Buenos Aires Attractions
Cementerio de la Recoleta | Recoleta Cemetery
Junín 1790 (@ Vicente López); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4803-1594
$. Even if you land in South America knowing nothing about Buenos Aires, a likely first stop will be the Cementerio de la Recoleta. The cemetery is world famous and is the pride of the city’s living and dead...
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Hipólito Yrigoyen 219, and Balarce ; Tel. +(011.54.11) 4344.3804
$. Built under President Julio Argentino Roca in 1882, the Casa Rosada has been the center of presidential activity ever since. With the pink side facing the Plaza de Mayo, and the beige sides calling less attention from surrounding streets, it is Buenos Aires’ version of The White House.
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El Obelisco | The Obelisk
9 de Julio (@ Corrientes)
Its lack of utility does not stop the Obelisk from being one of the main tourist attractions since its completion in 1936 and a fun conversation topic amongst mixed company. Porteños really do claim the phallic tower as representing their society...
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Centro Cultural Borges | Borges Cultural Center
Inside Galerías Pacífico, Viamonte (@ San Martín); Tel. +(011.54.11) 5555.5359
$. The Centro Cultural Borges boasts some of the best exhibits in Buenos Aires. Not limited to simply still art, the center hosts a variety of events from modern dance to theatre and independent films. Here’s is where one will find the big-name exhibits combined with up-and-comers...
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Centro Cultural Recoleta | Recoleta Cultural Center
Junín 1930 (@ Guido); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4803-1041
$. Since its recent inception in the 80’s, the Centro Cultural Recoleta has become one of the city’s most important resources. The center is housed in a former convent and is conveniently located just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Recoleta Cemetery...
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Feria de Mataderos
Avenida Lisandro de la Torre (@ Avenida de los Corrales); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4687-5602
20 years ago, the Feria de Mataderos (Mataderos Fair) brought the best of the pampas to the outskirts of the city – just an hour by bus from Microcentro and all the richness of Argentinean gaucho and folk culture awaits you. Every Sunday more than 100 artists and craftspeople cram the Mataderos barrio on the corner of Avenida Lisandro de la Torre and Avenida de los Corrales. Most people just get off the bus and follow the hypnotizing smell emanating from the parrillas.
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Avenida Rafael Obligado 5790; Tel. + (011.54.11) 4784-9551
$-$$. Tierra Santa is almost too strange for words. This is the place where visitors can, “visit Jerusalem in Buenos Aires all year!” From the sand covered alleys, 18 meter high mechanical Jesus (resurrected for your viewing pleasure every 30 minutes!), to grubbing down in the Baghdad Café, the world’s only religious theme park really delivers.
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La Boca between the river & General Araoz de Lamadrid
Caminito is compiled of three streets that join up along the river in La Boca - one of the more working-class neighborhoods in town - tucked away behind San Telmo and sitting on the filthy Riachuelo. It is also one of the most high-traffic tourist zones in town. Here poverty is colored - literally. The corrugated tin, two-three story houses are painted brilliant colors while life-size caricatures sit on balconies, peek out of windows, and wave from steps...
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Calle Florida (Avenida Córdoba); Tel. +(011.54.11) 5555.5110
Galerías Pacifico is the downtown mall with entrances on both Avenida Córdoba and Calle Florida. With bookstores, wine shops, leather boutiques, and cafés Galerias has it all. High glass-paned ceilings creates an expansive area for strolling, shopping and sipping espresso...
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Plaza Naciones Unidas (Avenida Figueroa Alcorta @ Quiroga)
The Floris Genérica is one the most recognizable images of Buenos Aires. Walking along Avenida Figueroa Alcorta from the Facultad de Derecho to the MALBA, it is not unheard of to be asked directions to “the big metal flower”. Standing in the center of the Plaza Naciones Unidas (United Nations Plaza), in a 40-meter reflecting pool, the flower was erected in 2002 as a gift from architect Eduardo Catalano.,,
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Libertad 621 (@ Cerrito); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4378-7132 Tours, 4378-7344 Shows
$$$. This theater is a metaphor for Argentina. Not to be mistaken for the Paris Opera House, the exterior is a classic, grandiose, old building modeled after European greats and taking up an entire city block. Once one gets inside for a closer look, the great beauty, elegance, and grace are both humbling and spell-binding...
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Museo Ernesto Che Guevara | Ernesto Che Guevara Museum
Rojas 129 (@ Yerbal); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4903-3285
The first thing visitors will realize about the Museo Ernesto Che Guevara is that it is not a museo at all. In fact the museum is located inside a shop (Bagatela) owned by one of the founders of the original museum, which was located just a few blocks away. Those who find the place in search of Che Guevara will not be disappointed...
