Top 11 Must-Do’s In Buenos Aires, Argentina

BY WENDY HUNG

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Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America, is a city fostered to satisfy all kinds of indulgences. From fulfilling die-hard sports fans’ fantasies to satiating experimental foodies’ taste buds, there’s a piece of Argentina fit for everyone’s travel alter ego. The city carries influences from many parts of Europe and is known for an ultimate happening nightlife. Traveling to Buenos Aires can become overwhelming with too long of a checklist to complete. For a straight-forward guide to what you need to do in BA, here’s a list of must-dos for the perfect vacay.

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1. Dine at a closed-door restaurant

map i latina buenos aires argentinaPuerta Cerrada (closed door) is the latest trend in Buenos Aires’ dining scene. Think of a home-cooked meal, a professional chef, tasting menus akin to Michelin standards and all in the comfort of a private home. Not too costly at all, even with wine pairing. These restaurants require reservations (which you can make online), once dinner is ready, the restaurants close their doors for diners with reservations. Two of my personal favorites include:

I Latina, $80 – $90

Murillo 725, Villa CrespoBuenos Aires 1414Argentina (map, website)

Casa Felix, $40

Address given upon reservation, but it’s in the Chacarita neighborhood (website)

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2. Cementerio de la Recoleta

Azcuénaga, Buenos Aires, Argentina (map)

le racoleta cemetery buenos airesOne of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries rests in Buenos Aires. You can find many notable graves at Cementerio de la Recoleta including those of: Eva Peron (which isn’t as easy to find, so ask around), Carlos Pelligrini Bartolome Mitre, Domingo Fuastino Sarmiento (all three were Presidents of Argentina), Eduardo Wilde (writer)…and many more.

La Recoleta Buenos Aires

3. Browse through La Recoleta Fair

If you’re visiting La Recoleta on a Saturday or Sunday, then you should also head to the street fair at the park next to the cemetery. A huge variety of tents will be set up, perfect for you to buy souvenirs then chill on the grass for live music. Munch on street food at the fair, and if you run out of cash, there’s ATM next to Starbucks. Note: the fair doesn’t start until noon.

La Recoleta Fair Buenos Aires

4. Tango

map tango argentinaA trip to Argentina wouldn’t be complete without the flair of tango. In 2009, the art of “touch” (latin: tango) was officially approved by UNESCO as a part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The sexy partner dance originated in 1890s in Rio de la Plata (between Uruguay and Argentina), today it can be experienced mainly in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Check out these spots if you’re interested in Tango in Buenos Aires:

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, Buenos Aires, Argentina (map, website)

Villa Malcolm

Av Córdoba 5064, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina  (map, website)

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5. Malba

Av Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, C1425CLA Buenos Aires, Argentina (map, website)

map malba buenos airesMuseo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires) is one of the most fascinating museums in Buenos Aires as it often hosts highly anticipated exhibitions such as Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino’s “In Your Face” in 2014. You can also find Frida’s famous self portrait on the second floor as well as the works of Argentine painters Xul Solar, Emilio Pettoruti, Antonio Berni and many more.

MALBA Buenos Aires

6. It’s all about polo!

The sport of polo is heavily instilled in Argentine culture mainly due to early British settlers in the country during 1800s. Try to catch a race (free) at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo which is one of the most prominent horse race venues in the world and located right in city downtown. Polo seasons are March – May and September – December. You can watch them at Campo Argentino de Polo for $25/person.

If you really want to get in the polo spirit, consider a day trip at Argentina Polo Day, located 45 minutes away from Buenos Aires city center and you’ll get to learn how to play polo yourself. They will arrange transportation to the club and back.

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7. Indulge in its VERY late night nightlife

Nightlife in Buenos Aires starts VERY late, typically around 2:30 and goes on until way past dawn. You’d want to devote a few nights drowning to the beats of world renowned DJs and downing delicious cocktails. Most places can get jam-packed by 4am, if that’s too crowded for your taste but you still feel like indulging in BA’s late night scene, we recommend grabbing drinks at Milion (high class old mansion) and Congo Bar, then end your night clubbing at Unicorn Huset.

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8. Casa Rosada

Balcarce 50 – 1064 Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina (map, website)

map casa rosada buenos airesThe “Pink House” is not only the most photographed building in Buenos Aires, it’s also the presidential palace of Argentina. There’s a tour you can take to observe the interior of the building, including: The President’s office, Christ the King Chapel, The Stained Glass Gallery, the hall of Busts, The Salon Blanco…and much more. The building also houses a museum which has free admission. Stare at the balcony and you suddenly can’t get #Don’tCryForMeArgentina out of your head.

 

Casa Rosada Buenos Aires

9. Museo Evita

Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina (map, website)

map museo evita buenos airesOne of the most controversial figures in Argentine politics and cultures has to be Eva Perón, second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 – 1952. The museum showcases Evita’s life, her sense of fashion, her stance on labor rights until the end of her life. The museum also has a lovely restaurant, perfect for brunch before or after your visit.

Museo Evita

10. Shop at Palermo Soho

Wanna get some shopping done? Head over to Palermo Soho, a specific area in Palermo district that houses fashion designer boutiques, art galleries and outdoor restaurants. Ask the cab driver to drop you off on Gurruchaga Road (cross street: El Salvador Street or Costa Rica Street), then you can start to wanderlust and window browse through various shops. It’s named after the Soho districts in both NYC and London, so expect similar fusion of fashion, art and local cuisine here.

http://www.destemperados.com.br palermo soho buenos aires

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11. Watch a Boca Juniors’ game

Boca – City of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina (map, website)

la bombonera buenos airesIt’s all about the blue and yellow in Buenos Aires with infinite spirit for the Boca Juniors – the city’s reigning football (US: soccer) champs. La Bombonera (Chocolate Box) is the home stadium to Boca Juniors. It’s also situated in the vibrant district called: La Boca. Walk around in the colorful neighborhood before/after the game, you’ll encounter tango dancers and art exhibitions. Chill out at Convetillo Bar just across the street from the stadium. Even if you’re visiting during off season, the stadium is a treat to check out.

La Bombonera Buenos Aires

What’s your favorite thing to do in Buenos Aires? Share with us in the comments.

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Jerry Alonzo Leon

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Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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