BUENOS AIRES, Known as “The Paris of South America”
A guide below of some of my top things to do, places to eat/drink, how to get around and also a list of things I plan to do on future layovers with posts to follow!
TOP THINGS TO DO IN BUENOS AIRES
BIKE TOUR OF THE CITY
I personally did a tour with BA BIKES and can’t rate them high enough.
I haven’t used any of the other operators however I know there are a few in Buenos Aires.
Highly recommend you do a Bike Tour ideally on one of your first days in this impressive city , known as “The Paris of South America” .
Check out my post on BA BIKES for more pictures and information.
Free to Enter.
Yes it may seem odd, recommending you spend your time travelling in a Cemetery but trust me – this place is something you have never seen before!
You can wander for hours in this extravagant ‘city of the dead’ , where the ‘streets’ are lined with impressive statues and marble mausoleums.
Peek into the crypts and check out the dusty coffins and try to decipher the history of its inhabitants.
Past presidents, military heroes, influential politicians and the just plain rich and famous have made it past the gates here.
Check out my post on RECOLETA CEMETERY for more pictures and information.
CAMINITO, LA BOCA
Although La Boca is dangerous at night, during the day you wouldn’t suspect a thing!
This colourful neighbourhood of Caminito is sure to amaze.
Vibrant colours, couples dancing tango on the street, traditional music playing and artists lining the streets.
An absolute MUST when visiting Buenos Aires
Check out my post on CAMINITO, LA BOCA for more pictures and information.
SAN TELMO MARKETS
San Telmo’s feria, or market, is held every Sunday from about 10am throughout the year and is probably the area’s most famous attraction.
Every Sunday locals and tourists fill up to visit the many stalls selling antiques, hand-made crafts and souvenirs.
My suggested way of starting the markets is by taking the street that connects the plaza with the city’s most important square, Plaza de Mayo, this has become full of stalls too and plenty of amazing artwork to be discovered. Leather belts and bags are everywhere and for as little as $9NZD you can buy a handmade leather belt made to fit right there in the street!
Caution…I however did see a couple of people get mugged during my travels through this market so keep your wits about you, leave the backpacks and fancy cameras in the hotel whilst exploring the markets.
Palermo Soho & Palermo Hollywood are both popular with young, upper-middle class Argentines as well as foreign tourists. The atmosphere in many cafés and restaurants strives to be “alternative”. You will find great places to eat, cute boutique stores for one off items of clothing, and of course the Frida Kahlo Mural ,as well as many other works of street art. You can even do your own Street Art Walking Tour! Get a taxi to the Frida Kahlo Mural, and then weave your way through the streets of Palermo to find multiple incredible works of art!
See my post of some of the incredible works of art around Buenos Aires and directions for Frida Kahlo Here!
EL ATENEO GRAND SPLENDID
One of the prettiest bookstores I ever did see!
A historic theatre, now named one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores – Having retained its original frescoed ceilings, theatre boxes, elegant rounded balconies, detailed trimmings, and plush red stage curtains, the interior of the building remains as stunning today as when it was first envisioned.
While the selection of books on offer is standard chain store reads, and mostly in Spanish – the beauty of this building is reason enough to pay El Ateneo Grand Splendid a visit.
And once you have done gawking at this place in awe, pop on up to the stage and enjoy a coffee while live piano music is played in the background <3
Free to Enter and opening hours as follows:
Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 9am – midnight
Sundays, 12 noon – 10pm
MALBA, Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires
For someone that had never stepped foot in an Art Gallery, I was thoroughly surprised at how impressive this Art Museum is.
Definitely recommend taking some time out of your day to visit this impressive collection of impressive permanent collections, alongside a continuous flow of new and exciting exhibitions also.
Painting, Sculpture,Photography, Print, drawing and installation are all different techniques shown within MALBA.
MALBA is home to one of Frida Kahlo’s self portraits as well, alongside many other famous artists – one of the MAIN reasons to pop in and visit.
Click here for a small post with opening hours, pricing and current works of art.
Day trips from Buenos Aires
At less than $1 each way on a train which takes approximately 50minutes, and then $13 for a boat trip along the delta – this makes for an extremely easy and affordable day out. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while and into a “safe haven” of a more relaxed, lifestyle.
Check out my post on TIGRE to find out exactly how to make this day trip happen!
Im almost positive that this place is on most peoples Bucket Lists – but if its not , you seriously must add it. Iguazu Falls is one of the most impressive natural attractions I have ever seen. Words & Photos cannot describe or do this place any justice… you will just have to go for yourself!
Click here for a post with more information!
A few things I will be sure to tick off on my next layovers so I can post about them are:
FUERZA BRUTA SHOW
STREET ART BIKE TOUR
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE PLACES TO EAT/DRINK
- HOTEL PULITZER, SKY BAR
A breathtaking rooftop bar located on Level 13 at Hotel Pulitzer.
Perfect location for early evening drinks and to watch the sunset over Buenos Aires City with a glass of Malbec in hand, or enjoy one of the many refreshing cocktails – trust me, this place is a MUST. Extremely well priced too at roughly $9NZD per cocktail!
Opening Hours sourced from their Website:
Sunday to Wednesday: From 17’00h to 24’00h
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: From 17’00h to 2’00h
- Super Sad to here from other crew that this is now closed for winter !! Due to reopen in September .
- EL ESTABLO
After a few drinks at the Sky Bar make your way a few blocks across to El Establo for some of the BEST Argentinian Steak I’ve ever had!
- SOFITEL RETIRO – LE SUD RESTAURANT
One of the most incredible meals I have ever had and for an extremely reasonable price – if you are looking for a nice dinner with impeccable service then this is the place to go!
Im talking about the set menu here – 430 Pesos will give you the choice of a entree & main or main & dessert. 490Pesos will give you a full three course meal , INCLUDING Wine!
Click here to read more on this incredible dining experience that I truly cannot fault <3
GETTING AROUND & OTHER TIPS
Super Cheap and reliable. Majority of the Taxi Drivers speak very little english, so just be prepared! Take a hotel card with the address on, or have a screenshot on your phone etc. And make sure they always use the meter – keep an eye on what trips cost you, because the way back should generally be the same and sometimes different taxi drivers try their luck and up the price if you are close to a major tourist attraction or at a busy time of day!
Uber is everywhere! Perfect if you have WIFI , what we tend to do is use UBER from the Hotel Lobby, and then taxi back when we don’t have wifi 🙂
If you don’t know what UBER is – click here for a post on this and a discount code too!
- CHANGING MONEY TO PESO
Galeria Pacifico is a great place to change your money – down on the lower level, open until 9pm – TAKE YOUR PASSPORT!
If you are super desperate, DISCO Supermarket also gives pretty decent rates too! Pay in USD and they will give your change in PESO.