Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Can’t handle eating any more steak? Walk it off while checking out Buenos Aires’ must-see landmarks. The lovely streets of Buenos Aires are ideal for... Read More

Can’t handle eating any more steak? Walk it off while checking out Buenos Aires’ must-see landmarks. The lovely streets of Buenos Aires are ideal for walking and absorbing the city’s spirit. History buffs will love Plaza de Mayo, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, where you can take a guided tour. On a leisurely stroll through upscale Recoleta, you can gaze at French-style architecture and pay homage to Argentina’s great figures at Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita’s tomb still draws fans who deposit flowers. Other areas that are pleasant to wander around include Caminito, an alley lined with brightly-colored houses in La Boca, and the bohemian cobblestone streets of San Telmo, where you’ll be surrounded by artists and street performers.

If you’re an opera aficionado, make sure to check the schedule at the Colón Theater before your visit—you might catch a memorable performance. Art lovers will find much to admire at galleries museums like MALBA and galleries like Fundación Proa. You can even take a tour of the city’s street art with Graffiti Mundo. Buenos Aires is also king when it comes to free activities such as music festivals and gallery openings. T+L’s travel guide will clue you in on the most fun things to do in Buenos Aires.

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    Casa Rosada

    While the Argentine president doesn't actually reside here, the Pink House on Plaza de Mayo is the focal point for much of Argentina's history.... Read More

  • Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires Cathedral Alamy
    Catedral Metropolitana

    This is where Pope Francis worked when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires between 1998 and 2013. The cathedral has been rebuilt six times since its... Read More

  • Centro Cultural Kirchner Theater and Museum in Buenos Aires Alamy
    Centro Cultural Kirchner

    Originally a Beaux-Arts post office, this stunning building has undergone a lengthy facelift and reopened as Latin America’s largest cultural center.... Read More

  • FoLa Photography Museum Gallery in Buenos Aires Courtesy of FoLa
    FoLa

    This photography museum took up residence in an abandoned warehouse in 2015, as a more permanent extension of BA Photo, an annual exhibition. Focusing... Read More

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    Fundación Proa

    A contemporary arts space overlooking La Boca's docks, Proa has a repertoire that’s focused on Argentine artists with rotating exhibits, installations,... Read More

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    Galería Patio del Liceo

    One of the hippest arts spaces in Buenos Aires, Patio del Liceo was first a private home, then Latin America’s first girls’ school. These days, the shop... Read More

  • Graffiti Mundo Art Tours in Buenos Aires Courtesy of Graffiti Mundo
    Graffiti Mundo

    An organization supporting local street art artists, Graffitimundo gives tours that focus on a particular barrio and its artwork. Given that the... Read More

  • Jardín Botánico Gardens in Buenos Aires Alamy
    Jardín Botánico

    Designed by renowned French landscaper Carlos Thays, who is responsible for many of the city's loveliest green spaces, the botanical garden is home to... Read More

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    Museo Evita

    For a closer look at the short life of glamorous first lady Eva Perón—who famously said she'd “return and become millions”—head to the Evita Museum,... Read More

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    Palacio Barolo

    Palacio Barolo’s architecture is based on Dante's Divine Comedy. The 100-meter-tall, neo-Gothic-meets-neo-Romanesque structure was Latin America's... Read More

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    Recoleta Cemetery

    Aside from being the final resting place of many famous Argentineans, this vast cemetery is an architectural tour de force. This cemetery opened in 1822... Read More

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    Teatro Colón

    Pavarotti, Nureyev, and Pavlova have performed at this opera house, which is both acoustically and visually staggering. If well-priced tickets are sold... Read More

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