Travel + Leisure Staff

Argentina’s thriving capital is at once European and Latin, colonial and modern, so you’ll never be at a loss for fun things to do in Buenos Aires.

This fast-paced, buzzy South American city boasts a free bike-lending system known as EcoBici: perfect for taking advantage of Buenos Aires’ 87 miles of bike lanes. We recommend the mile-long loop around the lake at Parque Tres de Febrero.

When you're done, seek out souvenirs at the Gaucho Market, Fería de Mataderos. This is definitely what to do in Buenos Aires when you’re in town on a Sunday. On this day, horsemen, folk dancers, and craftsmen show off their skills (and wares) at the neighborhood fair, and the corrida de sortija horse race kicks off like clockwork at 4 p.m.

Buenos Aires’ laid-back attitude is best enjoyed at any one of the leafy parks scattered throughout: engage a porteño (Buenos Aires resident) in a game of chess at Plaza Almagro. Into sports? Despite its name, La Catedral is actually a shrine to polo, so come here to see a game at the world’s only capital-city polo stadium.

And no matter what Buenos Aires attractions you visit, always leave time in your day for tea: merienda, after all, is considered the national fourth meal. Order a café con leche with medialunas—sweet, half-moon crescent rolls. Oh, and save room for a hearty dinner (with smoked ribs and month-aged rib eye) of course. 

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