Buenos Aires tourist attractions – The 25 must-see attractions in the capital

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The main tourist attractions in the city of Buenos Aires for you to discover every corner of this capital and fall in love.

tourist spots in Buenos Aires and is that there is no lack. It has something for all tastes and pockets and many of them are free. The variety is huge, from good gastronomy, history, culture, music, nightlife, nature and much more.

We separate here in this post the main tourist attractions in Buenos Aires


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Maps of the Main Tourist Points

1. Puerto Madero

the revitalization of Puerto Madero left the place with another face. In fact, another price. Considered the most expensive square meter in the Buenos Aires capital. Here, it is possible to walk peacefully along the river and eat in several restaurants and bars.

In addition, you can visit museums on boats such as the Corvette Uruguay and Sarmiento frigate. And don't forget to admire and photograph the Woman's bridge, by the controversial Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

To Women's Bridge in Puerto Madero

2. Pink House

Na May Plaza Casa Rosada is located. The seat of the presidency of Argentina is in a building from 1595 and opens the doors for guided tours.

The tour is very interesting, with a view of the iconic balcony where Eva Perón gave her speech. Curiosities about the country's presidents and a visit to the beautiful internal garden. It's a quick ride.



Afterwards, you can go out and enjoy the rest of the sights in Plaza de Mayo. Among them, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires inaugurated in the XNUMXth century, and take pictures of the imposing building of the National Bank of Argentina.

Casa Rosada – Saturdays, from 10 am to 18 pm. Visits must be scheduled in advance. free Access the website by clicking here. 

The Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires – seat of the government of Argentina.

Inside the Cathedral of Buenos Aires – Photo: @CatedralBsAs

3. Coffee Tortoni

Despite not being the most delicious coffee in the Argentine capital, it is still the most visited. In a French style, opened in 1858, the café exudes elegance and charm. Inside, the mirrors reflect his historic designs, woody furniture and reveal places where artists once sat. If you want to try something, try the Spanish churros.

From Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 3:30 am; Sundays, from 8 am to 1 am.

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The elegant Café Tortoni in the Argentine capital. Photo: Official website

4. Obelisk July 9

enter the avenue Currents and July 9, one of the most famous crossings in the world, is the Obelisk. Some buildings look tiny next to the Obelisk's 67 meters high.


It is an excellent tourist spot to take pictures. Panoramic and 360º views are amazing. the viewpoint of Pan American Hotel It's pretty cool, but it's only released for guests and customers.


Not far away is the walk the square with options of restaurants, bars and the only Museum of the Beatles in Latin America. In programming, there are even covers shows.

5. Colon Theater

The Colón Opera House is on the list of the most important in the world. The reason – the historical-architectural richness added to the very high quality of the acoustics.

Built in 1908, Teatro Colón receives rich presentations of lyrical theater such as Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky and tenors such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. In addition to the world's leading orchestras.

The beauty of the outside is already worth the visit, but if you have some extra time, take the guided tour inside, it is well worth it.

 Open daily from 9 am to 17 pm. Guided Tour: 800 Argentine pesos (about R$70)

6. El Ateneo Bookstore

The world of cinemas has lost space for books. AND The Grand Splendid Athenaeum, which was also an important theater in 1919, is the most interesting bookstore in Buenos Aires.


The difference lies in the fact that the stage has remained in place, the red curtains are open for the coffee and the piano. In the stands and counters, seats were replaced by shelves. It's pretty cool to go inside to see the Italian frescoes in the central dome.


Open from Tuesday to Thursday, from 9 am to 22 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 am to 24 pm and Sundays, from 12 pm to 22 pm. 

The El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore from the inside

7. Recoleta Cemetery

O Chacarita Cemetery is the largest in the city and where Benito Quinquela Martín, a famous Argentine painter, is buried. But, it's the Recoleta Cemetery which has more spotlight.

>> Read more tips on what to do in the neighborhood in the post Recoleta Buenos Aires.

Largely due to the fact that it has Evita Perón's tombstone – but don't be disappointed, it's a little sign. Even more so when compared to other graves in the cemetery. One more incredible than the other, works of art giving the 1822 cemetery the character of an open-air museum.

If the tour ends quickly, take the opportunity to get to know the Recoleta Cultural Center. It emerged in 1980, inspired by the French Pompidou Center, the idea was to have a multidisciplinary environment. The site has already witnessed the presence of famous artists, rising artists and monks in the XNUMXth century.

Recoleta Cemetery open daily from 7 am to 17:30 pm.

