10 THINGS TO DO IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
by Mac Candee
things to do in buenos aires argentina

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This blog post is going to tell you more about our experience staying six nights in Buenos Aires. We had an amazing time, tried the lovely local cuisine and really enjoyed the fun, vibrant culture of this great city. Also, this place is huge! If you have more time than we did, there are many more things for you to do and experience, so don’t be afraid to venture out and explore.

On a side note - this list is in no specific order of best to worst, this is just how we decided to put them in our itinerary. You can visit them in whichever order you like, or you could pick out the ones that interest you the most.

If you prefer watching my video on the topic and seeing the beautiful sites for yourself, you can do that here.

Keep on reading to find 10 amazing things to do in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1) Recoleta Cemetery

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This is one of the most well-known cemeteries in the world. It’s where all of Buenos Aires’ and Argentina’s rich and famous are buried, as well as the final resting place of the past president and his wife. It’s full of insanely detailed and ornate mausoleums, you can see the coffins and you really get a sense of respect for all the great people buried here. They are very intricate, with a lot of elements and different materials like cement, rocks, metal and glass. Here, it feels like a small city for the dead. While doing my research on this place I saw some people say you could spend hours walking around here. I was a bit skeptical, but after we came - I understood what they meant. It’s a unique experience and it almost feels like a maze. If you’re in this area, this is a must-visit destination.

2) Distrito Arcos

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This is a shopping area with a bunch of different stands to get food. It’s similar to an outlet mall, but it also has some kiosks, which look similar to shipping containers, that serve different types of food. It’s a very urban experience, very enjoyable and a great place to get what you need while having a nice time. We started most of our mornings out there with a nice açai bowl, but it’s a great place for lunch as well. You can also find a barbershop if you need a trim.

3) Puerto Madero

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Here you can find so many shops, restaurants, museums as well as ships you can walk to. This is a nice square near the water, with some great views, as well as nightlife. It’s a very modern part of the town, and also the place where the local young professionals hang out. If you’re looking for a nice stroll, and then maybe some dinner, this is the place to go.

4) Try Malbec Wine

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You can’t come to Argentina without trying the Malbec Wine right? It’s famous all around the world. No wonder it’s called “the best of the best” and it truly lives up to that name. It’s also very inexpensive for its quality, so don’t miss out on it!

5) Argentinian Steak

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If you’re looking for something to compliment the wine, an Argentinian steak is the way to go. We went to “Don Julios”, which is dubbed the second best steak house in Buenos Aires, and we had the most incredible meal. It’s so good it may just leave you speechless. The taste, the texture and the whole experience is extraordinary. I was shocked to find out that it’s not over hyped, it’s really that good!

6) Tango lessons

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We found this in Airbnb experiences, and we were a little skeptical. We didn’t really know if it would be something we would enjoy. The offer included the lessons, as well as empanadas and wine. Our instructor was a local, and he was very passionate about it, so we really got this feeling of being a part of the culture. After this, when you see people dancing around the city, you have that much stronger of an appreciation since you’ve done it yourself. This dance is very much an important part of Argentinian culture, so don’t miss out!

7) Try empanadas

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We were lucky enough to have this tasty treat right after our tango lessons, which was a definite win-win. This is surely something from the local cuisine that you need to try. In general, the food we tried here was incredible. The empanada is really something that nourishes not only your body, but also your soul - it’s that tasty. Definitely give it a try and you’ll know what I mean!

8) La Boca Neighborhood (Barrio)

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I know what you’re thinking, but we’re not talking about the football team this time. This place is also called the Barrio neighborhood. It’s super colorful and cool to walk around. It’s known for its vivid buildings and its lively markets. The main street “El Caminito” is like an open-air museum during the day with lots of interesting art. There are also a myriad of Instagrammable spots, as well as a ton of restaurants, bars, tango dancing and much more. Come early however, since most of the shops close at around 6PM and it can get a bit more dangerous at night. It’s something you shouldn’t miss if you’re a fan of the bright and colorful urban atmosphere and you want to take home some amazing local gifts.

9) Ride the Tren de la Costa

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This is a scenic train ride that will lead you from Buenos Aires to Delta Tigre. We recommend doing it at a leisurely pace - if you’re not in a rush, you can enjoy the stops along the way. You’ll get to experience some quaint shops and restaurants in the small towns along the path. They are very nice to walk around and explore. It’s also a very cheap ride, so I definitely recommend not missing out, since you’ll experience not only the bigger city, but the surrounding quieter, chiller and slower paced areas.

10) Visit Tigre

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This place is dubbed “The Buenos Aires getaway” for people living in the city, since it has a more relaxed atmosphere. It’s a river town with some lovely views, as well as museums and other fun things to do. It has a really long river walk with some lovely restaurants and activities where you can blend in with the local culture and take it in more authentically. If you don’t feel like riding the train, you can also take an Uber - it will cost you only about $8. If you have a bit more time, you could definitely stay here for a weekend, since it’s got a lot going on you can take part in, and it has a slower pace than the business of Buenos Aires.

Closing Thoughts

These are just some things to do in this big and beautiful city. If we had stayed there longer, we could have easily made a list of 50 or more things to do and experience. We had the opportunity to meet up with a friend who was local, and he really helped us get deeper into the culture and have a more authentic experience. If we had stayed a couple more nights, we would have definitely tried many more things and had an even greater time. So treat this list as a starting point, especially if you’re staying for longer than we did, and don’t be afraid to take on new experiences and explore! You won’t regret it!

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