The tango, breathed on ever corner of the city of Buenos Aires, is a dance of the common people. It generates a multitude of sensations between every step, embrace, look and twirl. Here we recommend the best places to dance it, live it and enjoy it without needing to be an expert.
There are cultural centers, dance halls, cafés and clubs where you can learn to tango, from the most beginner steps to the most elaborate lifts. Classes are catered to both groups and individuals. Intensive programs are also offered.
In milongas the tango is lived out in a different way. Here there is a convergence of onlookers, beginners and enthusiasts, all tempted by the same passion: dancing the tango. They are open every day of the week from 6pm until dawn.
The emblematic routes of the tango take visitors to Calle Caminito in La Boca. You will be surprised to see couples dancing on every corner. On Sundays, starting at 6pm, you will find the Plaza Dorrego milonga, next to the Antique Market in San Telmo. In Vereda del Tango you can practice the eight basic steps following the painted feet on the ground (Av. Callao 1078).
There are many typical bars that pay homage to the tango such as Tortoni, Esquina Homero Manzi, Bar Sur, Bar Del Viejo Hotel, Tango del 900, Café Homero, El Viejo Almacén or La Bodeguita. Taking a stroll around the area, sitting down to have a coffee and soak up the atmosphere is a worthwhile experience.
There are also shops where you can purchase tango attire: dresses for women, suits for men, classic shoes, shawls, handkerchiefs and hats. The majority of these shops are located in the San Nicolás, Montserrat and San Telmo neighborhoods. A few of them are: Darcos Tango (Suipacha 259); Taconeando (Arenales 1606); Segunda Generación (Esmeralda 1249); Mimi Pinzon (Venezuela 3502); TangoLeike (Sarmiento 1947); Gretaflora (Acuña de Figueroa 1612) and Madreselva Zapatos (Corrientes 3190).
• In the Palermo neighborhood, La Viruta (Armenia 1366) and Palermo Tango Studio (Charcas 3972). • In Recoleta, Mora Godoy Tango Escuela (Av. Pueyrredón 1090) and the Academia de Tango Mayoral y Elsa María (Av. Callao 1078). • In Montserrat, Escuela del Tango (San José 364) and the Academia Nacional del Tango (Avenida de Mayo 833). • In San Telmo, la Escuela Mariposita (Carlos Calvo 948). • In Balvanera, the Academia Roberto Herrera (Sarandí 426) y el Centro Educativo del Tango (Agrelo 3231).
Most famous milongas
• Bendita Milonga (Perú 571) • La Independencia Tango Club (Av. Independencia 572) • Lo de Celia Tango (Humberto Primo 1783) • Club Gricel (La Rioja 1180) • El Beso (Riobamba 416) • Alma de Bohemio (Necochea 948)
Free • In the Casa Carlos Gardel Museum, located in Abasto, there are free guided tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 1pm. and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 1pm, 3pm and 5 pm.
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