Buenos Aires has something that other South American cities don’t. It has the energy of some of its counterparts, yet it looks like some of its European ones. Traffic is hectic, nightlife is electric, there’s lot of open space and shopping is great. Stopping off with only one day to spare? Here’s what you should do…
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Located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires is Avenida 9 de Julio is the widest avenue in the world and it’s where to kick start your day. Grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere. This is a good place to give you a feel for the Argentinean capital.
Located in Plaza de Republica in the centre of the avenue is Obelisco de Buenos Aires. Erected in 1936, it was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city and is the city’s most recognisable landmark.
Not far from here is Casa Rosada (The Pink House) – the executive mansion and office of the President. This building is one of the city’s unquestionable landmarks and known for its balcony from where Eva Peron famously addressed the crowd when she was Argentina’s First Lady.
Jump in a taxi and ask the driver to take you to La Boca, one of the world’s most colourful neighbourhoods. Grab lunch along Caminito while being entertained by tango dancers on the street, then get some photos of the colourful houses.
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If you’re one who likes to save money and but also likes to shop, Avenida Cordoba between 4000 and 5000 (in particular around 4600), is a dream come true. Hop in and out of stores dealing in discounted trainers, jeans and more.
Near the centre of the city is the suburb of Recoleta. Its most famous attraction is a cemetery. When you get there you’ll see why. The tombs and burial chambers are stunning, the most famous of which houses the remains of the aforementioned First Lady.
Like many capitals, Buenos Aires is a city of neighbourhoods. One of the more quieter corners of the city, making it the perfect place to unwind with a coffee, book, local or otherwise, is San Telmo, the city’s oldest ‘barrio’. Explore the area to discover cafés, tango venues, tango dancing in the streets, antique stores and more.
One of Buenos Aires’ newer areas is Puerto Madero on the east of the city. This is where you’ll find one of Buenos Aires’ best-known steakhouses – La Cabana (Av Alicia Moreau de Justo 380). Treat yourself to something off the ‘parilla’ and accompany it with a nice glass of Malbec.
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Buenos Aires’ biggest barrio is Palermo. It’s so big, it’s broken up into three different sections, one of them being Palermo Soho. This is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of bars in the city. Locate Plaza Serrano in the centre of the neighbourhood then take your pick from the plethora of bars.
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