Things to do in Microcentro
A tidy square dating from the 1580's, lined with Neoclassical buildings like the Catedral Metropolitana and anchored by an ornate cast-iron fountain, this plaza is the backdrop for the Casa Rosada, a bright-pink 19th-century mansion that serves as the office of the president.
Sign up during the day for lessons at this old-world tango salon—featured in the movie Evita—then come back at night to show off your new moves during a milonga (tango party).
The two-story shop—modeled after an upscale bordello, with flocked wallpaper and velvet sofas—is the place to stock up on tango gear. The 1940's T-strap shoes and flouncy dresses look as good when you get back home as they do on the dance floor.
Hybrid Spanish and Tango courses spice up language learning with five weekly lessons at one of the city’s best dance schools.
When people refer to Buenos Aires as the Paris of South America, they are remembering this genteel quarter along the Avenida de Mayo.
Somehow Sharon Stone discovered Plata Nativa and went crazy for the multistrand necklaces combining turquoise, amethyst, quartz, lapis, and other semiprecious stones.
Of the many shops specializing in tango clothing and shoes—custom-made or not—Flabella Tango, where around $60 will buy a pair of glittery bright- blue heels, has an excellent reputation.