The first stop on my six month South America trip was Buenos Aires and what a start it was! I spent a week here discovering this incredible city and have created this guide of the best things to do in Buenos Aires.
Eat empanadas at La Cocina
One of the things to do in Buenos Aires is eat empanadas. This little empanada shop serves up some seriously cool flavours along side wine out of a giant bottle. They have a big vegetarian range of empanadas and it’s a great pit stop before heading to nearby La Recoleta. The decor in the tiny restaurant is very rock n roll chic and we found ourselves coming back to this place to hang out, drink wine and eat empanadas.
My favourite: Ricotta cheese empanada
Go to a Boca Juniors Match
Boca Juniors are a huge football team located in the La Boca area of Buenos Aires. If you can get your hands on a ticket you are one of the lucky ones! The stadium is one of the iconic football stadiums of the world, with a sell out home crowd the atmosphere is electric. Complete with samba bands and raucous singing the stadium literally shakes beneath you which is quite something as it is made out of reinforced concrete.
If you aren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket you should be able to get tickets to other clubs in Buenos Aires such as San Lorenzo or Riverplate for half the price of Boca Juniors .
How to get a ticket: My hostel organised tickets for a group of us. We had a season ticket of someone who wasn’t attending the match. To have a local guide and ticket the cost was $130USD.
Spend some time in La Boca
This colourful part of town is full of life and is worth spending a couple of hours walking around the ‘home of tango’. There are many people doing tango outside the restaurants and for a small fee you can also get a photo taken with them. La Boca has a strong European influence as early settlers came from Italy. Outside of the colourful area of Boca is a very poor and deprived area of the city so don’t stray too far (although I never had any problems). Don’t forget to check out the Bombanero football ground nearby even if you aren’t attending a match.
Take in a tango lesson and show
No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without seeing a tango show and participating in a lesson. A big group of us went to see a show, do some dancing and eat a delicious three course meal. The food was excellent, the wine was free flowing and the lesson was hilarious!
The dancers here are so talented and by the end of it my eyes hurt from concentrating so hard on their serious dance moves. The woman are beautiful and if you are into it they will drag you up for a dance or two!
Company: Comple Jo Tango
Av. Belgrano 2608, Buenos Aires , Argentina
Tel. + (5411) 4941-1119
Wander around this very famous cemetery in the centre of Buenos Aires and marvel at how the rich and elite depart the world in Argentina. You can even see where Eva Peron’s (Evita) plaque is within the cemetery. A great place to get some peace and quiet in a very busy city. A lot like Pere Lachaise in Paris but well worth the visit.
This was my favourite place in Buenos Aires and I spent a week here just strolling, drinking coffee, brunching and watching beautiful people. Palermo is the super trendy area in Buenos Aires that you have to visit if you are into good food, street art and trendy locals.
Day trip to Colonia
I know this is technically in Buenos Aires but you can take a ferry over to Uruguay from Buenos Aires to spend a day in the UNESCO world heritage old town of Colonia. Just a short hour ferry from the port and you are in another country and a super chilled out cute town on the other side of the estuary. Walk around the town and see churches, a lighthouse and have lunch in style.
Ferry company: Colonia Express
Do book as early as possible as prices do go up quite quickly.
San Telmo Market on a Sunday
Visit this market on a Sunday to get a real feel for this amazing market. Selling everything from antiques, clothing, bags, watches, jewellery and anything else! It is a fantastic place to people watch, see tango, listen to buskers and buy some one of a kind pieces of fashion.
El Ateneo book shop
This unique book shop located in Buenos Aires is in an old theatre and is probably the coolest book shop you’ll ever visit. Complete with reading rooms in the private seating area, a coffee shop on the stage and theatre lights everywhere it is a one of a kind.
Address: Pres. José Evaristo Uriburu 637, C1027AAM CABA, Argentina
Eat a steak at Don Julio’s
Sorry vegetarians this one is not for you!
Don Julio is a must if you are a meat eater in Buenos Aires, one of the best places in the city to get a really good Argentinian steak. Located in trendy Palermo, Don Julio is all about the giant steaks. Order your steak and size and sides (if you are hungry) and get stuck into the local Malbec and you are in for a treat.
So there you have it, the 10 best things to do in Buenos Aires. A fantastic city full of European vibes, great food, wine, experiences and beautiful buildings.
I stayed at this airbnb in Buenos Aires for one week in Palermo and it was AWESOME!
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On my return to Buenos Aires I stayed at Hostel Florida Suites located in Centro as I was travelling in a tour group. The hostel was good and had an excellent location.
Interested in Argentina? Check out my Argentina page for all of my adventures in this fantastic country.