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Buenos Aires Design
Avenida Libertador (@ Pueyrredón); Tel. +(011.54.11) 5777. 6000
$$$-$$$$. This is the theme park of home decorating, the center of the shower curtain universe, the place to sort through piles of sheets in search of the perfect shade of green, the place to find antique-looking new furniture, and the place where one can find classic clear wine glasses seated next to over-the-top beaded pillows...
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Avenida Libertador 1743 (@ Pueyrredon); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4803.0802/ 8814
$. The 32 rooms of modern and classic, tragic and beautiful art can keep one awe inspired for hours. Roam through Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh, then note the big-name Argentine artists including Xul Solar, Candido Lopez and Eduardo Siviori...
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Bosques de Palermo
Libertador (@ Sarmiento)
$-$$. The park is not only an attraction in itself, but contains many of the popular visitor sites in Buenos Aires like the Rosedal, the Galilieo Galilei Planetarium, the Eduardo Sívori Plastic Arts Museum, and is only a stone’s throw away from Plaza Italia, the Japanese Garden, Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens. Designed with the help of prominent French landscape designer Carlos Thays, the park was first inaugurated in 1875 and has since provided porteños a place to exercise, relax, picnic, and play for over a century...
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Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo | The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo
While it could be argued that a person or people cannot be considered an attraction, there is no doubt that Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo are a “must see” of Buenos Aires. These courageous and diligent women (and men) are a living, breathing, fighting reminder of the atrocities of the military dictatorship that grasped Argentina from 1976 to 1983...
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Planetario Galileo Galilei Planetario Galileo Galilei | Galileo Galilei Planetarium
Avenida Sarmiento (@ Avenida Figueroa Alcorta); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4771-9393
$. The Planetarium is impossible to miss as it rises out of Palermo’s busy and popular park district like a spacecraft or a giant eggcup. Between the appropriate architecture and the giant hunk of space rock on display outside the front door, those on the lookout can’t miss it. The Planetarium has been a popular attraction since it opened in the late 60’s – particularly with the youngsters...
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Avenida Libertador (@ Cementerio de la Recoleta)
$-$$. The long, circling pathways are lined with artisans selling their crafts. Almost everything sold here is handmade and sells at too-reasonable prices. From wooden toys to jewelry, artwork, handknit shawls and sweaters, shoes, and silver-crafts, a tourist is bound to find a trinket to take home with them...
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Museo Participativo de Ciencias | Children’s Participatory Science Museum
Junín 1930 (@ Guido); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4807-3260
$-$$. Though it’s tucked away inside the Centro Cultural Recoleta, all the way up on the 2nd floor, the Museo Participativo de Ciencias cannot be missed – mostly thanks to the throngs of screaming children bulging at its seams. Visitors should not fret, as the screams are generally jubilant...
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El Rosedal | Rose Garden
Infanta Isabel (@ Iraola and Presidente P. Montt)
El Rosedal, also known as the Jardín de las Rosas or simply the Rose Garden, is the picturesque centerpiece of the sprawling Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods) in Buenos Aires. Winding red gravel paths guide park-goers through more than 15,000 different rose bushes and 1,189 species of roses in every color of the rainbow...
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Biblioteca Nacional | National Library
Agüero 2502 (@ Avenida General Las Heras); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4808-6088
Apparently there were a great many problems leading up to the opening of the National Library in 1992. How else to explain the 30 years leading up to the inauguration? Tours are offered in Spanish daily except Sunday and they will tell you all about it. Designed by beloved Buenos Aires architect, Clorindo Testo, the building now begs the question: work of art or urban disaster?
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MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 (@ San Martin de Tours) ; Tel. + (011.54.11) 4808-6598/9
$$-$$$. MALBA is host to hundreds of modern works of Latin America and a good crash course in the art of the continent for those unfamiliar. The work mostly spans the 20th century and is displayed chronologically to allow visitors to muse over trends, departures, and artistic influences in Latin American culture...
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Avenida Roca 1436 (in Hurlingham); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4662-5668
$. With all the hoopla in Palermo, it is hard to ignore that Argentina is a great country to enjoy the pleasures of putting a little green behind your favorite horse. The European influence in the form of the love of cricket, horse racing, polo, and other wealthy, outdoor spectator sports is alive and well in Hurlingham, which is widely known as an English barrio...
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El Ateneo Gran Splendid
Avenida Santa Fe 1860 (@ Rodriguez Peña); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4813.4154
$-$$. El Ateneo is Buenos Aires premier bookstore, and the largest in South America. The main store on Avenida Santa Fe is worth a visit for the unique architecture and design. Some say the interior resembles Teatro Colon, with its three-story balconies wrapping around the center floor, all lined with literature from around the world...
