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Buenos AiresArgentina

The capital city of Argentina combines a European flavor with a rich history and energetic nightlife.

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

Japanese Garden featuring a pond and a park

Palermo

4.5/5Wonderful!(500 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Palermo Soho while getting to know Palermo, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Palermo Station or Plaza Italia Station to see more of the area.

Palermo
Recoleta which includes signage

Recoleta

4.5/5Wonderful!(602 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Recoleta. Spend some time visiting top spots like Bueno Aires Design Mall, and catch the metro at Pueyrredon Station (Santa Fe) or Aguero Station to see more of the area.

Recoleta
Puerto Madero showing modern architecture, night scenes and a city

Puerto Madero

4.5/5Wonderful!(74 area reviews)

Puerto Madero is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Luna Park or Women's Bridge.

Puerto Madero
San Telmo which includes street scenes and markets as well as a large group of people

San Telmo

4/5Very Good!(69 area reviews)

San Telmo is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Argentine Cinema Museum and Plaza Dorrego while in the area.

San Telmo
Puerto Madero which includes night scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

Buenos Aires Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Buenos Aires Central Business District, check out sights like Plaza de Mayo or Obelisco and hop on the metro to see more the city at Leandro N Alem Station or Plaza de Mayo Station.

Buenos Aires Central Business District
Plaza San Martin which includes a city and street scenes

Retiro

Take time in Retiro to visit attractions like Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at San Martin Station to see more of the city.

Retiro

Top Hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
5 out of 5
Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal

Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center, and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (291 reviews)

"This is the mist beautiful and luxurious property in all of Argentina! It is a beautiful palace alongside a modern comfortable hotel. The service is outstanding! Well worth the price."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Urban Suites Recoleta Boutique Hotel
Urban Suites Recoleta Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Junin 1727, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥10,306 per night

Located in Recoleta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Recoleta Mall and Recoleta Cultural Center. Plaza Francia and El Ateneo Grand Splendid are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"The location of the property is convenient to shopping, visiting museums, parks and right across the street from the famous Recoleta Cemetery. Besides visiting it you can take interesting photos from the 10th floor. But the best part of this boutique hotel are the staff: front office, housekeeping ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Urban Suites Recoleta Boutique Hotel
Gran Hotel Argentino
Gran Hotel Argentino
3 out of 5
Carlos Pellegrini 37, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal

Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street and Obelisco. Teatro Colon and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Mayo Avenue ...

3.5/5Good! (904 reviews)
Good Balance between cost and quality -

"Very good location Good service Good place to stay Good balance cost-benefit"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Gran Hotel Argentino

Popular places to visit 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.

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.

Palermo Soho
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Palermo Soho

Discover world-class shopping, fine dining and vibrant nightlife in the trendiest and largest neighborhood 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 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.

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.

Top things to do in Buenos Aires

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

¥2,522
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
San Isidro & Tigre Small Group Tour
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San Isidro & Tigre Small Group Tour

¥7,692
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

¥18,696
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Café de los Angelitos Tango Show
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Café de los Angelitos Tango Show

¥5,982
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Iguazu by bus - 4 days (with accommodation)
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Iguazu by bus - 4 days (with accommodation)

¥74,358
Per adult
Transfer in Private Car from Ezeiza Airport (EZE) to Buenos Aires city
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Transfer in Private Car from Ezeiza Airport (EZE) to Buenos Aires city

¥6,325
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Buenos Aires

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
785
5 - Excellent 58.36431226765799%
4 - Good
474
4 - Good 35.24163568773234%
3 - Okay
74
3 - Okay 5.5018587360594795%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 0.7434944237918215%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.14869888475836432%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 29, 2020

We stayed for 3 days in Buenos Aires. We enjoyed the city and had a wonderful time walking around in the differents parts.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 28, 2020

Go with someone who speaks Spanish if you do not yourself. Do not land at the airport late night--necessary services and shops were closed. It took hours to get a sim card, sign up to get service, and buy time on it in several places next day.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

Have been to BA many times over the last 20 years and the city is far less welcoming to westerners, especially Americans, than it was when we first came. Other parts of Argentina are far more welcoming. Come to the country, but limit your time in BA.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

KP

Mar 22, 2020

I hope to visit again and spend some more time in the city.

4/5 - Good

KP

Mar 22, 2020

I liked Buenos Aires a lot. Unfortunately, my trip was cut short by the Coronavirus outbreak. Very walkable. Great food. Lots of parks.

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