5 Things to do in Buenos Aires
There are so many wonderful things to do in Buenos Aires, that it is difficult to choose just five, but here are five things that should make it on to any Buenos Aires itinerary.
This is a Buenos Aires institution. Get there early for their hot chocolate and churros. Have a medialuna (croissant, literally “half moon”) on the side. Stay and enjoy the beautiful stained-glass ceiling, aged dark wood detailing and ornate chandeliers. They also have a salon where you can catch a tango show.
It’s true that she was the wife of a dictator with a dubious past, but she was immortalized in the Broadway musical - and Madonna movie - Evita, and is still a popular figure in Argentina. You can live out your Evita fantasy by seeing the balcony she stood on at the Casa Risada (Pink Palace) er visit her grave in the Cementerio Recoleta (Recoleta Cementery). This is a popular pilgrimage for Argentines and gringos alike. There is also an Evita museum. It was created by her sister, so doesn’t exactly present a balanced picture if her life, but is nonetheless a fascinating intro the life and times of Eva Peron. There’s also a lovely indoor/ outdoor restaurant that makes the perfect spot for brunch.
Argentina famous for its beef, and unless you’re a vegetarian, you have to try a pastillla (barbecue). They are feasts of seemingly endless meat, cooked to perfection. I kid you not when I say that the absolute best steak I have had in my entire life was in Buenos Aires. Juicy, succulent, full of flavor and melt in your mouth.
On Sunday in San Telmo, Plaza Dorrego turns into a huge outdoor antiques market. The adjacent Defensa Street becomes the Feria de San Telmo, a huge crafts fair that extends from Plaza Dorrego all the way to the Plaza de Mayo. Stock up on handmade souvenirs or antique goodies that make unique gifts.
Tango and Buenos Aires go hand in hand. Tango was invented in Argentina and is its national dance. It is a sensual, passionate dance that sums up the Argentine temperament. There are several ways to enjoy tango in Buenos (read more here).There are several professional tango shows available in theaters; many are in the San Telmo area. This is a great introduction to the dance form at its finest. You can also go to a milonga-a tango dancehall – and dance tango yourself. Many milongas also have lessons at the start of the evening, so even if you’re a beginner, you can participate. Tango lessons are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. You can also catch tango performers in the street at some popular tourist spots, such as El Caminito in La Boca neighborhood where the famous colored houses are, and Plaza Dorrego, where there is an outdoor milonga on Sunday afternoons and performers throughout the week.