• Carolyn

Buenos Aires, what to see

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

In my book, An Argentine in my Kitchen, Catherine gradually found her way around Buenos Aries. But she would have found a list like this useful when she first arrived. So, in case any readers are planning to go to Buenos Aires, here are a few thoughts.*

The government's official website is useful to kickstart ideas, whether it's what to do, or what to do this week.

Another website describing current activities in Buenos Aires, with a regular email for subscribers, is My Buenos Aires Travel Guide. These activities may include football or polo games, organic food markets, gastronomy week, free concerts and more.

The four activities that are easiest to discover on the internet, and that are always, it seems, offered to tourists, are (1) a city tour, (2) a tango show, (3) an estancia trip and (4) a delta trip. These options are useful for someone wanting a quick introduction to the city over two days or less, but they only scratch the surface.

Here are a few more options:

A palace visit is an option for those who are interested in the history of Buenos Aires. See my blog on palaces here. I've listed the three most impressive palaces that can be visited easily, or at least with a little help from a Spanish speaker.

How about a tour of the fabulous Colón Theatre? Or go to a concert there, and luxuriate in the magnificence of this world-class and stunningly beautiful theatre, built in the glory days of Argentina. Or get free tickets to a concert at the CCK centre - the old post office building - where they have classical concerts, jazz, tango and much more.

Cycling tours are popular - there are 250 kilometres of cycling tracks in Buenos Aires.

Do you speak Spanish and enjoy the theatre? There are 300 plays to choose from each week.

Watch tango outdoors, at 8pm in Plaza Dorrego in the barrio of San Telmo, unless it's raining. Or have a tango lesson.

Why not do a street art tour? As Catherine found in my book, Buenos Aires is one of the global centres for street art. And the good thing about such a tour is that you see another aspect of the city. One of my future blogs will cover this topic.

Visit the three cafes mentioned in my book - Cafe Tortoni, Las Violetas, La Biela.

If you have seen all this, then how about the Carlos Gardel museum, the Evita museum, the MALBA, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore at Santa Fe 1860 in Recoleta, or a tour of the Barolo building. Maybe go shopping for leather in Recoleta. Visit the San Telmo artisan market on a Sunday, or the Plaza Francia artisan market in Recoleta on a Saturday or Sunday. Find a good restaurant to enjoy a steak and a glass of Argentine Malbec. Or just walk around Recoleta and Palermo.

A boat visit to Colonia, in Uruguay, is also popular for those who spend more than a few days in Buenos Aires. Some people love the quiet and tranquil nature of the historic area of Colonia after the concrete jungle of Buenos Aires. But others find the ten blocks of historic buildings and the leafy park a bit ho-hum, and can't wait to leave. If you prefer a green experience within Buenos Aires, then visit the gardens of Palermo, or the Botanic Gardens, or the Buenos Aires Eco-park (the grounds of the old zoo), or Parque Centenario in the barrio of Villa Crespo. That would be easier than taking a whole day to go to Colonia. And Colonia in winter can be cold and windy and a bit miserable.

And if you'd like to know more about Buenos Aires, read my book, An Argentine in my Kitchen.

* Please keep in mind that this is not a tourist website, and readers need to make their own enquiries. I don't receive any commissions. Tripadvisor or Airbnb would probably be helpful. Closure of attractions can be an issue around Christmas - New Year - January.

A corner of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires


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