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You need to spend at least a week. This is a very civilized city, with interesting architecture, great museums, restaurants (particularly steaks and Italian food), tango shows, and several interesting day trip options. The only downside is that it is a long and expensive plane ride from Europe or the United States. But once in BA, it is all upside; prices are substantially less than those in the U. S. or Europe for comparable goods and services.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

18 Places

5 City Tips

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18 Places

Hotel Panamericano

Hotels

Claridge Hotel

Hotels

El Palacio de la Papa Frita

Restaurants

La Boca

Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods

El Querandi

Dinner Theaters

El Viejo Almacen

Dinner Theaters

Casa Rosada

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings

Obelisco de Buenos Aires

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Puerto Madero

Neighborhoods

Cemiterio de Recoleta

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Delta El Tigre

Other Outdoor Activities

Museo de Armas de la Nacion

Specialty Museums

Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas

Flea & Street Markets

El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

Specialty Museums

Museo Evita

Specialty Museums

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Art Museums

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco

Art Museums

Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz

Specialty Museums

Stanner57's City Tips

  • Day trip options include a trip to the Tigre Delta, Colonia (in Uruguay), or an Estancia in the Pampas.
  • Best museums include MALBA, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Issac Fernandez Blanco, and MAMBA. The Naval Museum is great also.
  • Plan your itinerary to include museums, restaurants, a side trip, and a tango show.
  • Take a taxi from the airport to your hotel; you pay in advance at a stand before exiting the airport. Except from the airport cabs are good value. A 10% tip is generous for cabs.
  • Check beforehand to see if you need to pay a reciprocity fee. BA has several neighborhoods, For first time travelers central BA is probably your best choice.
  • Hotel Panamericano
    Hotels
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Very nice hotel located near the Obelisco. Great roof pool with panoramic views of the city.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The concierge desk is very helpful.
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 452 Hotels in Buenos Aires
    • Conference hotel 06/22/2019
    • Comfortable Elegance 06/12/2019
    • Hotel Panamericano
    Address:
    Calle Carlos Pellegrini 551
    Buenos Aires C1009ABK
    Argentina
  • Claridge Hotel
    Hotels
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Very elegant facade and common rooms. Great breakfast, helpful service, and nice bar. The swimming pool is small.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • People dress nicely in this hotel.
    From the community
    Ranked #208 of 452 Hotels in Buenos Aires
    • IS IT A 5 Star 06/10/2019
    • Classic and quite basic hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires 05/27/2019
    • Claridge Hotel
    Address:
    Calle Tucuman 535
    Buenos Aires C1049AAK
    Argentina
  • El Palacio de la Papa Frita
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Latin, Argentinean)
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    Stanner57 Says:

    This is one of the very best restaurants in BA. Friendly service, good steaks, and a potato souffle that is very unusual--and all at a reasonable cost.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Best dinner, bife chorizo with papa souffle, and Malbec wine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #893 of 5,644 restaurants in Buenos Aires
    • Verey good for a fast meal - much noise 02/04/2019
    • Ok For Convenience Only ! 01/17/2019
    • El Palacio de la Papa Frita
    Address:
    Lavalle 735
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 43935849
    Price range:
    $10 - $15
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 12:30 AM
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • La Boca
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods
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    Stanner57 Says:

    A little touristy, but a great place for people watching. The art from the street vendors is probably overpriced--better buys at the flea market.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Probably best to visit during the day. Take a cab both ways from your hotel.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Colourful 06/20/2019
    • Beware of the Girls that take your picture dressed as TANGO DANCERS 06/10/2019
    • La Boca
    Address:
    Avda Almirante Brown
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4309-4700
    Other:
  • El Querandi
    Dinner Theaters
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    Stanner57 Says:

    This and El Viejo Almacen are the two best tango shows. El Querandi has a show that covers the history of tango. It serves a surprisingly good dinner.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can arrange for transportation to and from your hotel when you book the show.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 175 Concerts & Shows in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth doing 06/19/2019
    • Dancing good, that’s it 04/24/2019
    • El Querandi
    Address:
    Peru 302
    Capital Federal
    Buenos Aires 1067
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 5199-1770
    Other:
  • El Viejo Almacen
    Dinner Theaters
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    Stanner57 Says:

