The city of Buenos Aires is without a doubt one of the main tourist destinations for visitors from all over the world who decide to vacation in Argentina. The diversity of places to visit in the capital of the Argentine Republic is such that it would be almost impossible to visit them all in a few days, which is why we have devised this Top 10 of the best places to visit in Buenos Aires.
On this list, we have included places of historical and political importance, monuments, theatres, cultural centres, shopping centres and recreation areas so that tourists who visit Buenos Aires can choose the sites they want to visit without missing any of the must-see sites.
It is located in the Plaza de la República, at the intersection of Avenida 9 de Julio and Corrientes. It has a total of 67 meters in height and each of its faces recalls a Buenos Aires historical event: the first foundation, in 1536; the second and final, in 1580; the first time the national flag was hoisted in the city, in 1812 (in the church of San Nicolás, which stood precisely where the Obelisk is today); and the constitution of Buenos Aires as the Argentine capital in 1880.
(The Teatro Colón) Columbus Theater
It is the largest lyrical theatre in Latin America and is considered one of the best acoustics in the world. The building stands out for its Italian Neo-Renaissance and French Baroque style, with 7 levels where it houses up to 2,478 seated spectators. It has a magnificent program of opera and ballet and great dancers such as Julio Boca, Maximiliano Guerra and Paloma Herrera emerged from its Ballet school.
Designed in 1580, the Cabildo was the first seat of government in the city of Buenos Aires. Currently inside it is the National Historical Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution, where collections of weapons, medals and furniture from the time of Independence are exhibited.
Path (La Boca)
The name of the place was inspired by the famous tango titled “Caminito” written in 1926 by Gabino Coria Peñaloza and Juan de Dios Filiberto. It is a pedestrian street one block long where the walls, windows and balconies of the houses are painted multicoloured. There, artists, painters and tango dancers demonstrate their skills to tourists.
It is without doubt the main Catholic temple in the city of Buenos Aires. It was built between 1752 and 1852 and stands out for its neoclassical style, which is more like a classical Greek temple than a typical Catholic temple.
Recoleta Cultural Center
It was built in 1732 and was originally a convent annexed to the Basilica del Pilar. It currently functions as a large cultural centre that has 25 auditoriums where paintings, sculptures and photographs are exhibited in its various exhibitions.
It is the most famous pedestrian street in the city of Buenos Aires, which functions as a shopping centre where the largest clothing brands in Argentina and the world display their windows. In addition, along your route, you will be able to see street artists who entertain visitors with tango steps, folk songs and living statues.
With its 25 hectares of green forests, it constitutes a true lung for the city. There are 3 artificial lakes, a rose garden and several renowned gardens such as the renowned Garden of Poets where there are sculptures of famous writers such as William Shakespeare, among others. It is the ideal place for walks, physical exercises and contemplation of its vegetation.
Founded in 1858 by a French immigrant, Café Tortoni is the oldest in Argentina. Presidents, renowned artists, men of letters and parliamentarians have passed by its tables throughout its history, who have enjoyed its gastronomic specialities and its permanent art exhibitions.
Monument to Saint Martin
Located in Plaza San Martín (Retiro), the Monument to General San Martín and the Armies of Independence was inaugurated in 1862 in homage to the Argentine national hero General San Martín.
These are our tips on the best places to visit in the city of Buenos Aires. Surely there are countless other sites that can be visited during a visit to this great city, but the truth is that if you visit Buenos Aires as a tourist you cannot miss the sites mentioned.