue has a restaurant in front, but you can also eat as you...
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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...
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Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen s/n, 1087 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,...
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Av. Callao 501, C1022AAF CABA, Argentina
Café culture in Buenos Aires means leisurely sipping café con leche, reading the newspaper, and, naturally, eavesdropping on adjoining tables’ conversations. Opened in 1930, the classic porteño café Los Galgos had long been a favorite spot for...