Best attractions in Buenos Aires: Top 30

Do you want to know what to see in Buenos Aires, but do not want to use the services of experienced guides? Then read our review. We will tell you about the most important and favorite tourist attractions of Buenos Aires.

What to see first in Buenos Aires

Qualified guides in Buenos Aires recommend including the following entertainment venues, historical and cultural monuments in your travel itinerary around the capital:

1. Puerto Madero neighborhood

Puerto Madero neighborhood at night

The most beautiful and most prestigious neighborhood of the city, located in the heart of the capital. We recommend that you visit this Buenos Aires landmark because of its unique spirit and atmosphere: you can admire coastal panoramas and modern high-rises. You can also visit restaurants and cafes set up in picturesque brick buildings, adjacent to decorative docks and dockside cranes that are no longer working. The Bridge of Women is also located here.

2. La Boca

The colorful houses built of wood and tin in La Boca neighborhood

Another tourist neighborhood with many colorful houses, souvenir shops and gauchos. The interesting thing is that La Boca is rarely visited by locals, but the number of foreign visitors here is always incredibly high. If you want to enjoy the famous contrasts of Latin America, what to visit in Buenos Aires you now know.

Official website: http://en.todobuenosaires.

3. Recoleta Cemetery

The path and towering marble mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetery

The resting place of a large number of famous Argentines. Tourist reviews report that this Buenos Aires landmark is a whole city with its own intersections, alleys and streets, numerous benches and flowerbeds. But instead of houses there are chapels and crypts, incredibly beautiful sculptures and monuments. Associations with the usual cemetery Recoleta does not cause - it is, rather, a museum of architecture.

Official website: https://turismo.buenosaires

4. Avenida Nueve de Julio

Avenida Nueve de Julio is named after Argentina's Independence Day - July 9 Alex Proimos

The avenue is 110 meters wide, making Avenida Nueve de Julio the most spacious street on Earth. Along the avenue stretch such Buenos Aires landmarks as the Colón Theater, the Don Quixote Monument, and the Republican Plaza.

5. Obelisk

Obelisk in the center of the Republican Plaza in Buenos Aires at night

The modern monument, built more than 70 years ago and striving 70 meters high, is a symbol of the Argentine capital. An iconic place of choice for all kinds of formal and informal celebrations: Christmas processions, acrobatic group performances, celebrations of the Argentine soccer team’s victory, etc.

Official website: https://turismo.buenosaires

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6. Plaza de Maya

The flower alley in front of the May Pyramid in Plaza de Maya

Center of cultural, commercial, political and social life in the city. Strikes and rallies, concerts of local artists and musicians are organized here. If you decide to visit this Buenos Aires landmark, you can see the New Bank building, the Museum of Memory, the House of Culture, the Government House, the Cathedral Church, all located on the perimeter of the square.

Official website: https://turismo.buenosaires.

7. The Palace of the National Congress of Argentina

The French-style garden and building of the Argentine National Congress in Congress Square

What to see in Buenos Aires if you are passionate about architecture? The Neoclassical Argentine palace. You can spot it from afar, thanks to its multi-toned 80-meter dome. On top of the dome is a crown with chimeras. The front entrance with six Corinthian columns, a triangular fountain and several marble caryatids is also remarkable.

8. Casa Rosada Palace

A picturesque pinkish palace in the central square of May

The famous Pink House is the official residence of the head of the country. A changing of the guard is performed every hour. The main feature of the building is the glamorous pink color. We included this symbolic palace in our “best sights of Buenos Aires” rating, for many reasons. For example, because you can see its chic halls with numerous materials on the history of the state (personal belongings of the presidents, old newspaper covers, photos, etc.) completely free of charge.

9. Water Palace

The Palace of Water or the Great Reservoir of Engineer Guillermo Villanueva

It took 170,000 tiles of English ceramics and lots of glazed bricks to clad the magnificent multicolored facade. If you buy a ticket, you can visit the small museum, whose exhibits tell the history of the palace complex. Inside the halls are also 12 huge water tanks with a capacity of 72,000,000 liters. Your trip to the capital is incomplete if you don’t see this magnificent building.

