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Top Ten Things to Do in Buenos Aires

Tango Dancers at Confiteria Ideal

Photo Credit: Gerrysan

Have a week to spend in Buenos Aires? Here are my top ten things to do here.

  • Enjoy cafe con leche with a medialuna outside a cafe and people watch.
  • Walk alongside Puerto Madero.
  • Watch tango at a milonga such as Confiteria Ideal. (Request a table in the back to respect the dancers.)
  • Go downtown: Visit the Plaza San Martin, Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo, and the Casa Rosada. This is a perfect walking day.
  • See Evita’s grave and beautiful mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetary.
  • Visit la Boca neighborhood. (Stick to the main tourist streets.)
  • Peruse the San Telmo Street Fair on a Sunday morning.
  • Take a colectivo to Feria de Mataderos on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Visit the cats in Parque Carlos Thays near the Jardin Zoologico.
  • Shop at the boutiques in Palermo Viejo and stop by Plaza Serrano on a weekend.

If you have time to leave Buenos Aires for a day during your visit, take the Buquebus to Colonia, Uruguay, or day trip to the town of Tigre using a commuter train from Retiro. Both trips are an hour away and worth the time.


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San Telmo and the Street Fair


On Sunday, E. and I visited the street fair in the San Telmo neighborhood. San Telmo is closer to the city center than Palermo is. It’s a little grittier than our area, and the buildings are more quaint and short. The architecture hearkens back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Supposedly, the city’s rich lived here until an outbreak of yellow fever when they all packed up and moved to the upscale Recoleta area. Now the area is a more affordable haven for artists and city lovers who also appreciate the architecture and romantic narrow streets. We walked through the San Telmo street fair on Sunday. There were many antique offerings and the usual tourist crap sales. There were a few tango portenos dancing for a change. A smartly dressed old man played his guitar and sang in a doorstep. He posed with the ladies for a peso.

I would like to live in this neighborhood because of the architecture, but I would not like living in the middle of the sprawling tourist street fair every weekend. I’ve grown attached to Alto Palermo and the neverending parks and dogs. There is a local cafe that charges $1.20 U.S. for a cafe latte and serves it with honey cake. It’s hard to beat that.

I haven’t even begun to discuss the world’s most luscious and indulgent ice cream.

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