I know I have posted photos outside of Buenos Aires (see more of Buenos Aires on Argentina part I), but I haven’t written about anything else yet! You will just have to settle for this until I can write more…
Buenos Aires will have you thoroughly enchanted. Welcome to a breathtaking European-like city with twinkling lights and whose people have a passion for love, food, wine, music and living life. With top shopping and a population that is seriously good-looking (is it something in the water?), Buenos Aires is sure to dazzle and delight.
So brush up on your Spanish and get ready to stay up late.
Buenos Aires’s Top 10 Things to do:
- TANGO Porteno: Seeing a tango performance in Buenos Aires is a must. TANGO Porteno is the best one in this great city. Enjoy a delicious meal, wine and watch some of the best tango dancing in all of Buenos Aires.
- Recoleta district (Little Paris) – Considered to be Buenos Aires’ ritziest neighbourhood, it is remarkably similar to Paris’ 16ieme arrondissement, and there is certainly no lack of fine dining, boutique shopping and five-star accommodation available.
- La Recoleta Cemetery When exploring the prosperous suburb of Recoleta, be sure to check out the stunning (not to mention insanely expensive) vaults and tombstones containing some of Argentina’s most infamous characters and political figures. Some names worthy of mention are that of Evita, Raúl Alfonsín, and Argentinian presidents Augustin Pedro Justo and Carlos Pellegrini.
- La Boca: This bright, colourful area is a must for anyone travelling to BA. Located in the city’s south-east near its old port, catch live outdoor tango shows & artists at work in this animated little barrio.
- Tigre Excursion – Visit the town of Tigre just 30 minutes outside of Buenos Aires and see what authentic life on the Parana Delta is like. The town sits on an island created by several small rivers and was founded in 1820. Board a local boat and start a journey to see how the people of this area live.
- San Telmo Markets : You could spend hours browsing the antique market stalls that dot the cobblestone streets of San Telmo come Sunday morning. If you have a love for all things vintage/antique/bohemian/classic; you will find yourself in a worldly version of heaven.
- A bongo show at La Bomba: If you’re keen to experience one of the most bizarre but unreal night experiences within the city limits, head to the old cooking oil factory in Abasto and be mesmerised by the La Bomba performance group showcasing some of the best drumming and bongo skills Argentina has to offer. If you’re thirsty, slurp down the only beverage on offer – 1L jugs of beer – but be warned, you’ll have to consume the entire jug before entering the concert hall.
- Cafes of Palermo Viejo: Comprised of two areas, Palermo Hollywood & Palermo Soho, this is one aesthetically pleasing part of town not to be missed. The gorgeous boutiques, stylish cafes and innovative buildings are why so many of the ‘nouveau riche’ class are opting to dine and socialise in these parts of BA. So why not join them by setting off on a serious café-hop of the area.
- Order a steak at La Cabrera: If you’re lucky enough to get a last minute booking here, you are a rarity. This beautifully decorated steakhouse in Palermo is one of Argentina’s finest. Inside the restaurant you will find wine pre-ordered at your table and steak so well cooked that side dishes are genuinely unnecessary. However, if it should strike your fancy, attentive waiters are constantly circling the room with salads, garlic and herbs.
- Catch a football match at La Bombanera: This one is certainly not for the feint-hearted. If you do manage to score tickets to a Bocas Junior game (ideally one versing Riverplate – their biggest opponent) in the famed Bombanera stadium and you’re willing to face the threat of chickens and serious cursing from the elite fan squad, then this is a once in a lifetime sporting experience.