Being the heart of our nation, Buenos Aires is considered to be one of the main capitals in South America, home to our biggest passions like football and asado, and of course, our culture. From gastronomy, to entertainment and history, we bring you today a run through the best things to do in Buenos Aires!
Starting from the essentials, when looking for things to do in Buenos Aires you have to visit the downtown, where you can enjoy many different activities with our people, who will always treat you like a friend making you feel like one of us.
Gastronomy – things to do in Buenos Aires
The “parrillas” (restaurants specialized in cow meat, such as “Don Julio” and “La Cabrera”) offer the best steak meals in South America, where either if you are looking for a quick sitting or a four course meal, you will not be disappointed. It’s no wonder that every big city around the world has an Argentinean “parrilla”, just imagine to encounter yourself with the real deal!
As one of the gastronomic capitals of the region, you can find a broad variety of restaurants from world class chefs, and also visit the more local neighborhoods like Palermo and San Telmo to grab a beer or a glass of wine (the Malbec is the best one of the Argentinean wines), and listen to the greatest street musicians from the area as well. If you are really into gastronomy, Buenos Aires is the place to go as it was named in 2017 the Iberoamerican Capital of Gastronomy, nothing much to add to that title. Breweries have sprung all over the city in the last five years, and you can find one of them in almost every block, heaven for beer fanatics. Besides asado and beer, our culture is known for sweet products like dulce de leche (Argentinean version of caramel), alfajores (cookies filled with dulce de leche), mate (typical Argentinean infusion-tea) and ice cream. It doesn’t matter the time of the year you come around, don’t leave without trying at least once every single one of them, no regular thing is world class famous, trust us!
Tango – things to do in Buenos Aires
Argentina is the birthplace of Tango, and in Buenos Aires you can find the best venues to enjoy a true Argentinean tango show and an amazing dinner as well, and if you are into history, you can always go to the Chacarita Cementery and pay a visit to Carlos Gardel as well as many other tango legends. If you truly want to test your chemistry with your partner, dare to try a tango lesson… You will truly know the person aside you and yourself as well. You can experience tango in three ways: go to a touristic (some of them are pretty good but expensive though) tango club to see professionals dancing on stage, such in “Café de los Angelitos” or “Rojo Tango”; going to a “Milonga” such as “La Viruta”, which are the places where the amateurs gather to dance; or getting tango lessons with professionals. On the other hand, you will have good chances to find “bailarines” performing on the streets of San Telmo or La Boca.
Theatres and Museums – things to do in Buenos Aires
Argentina is known to be one of the cultural capitals of Latin America. When looking for things to do in Buenos Aires, The Teatro Colón is home to the biggest classical showcases, as well as great shows from the greatest concert artists as well, ballet and local performances of our most famous singer-songwriters too. Besides the traditional venues, when touring the city you will always find a street performer that will amaze you, its 100% true that the city vibrates with its people. When talking museums, the MALBA or the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires showcases art from the greatest latin American artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as classical films and free concerts in the terrace. For art enthusiasts, our museums and streets both offer the talent of our culture. Another great thing to do in Buenos Aires is to take a graffiti tour to gaze at the amazing street art in the most fashionable neighborhoods like Palermo.
On a bustling commercial street in the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, you can visit the world’s most beautiful library EL ATENEO, housed in a beautifully preserved antique theater. One of Buenos Aires’ top attractions and local’s favourite. Stop by and have a nice cup of coffee while reading your favourite childhood fairytale from the stage that is located in the back, the view is amazing, and it is also a great break from touring the city.
Soccer, Football, or “Futbol” – things to do in Buenos Aires
Soccer, or “futbol” is our biggest passion. If you are drawn into sports, you cannot skip a visit to the legendary Bombonera stadium, home to the Boca Juniors team, where Diego Maradona begun his carrer to become one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Known by everyone, a soccer match in the Bombonera is truly the closest glimpse to the one Argentinean passion, sure is one of the most interesting things to do in Buenos Aires.
The “classics”: architecture and history – things to do in Buenos Aires
When looking at the amazing things that Buenos Aires has to offer, for the history and architecture fanatics as well, you can find a series of walking, bike, private our bus tours in which you will visit the most important landmarks, like the the Casa Rosada (our White House), the Cathedral and the Cabildo, all three located in the Plaza de Mayo. Moving around the city you can meet the luxurious Recoleta neighborhood, the enormous Floralis Generica sculpture, and the beautiful Palermo Forest, as well as the historic Caminito walk, where you can get in touch with the place our ancestors first stood in our country. Puerto Madero, Congreso, Plaza San Martin, 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisco, the racing course, the polo stadium, and some other highlights are generally always part of the traditional city tours around the city. We highly recommend to get a 4 hours private city tour upon arrival in Buenos Aires.
Fashion and Events – things to do in Buenos Aires
Another thing we are well known for is our leather manufactures, so if you want to take a break from touring and sightseeing, Patio Bullrich and Galerias Pacifico are the two places for you to visit, where besides finding top brands, you can visit two beautiful buildings, both iconic in the Buenos Aires landmark.
Polo is known as a luxury sport for investors with big budgets, but being the oldest team sport in the nation as well it includes a special feature here in Argentina: passion. The players don’t take part in the local competitions for money, but for the love of the sport and the importance and tradition of these annual events, which bring them back to Argentina for four months every year.
The elite Argentine polo season is La Triple Corona or triple crown, composed by three separate tournaments which run from September until the end of the year. For all three tournaments, it’s possible to find affordable tickets, as well as luxury serviced boxes with the best views, and the legendary afters at the end of the day as well, nothing better to get to know our people that to share an evening of music, drinking and dancing.
If you’re in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, don’t miss the San Telmo market or the Feria de Mataderos.
Suburbs and Surroundings – things to do in Buenos Aires
Moving away from the city, in the Buenos Aires and Pampas area you can find the “Delta del Tigre”, where you can escape the city for a day to go kayaking or canoeing, or shopping as well in the classic Puerto de Frutos, where artisans and artists are present each weekend. Besides Tigre, you can enjoy a day trip to San Antonio de Areco, Luján or La Plata, three towns that are located in the surroundings for an extra glimpse on our culture and a break from the city movement as well.
If you are looking for the true gaucho experience to connect to the more rural and traditional side of our culture, not too far away from the city you can find the “estancias”, good for a day in the field and horseback riding, as well as a world class asado, of course.
We invite you to discover the amazing destination that is Buenos Aires, Beyond BA LATAM offers tours (click here to see some of our travel ideas!) and experiences for all these alternatives, where we stand out in tailor made vacations, designed around your interests and travel style. It will be our pleasure to help you plan your next beautiful journey to Argentina!0