10. Palacio Barolo

Barolo Passage Facade designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti

A monument of modern architecture named after its client. The office building is open to tourists free of charge (beautiful first floor lobby). A tour of the skyscraper, once the tallest on the continent, can also be booked here.

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11. Cafe Tortoni

The oldest Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires and nearby the National Tango Academy Kaled Naya

What to visit in Buenos Aires if you’re hungry? “Tortoni” is an institution in the top 10 most beautiful cafes in the world. Our recommendations are also due to the fact that the most famous people of the capital, the country and the world have lunch and dinner here every day.

Official website: http://www.cafetortoni.

12. Pacifico Gallery

Frescoes on the dome of the gallery. Created by artist Antonio Berni

A shopping mall often compared by tourists to Moscow’s GUM. Such interesting places in Buenos Aires will allow you to make an unforgettable shopping experience. The Art Nouveau building with boutiques of world famous brands is surrounded by graceful arches and columns, pleases the eye with unusual frescoes and stucco.

Official website: http://www.galeriaspacifico

13. Buenos Aires Cathedral

The Buenos Aires Cathedral at the corner of San Martina and Rivadavia Streets

The country’s main Catholic church. Simple and laconic on the outside, but extraordinarily beautiful on the inside. Talking about the main attractions of Buenos Aires in brief, the locals invariably mention this cathedral - here is the tomb of their national hero Jose de San Martín.

14. Basilica Santísimo Sacramento

Central altar of the Basilica Santísimo Sacramento

Another huge and colorful temple with magnificent decorations. Inside, the Basilica is richly decorated with paintings, statues and stained-glass windows, and expensive marble. A pleasant coolness reigns in the halls even on the hottest days. So if you don’t know what to see in Buenos Aires in summer, go here.

15. Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar

The white-washed building of the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar is an example of Spanish Baroque

As well as some of the other attractions of Argentina, this one will be of interest above all to connoisseurs of architecture and history. Inside is a museum with statues of saints, historical documents and church books. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful.

16. The Teatro Colón

Argentina's national opera theater, the Colón, is named after Christopher Columbus

A legendary opera and ballet theater that attracts fans from all over the world. Do you love theater and classical music (the basis of the current repertoire)? Then you now know where to go first of all in Buenos Aires.

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17. Cultural Center “Usina del Arte”

The Usina del Arte Cultural Center in the former power plant building Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

A gathering place for concert venues, art galleries, and art workshops. It often hosts all kinds of entertainment for tourists: festivals, performances, exhibitions, etc. Some events can be visited without paying for admission. Especially loved by travelers are theatrical shows with elements of Tango and performances of the local symphony orchestra.

18. Kirchner Cultural Center

The former central post office building is the Kirchner Cultural Center

These free tours in Buenos Aires introduce visitors to the lives of “ordinary” Argentines from different times. In addition, the center talks about the great writer J. Borges (Argentina), you can see his artwork and books.

19. National Museum of Fine Arts

Neoclassical façade of the National Museum of Fine Arts Beatrice Murch

In addition to exhibitions of great sculptors and artists of the past and present, the National Museum is home to a huge library. Paintings, pottery, fragments, essays, and other exhibits cover more than 4,500 square feet.

Official website: https://www.bellasartes.

20. National Museum of Decorative Arts

The National Museum of Decorative Arts in the Errázuriz Palace Laura Valerga

The museum building is sumptuously decorated both inside and out. Be sure to visit its Winter Garden and Ballroom, the Great Hall with its stained glass windows and coffered ceilings, and the Dining Room. Marble fireplaces, chandeliers, mirrors, and gilded moldings are everywhere.

Buenos Aires sights: what else to see in Buenos Aires

We haven’t listed all the things to see in Buenos Aires in 1 day or on a longer vacation in the Argentine capital. In our opinion, every tourist should also get acquainted with such sights of the city as:

21. the Museum of Latin American Art

MALBA building in the Deconstructivist style, popular in the 1990s budget travel accommodation

All exhibitions are devoted to the art of Latin America of the 20th century. There are more than 400 works created by masters from different parts of the continent. The collections are based on the personal collections of Eduardo Constantini (Argentine millionaire).

