1. Puerto Madero
The port of Buenos Aires is a great place for taking a stroll and partaking in some people watching during the day but you can also dine here at night with a vast array of restaurants to choose from. Considered now as the modern part of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero is home to the Puente de la Mujer (women’s bridge), an ultra modern footbridge over the river, which is said to represent a couple dancing the tango.
2. Walk the city
3. Recoletta Cemetery
One of the most famous cemeteries in the world and the final resting place of some of the who’s who of Argentina’s past including a number of Presidents, actors, Nobel Peace Prize winners and of course the first lady Eva Peron.
4. Café Tortoni
Since 1858, Café Tortoni has been serving patrons in Buenos Aires, making it the oldest café in Buenos Aires. Frozen in time like a beautiful old photograph, it is well worth the stop for a coffee and a cake and soak up some of the old magic of days gone by.
5. Palermo Soho
Explore this exclusive area and discover boutique shops, great cafes, restaurants, and bars. One of the trendiest areas of Buenos Aires, the tree lined streets and bohemian atmosphere make for a beautiful day out in Buenos Aires.
Milonga is a must! Tango beats at the very heart of Buenos Aires, and to truly understand the culture of this romantic city, you need to immerse yourself in its ground roots. A number of Milongas (social tango nights) welcome newcomers and will provide a lesson beforehand to give you a taste of the traditional Argentine tango and a few moves to showcase on the dance floor.
7. Tango show
After your beginners lesson check out how the professionals do it at the Esquina Carlos Gardel tango show. Set in an exquisite theatre, the show is a spectacle of talented dancers, singers and a dramatic orchestra suspended above the stage. Guests are transported through the history of tango from its early beginnings to the present day using a combination of classic tango and the more flamboyant ballroom style tango.
The shopping in Buenos Aires is incredible, especially if you are on the lookout for shoes and leather goods. There are so many shopping centres to choose from – it’s a shopaholic’s paradise. Tourists can also claim tax back at the airport upon departure for purchases over $70 pesos that are made in Argentina. Participating stores will have a sign in their shop window. Don’t miss the majestic Galerías Pacífico and Alta Palermo shopping centre.
9. Floralis Generica – The Steel Flower
Created in 2002, this gigantic aluminium and steel flower statue is the latest icon of Buenos Aires. It actually behaves like a real flower, opening its petals during the day and closing them again at night, but due to an incorrect installation the flower is now consistently open.
10. Local cuisine
You will get a great steak no matter where you go in Buenos Aires but the real treat is the Malbec, a smooth, full-bodied red wine. Make sure you also try the traditional empanada, Argentina’s version of a pie or a turnover. These can be sweet or savoury, vegetarian or meat filled, baked or fried. They make a great snack, appetiser or relaxed meal out.