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Buenos Aires Off the Beaten Path

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Buenos Aires is a vibrant city, renowned for its marvelous art and culture, welcoming people, great food and wines, tango and lively nightlife. It's a very special place, beautiful in its own unique way. It’s the kind of city travelers fall in love with. Follow these tips to get to the inside track on the delights of the city's "B side!"

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

9 Places

6 City Tips

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9 Places

Bar Restaurante Los Laureles

Restaurants

Reserva Ecologica

Hiking Trails

Villa Ocampo

Historic Sites

Zirkel

Restaurants

Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas

Flea & Street Markets

Fundacion Proa

Specialty Museums

Ciudad Cultural Konex

Specialty Museums

Botica Del Angel

Specialty Museums

Parque de la Memoria

Monuments & Statues

Gisele T's City Tips

  • Many small stores and restaurants don’t accept credit cards, and if they do, you will usually be charged an extra 10%. Always ask if they accept your card before you order.
  • In Buenos Aires, it's standard to tip 10% at restaurants, unless you aren't pleased with the service.
  • Buenos Aires is a very walkable city. Bring comfortable shoes, and be prepared to spend many hours on your feet discovering the interesting streets and neighborhoods.
  • If possible, avoid using the subway during rush hour (8-10am and 5-7pm).
  • Check out the cultural agenda of the week in the cultural supplements of the main newspapers: Página 12, Clarín and La Nación.
  • Check out "Como Llego," a web tool used to figure out how to get from one specific BA address to another, using public transportation.
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    Bar Restaurante Los Laureles
    Restaurants (Argentinean, South American)
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    Gisele T Says:

    In business since 1893 and far off the tourist map, Los Laureles is an authentic bar and restaurant located in Barracas. The bar preserves its original architecture, decorated inside with old bottles, scales, clocks and pans hanging from the ceiling. It's a simple and friendly place where you can eat a homemade, cheap and tasty meal; take a tango lesson to the sound of vinyl records; and enjoy performances in an intimate space.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Credit cards accepted.
    • Do not miss the tango classes with Soledad Nani, a renowned teacher and dancer, and one of the most internationally acclaimed female tango leaders.
    • Because it’s a little way out of the city center, it is advisable to book ahead and take a cab to and from the bar.
    • Gay friendly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #409 of 4,840 restaurants in Buenos Aires
    • Go there to eat and hear tango 08/25/2017
    • Autentic Tango in Buenos Aires 11/07/2016
    • Bar Restaurante Los Laureles
    Address:
    Avenue Iriarte 2290
    Buenos Aires 1295
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4303-3393
    Price range:
    $8 - $12
    Hours:
    Thu
    8:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 PM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
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    Reserva Ecologica
    Hiking Trails
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    Gisele T Says:

    One of the most spectacular views of the city can be found at the ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero. This reserve provides refuge to hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians, as well as more than 50 types of butterflies, all in an area of around 360 hectares. It is a fantastic place to get lost in for a few hours. There are also some great spots by the beach, with plenty of picnic tables for a sunny day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Río de la Plata is contaminated, so don't enter the water. Don't let that put you off too much though — it still makes for a beautiful view.
    • Every weekend and on official holidays, there are free guided tours, with no need to book in advance — just turn up at the reserve´s clubhouse at either 10.30am or 3.30pm.
    • The very cool monthly night tour gives you an opportunity to see the reserve by moonlight. I would advise booking in advance for this activity, as it fills up quickly!
    • Perfect place to go by bike.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful and calm within BA 06/27/2018
    • Nice place to do a tour on saturday or sunday 06/19/2018
    • Reserva Ecologica
    Phone:
    +54 11 4893-1588
    Other:
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    Villa Ocampo
    Historic Sites
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    Gisele T Says:

    Villa Ocampo is one of the most interesting places on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. This glamorous mansion, which was the residence of Argentine author Victoria Ocampo, was a gathering place for intellectuals and authors in the 20th century. Guests included Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jorge Luis Borges, Bioy Casares, Octavio Paz, Albert Camus, Stravinsky, Le Corbusier and Indira Gandhi. Before her death, Ocampo donated her mansion to UNESCO and nowadays the property functions as a museum, with temporary exhibitions and live music. The gardens are also lovely.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the guided tours; they are one hour long and give you an excellent overview of Victoria Ocampo's life and times. After that, sit down for lunch or tea in the gardens.
    • Villa Ocampo is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
    • Take the train from Retiro to Tigre and get off at Beccar station. From there, either take a cab or walk seven blocks through P. Uriburu until Elortondo.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in San Isidro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excelent except for the person in charge of the restaurant 05/26/2018
    • An exceptional house with an interesting story 02/02/2018
    • Villa Ocampo
    Address:
    Elortondo 1811
    Beccar
    San Isidro
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4732-4988
    Hours:
    Fri - Sun
    12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Zirkel
    Restaurants (German, European, Central European)
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    Gisele T Says:

