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Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital city has a distinctly European flavour, a rich history and buzzing nightlife.

The 19th century architecture of this beautiful city has both French and Italian influences, which can be seen in its tree-lined avenues and boulevards as well as its brightly coloured houses. It’s also renowned for its colourful neighbourhoods and some of the best and most diverse nightlife in the world.

A good place to start is the Plaza de Mayo, located in the Downtown area of the city. This, and the Casa Rosada (Pink House), which houses the office of the President of Argentina, are where the Argentine Revolution took place, when Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1810. If you’re looking to shop, head to Florida and Lavelle Streets where international designers are represented. There are also plenty of shops locally in Palermo Soho and Viejo.

Take a trip to La Recoleta Cemetery where you can see the tomb of Argentina's charismatic first lady, Eva Perón, better known as Evita. Wander among the many tombs and grave sites of military leaders, Nobel Prize winners and other well-known Argentinians.

From the cemetery, take the metro north of Recoleta to Palermo, one of the city’s most contemporary neighbourhoods. Wander through the cobbled streets past terraced houses and trendy boutiques and cafés.

Children and adults will enjoy a day out at the Buenos Aires Zoo. One of the zoo’s aims is to become a world leader in conservation and wildlife preservation. If you have children with you, pick up a container of food at the entrance so they can feed the animals. At night, return to Palermo Hollywood to hang out with the locals in some of the city’s best bars.

Buenos Aires also has some spectacular scenery and views, offering plenty of photo opportunities. The sunset vista of the city from the port district of Puerto Madero is not to be missed.

Argentinians also love their sport. If you’re a soccer fan, head south to La Boca, the spiritual home of the Boca Juniors. Watch a match at the Bombonera stadium to experience the passion and energy of the Argentinians at its best.

Buenos Aires Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Recoleta showing signage

Recoleta

4.5/5Wonderful!(72 area reviews)

Recoleta
Puerto Madero showing modern architecture, skyline and night scenes

Puerto Madero

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Puerto Madero
San Telmo featuring markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people

San Telmo

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

San Telmo
Downtown Buenos Aires

El Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(113 area reviews)

El Centro

Top hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
5 out of 5
Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal

Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (285 reviews)

"This is the mist beautiful and luxurious property in all of Argentina! It is a beautiful palace alongside a modern comfortable hotel. The service is outstanding! Well worth the price."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb,2020

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
3.5 out of 5
Martin Miguel De Guemes 4718, Autopista Riccheri Km. 20, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires
Free cancellation
SG$178
per night
13 Apr-14 Apr

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Autódromo de Buenos Aires Juan y Oscar Gálvez, José Amalfitani Stadium and Campanopolis - ...

4.2/5Excellent! (841 reviews)

"Only stayed overnight however it was a great relaxing stay. Room was spacious and clean. Noise levels were low. Nice touch to have coffee/tea in the lobby for early pre-breakfast departures"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb,2020

Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
Hilton Buenos Aires
Hilton Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
SG$225
per night
7 Apr-8 Apr

Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum and Centro Cultural Kirchner. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (942 reviews)

"El hotel espectacular como siempre, en este caso había un problema general con el aire acondicionado pero solventaron la situación, muy amable el staff"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar,2020

Hilton Buenos Aires

Popular things to do in Buenos Aires

Obelisco
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Obelisco

4/5(72 reviews)

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

Palermo Soho
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Palermo Soho

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Discover outstanding shopping, exquisite dining and energetic nightlife in the trendiest and largest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.

Plaza de Mayo
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Plaza de Mayo

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

4/5(68 reviews)

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

Palace of the Argentine National Congress
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Palace of the Argentine National Congress

4/5(46 reviews)

A visit to this beautiful building provides an insight into the nation’s political life and a look at an architectural masterpiece.

Top activities in Buenos Aires

Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour
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Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour

94% of travellers recommend
SG$43
Per adult
Buenos Aires Walking City Tour
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Buenos Aires Walking City Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$42
Per adult
Rojo Tango Exclusive Dinner & Tango Show
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Rojo Tango Exclusive Dinner & Tango Show

74% of travellers recommend
SG$290
Per adult
Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
SG$261
Per adult
El Querandi Tango Show
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El Querandi Tango Show

92% of travellers recommend
SG$85
Per adult
Boca Juniors Stadium Tour
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Boca Juniors Stadium Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$70
Per adult

Reviews of Buenos Aires

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
107
5 - Excellent 54.31472081218274%
4 - Good
83
4 - Good 42.131979695431475%
3 - Okay
5
3 - Okay 2.5380710659898478%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.5076142131979695%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.5076142131979695%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

We found the best way to see the city was by hop-on, hop-off bus. We enjoyed San Telmo, Cemeteria Recoleta, MALBA, amazing parks. Our favourite area was definitely Palermo, it felt different to everywhere else. If you have the chance, go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

We found all the areas we visited in the city safe. However after a day trip to Colonia, Uruguay we returned late and walked back to the hotel at about 11.30pm/ 12am. This I wouldn’t recommend, at this time always get a taxi.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Tramps in the parks and lying on the pavements. Everywhere smells of pee.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

We were only there for 1 day (2 nights) We opted for the Buenos Aires hop-on hop-off bus service to see as much as possible. There is a bus stop at the Plaza Del Congress (400m from hotel). Take cash for this service (1700 pecos/person).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

The one important thing I would advise to all those visiting Argentina is with regards using ATMs here. Every time I withdrew ARG pesos from my UK account I was charged $ARG 630, about £8.00. Cash is king here! Bring $US to exchange to avoid charges

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

Truly lovely, welcoming people

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