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Avenida Rivadavia 4800 (@ Doblas)
Covering four city blocks, Parque Rivadavia is a generous green space amidst an area that hives with porteño activity. While most tourists will be attracted to the range of greenery available in the Palermo area, Parque Rivadavia provides for a relaxing alternative with few other tourists in sight. As always the park is in honour of an Argentine political or military hero: this time Bernardino Rivadavia, Argentina’s first president...
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Abasto Shopping Ciudad de Compras
Corrientes 3247 (@ Dr. T.M. De Anchorena); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4959.3400
Abasto Shopping is an incredible mall. The imposing façade on Avenida Corrientes looks more like Union Station or some huge train terminal than an upscale shopping center but inside this multi-storied structure occupying a square city block, visitors will find a luxurious and elegant palace of consumerism...
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Calle Florida | Florida Street
Calle Florida (between Avenida de Mayo and Plaza San Martín)
This is where the tourists of Buenos Aires come to shop for fur, leather, souvenirs, and whatever great deal they can get their hands on. A trip down the pedestrian-only street could take up a couple of hours, an entire day, or multiple trips depending on a person’s affinity for sideshow style street performance, battling for sidewalk space, and, of course, shopping...
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Museo de La Casa Rosada | Casa Rosada Museum
Hipólito Yrigoyen 219 (@ Balcarce); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4344.3802
$. Located inside the Casa Rosada is the Museo de la Casa Rosada. Here you’ll find the presidential seat of Santiago Derqui, the presidential banner of Juilo Argentino Roca, among many expected items such as flatware, furniture, and dolls of past presidential families...
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Plaza de Mayo | May Plaza
Avenida de Mayo (@ La Casa Rosada)
One could easily call the Plaza de Mayo the heart of Buenos Aires – the streets on all sides the arteries, the drums of the piqueteros (protesters) the beat, and the pink walls of La Casa Rosada the (literal and figurative) blood. Indeed, the plaza is often number one on the destination list of visitors to the city...
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Estadio Alberto J. Armando - La Bombonera
Brandsen 805 (@ J. De Dios Filiberto); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4362.1100
$$. As interesting and encyclopedic as the Museo de la Pasion Boquense may be, there is no substitute for the first-hand experience of a Boca Juniors game inside Estadio Alberto J Armando, more commonly and affectionately known as La Bombonera...
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Museo de la Ciudad | Museum of the City
Alsina 412 (@ Defensa); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4331-9855
$. The museum was created in 1968 and was designed to show the evolution of Buenos Aires and its people through the examination of everyday – even mundane – articles. However, when observed all together in this context, the exhibition is really interesting and suddenly old wooden doors, mailboxes, buttons, shoeshine kits, corsets, doorknobs, and toilet fixtures are fascinating. These articles become real pieces of history.
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Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
Jean Juares 735 (@ Zelaya); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4114.5791
$. Tango vocalist Carlos Gardel is like the Michael Jordan (or maybe the Diego Maradona) of Argentine music. His face is enshrined in countless photos, paintings and t-shirts all over Buenos Aires, and his signature voice can be heard in the restaurants, shops, and homes of every class of citizen.
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Paseo de la Resistencia
Avenida de Mayo 649 (@ Chacabuco)
Buenos Aires is famous for it’s ferias, all of which offer a great cultural experience alongside gorgeous and affordable artisan goods. For those who need a quick homemade gift or souvenir, or those on a whirlwind spin through the city, the Paseo de la Resistencia offers all the charm of a feria in the busy Microcentro district.
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Teatro San Martín | San Matín Theater
Avenida Corrientes 1530 (@ Paraná); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4374-1385
The Teatro San Martín is a must-visit institution for those seeking a high dose of culture on their visit to Buenos Aires. The theater is housed in a gigantic, modern building on Avenida Corrientes – the street that never sleeps. Inside the lobby you can find listings for current programs, which vary year round and include photography exhibitions, dance and theater performances, impeccable cinema choices, and live music...
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Vicente Lopez 1050, across from Recoleta Cemetary; Tel. +(011.54.11) 5169.6969
$$-$$$. The Village is the red-carpet of theatres due to its vicinity to embassies, Barrio Norte, and high class shopping. One will often find all the latest Hollywood films and often international films from Brazil, France, and Spain among others. Generally, this is where to find the blockbusters, but don’t count it out for finding some unique yet less world-renowned titles.
