Adoration 4 Adventure’s local guide for visitors to Buenos Aires, Argentina by A4A guest writer, Ivana Leturia.
Local guide posts provide recommendations for destinations from locals who are currently living or have lived in that particular place. Including information on the top places to eat, drink, stay and how to get around with an emphasis on saving money.
Overview of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. It is an autonomous district, this means it is not part of Buenos Aires Province. It is often called “the Paris of South America”, because of its beautiful European-style architecture.
Other nice places to visit close to the autonomous city are Tigre, San Isidro, and Olivos.
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Top 5 places to visit
5. Avenida 9 de Julio
Take a stroll along 9 de Julio Avenue. It is the widest avenue in the world! Some buildings of interest located on this avenue are:
- Colón Theatre – One of the world’s best opera houses, located in a beautiful building. I really suggest doing the guided tours.
- Obelisco – The icon of the city, located at the intersection with Avenue Corrientes. This is another nice street to stroll along and discover theaters and bookstores.
4. Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero is one of the newest barrios (districts) of Buenos Aires. It used to be a port and now it’s the area where all the modern and luxury buildings are. The landmark of this district is the Women’s Bridge by Calatrava.
Puerto Madero is also the place for all the fancy restaurants and hotels. But behind all the luxury, Puerto Madero is the location for Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve. An 865-acre reserve bordering the Río de la Plata River which shows a great contrast.
3. Recoleta Cemetery
You may wonder why a cemetery is one of the top places to visit. The mausoleums are elaborated with marble, decorated with art nouveau and deco statues, and the graves of notable people like Eva Perón are here. This cemetery is actually a nice place to visit!
After this, you can walk Recoleta district which is one of the most beautiful and also priciest in the city. Floralis Genérica is located in this barrio: a giant flower made of steel that closes its petals at night and opens up again in the morning.
2. San Telmo & La Boca
The most traditional barrios and the origin of the city. You can start the visit at Plaza de Mayo, a square surrounded by all the main government buildings like Casa Rosada (Pink House). Then you can continue strolling along San Telmo quaint paved streets. This historic neighbourhood is really worth a visit: colonial houses, street antique markets, vinyls, and tango.
La Boca is immersed in futbol (soccer) and of course, tango. Its most famous street is Caminito, attractive because of its tiny colorful houses, where the immigrants lived when they first arrived at the city. Some areas in La Boca are not so safe, so just try to be careful and stay in the touristic places.
Palermo is the bohemian, chic neighbourhood of the city. It’s a great place to enjoy cool restaurants, bars, open- air markets, fashion boutiques and street art. Palermo is also home to a series of immense gardens worth checking out: Botanical gardens, rose garden, Japanese gardens and Palermo woods. If you’re into museums, MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art) owns a unique collection of work by artists such as Berni, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and others.
Eating and drinking
Argentina has delicious food, and you can’t leave the country without trying the following:
- Asado – It may look like a barbecue but it isn’t! Meat is cooked in a “parrilla”(grill) using carbon and wood. The best place to eat an asado is in a house really, because it is a social gathering for us, but there are many “parrillas” that also serve good asado.
- Dulce de leche – A thick caramel, result of condensed milk. We put it in everything. Try dulce de leche ice cream.
- Empanadas – A typical food served as entre. A pastry stuffed with beef, chicken, veggies, cheese, etc.
- Alfajores – Sort of a biscuit, usually made with chocolate and dulce de leche. Try it in Havanna Coffee with a submarino (Argentine hot chocolate).
- Milanesa – Basically breaded beef, chicken or soy. Everyone loves milanesas.
The best neighbourhoods to eat are Palermo and Belgrano. Try BurgerJoint for hamburgers, Guerrín for pizza, and NEGRO or AllSaintsCafe for coffee.
Public transport is the most common way to get around Buenos Aires. Buses (bondis or colectivos), subways and trains work with the SUBE card. The SUBE is a rechargeable card available at post offices, kioscos (small shops selling confectionery) and tourist assistance centers. The cost of the card is 25 pesos and they can be charged with credit at subways stations, national lottery spots and kioscos.
For budget accommodation, you’ll find cool hostels in Palermo and San Telmo area. Another neighbourhood with plenty of places to stay is Microcentro, but as it’s a financial area it is really crowded during daytime and there’s no one after 8 pm. A positive point is you will be within a walking distance to many main attractions.
I’m a 22-year-old travel and photography lover from Buenos Aires. I study architecture and blog in my free time. While I’m not travelling, I’m discovering new places in BA.
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