Buenos Aires

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Visit 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.

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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Recoleta
Recoleta showing signage

Recoleta

Known for cafe, culture, monument

4.5/5(51 reviews)

One of the city’s grandest and most elegant neighborhoods is also the final resting place of leading figures from Argentina’s history.

Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero showing modern architecture, skyline and night scenes

Puerto Madero

Known for port, dining, scenery

5/5(4 reviews)

Museums and art galleries, a riverboat casino and a lively nightlife await at Buenos Aires’ sparkling waterfront neighborhood.

El Centro
Downtown Buenos Aires

El Centro

Known for cafe, shopping, culture

4.5/5(90 reviews)

This multi-faceted Buenos Aires district is home to the financial district, a political hub and a shopping precinct. It’s also a popular tourist centre.

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

San Telmo

Known for shopping, cafe, museum

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Walk along historic cobblestone streets and visit antique and flea markets in one of the most charismatic neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

Top hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
SG$145
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

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

4.2/5Very Good! (746 reviews)

"Excellent for all: food,staff, shuttle, room , gardens"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2019

Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
SG$122
per night
23 Dec-24 Dec

Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco and Teatro Colon. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,642 reviews)

"Room was wonderful, breakfast exceeded expectations, and the staff were lovely. Would absolutely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec,2019

Savoy Hotel
Claridge Hotel
Claridge Hotel
4 out of 5
Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
SG$82
per night
10 Dec-11 Dec

Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps away from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,765 reviews)

"beautiful, classic hotline the middle of everything helpful staff the food wasn't all that good"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019

Claridge Hotel

Popular things to do in Buenos Aires

Obelisco
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Obelisco

4/5(59 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.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

4.5/5(47 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(69 reviews)

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

University of Buenos Aires
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University of Buenos Aires

4/5(16 reviews)

Wander the grounds of one of Buenos Aires’ largest university campuses and visit the institution’s museums, galleries and urban parks.

Casa Rosada
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Casa Rosada

4/5(41 reviews)

Admire the pink façade of one of Argentina’s most recognizable buildings, take a tour of its halls and galleries and visit a museum displaying political artifacts.

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

4/5(57 reviews)

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

Top activities in Buenos Aires

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

SG$40

Embark on a comprehensive and fun small-group tour featuring Buenos Aires’ most popular landmarks. Visit the world’s widest avenue and discover the unique contrast between the capital’s most distinct neighborhoods.

Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show

SG$63

Experience an incredible world of art and entertainment at Piazzolla Tango, with over 32,000 square feet (3,000 sqm) dedicated to the tango. Have dinner at the theater's restaurant and witness a spectacle of dance and music featuring works by Piazzolla, Pugliese, Gardel, Mores Discepolo, and others.

Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure
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Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure

SG$154

Malbec, empanadas, and dulce de leche—if you don't know what these are, you are soon to find out on this Buenos Aires tour. This gastronomic adventure delves deep into the culinary culture of Argentina and is perfect for food freaks and gourmet gluttons primed for pig.

Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

SG$245

Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires for a day spent watching rugged horse-riding gauchos, tucking into a delicious barbecue lunch, and strolling around the historic town of San Antonio de Areco. Get up-close looks at traditional living in the pampas on this immersive excursion.

El Viejo Almacen Tango Show
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El Viejo Almacen Tango Show

SG$67

Dancers tango and the music never stops at El Viejo Almacen—considered by locals to be one of the most traditional tango venue in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a classic show that is alive with music, poetry, and movement and features more than 20 artists on stage.

MALBA Admission Ticket
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MALBA Admission Ticket

SG$3

Visit: Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Avenida Pte Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Buenos Aires C1425CLA Argentina The mission of MALBA is to collect, conserve, study and create awareness of Latin American art from the early 20th Century to the present.

Reviews of Buenos Aires

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

I had high expectations and it didnt dissapoint me at all i will definitely go back there again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

For knowing the town better a trip with the hop on hop off bus is recommendable. We also recommend a visit to one of the many muesums in town (f.i. Malba, Bellas Artes, Kirchner).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

A truly vibrant, interesting city - everyone should visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Dec 2019

Great city with friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Most of the central places contain beautiful buildings. We enjoyed walking extensively through most of the districts and Porto Madero- though La Boca away from the Camenata area feels edgier - locals were keen to warn us back to the main tourist bit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

Ensure you have $ or € before you go to exchange in the cam bio offices widely spread in the city. Best avoid the street hawkers.

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