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8. Woods of Palermo (3 February Park)

The greenest area in Buenos Aires has 370 hectares and is very peaceful. Opened in 1875, it is the space to connect with nature.

In the Bosques de Palermo area is the The Rose Garden, with more than 18.000 rose bushes. Its magnificent beauty reaches its peak in the months of October and November.

Already Botanical Garden It has more than 5.500 species in its flora and five greenhouses, one of which comes directly from Paris.

Complete the tour by going to the Japanese garden. The koi ponds and the classic red bridge look like they're out of a postcard. The garden charges 150 pesos for admission (about R$13) and has a restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine.

Rosedal, Jardim Botânico and Jardim Japones are very close, for this reason, people often talk Palermo woods for the joining of the three.

Next to the woods is the Evita Museum. A simple tribute to the most beloved first lady in the history of Argentina. Personal items, curiosities and historical documents share space in the two-story house.

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Bosques do Palermo – Photo: Buenos Aires City

There are also several lakes to enjoy the view and relax – Photo: Buenos Aires Ciudad

Or El Rosedal no Parque 3 February – Photo: Buenos Aires City

9. PAINTING

O Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) is a mandatory stop for those who are curious to see “Abaporu”, by Tarsila do Amaral, up close.

The building also fascinates for its beauty and other works by important Latin American artists are there. Like that of Di Cavalcanti, Frida Kahlo and the Argentines Nushi Muntaabski and Cristina Schiavi.

The Museum opens on Tuesdays from 12:21 to 12:20. From Thursday to Monday from 170:15 to XNUMX:XNUMX. Ticket price is XNUMX Argentine pesos (about R$XNUMX).

O MALBA – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires

11. Villa Crespo

To walk through tree-lined streets lined with shops – welcome to Villa Crespo. In the XNUMXth century, the place had a large factory and was full of immigrants.

Currently outlet stores of important brands such as Puma, Adidas, Levi's among others dominate the streets. Also in Murilo Street there is a concentration of options for those who want to buy leather.

Remembering, even though they are outlets, it takes a lot of bargaining and legwork to find what you want.

If you get tired of shopping, check out the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences, in Parque Centenario, open daily from 14 pm to 19 pm. Entrance fee 100 Argentine pesos (about R$8,80).

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12. Tram ride

If you go to Villa Crespo, go to the neighboring neighborhood little horse. The most English neighborhood in the city is also where the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires.

In this picturesque neighborhood, full of students and thinkers, there is a nostalgic tram ride. Since 1908, it is considered one of the few museums on the move. The trip, free of charge, lasts 20 minutes and makes us travel back in time. It starts at the corner Emílio Miter and José Bonifácio.

April to November – Saturdays and holidays, from 17 pm to 19:30 pm; Sundays, from 10 am to 13 pm and from 17 pm to 19:30 pm. From December to March they earn an hour because it is summer. Free.

Cable car rides in Buenos Aires, a great option – Photo: Turismo Buenos Aires

13. San Telmo Fair

Speaking of shopping, the San Telmo Fair it is the place for relics, shrines and discoveries in the antique market. The San Telmo neighborhood already leaves everything in the mood. The houses of the oldest neighborhood in the city share space with period cafes and even an alternative jazz club o Bepob Club.

The fair takes place on weekends, but the neighborhood has interesting stores throughout the year, not to mention the San Telmo Market. There are several stores, in an 1897 shed made of metal and glass. The central dome is amazing. Ah, inside you can still try very typical foods.

The San Telmo market in Buenos Aires – Photo: Turismo Buenos Aires

14. Path

No less fortunate neighborhood of Buenos Aires, La Boca , there is a lot of cultural and gastronomic wealth. Caminito with its conventillos is the meeting point of La Boca.

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In the most touristy area of ​​the neighborhood, the colorful houses of the painter Boca Quinquella come out well in the photo. Despite the annoyance of sellers and artists who want to offer something, it's a tour that needs to happen at least once.

Close to Caminito, still in La Boca, is the Boca Juniors stadium, the The Bombonera. You can even make a technical visit to the “Candy Box”, as it is affectionately known.

Be surprised by the proximity of the stands to the field and how steep a stadium can be. If you're still on a roll, head over to the foundation cafe BOW and enjoy the moment with a beautiful view of the Riachuelo River and its bridges Spacecraft.

The Caminito, the main tourist attraction in Buenos Aires.

The super colorful houses on Caminito Buenos Aires

15. Memory Parka

O Memory Park it is three km from Jorge Newbery Airport. The monument in honor of the victims of state terrorism is thrilling.