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Av. Libertador, (btw. Libertad y Montevideo); Tel. (011.54.11) 4814-7400/7500
$$$$. This is the zhazha of Buenos Aires malls. Built in 1867, it’s old, bold and beautiful and used to be used as an auction house for cattle, horses and antiques. In 1988, the building was reopened as a modern day mall, the first in Buenos Aires, and has been thriving ever since with 68 chic boutiques, 15 restaurants and 6 theatres.
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Patio Bullrich Children's Play Area
Avenida Libertador (between Libertad & Montevideo); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4814.7400/7500
$-$$. Here's the scenario: It's one of the few rainy days in Buenos Aires. Even worse, its February and walking in the street feels like walking on the sun´s surface. Either way, the kids are tired of the hotel pool and the hotel rooms seems to be shrinking in size...
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Museo de la Pasion Boquense
Brandsen 805 (@ J. De Dios Filiberto); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4362.1100
$$. Occupying a space worthy of a hall of fame for the entirety of Argentina’s decorated futbol history, the Museo de la Pasion Boquense is dedicated to those blue-and-yellow clad athletes that inspire such devotion, such fanaticism, and indeed such passion, the one and only Boca Juniors.
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Museo Xul Solar
Laprida 1212 (@ Mansilla); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4824-3302
$. The museum is home mostly to Solar’s weird and wonderful watercolors (about 100 pieces) but also includes some sculpture, sketches, and the coolest piano in the world – worth stopping by for and a steal at the price...
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Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays | Carlos Thays Botanic Gardens
Santa Fe 3951 (@ Plaza Italia); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4831-4527/4614
The Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays is a pleasant escape amidst the bustle that surrounds Plaza Italia and the neighboring Parque Zoologico. Here is where visitors can find Argentina's national flower, the Cockspur Coral Tree, along with native flowers and plants...
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Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca
Avenida Don Pedro de Menoza 1835 (@ Caminito); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4301.1080
$. This is a humble, yet inwardly bold museum in La Boca. Its spacious, multi-floored rooms are brilliantly painted with bold colors, waking spirits and life. The art that is presented is nothing short of spectacular with flame filled depression-era scenes, smoldering foundry depictions, and solemnly classic portraits...
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Museo Casa de Ricardo Rojas
Characas 2837 (@ Anchorena); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4824.4039
$. The Museum House of Ricardo Rojas is most notable for its extensive collection of over 20,000 magnificently bound texts, but it is the faded charm of the house that also draws visitors. Ricardo Rojas was a literary figure of quite a different order than the revered figures of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. Instead of creating bizarre works of impossibility and philosophical intrigue, Rojas focussed on more scholarly pursuits...
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Museo Mundial del Tango
Rivadavia 830 (@ Suipacha); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4345-6967/68
$. Anyone who has ever tapped their toes to Por Una Cabeza or called themselves a tango aficionado should make a point of stopping by the Museo Mundial del Tango. The museum is located within the Academia Nacional del Tango next door to the famous Café Tortoni – so chances are visitors to Buenos Aires will be in the neighborhood...
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Mercado de Pulgas | Flea Market
Av. Dorrego (@ Niceto Vega)
$$-$$$. The Mercado de Pulgas (Flea Market) is located on the corner of Dorrego and Niceto Vega, on the edge of Trendy Palermo. It`s full of old, overpriced treasures, but if one hits it right and has the right accent (i.e. no foreign accent at all) good deals are to be had.
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Galerías Bond Street
Avenida Santa Fe 1670 (@ Rodriguez Peña); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4812-8744
Galerias Bond Street is an absolute must-see for anyone who ever wondered where the Buenos Aires youth go to satiate their sinful urges. Located in prime territory on lower Avenida Santa Fe – a shopper’s haven – Galerias Bond Street has a little bit of everything and it’s all a little bit naughty...
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Galería 5ta Avenida | Galleria 5th Avenue
Avenida Santa Fe 1270 (@ Talcahuano)
Busy Avenida Santa Fe is filled with fun for loose credit cards and bargain hunters alike. Those, however, with an original style and the energy to search through the trash for treasure should head straight for Galería 5ta Avenida. This is the place to visit for funky retro styles from wing-tip shoes to bandanas and greaser jeans...
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Avenida Pedro Mendoza 1929 (@ Caminito); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4303.0909
$. Contemporary art came to La Boca in 1996 and it plans to stay. Fundación Proa is located on the popular strip of Avenida Pedro de Mendoza, convenient to stop in on a whim, but easy to miss. The stark-white classic 19th century home, remodeled by Milan-based Caruso-Torricelaa Architetti, blends into the classic street on the old port and stands out amongst the brightly colored corrugated tin that makes La Boca famous...
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