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The capital city of Argentina combines a European flavor with a rich history and energetic nightlife. Often called the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires offers tree-lined boulevards with 19th-century architecture, and colourful neighbourhoods and nightlife districts that rival the best in the world. 

A great way to get your bearings in Buenos Aires is to use the metro network, which will take you almost anywhere in the city. Start at the Plaza de Mayo, in the Downtown area. The Argentine Revolution took place here, and it’s the location of the distinctive Casa Rosada, the pink building housing the office of Argentina’s president.

Make your way to La Recoleta Cemetery where you’ll find the resting places of Argentina’s most famous people, including Eva Perón. The surrounding neighborhood is home of the city’s rich and famous and has some of the best architecture in the city.

Head north of Recoleta on the metro and you’ll find Palermo, the city’s most trendy neighborhood. Terraced houses and cobblestone streets house boutiques and cafés. Wander along the avenues to the north or, if you’re traveling with kids, visit the Buenos Aires Zoo. Return at night and enjoy the city’s best bars and nightlife in Palermo Hollywood. See a tango show or enjoy a glass of Argentinian Malbec.

Many visitors also visit Buenos Aires to shop, so if you like international designers, be sure to visit Florida and Lavelle streets in the Downtown area. For a more local experience, explore the shops in Palermo Soho and Viejo.

The port district of Puerto Madero is great for a photo opportunity looking back at the city. Head south to La Boca, spiritual home of the Boca Juniors soccer team. The neighborhood is known for its brightly colored houses and Italian influence. Catch a game at the Bombonera to experience South American passion and energy at its best.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Buenos Aires page.

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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Japanese Garden which includes a pond and a garden

Palermo

4.5/5Wonderful!(88 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Palermo Soho and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Palermo. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Palermo Station or Plaza Italia Station.

Palermo
Recoleta showing signage

Recoleta

4.5/5Wonderful!(73 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Bueno Aires Design Mall and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Recoleta. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Pueyrredon Station (Santa Fe) or Aguero Station.

Recoleta
Puerto Madero showing modern architecture, night scenes and skyline

Puerto Madero

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Puerto Madero is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Luna Park and Women's Bridge while you're in town.

Puerto Madero
San Telmo showing markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people

San Telmo

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

San Telmo is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Argentine Cinema Museum or Plaza Dorrego.

San Telmo
Puerto Madero featuring a city, a bridge and modern architecture

Buenos Aires Central Business District

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Buenos Aires Central Business District, check out sights like Plaza de Mayo or Obelisco and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Leandro N Alem Station or Plaza de Mayo Station.

Buenos Aires Central Business District
Plaza San Martin showing a city and street scenes

Retiro

Visitors often come to Retiro for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at San Martin Station.

Retiro

Top hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
5 out of 5
Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal

Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (291 reviews)

"This is the mist beautiful and luxurious property in all of Argentina! It is a beautiful palace alongside a modern comfortable hotel. The service is outstanding! Well worth the price."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Urban Suites Recoleta Boutique Hotel
Urban Suites Recoleta Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Junin 1727, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is £74 per night

Located in Recoleta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Recoleta Mall and Recoleta Cultural Center. Plaza Francia and El Ateneo Grand Splendid are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"The location of the property is convenient to shopping, visiting museums, parks and right across the street from the famous Recoleta Cemetery. Besides visiting it you can take interesting photos from the 10th floor. But the best part of this boutique hotel are the staff: front office, housekeeping ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Urban Suites Recoleta Boutique Hotel
Gran Hotel Argentino
Gran Hotel Argentino
3 out of 5
Carlos Pellegrini 37, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is £27 per night

Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street and Obelisco. Teatro Colon and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Mayo Avenue ...

3.5/5Good! (904 reviews)
Good Balance between cost and quality -

"Very good location Good service Good place to stay Good balance cost-benefit"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Gran Hotel Argentino

Popular places to visit in Buenos Aires

Obelisco
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Obelisco

4/5(72 reviews)

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

Plaza de Mayo
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Plaza de Mayo

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

Palermo Soho
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Palermo Soho

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Discover world-class shopping, fine dining and vibrant nightlife in the trendiest and largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

4/5(68 reviews)

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

University of Buenos Aires
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University of Buenos Aires

4/5(17 reviews)

Wander the grounds of one of Buenos Aires’ largest university campuses and visit the institution’s museums, galleries and urban parks.

Top things to do in Buenos Aires

Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour
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Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour

£19
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

£137
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Ranch Day at Estancia Santa Susana
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Ranch Day at Estancia Santa Susana

£125
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Café de los Angelitos Tango Show
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Café de los Angelitos Tango Show

£44
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Tigre Delta Full-Day Tour & Cruise from Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta Full-Day Tour & Cruise from Buenos Aires

£41
Per adult
Skip the Line: La Bomba de Tiempo Ticket
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Skip the Line: La Bomba de Tiempo Ticket

£3
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Buenos Aires

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 42.131979695431475%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.5380710659898478%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5076142131979695%
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1 - Terrible 0.5076142131979695%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

We found the best way to see the city was by hop-on, hop-off bus. We enjoyed San Telmo, Cemeteria Recoleta, MALBA, amazing parks. Our favourite area was definitely Palermo, it felt different to everywhere else. If you have the chance, go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

We found all the areas we visited in the city safe. However after a day trip to Colonia, Uruguay we returned late and walked back to the hotel at about 11.30pm/ 12am. This I wouldn’t recommend, at this time always get a taxi.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Tramps in the parks and lying on the pavements. Everywhere smells of pee.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

We were only there for 1 day (2 nights) We opted for the Buenos Aires hop-on hop-off bus service to see as much as possible. There is a bus stop at the Plaza Del Congress (400m from hotel). Take cash for this service (1700 pecos/person).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

The one important thing I would advise to all those visiting Argentina is with regards using ATMs here. Every time I withdrew ARG pesos from my UK account I was charged $ARG 630, about £8.00. Cash is king here! Bring $US to exchange to avoid charges

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

Truly lovely, welcoming people

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