    The show is more intimate than El Querandi. It also includes some Andean music. The food is also quite good here, but that is not the principal attraction.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Arrange for transportation to and from your hotel when you book the show.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 175 Concerts & Shows in Buenos Aires
    • Thoroughly and Unexpectedly Enjoyed Every Aspect of this Dinner and Show! 05/31/2019
    • Dancing and music were good if a bit long 05/15/2019
    • El Viejo Almacen
    Address:
    Balcarce 799
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4307-6689
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
  • Casa Rosada
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Attractive slice of history on interesting square--see the cathedral when you visit here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • On Thursday the Mothers of the plaza de Mayo hold a march and vigil. You may want to see this, but do some research beforehand so you know what this history is.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sunday walk 05/27/2019
    • Nice 05/26/2019
    • Casa Rosada
    Address:
    Calle Balcarce 50
    Buenos Aires C1064AAB
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4344-3804
    Other:
  • Obelisco de Buenos Aires
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Interesting, looks rather like the Washington Monument. Great view of fireworks around Christmas.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can avoid crowds if you view this form the rooftop of the Hotel Panamericano.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Famous and centre of City 05/04/2019
    • Obelisco Argentina 05/02/2019
    • Obelisco de Buenos Aires
    Address:
    Avenida 9 de Julio s/n
    Plaza de la Republica
    Buenos Aires C1073ABA
    Argentina
    Other:
  • Puerto Madero
    Neighborhoods
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Former waterfront area, not gentrified. Good food options and two nice museum ships moored here. Cabana Las Lilas is a good restaurant in this area.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Typically included in a city tour, but you will have to go on your own to see the museum ships.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Neighborhood safe to walk 06/24/2019
    • Great to walk 06/23/2019
    • Puerto Madero
    Address:
    Rosario Vera Penaloza
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
  • Cemiterio de Recoleta
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Stanner57 Says:

    This is the cemetery where most of the notables are buried. Most people wish to visit Evita's tomb, but there are other worthwhile sites. You probably need to see this only once.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • There are several good cafes outside the cemetery.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating 06/23/2019
    • Unique place. 06/23/2019
    • Cemiterio de Recoleta
    Address:
    Junin 1790
    Buenos Aires 1116
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4804-7040
    Other:
  • Delta El Tigre
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Stanner57 Says:

    You can catch a train from the central station there. There are several boat tours of the area--worth doing. The Naval Museum is worth a visit if you are here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Maria del Lujan is a good restaurant choice if you don't eat on the boat.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 39 Outdoor Activities in Tigre
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • MUST DO IN BEUNOS AIRES 05/21/2019
    • Really interesting cruise and visit 05/03/2019
    • Delta El Tigre
    Phone:
    +54 11 4731-0261
    Other:
  • Museo de Armas de la Nacion
    Specialty Museums
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Quite a collection of weapons and personal armor, conveniently located if you are staying in the central neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Collection of Military Weapons 02/21/2019
    • Great collection of military weapons 01/23/2019
    • Museo de Armas de la Nacion
    Address:
    Santa Fe 750
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4311-1071
    Other:
  • Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Interesting flea market with lots of small shops nearby. There is typically music--some of it very good from street musicians.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Get here relatively early in the morning on Saturday. Plan on lunch. La Brigada is a good choice and just a short walk.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome eclectic stuff 05/27/2019
    • Great market, sooooo much stuff. Better than San Telmo, more variety and stalls. 05/26/2019
    • Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas
    Address:
    Alvarez Thomas 71, Equina Dorrego- Barrio Palermo-Colegiales
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
    Specialty Museums
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Carlos Gardel is the most famous tango singer. He died in a plane crash in Colombia at a relatively young age, so he is forever young. No one has seen him dissolute or unattractive. This is the house in which he lived with his mother.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • You don't need to spend a lot of time here and you can miss it entirely if you are not a tango fan.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #148 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Friendly and interesting 04/25/2019
    • Wonderful 04/22/2019
    • El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
    Address:
    Jean Juares 735
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    4964-2015
    Other:
  • Museo Evita
    Specialty Museums
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    Stanner57 Says:

    The Perons are the power couple of the middle of the twentieth century in Argentina and Eva was the energetic (and controversial) one. This museum celebrates her history.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • You can skip this if not interested in the political history of Argentina.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a visit 06/23/2019
    • Very little English but interesting - huge tours were rude 05/07/2019
    • Museo Evita
    Address:
    Calle Lafinur 2988- interseccion Juan Maria Gutierrez
    Buenos Aires C1425FAB
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4807-0306
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
    Art Museums
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    Stanner57 Says:

    Absolutely first class museum--elegant interior design and great art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Has a great restaurant and nice gift shop.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent museum 06/19/2019
    • Do Not Miss 05/25/2019
    • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
    Address:
    Avenida Pte Figueroa Alcorta 3415
    Buenos Aires C1425CLA
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4808-6500
    Other:
  • Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco
    Art Museums
    Stanner57 Says:

    This was a very good museum--sorry to learn that it is closed.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #118 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Beautiful Museum 04/05/2017
    • hidden gem 02/10/2017
    • Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco
    Address:
    Calle Suipacha 1422
    Buenos Aires C1011ACF
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4327-0228
    Other:
  • Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz
    Specialty Museums
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    Stanner57 Says:

    You have to be interested in trains, but if so this is a good option.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #185 of 827 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Small but beautiful 05/01/2019
    • What a find ! 10/26/2017
    • Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz
    Address:
    Av. del Libertador Gral San Martin 405
    Feriados cerrado
    Buenos Aires 1104
    Argentina
    Phone:
    4318-3330
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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