Buenos Aires is a very attractive city for tourists. That’s why we’ve prepared a guide for you not to forget visiting every touristic sight before leaving.
A large city with a lot to offer. If you have only a few days to visit, it is very important to optimize your time so as not to miss anything.
Before I start, 3 awesome tips:
- Always have cash. Few places accept credit card with chip.
- Buy a SUBE card to take the Bus and Subway (Cash is not accepted). You can buy one in any subway station.
- Use public transport. Fees were recently rose, but it’s still very cheap compared to many cities worldwide. Check out which bus/subway line to take on this website https://mapa.buenosaires.gob.ar/ or with the app Moovit.
1. Microcentro (Downtown)
A synchronized orchestra of people, cars and buses crossing the perfectly squared streets, composed by a mix of classic and modern buildings. A walking tour downtown is a warm welcome for any tourist.
Places to visit:
- Calle Florida. Coffee Places, Tourism agencies, every kind of store and the famous Shopping Galerias Pacífico. (Córdoba and Florida).
- Plaza de Mayo. The 3 Cs (Cabildo, Casa Rosada and Cathedral) in the political center of the city.
- Obelisco. The iconic symbol of the city, the selfie you will post on Instagram. Despite being on the corner of Av Corrientes and Av 9 de julio, the best way to take a picture is to come from Av. Presidente R Saens Peña (aka Diagonal Norte). The midnight pic with your friends is the best one, but be careful when crossing the streets.
- Teatro Colón. Worldwide famous theater, built in the 19th century, is a must-visit place for the most cult tourists. It is located at Av 9 de Julio and Viamonte. Tours are given daily inside the building.
- Café Tortoni. The classical Coffee Shop in Buenos Aires. Where you can taste the delicious medialunas and churros in an environment that breathes tango. It is located at Av de Mayo and Piedras.
A beautiful neighborhood which is a must- stop. You can sit at the coffee tables outside, walk through those quiet streets and enjoy its public parks… It is very easy to get there, near downtown, with excellent hotels and restaurants. Besides holding most of Buenos Aires’ touristic places.
- Avenida Santa Fé. One of the main avenues in the City, Av Santa Fe gives access to Recoleta and is pretty much an open sky mall. From Av 9 de Julio to Av Callao, you will find many international and national stores and great Argentinean restaurants, to taste the best of the local cuisine.
- El Ateneo. Almost at the corner of Av Santa Fe and Av Callao you will find an old theater that was transformed into a Bookstore. In a very cultural city, El Ateneo is a great place to stop, take a selfie and, of course, buy a book in Spanish.
- Cementerio de la Recoleta. Yes, the cemetery is a touristic point. Different from any other cemetery you may have visited, the Recoleta Cemetery is an open museum. The luxury and grandiosity of the graves of important families from the city, including many ex presidents, are the highlights of this place.
- Plaza Francia. If you don’t want to visit a cemetery, you must at least visit the Park it is located at. Crowded point of the city, on weekends Plaza Francia is taken by a local fair, and is surrounded by two Shopping Malls and a lot of good Hotels, Bars, Restaurants and Coffee Places.
- La Flor y Facultad de Derecho. Near to Plaza Francia, is the UBA’s Law School, a beautiful building that reminds of the anciet greek Partenón (Good place to eat if you are short on money). Right next to UBA is the famous “Floralis Genérica”, a modern monument in the middle of a nice park. Good place to take pictures and a sunbath. The huge metalic flower opens up during the day and closes up at night.
Special tip: “Dulce de Leche ice- cream” at Freddo, Volta or Pérsicco ice-cream shops. You can find any of them almost every 3 blocks in Recoleta.
One of the biggest and hippest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Palermo is a place for all tribes. Good for shoppers, bohemians and families too.
Places to visit:
- Outlets. If you wanna shop, you must go to Gurruchaga and Aguirre (near Av Córdoba), where there’s a concentration of outlet stores. The place is like honey to Brazilians looking for a closet renewal. Another good place for shopping is at Distrito Arcos (Godoy Cruz and Paraguay), an open Shopping Mall with many outlets.
- Bars and Restaurants. This neighborhood is full of surprises, with excellent options in every corner. But we recommend visiting the most crowded corners, where you will find many good options without having to walk. First stop is Plaza Serrano (Serrano and Honduras), an awesome fair by day and great nightlife by nights with clubs, restaurants and bars, to dance until dawn. Another good place is “Las Cañitas” (Arévalo and Baez) with fine places to eat and drink, from barbecue, to Mexican and Japanese food, with a delicious homemade beer bar.
