Tree-lined avenues, a thriving nightlife and great food and wine make the Argentinian capital one of the most exciting cities in the continent. First-time visitors tend to associate Buenos Aires with tango, steak, and wine—that trifecta of local passions—but the Argentine capital’s French buildings, Italian food, and Spanish nightlife also tell the story of a city with one foot in Latin America and the other in Europe. It’s much more than “the Paris of South America”–although it was rebuilt in the early 20th century and modeled after Paris and Madrid, when you travel to Buenos Aires you’ll see that the city buzzes with a passion that is entirely its own. Culture, cuisine and shopping are just a few of the highlights of Buenos Aires travel. The Travel and Leisure Buenos Aires travel guide brings together the most thrilling experiences in the city.
Things Not to Miss in Buenos Aires
• Watch a tango performance at legendary clubs like Café Tortoni and Tango Porteño
• Take a tour of Casa Rosada, the presidential palace
• Pay a visit to Eva Perón’s grave in the Recoleta Cemetery
• Stroll through the colorful Caminito street in La Boca
• Hang out with the hippest locals in Palermo Soho’s cafés and boutiques
When to Go to Buenos Aires
Fall (from April to June) and spring (from September to December) are the best seasons to visit Buenos Aires, when temperatures are in the fifties and hotels offer lower rates. During the summer months of January and February, expect outdoor concerts and markets, as well as humid heat and considerable crowds. Cultural happenings include the World Tango Festival in August and the Circus Festival in May.
Wandering among the Art Deco and Art Nouveau mausoleums that fill the stunning Recoleta Cemetery—especially in the early morning (it opens at 7 a.m.), when no one’s there except for the cats and the women who feed them.
A late-afternoon stroll through Palermo Chico, the exclusive neighborhood of French-style mansions that house embassies, TV celebrities, and the merely wealthy. Finish with a stop at the Floralis Genérica, a giant metal flower sculpture in the United Nations Plaza that opens and closes with the sun.
Staying up late. Dinner starts at 9:30 p.m. at the earliest, and nightlife begins at midnight. You’ll have a lot more fun if you pretend you’re a Porteño (as locals are known) for at least one evening.