Things to Do in Buenos Aires Overview
There are loads of fun and interesting things to do in Buenos Aires, a vibrant and lively Latin American city with a European feel. We share the top attractions you don’t want to miss when visiting this fun and unique city.
Below is a summary of the best things to do in Buenos Aires.
Palacio Barolo was the tallest building in all of South America at the time it was completed. It was commissioned to serve as a mausoleum to Italian philosopher and poet, Dante Alighieri, who wrote The Inferno and many other famous works. The building’s architecture includes references to Dante and his works, especially the numerology behind them, making it one of the most interesting things to do in Buenos Aires. The building is divided into three sections: hell, purgatory, and, paradise.
This is Argentina’s main opera house and ranks among the best opera houses in the world, particularly for its acoustics. It was inaugurated in 1908 with Giuseppe Veri’s Aida. The building was restored to its original glory in 2010. The curtains, props, and costumes are typically made in the very same building, unlike other opera houses. As one of the best things to do in Buenos Aires, you can take tours year round, and during March and December, you can see symphonies, ballets, and operas.
Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo is the oldest square in the city and one of the top things to do in Buenos Aires. The May Pyramid is located in the center of the plaza and was originally erected to commemorate the first anniversary of Argentina’s revolution. The plaza has been the site of many protests over the years, the most famous being the protests of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in 1977, marked by white headscarves painted on the ground.
El Ateneo Bookstore
This is the most famous bookstore in the city and one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. In 2000, it underwent a 3-million-dollar renovation, making it one of the most stunning things to do in Buenos Aires. It’s located in what was originally a tango theater called Teatro Gran Splendid, which opened in 1919. The building was then turned into a cinema in 1929, projecting the first talking movies in the country.
Casa Rosada is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. Its characteristic pink structure makes it one of the most recognizable buildings in Argentina and one of the top things to do in Buenos Aires. It has also been declared a National Historic Monument.
Built in the early 1600s, this is the oldest building still standing in Buenos Aires and one of the best things to do in Buenos Aires. However, only 5 of its original 11 archways remain. Today, it hosts the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution. To the right of El Cabildo is the beginning of Avenida de Mayo, the Champs-Élysées of Buenos Aires, a wide, tree-lined avenue named in honor of the Argentinian Revolution, which took place on May 25, 1810.
This Neoclassical structure, originally built in the 1500s, is the main and most important Catholic church in Argentina, making it one of the most important things to do in Buenos Aires. The cathedral took over 150 years to build, making it have an eclectic architecture style. Catedral Metropolitana is the seat of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, where the Archbishop has his post. This position was last held by by Pope Francis.
This square is a spiritual epicenter located in the historic old town of San Telmo, a bohemian-style neighborhood. As one of the top things to do in Buenos Aires, it was originally the central marketplace in the city. Walk around Plaza Dorrego for a quintessential European sidewalk café atmosphere. If you are here on a Sunday, you can walk through what becomes the heart of the San Telmo Antiques Fair.
Conventillo in La Boca
Conventillo in La Boca is an authentic, preserved tenement house from 1881, used by newly arriving immigrant families crammed inside small rooms together. The open-air patios characteristic of such houses became places where immigrants would sit, socialize, and play music, ultimately creating what is known today as tango.
Iglesia San Ignacio
This church, established in 1685, is the oldest church still standing in the city (the second oldest church is about 50 years younger). It is a National Historic Monument of Argentina and one of the best things to do in Buenos Aires. It was renovated for about a decade in the beginning of the 2000s because it was at risk of crumbling down.
MALBA is the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art is one of the most impressive museums of its kind. It has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, featuring the works of famous Latin American artists and masters. MALBA has a lot of impressive temporary exhibits that are constantly rotating, making it one of the most interesting things to do in Buenos Aires.
Established in 1822, the Recoleta Cemetery was the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires and contains the graves of many distinguished people, including Eva Perón, past Presidents of Argentina, and Nobel Prize winners. It started as a pretty typical cemetery. However, by the 1880s, it was completely revamped with a grand entryway, sidewalks, numerous impressive mausoleums, and a brick wall surrounding its grounds. It’s now one of the best things to do in Buenos Aires.
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