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The 10 Best Things to Do in Buenos Aires

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The European influence is palpable in the Argentinian capital known as the Paris of South America. The city does a great job of preserving its heritage by giving tax breaks to historic cafes and bookstores among other businesses. Buenos Aires has fantastic restaurants for all budgets, and it’s certainly one of the continent’s best food cities. There aren’t many must-visit attractions, but there are a variety of fantastic cultural experiences to be had. Here are the 10 best things to do in Buenos Aires!

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1. FERIA SAN TELMO

This lively Sunday fair tops the list of the best things to do in Buenos Aires. San Telmo is Buenos Aires‘ bohemian neighborhood and it retains the feeling of a previous era. During the day, vendors selling crafts and street food line the road for 2 km.

As sunset approaches, singers and drummers perform near Plaza Dorrego, and small parties break out on the streets. Afterward, grab food and drinks at Mercado San Telmo or one of the many long-standing bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. 

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San Telmo

2. DINE AT FOGÓN ASADO

If you’re looking to splurge on a dinner, this is the place to do it. 20 guests sit at a bar around the kitchen and learn about the tradition of asado while sipping on bottomless wine. The seven-course menu is fantastic at every step, and it’s the perfect introduction to Argentinian cuisine.

The mouth-watering tasting menu includes all the classics like empanadas, provoleta, chorizo, and steak. To top it off, the setting makes for a great environment to meet other travelers. The dining experience is reservation only and you’ll want to book in advance.

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3. LA BOMBA DE TIEMPO

Every Monday night, an improvised drumming performance takes place that occasionally leads to an after-show street party. The drinks are cheap, and you’ll want to book your ticket in advance to avoid waiting in line.

4. Walk the Streets of La Boca

The city’s most colorful neighborhood is worth spending a few hours in to admire the architecture. The famous El Caminito street has restaurants with live tango shows at lunch. You’ll also notice many abandoned warehouses and run-down buildings, a sign of the economic times in Argentina. If you’re concerned about safety in La Boca, Buenos Aires Free Walks gives a tour of the neighborhood.

La Boca
La Boca

5. Visit Recoleta Cemetery

This cemetery may be the best example of the Buenos Aires elite flaunting their money. Large mausoleums with imported marble mark the rows where over 6,000 people have been laid to rest. The most famous is Eva Perón, but her grave is rather modest. The cemetery is free and it’s not necessary to hire a guide, but you’ll want to do some research beforehand. 

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6. Get involved in Argentina’s football culture

Argentinians are very passionate about the sport, and Buenos Aires has two of South America’s most successful teams. If you have the chance, attending a match is an incredible experience. If it’s out of season, you can visit the stadium and museum of either team. Boca’s museum has signs in English and a short highlight video of Maradona that was worth the price of admission. 

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Tribute to Diego Maradona

7. Feria de matadores

This Sunday fair is a showcase of culture from different regions of the country. There are street food vendors, crafts for sale, and lots of dancing in the streets. However, the fair doesn’t take place during the months of January and February. 

8. Learn about the life of eva perón

Eva Perón is Argentina’s most divisive political figure despite never holding office. There is a tall building in Buenos Aires that best describes Argentina’s feelings toward Perón. On the side facing the upper-class neighborhoods, an engraving shows Perón with a scowl. While the other side of the building depicts her with a smile. The Museo Evita focuses on how she went from an actress to a hero of the lower class.

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9. Devour Argentinian Style Pizza

When I think of Argentinian-style pizza, three things come to mind. It’s heavy, cheesy, and there’s a laundry list of options at every pizzeria. El Cuartito is one of Buenos Aires’ longest-running parlors, and the pictures of cultural icons that line the walls give it a retro feel. Whether you go with a traditional fugazetta or a napolitana, you’ll leave with a full stomach and a big smile. Pizzería Güerrin is another excellent option.

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El Cuartito

10. Admire the Architecture at El Ateneo Grand Splendid 

Buenos Aires has the most bookstores per capita of any city in the world, and this former theater is the most famous. El Ateneo Grand Splendid has been named one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores.

That wraps up the 10 best things to do in Buenos Aires! For more content about traveling in Argentina, click here!

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