Buenos Aires, Argentina ranks among the biggest cities in the world and it’s definitely the most visited cities in South America. Even though its population doesn’t exceed 4 million people, it’s walked by more than ten million people every day that are either working or visiting.
Tourism in Buenos Aires is becoming more and more popular due to the wide variety of things to do and spots to discover. But it can get a little difficult to see it all, especially if you are there for a short period of time.
Buenos Aires is divided into 48 neighborhoods, locally known as “barrios.” Some locals spend a lifetime in this city without getting to know all of them. The most popular among tourists are located in the north of the city. So, if you are staying for one week, you can pick one day to tour through at least seven barrios. Find out what to do in Buenos Aires each day of the week!
1. La Boca: art, tango, and football
Located in the southeastern par of the city, the barrio La Boca is a place to spend an entire day. It’s a popular spot to visit due to attractions like the pedestrian street El Caminito. Have a long walk through artistic street exhibitions, street markets with lots of antiques, and tango dancers at every corner.
Another interesting tour you can do if you plan it a little in advance is visiting the football stadium La Bombonera, owned by one of the most important football clubs of Argentina, Boca Juniors. If you can, catch a game, a concert, or another event so you can go inside La Bombonera. This stadium is recognised as one of the most emblematic stadiums in the world, and has been declared a public interest by the Government of Buenos Aires autonomous city.
Another attraction in La Boca is the art museum PROA Fundation. This organisation has the mission to promote the artistic movements of the XX and XXIst centuries, with exhibitions of various disciplines such as photography, cinema, design, and music. Check the their exhibitions online and something will probably catch your attention.
Address: 1929 Pedro de Mendoza AV., La Boca, Caminito [C1169AAD], Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Fundación Proa
Stadium La Bombonera
Address: Brandsen 805, 1161 CABA, Argentina
Website: La Bombonera
2. Puerto Madero: the river, the docks, and the green
This is a historic barrio of Buenos Aires, covering a big portion of the Rio de la Plata riverbank. You can start by strolling around the docks where you’ll see some architectural landmarks such as the Font of the Nereids, built in 1903 by the celebrated Argentinian sculptor Lola Mora, or the modern Women’s Bridge.
Also visit the green spaces of Puerto Madero, like Micaela Bastidas Park, with different sections connected by steps and pathways. Get lost here, but don’t take it for granted, as it’s a big park. Another outdoor option includes the ecological reserve, Costanera Sur. This place has the mission to preserve the riverside nature and it’s one of the biggest green spots you’ll find in the city. It also is free to enter.
Micaela Bastidas Park
Address: Julieta Lanteri st., Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Micaela Bastidas Park
Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve
Address: Achaval Rodriguez, T., DR. AV. 1550, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve
3. San Telmo: antiques, asado, and more tango
This barrio becomes alive on Sundays with the Street Market all through Defensa St. and the Plaza Dorrego. You can find antiques, crafts, and lots of regional products to purchase as souvenirs.
If you are looking for a good tango performance, you can also find it here. There are open Milongas in the streets and if you want to see the real deal, you can go to the Viejo Almacen dinner show, where you’ll be delighted by the quality of the food, dancers, and musicians.
And to guide your food tour of San Telmo, you can choose among the barbecue restaurants that are amazing in San Telmo. This is the barrio to get in touch with Argentinian culture to the extreme.
El Viejo Almacen
Address: Balcarce 799 and Independencia, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: El Viejo Almacen
Address: Defensa 855, C1102, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Facebook: Restaurant Desnivel
La Brigada Parrilla
Address: Estados Unidos 465, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Facebook: La Brigada Parrilla
4. Monserrat, San Nicolas, and Retiro: the city center
Geographically, you couldn’t say it’s the center, but it is commonly known as the city center because it’s the commercial spot of the city. The Government House, the main train and bus station, and most of the big office buildings are located in this neighborhood. You can tell just by the amount of people going by every day. It’s crazy! During peak hours, it get’s impossible to walk without getting pushed by someone running to get to work.
