- One of the world’s largest cities, Buenos Aires is filled with infinite opportunities for travellers to this bustling Argentinean metropolis. To help those planning a trip to Buenos Aires, we asked for your insider tips for visiting this colourful city over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...
Check out Plaza Serrano
Luiz Fernando says:
Plaza Serrano at Palermo viejo! I have really great time in this place surrounded by many bars an crowded by local an tourist people.
Every weekend, this square hosts a hugely popular market with stalls selling a varied selection of quirky crafts and funky jewellery. During the weekdays, the square’s a bit more laid back during the day but really livens up at night thanks to the large number of bars in the area.
Location: Cnr of Calle Serrano (Borges) and Calle Honduras.
Have a steak at ‘Siga La Vaca’
Viviana Garcia De Oliveira says:
Cheap Parilla always at SIGA LA VACA
With a few locations scattered around the city, ‘Siga La Vaca’ (or ‘Follow the Cow’) is a great place to go if you’re looking for succulent steaks, barbecue and a wide variety of reasonably priced buffet dishes.
Location: Various locations.
Remember to budget for service charges
Juan Manuel Cortés Navarro says:
Restaurants use to charge an extra fee that can vary between $4 and $10 ARS each person for table service.
Enjoy a meal at Cabaña las Lilas
Lupita Cirigo says:
Don´t miss Las Lilas Restaurant in Puerto Madero!!
This popular restaurant serves up a mouth-watering selection of Argentinean steaks plus lots more. Prices here are a bit higher than in many of the city’s other ‘parrilla’ restaurants but in addition to its varied menu, Las Lilas also boasts a comprehensive array of Argentinean wines and a large outdoor seating area.
Location: Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Puerto Madero.
Listen to music at Notorius
Live Argentina says:
No dejen de visitar NOTORIUS para disfrutar de buena comida y excelente música en Av. Callao 996
Music-lovers will be in heaven here in Notorious, a venue that merges bar, restaurant and record shop. Here you’ll be able to take a seat, slip on a pair of headphones and listen to a wide variety of music. You’ll also be able to hear some of the city’s best jazz performers and other musicians perform here regularly.
Location: Av. Callao 966, El Centro.
The Cavern Club
Maude Beaulieu-Lahaie says:
The Cavern Club! All things beatles, good live music, delicious Beatles coffee... Mmmm!
This Beatles-themed club is a popular spot with fans of the Fab Four. Named after a Liverpool club where the Beatles used to perform, the Cavern Club often sees live performances by live tribute acts plus lots more.
Location: Paseo La Plaza, Av Corrientes.
Try out some of the delicious local specialities
Gonzalo Dominguez Saavedra says:
You HAVE to eat a "Bondiola" sandwich at the "Costanera".
MaryLouise Tucker says:
Your taste buds will have a field day here in Buenos Aires thanks to all the tempting dishes available for you to sample. Amongst the most popular offerings are bondiola sandwiches, empanadas and choripán. Bondiola is pork shoulder and lots of the city’s street stalls sell it in sandwiches, while choripán is another popular sandwich in Buenos Aires and is made from chorizo sausage and crusty bread. The much-loved empanada is a semi-circular shaped stuffed pastry which is often filled with chicken or beef.
Lyndsey East says:
La Boca for sure! I went on a coach trip there and on the way back came thru the shanty towns... very interesting and felt secure as was on a coach :)
Known for its brightly coloured houses, La Boca is one of the most well-know of the ‘barrios’ or neighbourhoods here in Buenos Aires. It’s located close to the old port in the south-eastern part of the city. Along with the impressive architecture, La Boca is the home of the famous Boca Juniors soccer club. You’ll also find the ‘Caminito’ here, a pedestrianised street where you’ll see live tango performances and much more.
Visit Recoleta Cemetery
Christina Varro says:
Recommend visiting the Recoleta Cemetery. It is considered one of Buenos Aires's most prized historical and artistic sites. It is a huge cemetery with incredibly ornate and detailed graves, statues and monuments. Evita’s grave is one of the most famous graves here and well worth a visit.
