Top 5 Must Do's in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is an amazing tourist destination for long or short visits. The heavy European influences from Spain and Italy on the architecture, cuisine and culture, make this city one of the best places to visit in the world. This city never sleeps and there are things do to 24 hours a day.

San Telmo

A trip to Buenos Aires would not be complete without seeing tango in the oldest neighborhood, San Telmo. Sunday is the day to visit San Telmo. There is a wonderful al fresco artisan and antique market in Plaza Dorrego. After the market you must have some homemade ice cream and empanadas. There are no towering buildings; this eclectic barrio has a shabby chic charm of a worn wood antique piece of furniture. Closest subway station is Independencia.

La Boca

Also claiming to be the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires is colorful La Boca. Only visit La Boca in the daytime and do not wander off the tourist path because this is a dodgy neighborhood. The streets here are lined with vendors and it is a great place to buy gifts. The area where tourists go is called Caminito and it is easy to spot because the houses are painted in pastel colors. The bus is the easiest way to get here; it will have the word “Boca” on the front.

Palermo

Palermo is famous for both day and night activities. There is wonderful boutique shopping in this area. The restaurants offer a variety of cuisine including Mexican, Indian and Japanese food. The nightclub scene in Palermo begins at midnight and does not end until dawn. For reggae and other live music go to the Niceto Club.  Outdoor cafes serve cold beer, top shelf cocktails and exquisite Argentine wines almost 24 hours a day. If you take the subway D line to the Palermo station it is a 20 minute walk.

Futbol

Argentines love their soccer. The South American and Argentine league games here are very intense being in the crowd is electrifying. If you are a sports fan I would recommend buying tickets to enjoy this unique experience.

Plaza de Mayo

The architecture in Buenos Aires is a highlight of the city and Plaza de Mayo, a National Historic Place, contains some of the best and most famous buildings. Tourist sights here are: Pyramid of May, Statue of Belgrano, Metropolitan Cathedral, Cabildo National Historic Monument, House of Culture, Government Palace of Buenos Aires, House of Government (a.k.a. the Pink House), Legislature of Buenos Aires, Old Congress, Nation Bank and the Colon Theater.

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