Buenos Aires, Argentina Travel Guide
3) Teatro Colon
Opera-lover or not, you must drop by Buenos Aires’ famed Teatro Colon, a seven-storey opera house built in 1908. Apart from being the stage of numerous dramas and plays, the Teatro also features a small museum where you can see the costumes and props used for the last century or so. Tour fee is USD 2.25.
Address: Cerrito 628
The Obelisco is the physical commemoration of Argentina’s independence from the French. Located on the widest street in the entire world, the Obelisk provides excellent views of the capital, especially during nighttime. Just like Washington DC’s Obelisk, the Obelisco of Buenos Aires provides a bird’s eye view of the city for tourists who get to scale the apex of the 67 foot-tall monument.
Address: Corner of Corrientes and 9 de Julio
5) La Boca
Formerly the neighborhood of Italian dock workers, La Boca is now a hot tourist spot in Buenos Aires mainly because of its multi-colored facades. What started as their inability to purchase paint for their homes turned out to become a tradition to splash the neighborhood structures with unique and vibrant colors.
Address: La Boca
Dining in Buenos Aires
Apart from experiencing the colorful Argentinian culture, another thing that a tourist like you should sample is the fantastic food of Buenos Aires. When it comes to Latin American cuisine (and other international specialties as well), nothing else comes close to these top BA restaurants:
1) La Cabrera
For the best steak and chips in town, try La Cabrera, which is famous for its uber-tender steak that you can cut with a spoon! The restaurant is so in demand that you need to fall in line even if you have reservations. Once seated, make sure to sample its house specialties, such as Bife de Chorizo and Volcan de Chocolate. Entrees range from USD 21 to USD 51.
Address: Calle Cabrera
2) Casa Saltshaker
Get to try one of BA’s famous closed door (Puerta Cerrada) restaurants by scoring an online reservation at the renowned Casa Saltshaker. Once your reservation is confirmed, all you just need to do is show up at Chef Dan Perlman’s house to get a taste of his delicious five-course meal. Prices range from USD 40 to USD 50.
Address: Uriburu & Pena Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires 1114
3) The El Mercado at Faena Hotel
As one of Faena Hotel’s six restaurants, the El Mercado takes center stage amongst locals and tourists alike with its traditional offering of Argentine steak and chips. With interiors designed by Philippe Stark, you are sure to find yourself in awe of the hotel decors. Perhaps the best thing about dining at this restaurant is that you get to enjoy the hotel’s well-loved tango show before or after a meal.
Address: Between Peña and Pacheco de Melo
4) Café Dorrego
When it comes to morning or afternoon snacks, the best place to visit is Café Dorrego, a quaint restaurant famous for its media lunas (croissants) and coffee. With its cheaply-priced menu and ‘worn-out’ design style, Café Dorrego is the perfect restaurant for snack stopovers, especially after a long day of navigating Buenos Aires by foot.
Address: Humberto Primero, Plaza Dorrego
5) Astrid and Gaston
At Astrid and Gaston, you can savor the delicious food of neighboring country Peru. The restaurant, which is housed in a colonial structure, is romantic to the core. Its seven-course menu is to die for, with tasty inclusions such as guinea pig (cuy), ceviche, beef, seafood, soup and the sinful baked apple with dulce de leche for dessert. Prices range from USD 25 to USD 100.
Address: Lafinur, Palermo Botanico
When you are not out in the streets of BA, visiting its prime attractions, you need to be well-rested so you can recharge for another day of sightseeing. By taking refuge at any of these top accommodations, you can enjoy a great respite when miles away from home:
If you have USD 255 to burn every day while you’re in Buenos Aires, then why not spend it over any of Panamericano’s rooms? This five-star resort features all the hallmarks of a luxury hotel, from marbled floors to snappily-dressed doormen. Perhaps the best thing about this hotel is its indoor pool, located at the 23rd floor. Here, you can cool off during sunset with the Obelisco and the Teatro Colon as backdrop.
Address: Carlos Pellegrini, Microcentro
Short for “Bohemion Bourgeois,” Hotel Bo-bo is a neatly-priced place brimming with modern, fashion-forward interiors. Set in a redecorated 1920’s mansion, this USD 105-a-night hotel only features seven rooms, each with its own brand of artistic design. With its own in-house Jacuzzi, Bo-bo allows you to experience ultimate relaxation after a long day of incessant touring.
Address: Guatemala, Palermo
3) Posada de la Luna
With its terracotta-lined floors, antique furniture and lush gardens; you would think that Posada de la Luna is a high-end hotel. However, it is one of the cheapest hotels in town, with rates ranging from USD 46 to USD 75. As the former home of the Saavedras, the Posada de la Luna gives an air of royalty for tourists who wish to enjoy Buenos Aires on a budget.
Address: Peru, San Telmo
4) Che Lulu
Buenos Aires is one of the most backpacker-friendly countries in the world, with its several chains of hostels. Leading the pack is Che Lulu, a red-colored hostel located in the city’s former red-light district. Truly affordable, a dorm starts at USD 40.
When the prostitutes deserted the neighborhood in 2003, Che Lulu’s adjacent strip joints were replaced with hip bars and stylish pubs. Nowadays, the area has transformed into a ‘trendy’ location, making Che Lulu the perfect stop for young, energetic individuals on the prowl for nightly parties in South America’s dance capital.
Address: Pasaje Emilio Zola
Finally, you have another beautiful addition to your bucket list. Marvelous attractions, flamboyant festivities, vibrant culture, and sumptuous food, the list goes on and on, Buenos Aires has plenty of reasons to sweep tourists off their feet. How could Argentina’s city of “fair winds” not have blown you away?