Love cafés, entertainment, and museums? Get away to Buenos Aires!

Often called the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires offers tree-lined boulevards with 19th-century architecture, and colorful neighborhoods and nightlife districts that rival the best in the world.

A great way to get your bearings in Buenos Aires is to use the metro network, which will take you almost anywhere in the city. Start at the Plaza de Mayo, in the Downtown area. The Argentine Revolution took place here, and it’s the location of the distinctive Casa Rosada, the pink building housing the office of Argentina’s president.

Make your way to La Recoleta Cemetery where you’ll find the resting places of Argentina’s most famous people, including Eva Perón. The surrounding neighborhood is home of the city’s rich and famous and has some of the best architecture in the city.

Head north of Recoleta on the metro and you’ll find Palermo, the city’s most trendy neighborhood. Terraced houses and cobblestone streets house boutiques and cafés. Wander along the avenues to the north or, if you’re traveling with kids, visit the Buenos Aires Zoo. Return at night and enjoy the city’s best bars and nightlife in Palermo Hollywood. See a tango show or enjoy a glass of Argentinian malbec.

Many visitors also visit Buenos Aires to shop, so if you like international designers, be sure to visit Florida and Lavelle streets in the Downtown area. For a more local experience, explore the shops in Palermo Soho and Viejo.

The port district of Puerto Madero is great for a photo opportunity looking back at the city. Head south to La Boca, spiritual home of the Boca Juniors soccer team. The neighborhood is known for its brightly colored houses and Italian influence. Catch a game at the Bombonera to experience South American passion and energy at its best.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Buenos Aires page.

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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Palermo
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Palermo

Cafes, Zoo, Horseback Riding

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.

Buenos Aires Central Business District
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Buenos Aires Central Business District

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.

Recoleta
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Recoleta

Cafes, Culture, Monuments

One of the city’s grandest and most elegant neighborhoods is also the final resting place of leading figures from Argentina’s history.

Balvanera
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Balvanera

Churches, Cathedrals, Architecture

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.

San Telmo
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San Telmo

Shopping, Cafes, Museums

Walk along historic cobblestone streets and visit antique and flea markets in one of the most charismatic neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

El Centro
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El Centro

Cafes, Shopping, Culture

This area plays many roles in Buenos Aires, from financial district and political hub, to tourist center and shopping precinct.

Top Hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Savoy Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥9,730
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.4/5Excellent! (1,598 reviews)

Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,598 reviews)

"We stayed here for a night to finish our trip to BA. It felt like staying in a palace. The nice location to take pictures. It is in a good location. You won’t hear the noise in the street and feels like you are away of crowed. The check in process was fast and even we arrived earlier than 3pm they ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Savoy Hotel
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Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
3.5 out of 5
Martin Miguel De Guemes 4718, Autopista Riccheri Km. 20, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires
¥10,541
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.2/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Feria de Mataderos, José Amalfitani Stadium, and Pedro Bidegain Stadium. Palermo Soho and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

"Very nice and clean room , the restaurant was great too"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
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Hilton Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥19,849
per night
Oct 11 - Oct 12
4.4/5Wonderful! (877 reviews)

Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (877 reviews)

"The location is very good and you can walk anywhere from restaurants to Calle Florida, Casa Rosada etc. They have a very good menu if you prefer to eat in. The hairdryer is very old and the plugs in the room don’t work well. One of the girls at reception when I called and asked to extend our check ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Hilton Buenos Aires

Popular things to do in Buenos Aires

Obelisco
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Obelisco

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.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.

Plaza de Mayo
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Plaza de Mayo

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

University of Buenos Aires
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University of Buenos Aires

Wander the grounds of one of Buenos Aires’ largest university campuses and visit the institution’s museums, galleries and urban parks.

Casa Rosada
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Casa Rosada

Admire the pink façade of one of Argentina’s most recognizable buildings, take a tour of its halls and galleries and visit a museum displaying political artifacts.

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

Top activities in Buenos Aires

Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour
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Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour

¥3,155

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.

Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show

¥4,982

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.

Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure
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Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure

¥12,085

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.

El Viejo Almacen Tango Show
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El Viejo Almacen Tango Show

¥5,239

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.

Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch
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Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch

¥11,337

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.

Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

¥19,251

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.

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