What to do in Argentina? Here are some things you might not want to miss.

Places to visit, restaurants, bars, hotels, clubbing, estancias, boating and more.

Many friends from all over the world have asked me for recommendations.. it’s time I add them in one place. (I’m from Argentina and I’ve lived here for 30 years) These are the places I’ve visited, have really enjoyed and fully recommend. :) … It’s also a work in progress, I’ll keep on improving it.. ENJOY! (make suggestions in the comment section)

HOTELS in Buenos Aires

Faena Hotel

Really cool hotel, decorated by Philip Stark, cool bars and pool. Has two restaurants, one I love “El Mercado” they have Argentinian food with a twist. Very nice hotel, it’s located in Puerto Madero which is lovely to walk and go for dinner, lots of bars. A little further from Palermo and closer to San Telmo and Recoleta. On Sundays they have brunch with asado that is just amazing.

Four Seasons

Has two great restaurants “Elena” and “Nuestro Secreto” (order the entraña) and a really cool bar for wednesday called “pony line”. It’s in the center of Recoleta, very nice area, lots of shops, restaurants and nice places. The neighborhood is less modern and more french-inspired.

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

STUFF TO DO WHILE IN BUENOS AIRES.

Teatro Colon

One of the best theaters in the world, complete with magnificent acoustics and beautiful architecture. While going to a performance often requires tickets that are booked well in advance, the theater also offers daily tours.

MALBA Museum

Permanent and temporary exhibitions displaying Argentinian and Latin American arts. Home to Frida Kahlo’s self portrait with monkey and parrot.

Recoleta Cemetery

Cemetery located in the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta. It houses the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, Noble Prize winners, and a granddaughter of Napoleon. Named by CNN as one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Tip: Free guided English tours (Tip requested) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11 AM.

Plaza de Mayo

A famous plaza that is home to several of the city’s government major landmarks, including the Casa Rosada, Cathedral, and Cabildo. It is also the ending point of the San Telmo Fair, which occurs every Sunday.

9 de Julio Avenue

The world’s widest avenue and site of the “Obelisco”, Argentina’s version of the Washington Monument where ‘hinchas’ (fans) gather after Argentina’s soccer victories.

Puerto Madero

A wealthy waterfront district on the Rio de la Plata full of many high-end restaurantes (see “Cabana Las Lilas” below). Don’t miss out walking across the pedestrian bridge “el Puente de la Mujer”, and walking by the Ecological Reserve. Sunsets here are especially beautiful.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore

Famous bookstore that was voted one of the most beautiful in the world. It used to be a theatre called Teatro Grand Splendid. There is a cafe in the back where the stage used to be.

La Boca — El Caminito

The most famous street -and tourist attraction- in La Boca is Caminito, which not only presents visitors with a perfect example of La Boca colorful identity, but also holds a strong connection with the origins of Tango and its melancholy. It is not rare to find several Tango dancing couples here.

San Telmo Street Fair

An antique fair and flea market that occurs every Sunday. It is a great place to buy mementos and gifts for family and friends. Location: on the corner of Defensa and Estados Unidos (about 6 blocks from Plaza de Mayo)

Tango Show

Tango is an Argentine style of dance that dates back to the 1890’s. It originated in working class districts of Buenos aires, but as its popularity grew, it soon spread to the rest of the world. Buenos Aires offers a variety of Tango shows, and many of them also offer lessons. Some places I recommend are We Are Tango and Señor Tango.

Galerías Pacífico Shopping Mall

The 1889 building on Calle Florida was originally modeled after Paris’s most important department store, Le Bon Marché. Later it was the first site of the National Museum of Fine Arts and home to the British Pacific Railway administration office, from which it derives its name. Come in to check out the beauty of this building.

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral

National Cathedral overlooking Plaza de Mayo. Church where Pope Francisco used to give mass when he was the Cardinal of Argentina.

Floralis Genérica Sculpture

A sculpture made of aluminium and steel. A gift from Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, it opens its petals during the day and closes them at nighttime.

Palermo Soho Neighborhood

If you aren’t visiting Palermo Soho to eat and drink then you’ll be here because you’ve been told that it’s a shopper’s paradise. Buenos Aires design district… the boutiques are here, from clothing stores and specialists in leather goods to bookstores and wine shops. Weekends are especially busy.

BARS

Isabel Bar
Really cool place, trendy. Highly recommend.

Pony Line Bar @ The Four Seasons

Located next to the hotel’s lobby, this bar is classy and is famous for its giant burger (arguably the best in BA). Wednesday

Victoria Brown Bar

At nighttime, the false brick wall opens to reveal two large rooms filled with antique designs. Really unique ambience and interior design along with some of the best cocktails in town.

Florería Atlántico Bar

Voted as one of the top 50 bars in the world. Enter through the giant refrigerator where they used to keep the flowers and end up in a basement where they make specialty drinks from scratch (they roast their own tomatoes for their bloody marys)

Faena Pool Bar

J W Bradley

Milion

A beautiful renovated French mansion with great outdoor space. Very good cocktails but even better atmosphere. An after-office favorite for locals.

RESTAURANTS

La Brigada

Amazing, my favorite spot in San Telmo, you will never find a place quite like it. Incredible steaks, great service, and good sides.

Cabaña Las Lilas

Yes, the steaks are as great as you’ve heard. Located in Puerto Madero, the newest, cleanest and safest part of town, this is a major tourist attraction.

Osaka

Best fish and sushi in town, mixed with Peruvian flavors. Fantastic bar. Make a reservation.

Casa Cavia

Beautiful setting, delicious food.

Tegui

For the fine dining enthusiasts. 10-course tasting menu, and an outstanding selection of wines.

Sucre

Trendy restaurant, awesome bar, modern Argentinian cuisine. The meat here is delicious.

La Cabrera Parrilla

Voted one of the top 50 restaurantes in South America. Incredible meat, insane amount of COW and good service. Make a reservation.

Tea Time @ The Alvear Palace Hotel

This is the most famous tea time in all of BA. As traditional and British as it gets: tons of tiny scones, finger sandwiches, tea, etc.

Elena @ The Four Seasons

The main restaurant at the Four Seasons. Enough said. We recommend you make a reservation. I just LOVE everything, but the panqueques with dulce de leche are a must!

Nuestro Secreto @ The Four Seasons

The “asado” (Argentinian BBQ) is cooked right next to you in an open-air setting. Beautiful venue and delicious food. With good weather, eat outside, order the entraña!

La Fabrica del Taco

NO MORE ASADO? Well, this place is owned by two guys from Monterrey, this Mexican joint is as authentic as it gets. Cash only.

CLUBBING

JET lounge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_v-QHrKP8E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER4W5pyGR8c

Tequila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV1rYU16zR0

ESTANCIAS in Buenos Aires

Estancia Villa Maria:
www.estanciavillamaria.com/en

Estancia la Candelaria

NEXT… what to do elswhere…

HOTEL in Bariloche

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Hotel in Salta

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