- Parks. In Palermo you’ll find the enormous Parque 3 de Febrero, a complex of small parks. On weekends the place is packed with locals doing physical exercises. We recommend renting a bike to visit all the place. Main places to go are: Planetarium, Rosedal, Palermo Lakes and Japanese Garden.
Special tip: In Las Cañitas, eat in Fábrica de Tacos, drink Honey Beer in Antares and do a special shot in Chupitos bar.
4. San Telmo
To take the famous selfie with Mafalda you need to visit San Telmo, preferably on Sundays. This neighborhood is special to artists, bohemians- maybe a Soho turist from NY. It’s not the safest place to visit at night, that’s why we recommend getting a taxi. It’s a place with many cheap hostels, great for young travelers looking for new friends.
Places to visit:
- Calle Defensa. On Sundays, Calle Defensa is closed for cars to hold an Antiques Fair. After Caminito, it’s the best place to buy a souvenir for your friends. The ideal itinerary is to start at the corner of Av Independencia and Defensa, then walk until Plaza de Mayo.
Plaza Dorrego. Located at the corner of Humberto 1° (Humberto Primo) and Defensa, this corner is a great place to dine and to drink beer in San Telmo. With many restaurant options to eat local food at affordable prices.
Special Mention: “Brasserie Petanque” at the corner of Defensa and México. Great French restaurant, a little expensive, but totally worth it!
5. Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero is the living proof that decent public policies can transform an entire neighborhood. The old city port was completely renewed and is today the most modern place in the city, full of skyscrapers and luxurious restaurants.
Places to visit:
- Puente de la Mujer. The neighborhood is dedicated to women, as a symbol of progress in the fight for gender equality. Every street is named after a historical woman, and the most significant monument is the Women Bridge in front of Casa Rosada, uniting Buenos Aires to Puerto Madero.
- Docks. It is worth a walk through the renewed docks. From Av. Cordoba to Av. Belgrano is a beautiful landscape with great restaurants. The best ones are Cabaña Las Lilas (Barbecue) and La Parolaccia (Italian).
- Street Food. For those who don’t have much money to eat at a fancy restaurant, you should cross Puerto Madero and walk by the Laguna de los Coipos. During the day, there are many foodtrucks serving the best barbecue sandwiches (Choripan, Hamburguesas y Bondiola). Great place to sit by the sun and enjoy the great Argentinean meat. The ideal itinerary is going through Av. Dr. Tristan Achaval Rodriguez.
- Casino. Yes, Buenos Aires has a freaking floating Casino. For those who love gambling, this is the right place to go.
Special tip: Bondiola Sandwich at “La Perla” by the Laguna de los Coipos.
6. La Boca
This neighborhood wouldn’t be special, if it weren’t for their exquisite streets and for the glorious Bombonera stadium. It is a humble place, which can be dangerous by night. You should not walk there from downtown, take the 152 bus line.
Places to visit.
- Caminito. Here you’ll take 3 famous pics: The Havanna’s windows, the Tango dancers and Maradona. El Caminito is composed by three streets with many art galleries, souvenir stores, lots of restaurants, tango dancers and a beautiful landscape of colorful little houses. You should go in the morning, take a walk, visit the Stadium and then have lunch.
- Bombonera. This soccer stadium is worldwide famous for the pressure from the fans and for the great players from Boca Juniors. It is located near Caminito. You can visit the museum and enter the field. You can find all the information here: http://www.museoboquense.com/informacion-general.php. To watch a game, the safest way is to buy ticket via tourism agencies or Hotels. There is no public sale at the stadium.
7. Barrio Chino and Monumental de Nuñez
As a last tip, a place a little far from Downtown, that usually does not appear on tourist books, but if you have some time, it is worth it.
- Chinatown. A place much visited by locals to eat in their finest Asian restaurants and to buy all kinds of stuff. You can take a train there. (Station Belgrano C – Line Mitre to Tigre).
- Monumental de Nuñez. Near Chinatown is River Plate’s stadium. Just like Bombonera, you can have a visit to the Museum and to its gift shop. After visiting both stadiums, you can later decide which team from the super-derby you’d like to support. All info here http://www.cariverplate.com.ar/museo-river .
I hope this guide is very helpful in your visit to Buenos Aires. We know there are many blogs about the city, but we made a list with the most touristic places from a local Argentinean point of view. We recommend you use Trip Advisor to search for more info about all mentioned places.
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