    The best panoramic view of Buenos Aires — breathtaking! This restaurant, also called the 'German Club,' is located on the 21st floor of a building right in the middle of the city. Visitors enjoy European-Argenitnian cuisine in a dining room of 300 square meters and 100 seats surrounded by wall-to-wall windows. If you are looking for a romantic place for a date, this is your best bet!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Zirkel accepts all credit cards, which is unusual for Buenos Aires.
    • For more panoramic views, try Galeria Guemes and Palacio Barolo.
    • Also perfect for a coffee at the end of the day.
    • Best place to see the full moon over the Rio de la Plata.
    • Open Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #261 of 4,840 restaurants in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning views 06/20/2018
    • Nice view, average food 02/04/2018
    • Zirkel
    Address:
    Avenida Corrientes 327 Piso 22
    Buenos Aires C1043AAD
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 43113313
    Price range:
    $15 - $25
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Sat
    5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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    Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Gisele T Says:

    'Mercado de las Pulgas Dorrego' comprises of 160 stores, set in a large, covered warehouse, and it is a great place to discover unique finds. Antiques, art, and household objects are all displayed in a beautifully disorderly manner here. The market, which opened approximately 25 years ago, is one of the largest in South America, and you'll also find some interesting urban art in the surrounding area.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • One notable market resident is Tony Valiente, known for his signature "Sombreros Locos" (crazy hats), curious and personal headwear made from materials he finds around the market.
    • Do not miss Suam (Store 106): Eleonora Lopez Sansac has dishes from 1870 to 1970, in constant renewal. A delight for teatime fans!
    • Mercado de las Pulgas Dorrego is in Colegiales, not to be confused with the outdoor antique market surrounding Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo.
    • Right next door is Plaza Mafalda, decorated with murals of Quino's comic strip "La Mafalda" - a tribute to the author's witty creations.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #151 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Absolute waste of time 12/09/2017
    • Flea Market Fun 11/18/2017
    • 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:
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    Fundacion Proa
    Specialty Museums
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    Gisele T Says:

    Many people who visit the Caminito ignore the huge white building housing the city's best art exhibitions, including the works of Ron Mueck and Louise Bourgeois. Three floors are filled with plenty of cultural offerings like talks, lectures, workshops, music concerts and cinema screenings. One of the highlights is the big window with a wonderful view of the neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The rooftop terrace is a stylish option in La Boca for relaxing with a drink or snack — it boasts a view of the Riachuelo.
    • The library is impressive. One of the best places in town for art books.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Art 05/14/2018
    • Wei Wei exposition 04/02/2018
    • Fundacion Proa
    Address:
    Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929. La Boca
    Buenos Aires C1169AAD
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4104-1000
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Ciudad Cultural Konex
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    Gisele T Says:

    Built in the 1920s and used primarily as a factory and oil warehouse up until 1992, today this complex is one of the most vibrant and alternative spaces in the city. In the main area, an industrial steel stairway designed by famous Argentine architect Clorindo Testa doubles as a stage for music, theater, dance and cinema productions. There's no sitting area however, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and prepare to move your body!

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you haven't tried the local classic drink Fernet, this is the place. They serve the traditional porteño drink by the liter!
    • The Konex hosts at least two traditional shows: drum show La Bomba del Tiempo (every Monday at 8pm), and Dancing Mood, a ska music group that makes standing still impossible.
    • Make sure to look ahead for performance dates.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • El Sueño de los Elefantes 01/15/2018
    • Loved it! 06/03/2017
    • Ciudad Cultural Konex
    Address:
    Sarmiento 3131
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4864-3200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Botica Del Angel
    Specialty Museums
    Gisele T Says:

    From the outside, it may look like a church, but don't be fooled: It is a museum telling the story of the artistic world of Buenos Aires during the 60's and 70's, and tango objects feature among its collection. A true trip down memory lane, over 1,500 square meters are divided into 33 rooms, packed with works of art and objects of questionable taste - though all of them full of history! Plus, every room has a special color, theme and music, making the visit really unique and worthwhile.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Amid all the rarities and wonderful junk, don't miss the angel that belonged to the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.
    • Look out for an inkwell from Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, a travel bag that once belonged to writer Adolfo Bioy Casares, and originals from Alfonsina Storni an Xul Solar.
    • The Botica also houses a huge collection by famous artists such as Antonio Berni, Marta Minujin and Hermenegildo Sábat, among others. Look for their works.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Salida en pareja 07/09/2018
    • Un lugar....misterioro 07/01/2018
    • Botica Del Angel
    Address:
    Calle Pte Luis Saenz Pena 541
    entre calles Venezuela y Mèxico
    Buenos Aires C1110AAK
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +(54)4384 9396
    Other:
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    Parque de la Memoria
    Monuments & Statues
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    Gisele T Says:

    For a silent and sombre visit , head to one of the most powerful places in Buenos Aires - an indispensable destination for those seeking to better understand the recent history of Argentina. Opened in 2007, the park lies across more than 14 acres of the Costanera Norte (Northern waterfront) overlooking Rio de la Plata, where many bodies where discarded during Argentina's most recent dictatorship (1976-1983). Parque de la Memoria has sculptures and a digital historic archive with photos, drawings and personal objects of the people who vanished during that period.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Special attention must be paid to the huge wall with thirty thousand names, belonging to the people who disappeared during the dictatorship.
    • The sculpture named "30,000," by Nicolas Guagnini, is made of 25 straight steel prisms with an image of the artist's father, who disappeared in 1977.
    • Look for the official program on the Memorial's website — it usually plays host to important exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 847 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t close your eyes to the past... 06/29/2018
    • Very moving and atmospheric park 05/15/2018
    • Parque de la Memoria
    Address:
    Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    4787-9999
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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