Top Things to Do in Buenos Aires

Argentina's capital is larger than life: gregarious, stylish, busy and filled with layers of history. Buenos Aires is a living, breathing city—you can see its vibrant heart at a soccer match at La Bombonera where Diego Maradona played, watch tango in street markets and even visiting the the immense cemetery, the resting place where the nation's rich and powerful lie. Take your time to explore charismatic neighborhood of Le Boca with its multicultural history, and the smart, gentrified waterfront at Puerto Madero. Then of course there's the shopping: once you've sashayed the stylish boutiques of Palermo, enter the fun in lively street markets – you never know what to expect!

Teatro Colón

One of the world’s great opera houses, this was built in 1908 and opened with Verdi’s opera "Aida". The venue is renowned for its acoustics and interior beauty, and used for top-class opera and ballet. Check for performances, tickets and guided tours.

Cementerio Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery)

One of the capital’s most famous sights, La Recoleta is often compared to a miniature city. It is the resting place for many of Argentina’s luminaries, including Evita Perón, who lies in the Duarte family mausoleum. Ask for maps at the entrance. Open daily 7am-6pm, tours in Spanish and English available. Admission free.

San Telmo

Located south of Plaza de Mayo, this is one of the few neighborhoods in the city that still has late colonial and Rosista buildings—mostly renovated in the 20th century. This atmospheric barrio dates back to the 17th century, its cobblestones streets with many cafés, antique shops and little art galleries.

Palacio del Congreso (Congress Hall)

This huge, monumental Greco-Roman building, in white marble and topped with a green dome, houses the seat of the legislature. Completed in 1906, it was modelled on Washington’s Capitol Building. This is one of many buildings on Avenida de Mayo with examples of fine early 20th-century architecture.

Plaza de Mayo

The main square and the oldest in the city has been the scene of most political events in the nation’s history. It is surrounded by prominent government buildings including Casa Rosada, with the Peron and Evita’s famous balcony.

Jardin Botanico

Devised by French landscape architect Carlos Thays, these immense gardens opened in 1898. Covering seven hectares of tree-lined walkways, the gardens carry a diversity of species from Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and America, plus those native to the different provinces of Argentina brought together in one section; look out

La Bombonera

Boca Juniors play their matches every other Sunday at this famous 49,000-capacity stadium. Built in 1940, it's officially named Estadio Alberto J. Armando although known as La Bombonera, which translates as 'chocolate box', because of its steep sides.

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

This is one of the finest venues in Buenos Aires to watch live tango performances. An intimate dinner-concert venue, performers also include guitarists, accordionists and top vocalists. There are classes before each recital. 

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA)

Opened in 2001 this is one of the most important museums in the city, housing renowned 20th-century Latin America works: powerful, moving and highly recommended. It’s not a vast collection, but representative of the best from the continent in all media, from painting and sculpture to installation.

Feria de San Telmo

This Sunday street market specialises in antiques, ranging from art nouveau ornaments to kitch souvenirs. It's been a popular shopping spot since the 1970s, where keen shoppers will arrive early to get the best goodies. Sun 10am-5pm.

Puerto Madero

The Puerto Madero dock area has been renovated; the 19th-century warehouses are restaurants and bars, an attractive place for a stroll and popular nightspot. It also contains two historic naval vessels, the futuristic Puente de la Mujer ('woman's bridge') and world-class art.

Metropolitan Cathedral

The cathedral stands on the site of Buenos Aires’ first church. The current structure dates from 1753-1822—its portico built in 1827—with a carved exterior telling the story of Jacob and Joseph. The 18th-century towers were never rebuilt and over the decades it has altered in architectural styles.