Explore the upscale Recoleta neighborhood, known for its parks, plazas, embassies, museums and galleries. With wide, tree-lined boulevards, open air cafés, designer boutiques and French-style architecture, the area has a European character. Some of Buenos Aires’ wealthiest and most prominent citizens have their homes here. Recoleta also contains a colossal cemetery filled with the crypts of many historic figures.
Wander past luxury hotels and houses with grand façades. Shop for designer goods in the expensive boutiques along Avenida Alvear and Avenida Santa Fe. Stop for coffee at La Biela, where motor racing champions used to meet in the 1950s. The café has been serving fresh brews for more than 150 years.
Devote at least a couple of hours to walking through the Recoleta Cemetery, where many famous Argentines are interred. Thousands of mausoleums of mixed architectural styles line long avenues of this vast walled cemetery. They house presidents, military leaders, scientists and writers. The most visited site is the tomb of Eva "Evita" Perón, the country's former First Lady, who championed the causes of the poor.
Beside the cemetery is the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, an 18th-century church with brilliant white exterior walls and a single bell tower. View the baroque altar decorated with silver from the country’s Jujuy province. Examine paintings, vestments, writings and other religious artifacts inside the small museum.
For more cultural enjoyment, go to the Centro Cultural Recoleta, close to the basilica and cemetery. See temporary art exhibitions, concerts and performances by touring theater companies. Then walk the short distance to the National Museum of Fine Arts. Here you will find European and Argentine works of art spanning more than 800 years.
Relax in Recoleta’s green spaces including the Plaza Dante Alighieri and Thays Park. Plaza Francia offers an artisan market on the weekend.
If late nights are on the agenda, Recoleta provides several options. Sip designer cocktails in a converted mansion, have a late supper in an elegant French restaurant and dance to the latest electronic music in a basement club.
Cafes, Museums and Tours
This city cemetery contains the graves of some of Argentina’s most notable politicians and public figures, including Eva Perón.
Visit this free museum with an impressive collection of European and Argentine art featuring some of the biggest names to ever pick up a paintbrush.
Enjoy a stop at San Martin Square, a landmark worth seeing in Comuna 2. Make time for the shops and local tours in this vibrant area.
This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.
Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.
Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.
Embark on a comprehensive and fun small-group tour featuring Buenos Aires’ most popular landmarks. Visit the world’s widest avenue and discover the unique contrast between the capital’s most distinct neighborhoods.
Experience an incredible world of art and entertainment at Piazzolla Tango, with over 32,000 square feet (3,000 sqm) dedicated to the tango. Have dinner at the theater's restaurant and witness a spectacle of dance and music featuring works by Piazzolla, Pugliese, Gardel, Mores Discepolo, and others.
Malbec, empanadas, and dulce de leche—if you don't know what these are, you are soon to find out on this Buenos Aires tour. This gastronomic adventure delves deep into the culinary culture of Argentina and is perfect for food freaks and gourmet gluttons primed for pig.
Dancers tango and the music never stops at El Viejo Almacen—considered by locals to be one of the most traditional tango venue in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a classic show that is alive with music, poetry, and movement and features more than 20 artists on stage.
Visit Don Silvano Ranch in the countryside around Buenos Aires to discover authentic gaucho culture and heritage. Feast on delicious Argentine barbecue and wines, watch a traditional dance and horsemanship demonstrations, and learn about the history of the ranch during your stay.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires for a day spent watching rugged horse-riding gauchos, tucking into a delicious barbecue lunch, and strolling around the historic town of San Antonio de Areco. Get up-close looks at traditional living in the pampas on this immersive excursion.
Saddle up for adventure on your next trip with a horseback riding tour through breathtaking scenery.
Strolling through the best neighborhoods in Buenos Aires
Roaming around the capital city in 24 hours
If you're spending time in Retiro, you might enjoy attractions like Torre de los Ingleses and Plaza San Martin. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at San Martin Station to see more of the city.
This area plays many roles in Buenos Aires, from financial district and political hub, to tourist center and shopping precinct.
Enjoy the popular shops in Microcentro. Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Florida Station or Lavalle Station to see more of Comuna 1.
The churches and architecture are just a few things visitors like about Balvanera. Palace of the Argentine National Congress and Abasto Shopping Center are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Miserere Square Station or Alberti Station to get around the larger area.
Travelers choose Palermo for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Palermo Station or Plaza Italia Station and check out top sights like Palermo Soho.
While you're in Buenos Aires Central Business District, take in top sights like Casa Rosada or Plaza de Mayo, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Leandro N Alem Station or Plaza de Mayo Station.