The 19th century architecture of this beautiful city has both French and Italian influences, which can be seen in its tree-lined avenues and boulevards as well as its brightly coloured houses. It’s also renowned for its colourful neighbourhoods and some of the best and most diverse nightlife in the world.

A good place to start is the Plaza de Mayo, located in the Downtown area of the city. This, and the Casa Rosada (Pink House), which houses the office of the President of Argentina, are where the Argentine Revolution took place, when Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1810. If you’re looking to shop, head to Florida and Lavelle Streets where international designers are represented. There are also plenty of shops locally in Palermo Soho and Viejo.

Take a trip to La Recoleta Cemetery where you can see the tomb of Argentina's charismatic first lady, Eva Perón, better known as Evita. Wander among the many tombs and grave sites of military leaders, Nobel Prize winners and other well-known Argentinians.

From the cemetery, take the metro north of Recoleta to Palermo, one of the city’s most contemporary neighbourhoods. Wander through the cobbled streets past terraced houses and trendy boutiques and cafés.

Children and adults will enjoy a day out at the Buenos Aires Zoo. One of the zoo’s aims is to become a world leader in conservation and wildlife preservation. If you have children with you, pick up a container of food at the entrance so they can feed the animals. At night, return to Palermo Hollywood to hang out with the locals in some of the city’s best bars.

Buenos Aires also has some spectacular scenery and views, offering plenty of photo opportunities. The sunset vista of the city from the port district of Puerto Madero is not to be missed.

Argentinians also love their sport. If you’re a soccer fan, head south to La Boca, the spiritual home of the Boca Juniors. Watch a match at the Bombonera stadium to experience the passion and energy of the Argentinians at its best.

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Dining, Shopping and Cafés

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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Recoleta
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Recoleta

Cafés, Culture, Monuments

One of the city’s grandest and most elegant neighborhoods is also the final resting place of leading figures from Argentina’s history.

San Telmo
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San Telmo

Shopping, Cafés, Museums

Thrift shops, flea markets, bookstores and a cinema museum make this colonial neighbourhood one of Buenos Aires’ most vibrant.

El Centro
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El Centro

Cafés, Shopping, Culture

This multi-faceted Buenos Aires district is home to the financial district, a political hub and a shopping precinct. It’s also a popular tourist centre.

Puerto Madero
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Puerto Madero

Ports, Dining, Sceneries

Museums and a casino float on the water, an iconic bridge spans the port and an ecological reserve lines the waterfront in this revitalized row of docks. 

Top hotels in Buenos Aires

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Savoy Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
AU$131
per night
22 Sep. - 23 Sep.
4.4/5Excellent! (1,598 reviews)

Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,598 reviews)

"We stayed here for a night to finish our trip to BA. It felt like staying in a palace. The nice location to take pictures. It is in a good location. You won’t hear the noise in the street and feels like you are away of crowed. The check in process was fast and even we arrived earlier than 3pm they ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2019

Savoy Hotel
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Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
3.5 out of 5
Martin Miguel De Guemes 4718, Autopista Riccheri Km. 20, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires
AU$142
per night
22 Sep. - 23 Sep.
4.2/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Feria de Mataderos, José Amalfitani Stadium, and Pedro Bidegain Stadium. Palermo Soho and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (695 reviews)

"Very nice and clean room , the restaurant was great too"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2019

Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
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Hilton Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
AU$267
per night
11 Oct. - 12 Oct.
4.4/5Wonderful! (877 reviews)

Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (877 reviews)

"The location is very good and you can walk anywhere from restaurants to Calle Florida, Casa Rosada etc. They have a very good menu if you prefer to eat in. The hairdryer is very old and the plugs in the room don’t work well. One of the girls at reception when I called and asked to extend our check ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2019

Hilton Buenos Aires

Popular activities in Buenos Aires

Obelisk
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Obelisk

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

Inspired by French and Italian opera houses, this grand 1908 concert hall has some of the best sound in the world.

Plaza del Mayo
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Plaza del Mayo

National government offices, imposing architectural landmarks and a nicely landscaped parkland mark Buenos Aires’ most significant square.

University of Buenos Aires
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University of Buenos Aires

Wander the grounds of one of Buenos Aires’ largest university campuses and visit the institution’s museums, galleries and urban parks.

Casa Rosada
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Casa Rosada

Take a free guided tour of this bright-pink palace and learn about the place from which the president of Argentina rules the country.

Plaza San Martin
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Plaza San Martin

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

Top activities in Buenos Aires

Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour
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Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour

AU$43

Embark on a comprehensive and fun small-group tour featuring Buenos Aires’ most popular landmarks. Visit the world’s widest avenue and discover the unique contrast between the capital’s most distinct neighborhoods.

Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show

AU$68

Experience an incredible world of art and entertainment at Piazzolla Tango, with over 32,000 square feet (3,000 sqm) dedicated to the tango. Have dinner at the theater's restaurant and witness a spectacle of dance and music featuring works by Piazzolla, Pugliese, Gardel, Mores Discepolo, and others.

Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure
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Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure

AU$165

Malbec, empanadas, and dulce de leche—if you don't know what these are, you are soon to find out on this Buenos Aires tour. This gastronomic adventure delves deep into the culinary culture of Argentina and is perfect for food freaks and gourmet gluttons primed for pig.

El Viejo Almacen Tango Show
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El Viejo Almacen Tango Show

AU$72

Dancers tango and the music never stops at El Viejo Almacen—considered by locals to be one of the most traditional tango venue in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a classic show that is alive with music, poetry, and movement and features more than 20 artists on stage.

Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch
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Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch

AU$154

Visit Don Silvano Ranch in the countryside around Buenos Aires to discover authentic gaucho culture and heritage. Feast on delicious Argentine barbecue and wines, watch a traditional dance and horsemanship demonstrations, and learn about the history of the ranch during your stay.

Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

AU$263

Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires for a day spent watching rugged horse-riding gauchos, tucking into a delicious barbecue lunch, and strolling around the historic town of San Antonio de Areco. Get up-close looks at traditional living in the pampas on this immersive excursion.

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