Just arrived to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires and feeling slightly overwhelmed? With so many things to do, places to see, and food to try, it’s no wonder it’s hard to pick a starting point! The city is full of stunning European architecture, wide bustling avenues, constant nightlife, and a thriving art scene. There is something for everyone, so you will want to make sure you have a flexible plan of what are your most important activities. If you are looking for what to do in Buenos Aires, here are a few not to miss sights in the neighborhoods that fit your interests:
Teatro Colón is the country’s golden trophy, a shining Opera house and theatre with world renowned acoustics. After its lengthy renovation, the beautiful theater is now open for performances such as ballet, opera, orchestra and plays, often times at low cost or free. Tours are also available, where visitors can see the grand ornamental style of the lobby and theater. Try to catch a show and hear those perfect acoustics for yourself!
Modern art lovers rejoice! The MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) is the city’s mecca of modern Latin American artwork. From Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera, works from the entire continent are held here. Monthly exhibits also include interactive experiences that ensure that each trip to the museum is unique. The building itself is a piece of art, combining modern glass and natural wood surfaces for an overall artistic immersion.
Bustling city streets not exactly your thing? Head to the green Bosques de Palermo & Paseo del Rosedal, a tranquil paradise in the city. Bike and jogging paths circle the large lake, where children feed swans and birds. Weekends are especially popular, where groups of rollerbladers and fitness groups head to the parks and take advantage of the open space. The rose garden is especially beautiful, with cobblestone paths and benches to relax on while catching some rays.
The San Telmo Street Market is one of the most popular street markets in the city, with a wide range of unique antiques, handmade artisanal goods and tango dancers in the street! Held every Sunday, visit the San Telmo Market to discover one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, where tango reigns supreme and olden cafes and bars in the area still have original decorations and paintings on the walls. Narrow cobblestoned streets showcase the foundation of Buenos Aires while the abundant colorful street art makes San Telmo a unique glimpse into the past.
Puerto Madero is the city’s newest neighborhood built in the last 20 years. With beautiful bridges linking it to downtown Buenos Aires, it was built on a ecological reserve made from discarded waste. It is now one of the most ideal spots to go for a stroll on the beautiful waterside sidewalks, pop into an upscale hotel or take a bike ride around the Natural Reserve park. The buildings are reminiscent of cities like New York or Berlin, with high class housing and restaurants. Puerto Madero is one of the most desired neighborhoods in Buenos Aires where you can experience big city high-life.
La Boca was the first landing spot of European immigrants coming to Buenos Aires for a better life. It has now become a colorful neighborhood showcasing the early life of those immigrants, from brightly painted buildings, to tango dancing, and fútbol fanatics. Walk down El Caminito, the most famous street in the city, where the houses still have the original paint from ferries that brought the immigrants to the part. The futbol stadium of Boca Juniors is world famous, where the atmosphere and passionate crowd are contagious.