Final resting place of many of Argentina’s most famous faces including Eva Perón (Evita), the Recoleta Cemetery is one of the city’s most popular attractions. As you stroll through the cemetery, you’ll see an intriguing collection of intricately designed headstones and much more.
Location: Calle Junín 1790.
Check out the San Telmo neighbourhood
Bárbara Aguiar says:
San Telmo on sunday! I lived there for 3 months and I just loved the fair on Calle Defensa, with lots of tango, salsa, candombe, samba, antiquariums, bars, restaurants, art and, of course, the cute statue of Mafalda, a famous and loved local character.
Irene Glenn ExcellentAdventure says:
Stay in San Telmo so you can walk everywhere - Carlos Guardel has great apartments. Make sure you are there for Sundays and Mondays for the markets and La Bomba de Tiempo. Take the city bus tour but give yourself lots of time.
San Telmo, which is the oldest of the ‘barrios’ or neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, is filled with cobbled streets which play host to an array of interesting characters including lots of street performers. Churches, cafés, tango bars and antiques stores line the streets of this oft-visited area.
Las Heras Park
Luiz Fernando says:
Drink a bottle of wine in the grass of Las Heras Park at Palermo neighborhood in a sunny saturday or sunday. It's amazing to know local people who go there to read, play, drink, walk with thousands of dogs. See the life of some people who lives in Buenos Aires.
A popular place with locals and visitors looking to catch some sun while lying out on the grass, Las Heras also boasts lots of tall trees where you can sit in the shade and cool down.
Location: Cnr of Av Gral. Las Heras and Av Coronel Diaz, Palermo.
Follow any (or all) of the following suggestions for an enjoyable visit to Buenos Aires
Dre Pinheiro says:
Bahrein is good for the ones who really like to club. palermo is a great place to walk around, and sunday in san telmo you can see free tango shows on the streets!
Michelle Geraghty says:
Take a Sunday morning/afternoon to breath in the atmosphere in San Telmo Antique Market. No better place to chill, browse, people watch, sip wine, listen to buskers and enjoy the random tango performances on the street! Then walk on to the La Boca district and Caminito for more tango displays and to stroll down the quaint streets with their rainbow coloured buildings and stalls. Would LOVE to be back there...
Eleanor Roberts says:
The market on a Sunday is really cool, well worth a visit! Also tango shows in La Boca are AMAZING. Make sure to eat lots and lots of empanadas!!
Denise Clery says:
Go for a walk in the colourful working class area of La Boca, visit the market in Recoleta for some quirky gifts, take a taxi to the less touristy Feria de Mataderos market outside of the city and watch the locals dance the afternoon away while u enjoy a choripan (chorizo hotdog). On Monday night get lost in the beat of La Bomba de Tiempo ... See Morepercussion group...on in a warehouse this is a must, watch the crowd go wild for these guys, you wont be disappointed. Watch the extremely talented tango dancers, but also catch a peña - traditional folklore music - this is not just for the older generation you'll find the younger generation hanging out enjoying the music too, La Peña del Colorado is great and also serves some really good local grub. Don't miss the great food this city has to offer, the empanadas are delish, visit the famous La Cabera steakhouse but also try to eat in some smaller local restaurants..La Cumana is really great and really cheap, and have a coffee in Cafe Tortoni! Dance the night and morning away in one of the many many night clubs, the night is only just beginning at 2am in BA!
Betty Heck says:
Walk the Corrientes Avenue (stores, second hand books, theaters, people, etc.), the Japanese Garden in the neighborhood of Palermo, the pedestrian streets: Lavalle and Florida, Puerto Madero by the La Plata River (shopping mall, yachts, esplanade, etc), the colorful La Boca neighborhood (Caminito Street, souvenirs, etc), San Telmo neighborhood (... See Moreantiques, bohemian places, tango bars, etc.). Remember that Buenos Aires is only a fragment of Argentina. The North of the country has the awesome Iguazú waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest, the Patagonia in the South has wonderful landscapes and glaciers, the north-west has arid yet very colorful mountainous scenery and so on... Enjoy