Still, some sites are worth a visit. For example, the Government Pink House, located on the emblematic Plaza de Mayo, is surrounded by historic buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo. You can book a guided tour, or do a free walking tour of this area, which is a great idea because you’ll get to learn about the events that took place on this site all through the history of Argentina.
Address: Balcarce 50, 1064 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Casa Rosada
Plaza de Mayo
Address: Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen s/n, 1087 CABA, Argentina
Website: Plaza de Mayo
Plaza San Martín
Address: Santa Fe AV. and Maipu AV., Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Plaza San Martín
5. Recoleta: the French, the rich, and the dead
The barrio of Recoleta is known as the richest district of Buenos Aires. It’s wonderful to walk around and discover the French heritage in the architecture. One of the most popular tourist spots here is the Plaza Francia. On the weekends, you can enjoy a very big crafts market and live music shows.
This barrio is also where the Recoleta Cemetery is located. You can have a guided tour or take a walk on your own and visit the tombs of many important Argentinian figures, like Eva Peron, dearly known as Evita.
Here you will also find the Recoleta Cultural Center with different modern exhibitions or the Bellas Artes Museum (Museum of Beautiful Arts). Another feature you can find in the more commercial area of Recoleta is the Ateneo bookstore, which used to be an old theater.
Address: 1400 Del Libertador AV., Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Plaza Francia
Address: Junín 1760, 1113, Recoleta, CABA, Argentina
Website: Recoleta Cemetery
Recoleta Cultural Center
Address: Junín 1930, C1113AAX, Recoleta, CABA, Argentina
Website: Recoleta Cultural Center
Address: 1860 Santa Fe AV., Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: El Ateneo
6. Palermo: the largest of them all
There’s a lot to do in this barrio. It is one of the best barrios for tourists. Palermo can be subdivided into several contrasting and individual parts: Palermo Chico and Barrio Parque, Palermo Norte, Alto Palermo and Villa Freud, Palermo Nuevo and Palermo Zoológico, Las Cañitas, Palermo Viejo, Palermo Soho, and Palermo Hollywood.
One of the biggest attractions to visit Julio Cortazar Park, locally known as Plaza Serrano. This park is especially crowded on weekends, because it is full of street markets and open bars.
Another attribute of this barrio is that it has one of the biggest green areas of the city, the Palermo Woods. If you want to have a picnic or go for a run, this is the place to go. Here you can also visit the Planetarium Galileo Galilei. Another tour you can do is visit the Botanical Garden.
Address: Av. Infanta Isabel 410, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Palermo Woods
Galileo Galilei Planetarium
Address: Av. Sarmiento s/n, 1425 CABA, Argentina
Website: Galileo Galilei Planetarium
Plaza Julio Cortazar or Plaza Serrano
Address: Jorge Luis Borges y Honduras s/n, 1424 CABA, Argentina
7. Balvanera, Almagro, Villa Crespo and Chacarita: experience Corrientes Ave.
If you are up for a big walking challenge, this could be it. You can start at the Obelisk and go through all of Corrientes Ave. until you reach the Chacarita Cemetery. That’s about 9 km (14.5 mi) walk. Don’t worry! You can also make a use of the B-line subway that covers this area.
What will you find along the way? A lot. Some of the stops to consider are the Guerrin Pizza restaurant and the Abasto Shopping Mall. You’ll also find plenty of shops, markets, bars, bookstores, and get a real sense of the city.
Abasto Shopping Center
Address: Av. Corrientes 3247, 1193 CABA, Argentina
Website: Abasto Shopping Center
Address: Av. Corrientes 1368, C1043ABN CABA, Argentina
Website: Güerrin Pizza
Ready to pay a visit to Buenos Aires?
There’s a lot more to this city than what you can see in this guide, but still, it’s helpful to have an idea on where to start. If you want to see some of the most touristic and emblematic spots of Buenos Aires, visit these barrios and you won’t miss any of them. You might need a few weeks to see it all, or come back for round two. Whatever you prefer, you’ll find that in Buenos Aires, there’s always a new treasure to discover and something to do every day.
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