Top things to do in Buenos Aires

Top things to do in Buenos Aires (Destinations)

Borges used to say that he felt a jealous love for Buenos Aires, in that he loved it so much that he couldn’t stand that other people also liked the city. However, its streets monuments, colors, aromas, flavors and peculiar sense of life make it a city worthy to share with the whole world.

In any case, the Argentine capital offers so much to see, that sometimes visitors end up capturing just a small part. Luckily here we have a little guide that will allow you to locate the true pulse of Buenos Aires.

In Buenos Aires there are seven key neighborhoods that you cannot miss. These areas are part of what makes any visit to the city a unique and unforgettable experience. Here we review those sites and how they reveal a side of the city beyond tango, fantasy literature and football.

La Boca
The neighborhood of La Boca is, as Julio Corta´zar would say, "a chromatic waste". That is to say that few other places in Argentina offer such a shock of vibrant color to the eyes. But this is not by chance: At the beginning of the nineteenth century La Boca was largely uninhabited. It wasn’t until 1830 when many Italians, mainly Genovese, began to arrive, and nowadays, their many descendants share the nickname of xeneizes with the fans of Boca Juniors, the local football club. The area was known for its booming shipping industry, and when the first houses were built, the inhabitants decided to repurpose leftover paint used for the hulls of boats, creating the colorful facades you see today. To this day the tradition of reusing the paint to create vibrant exteriors persists in this picturesque neighborhood. This neighborhood is a must-see in Buenos Aires - not only for the deep love of tango that is palpable in Caminito or for the colossal stadium, “La Bombonera,” but also for everything it represents for football fans. The experience of hearing 50,000 chanting stadium songs such as “Dale Bo” in unison is a life changing moment. That why it is often said that a Boca vs. River football match in “La Bombonera” could rival a Real Madrid vs. Barcelona game.

San Telmo.
The “suburb” of San Telmo was one of the first residential areas in Buenos Aires, it is visually remarkable as it captures the passage of time in a city that has seen everything. Colonial architecture, mythical antiques shops and cafe´s, survive alongside images of the 21st century. It is still possible to imagine the gatherings of intellectuals one hundred years ago, dressed in shabby suits, in deep discussion with friends in the corners of bars that still stand today. In San Telmo, culture is life.

Puerto Madero.
Not far from the history of San Telmo is the modern district of Puerto Madero, full of nightclubs, restaurants and business centers that warn of the second coming Buenos Aires and a future of imminent growth. From Puerto Madero it is necessary to see the emblematic “Puente de la Mujer”, an architectural avant-garde pedestrian crossing that is also a revolving bridge to allow for the passage of sail boats. Although it is a work of the Spaniard, Santiago Calatrava, the "Bridge of the Woman" is so Argentine that it also symbolizes, in its silhouette and movement, a couple dancing tango.

Palermo has it all: it is the modernity of the city, the calm of the well planned passages and the opportunity to walk all over. From one street to another the options are endless. Fashion, art, commerce, services, parties and gastronomy. Although it is a mainly residential neighborhood, it is also the ideal place catering to young people and nightlife.

It is unofficially divided into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood according to the commercial activity of each area: in the first, there is the gastronomic and cultural draw and in the second, film, television and entertainment.

Those who visit Palermo should go to Plaza Serrano to enjoy its bars, restaurants and huge shopping possibilities. But there is also time to spend in the beautiful Botanical Garden (it has more than 5000 species of plants) and in the Forests of Palermo, where the experience with nature is on another level.

Leopoldo Marechal said that the pulse of Buenos Aires is really measured through the Tango, but Microcentro teaches us that this city can also beat to rhythms of chaos, work and joy.

Banks, government offices, international organizations, multinational companies, and many people dressed in a formal way ... Taxi! This is where people run to get to work, but also where they leave on Fridays to hit the Irish bars, and where the view is enhanced by many monuments.

From Microcentro you have to check out not just the famous “9 de Julio” Avenue and its Obelisk; But also the historic “Avenida de Mayo” and the tumultuous “Calle Florida”, where in its shops you will find the perfect present for a loved one.

Plaza de Mayo
This is where the history of Buenos Aires is remembered and continues to be written. The great speeches, the unforgettable protests: everything ends in the Plaza de Mayo. The space contains the prestige of buildings such as the Casa Rosada (residence of the President), the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

They call it the Paris of Argentina because of the waves of French immigrants that arrived in the 19th century. This neighborhood is a destination for those who seek culture, as here you will find the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library and the Recoleta Cultural Center.

Also, in Recoleta is the emblematic cemetery that houses the graves of some of the most distinguished personalities of Argentine history, not to mention the amazing Parisian style architecture that distinguishes the neighborhood and a peculiar amount of statues that make many people say that Recoleta is the neighborhood with the most statues in the world.

Thus, Recoleta completes a list that only scratches the surface of what a trip to Buenos Aires can hold, however, can still guide you on a well-rounded, complete tour of the city for an unforgettable trip.

Another thing Jorge Luis Borges said about Buenos Aires is that "without its streets and sunsets a tango could never be written", and in this sense we must understand tango and its birthplace not only as a genre but as a metaphor for the beauty of history or as the first day of the rest of your life. As you have learned, Buenos Aires and its people inspire those who visit to live life to its fullest.

Source: Buenos Aires studies

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