We continue organizing the blog articles by region, so that it is easier for you to navigate, research and plan a trip to Argentina. Today we focus on Buenos Aires, the capital and most important city of the country with 3 million inhabitants within its city limits. The population rises to 11 million if you include the surrounding suburban areas. A cosmopolitan and multifaceted city. The capital of psychoanalysis. Its inhabitants are open, generous and friendly. Cultivators of eternal chats in cafés.
City neighborhoods and streets to visit:
- San Telmo: This is the oldest neighborhood in the city, full of mysteries waiting to be discovered. The area begins near the Plaza de Mayo. It forms part of the historical district, integrating the oldest buildings of the city, temples from the18th and 19th centuries, houses from the end of the 19th century, objects, corners and legends. San Telmo should be fully enjoyed without rushing. This way you can fully appreciate the past and present of this historical, artistic and bohemian neighborhood.
- Palermo Soho: Its name comes from its bohemian vibe. Around the plaza you will find many bars, restaurants, bookstores, artist studios and shops selling furniture, accessories and clothes. In this neighborhood you will find the city’s avant-garde designs.
- Recoleta: Tourists call this area “Little Paris” because of its tree-lined streets underneath the facade of imposing buildings with European flair. This area is home to many cafés, restaurants, art galleries and cultural activities.
- La Boca: This working-class neighborhood has a strong marine vocation, with irregular streets and high sidewalks to protect homes from eventual flooding. A few of the houses are made of wood and zinc and some of brightly painted veneer. This neighborhood is completely different from the rest of Buenos Aires. Calle Caminito is a pedestrian road where artists and artisans sell paintings and souvenirs depicting the tango and the neighborhood.
- Puerto Madero: As part of a similar project to the piers of London, the old port of Buenos Aires has been restored and represents the latest architectural trends: skyscrapers, modern buildings and exquisite restaurants.
- Avenida de Mayo: One of the main institutional points that governs the country: Executive power is based in The Casa Rosada located in Plaza de Mayo and Legislative Power is based in the Congreso de la Nación located in Plaza de los Dos Congresos. In its path you will find buildings, theaters, emblematic buildings and monuments, around which most of the country’s important historical events have taken place.
How to get around Buenos Aires:
- A great way to get around the city and see the most popular sites of interest is via the Buenos Aires tourist bus.
Outdoor places to enjoy
- Plaza Francia: This area, although relatively small, has a large number of attractions. It is the meeting point for art museums, cultural centers and historical sites. A walk through this area on Saturdays and Sundays is a typical activity for residents of Buenos Aires, as well as for tourists.
- Bosques de Palermo: Ideal for those who love physical entertainment.
- Plaza de Mayo: Buenos Aires took its first steps in the Plaza de Mayo near the river and in front of the Casa Rosada, the Catedral and Cabildo. From the beginning, the area surrounding the plaza has been the center of political, religious and economic activity. The plaza is also a site for festivals and protests. It is the meeting point for Argentinians.
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts)
- Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) (Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires)
Buenos Aires is full of tango clubs with live orchestras and dancers. There are also places you can dance called milongas. We recommend the following:
- Go and dance or watch a dance in Viruta
- Have a coffee in a café in El Tortoni and visit the worldwide tango museum
For book lovers:
- Visit the Grand Splendid Ateneo bookstore
- Visit used book stores in Calle Corrientes
- Enjoy a coffee at a literary café
Argentina’s cultural gastronomy is predominantly carnivorous and typical meals include barbecued meat. Argentinian meat is famous around the world. On your trip to Argentina you will enjoy exquisite steaks at any location but you will also be able to enjoy all types of foods. We recommend:
- Enjoy a pizza or empanada in a pizzeria
- Enjoy a delicious ice cream
- Visit a bakery and buy a delicious treat
- Enjoy a choripán (chorizo sandwich) at a grill bar (it’s best NOT to eat these at food trucks)
- Attend a private wine tasting in Palermo Hollywood
Talk with people
Argentinians are very warm people who love to talk. They will help you with whatever you need and will make you feel good thanks to the warmth of their personalities (of course it’s always possible to come across an arrogant person, but this is not typical).
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