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22. The Proa Foundation

Fundación PROA museum in a European-style building built in the late 19th century Fundación PROA

A private museum that also displays collections of paintings, photographs and sculptures. In addition to art exhibitions, it often hosts concerts, conferences, and installations. The location of the site is Avenida Pedro de Mendoza. About 10 years ago, the exhibition space was greatly expanded in a large-scale renovation.

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23. “Floralis Henérica”

Giant steel flower in Buenos Aires National Unity Park

A huge mechanical flower, weighing 18 tons and more than 20 meters high. Made of aluminum and steel, Floralis Jenerica is the largest artificial flower in the world: it was erected in the middle of an equally original circular pool. Every day, early in the morning, its six huge petals open in different directions. As evening approaches, the flower shuts them back down. In addition to the petals, the structure contains pistils. At night, the structure and the paths leading up to it are illuminated by spotlights. The landmark has a symbolic meaning - it indicates the inevitability of a new day and the sunrise.

24. Torre Monumental

Torre Monumental in Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina by Retiro Mitre Station

A 75-meter English tower with an observation deck and a clock with five bronze bells counting down every 15 minutes. You can climb to the observation deck as well as see the whole tower for free. A bird’s-eye view of the capital will thrill you.

25. Bridge of Women

The elegant Bridge of Women in night illumination

Despite its modest size, this pedestrian bridge is a huge success - due to its unconventional design. You can compare it to the Dublin Harp, but unlike its “competitor,” the Women’s Bridge has no additional cables extending from the rear. The height of the landmark is 34 meters. Before returning to hotels in Buenos Aires, many tourists consider it their duty to see this unusual structure.

26. Frigate “President Sarmiento”

Ship Museum President Sarmiento by the waterfront in Puerto Madero

The last training sailing ship of the 1890s, still in good condition today. Today the old ship is an original museum. Here you can see bronze plaques, maps, navigation equipment, documents and other exhibits related to the country’s naval army and maritime affairs.

27. Bomboner Stadium

Panorama of the Boca Juniors soccer club stadium, built in 1940 Maggi Bautista

Due to the truncated shape of one of the stands, the stadium was named Bombonera - it really resembles a bonbonniere (candy bar). The number of spectators is more than 57 thousand. Thanks to the special acoustics of the stadium, and the fact that Argentine soccer fans are some of the loudest in the world, finding this attraction is usually not a problem.

Official website: http://www.bocajuniors.

28. El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore

A great bookstore in the former Grand Splendid Theater building Deensel

Even if you don’t like to read books, head out to check out this vibrant landmark. Inside the bookstore, you will see real luxury - the interior of the beginning of the last century. The facade of the house is also able to impress you with its expensive and respectable style. The secret is that the outlet was opened in the building of the former theater, the interior and exterior decoration remained the same.

29. Botanical Gardens of Buenos Aires

The old English-style mansion in the center of the Botanical Garden Diego Torres Silvestre

An Argentine national monument with several statues and greenhouses, some 5,500 green spaces and recreational facilities. The garden covers an area of 7 hectares. The entire area is divided into eastern, French and Italian zones (decorated with sculptures and plants, characteristic of their states).

30. Tres de Febrero Park

Lounging in the Japanese Garden at Park Tres de Febrero Zabralkan

As a visitor to this vast park, you can go boating on several artificial lakes. Be sure to visit Poets’ Square, with its monuments to famous people. Other recommended places to see in Tres de Febrero are the Zoo, the Japanese Garden with bells and lights, the Rose Garden and the Planetarium. Keep in mind that there will be a fee to enter some areas, such as the Planetarium and the Zoo.

You have learned about the most important sights of Buenos Aires: you have also seen photos with names and descriptions. However, we would recommend you not to refuse the services of accompanying guides - the guides will make the best tour itinerary for you and will tell you a lot of valuable information about the points to be visited.

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