Buenos Aires holidays will have you instantly hooked on Argentina. With its architectural blend of colonial era, art deco and contemporary design, you can experience the two influences that make this city’s character - old European charm alongside the fiery passion of Latin America.
Get lost in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires - often referred to as Microcentro - with its many leather stores,
and stalls selling specialist tango shoes (essential for all of the moves you’ll be showing off when you get home). For a shot of culture, spend time in the city's distinct districts, known as barrios, each closely reflecting the immigrant groups that arrived in the country towards the end of the nineteenth century.
The barrio of San Telmo is the oldest in the city, where you can wander cobbled streets, grab a coffee, browse for antiques or tiptoe into a tango salon. Next it’s off to the artsy barrio of La Boca where you can really feel the European influence, especially of its early Italian settlers. Brightly painted houses and huge murals created by local street artists will guide you from steakhouse to gallery to cafe; the area is an absolute must for anyone on holiday in Buenos Aires. Experience the modern Buenos Aires in Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood with their excellent shopping in concept stores and designer boutiques, stop by one of the mansions that have been transformed into lounges, or simply sit and watch the world go by.
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Our Argentine experience was great, thank you for all your hard work. Buenos Aires was an amazing city, we had a wonderful guide and the Tango, I know a bit of a tourist trap, but it was terrific. We were most impressed by the level of professionalism. Both hotels were perfect. Glacier was also simply perfect.
Anyone who loves cities - from London to Tokyo to New York - will fall in love with Buenos Aires. Explore the diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own character and atmosphere, and experience the different influences of Europe and Latin American through the music, literature and food. Palermo is a fashionable area, popular for its parks. The original architects did a fantastic job of creating sociable plazas and gardens, bringing the calm of open space to the bustle of the city. Today, some of the city's top restaurants and hotels have given the area a stylish edge. Recoleta is a refined quarter of wide avenues and elegant classical architecture. The best restaurants, antique shops and boutiques to visit while on holiday are found in this area, as well as some of the most important museums and cultural centres. Entirely different but equally unmissable is La Boca; home to Maradona's one time team Boca Juniors and filled with colourful bohemian houses, street stalls, and live tango music and dance demonstrations spilling out onto the streets.
What can you find in Buenos Aires that you won’t find elsewhere?
You’ll hear many proud Argentinians declare their Avenida 9 de Julio - or 9th of July Avenue - the widest avenue in the world. Named after Argentina’s Independence Day, this impressive feat of planning is lined with numerous interesting stop offs including the Obelisk and Plaza Republica; the impressive and grand Teatro Colon opera house; the Don Quixote statue and more.
Alternatively, head to the revitalised docks of Puerto Madero which, although once somewhat rundown, are now home to trendy restaurants and hotels where innovative architecture and design share the space with hip, young professionals socialising.
For a change of pace and scenery, pop to the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires - San Telmo. Visit its heart, Plaza Dorrego, where you’ll find antique shops and second-hand dealers selling their wares at the Sunday market, or catch a tango show with a delicious dinner. La Boca, although a tourist hot spot, is a must on your list of things to do in Buenos Aires with its picturesque streets lined with colourful houses and strong European character.
Special things to do in Buenos Aires
You can’t go to Buenos Aires without watching (or maybe even doing?) tango. Just as it united the multiple cultures and traditions of the country’s many migrants, it still unites the whole city today, from grandparents and children to couples and friends, who join together to appreciate the timeless art form that oozes passion and is iconic of this amazing country and it’s historic tapestry. We can organise anything from completely private shows with a gourmet dinner, to recommending intimate tango salons where only the locals go, or even for you to have your very own initiation into this romantic dance with some lessons with a professional.
While it's not a special thing to do actually in Buenos Aires, the capital is also the staging post for trips to the glorious pampas, the prairie-like landscape home to gauchos, Argentina's version of the cowboy.