There are about nine thousand names engraved on an immense concrete wall remembering those who died or disappeared in the Argentine Military. The green area on the banks of the La Plata River is a place to reflect and learn.

And also a nice place to enjoy the sunset or have a picnic.

Monday to Friday, from 2 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 18 pm. Free. 

The end of the afternoon in Parque de la Memoria – Photo: Official site

You can enjoy a little sun or picnic on the lawn of Parque de la Memoria – Photo: @parquedelamemoria

The Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism in Parque de La Memória – Photo: Turismo Argentina

16. Kirchner Cultural Center

The largest cultural center in Latin America, the Kirchner Cultural Center, is also perfect for those who want a more alternative programming. It was opened in 2015, in the palace of the former headquarters of the Central Post Office.

Outside the tourist circuit, close to Puerto Madero, it's a place to feel what's going on in local art, music and culture. It also offers a guided tour lasting 1h30.

It is well worth the visit, as inside the building has undergone transformations, where neoclassical and contemporary architecture share the same space. It even has a concert hall in a large metal cage. It's out of range.

Fir on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 14:15 pm and 30:XNUMX pm. Free entrance

Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK) – Photo: Ricardo Cardenas Oyarzun

17. Palace of Running Waters

It's the kind of unusual museum to go to. Go and be surprised by the history of water and sanitation in Argentina. The parts of the building are English and Belgian and were brought in dismantled.

From the end of the 19th century, it has a beautiful facade and, inside, the apparent infrastructure and the huge pipes capture attention. From Monday, Wednesday and Friday guided tours take place at 11 am.

Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 13 pm and from 14 pm to 17 pm. Free entrance. Visit the Palacio de Las Aguas Corrientes website. 

Palace of Running Waters – Photo: @aysa.official

18. Barolo Palace

The curiosity of Palácio Barolo is that it arises from the idea of ​​being a place to place the cinzas do poet Dante Alighieri. For this reason, the building was inspired by The Divine Comedy, having several references.

The 22 floors are in the 100 meters high of the building, all the numbers referring to the literary work. All the beauty is already a reason for photos. However, give the guided tour a chance, the meanings give another value to the building.

There are several options and they happen daily. The visit includes the watchtower and the lighthouse. Another beautiful view from the top of Buenos Aires.

Guided tours, with advance admission. Access the Palacio Barolo website.

The beautiful Barolo Palace – Photo: Official website.

19. National Congress

Argentina's legislative body is housed in a 1906 palace. Designed by the same architect responsible for the Colon Theater. It was considered one of the most expensive in the history of the country, being in fact finished in 1946.

In the square in front of the Congress there is a beautiful fountain and one of the replicas of the statue of O Pensador, by artist Auguste Rodin.

Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 17:XNUMX. Free guided tours. Access the website of the National Congress.

National Congress in Buenos Aires – Photo: Jacobo Tarrío

20. Carlos Gardel House Museum

The typical Argentine house, where Carlos Gardel lived for eight years, reveals his life trajectory. They are personal objects, instruments, news and documents involving the musician.

Even with a shy exhibition, the museum is worth visiting. In fact, the guided tour is quite suitable to better understand the history and curiosities of the singer, actor and composer.

Open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 18 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 19 pm. Close Tuesday. Visit the Carlos Gardel House Museum website. 

21. Konex Cultural City

Centro Ciudad Cultural Konex is located in an old olive oil factory from 1920. It is divided into nine spaces, one of which is outdoors for presentations with a capacity of 2.380 people.

The program is quite varied and deserves attention. It has music, cinema, arts and even circus. Perfect for enjoying more Buenos Aires nightclubs, at excellent value for money.

For fans of a good percussion show, watch The Time Bomb it's an order. Every Monday, starting at 19pm, lasting two hours. It is impossible not to get involved in the rhythm of the drums.

Konex Cultural City

22. Tango Show

One of the main tourist attractions in Buenos Aires, with a lot of history is Tango. Going to Buenos Aires and not organizing a night out for dinner enjoying a beautiful Tango concert is evil. The options are as varied as possible, with very similar values.

Tickets usually include a complete meal with starter, main course, dessert, drink, coffee and even transfer. In Puerto Madero, San Telmo, Palermo and even in City Center there's a tango show.

The most famous is the Lord Tangthe, other incredible, we already talked about him, is in the Little Angels Cafe.

For those who already know and fell in love, organize yourself one day and go to tango-festival In August. Buenos Aires is full of places with such an engaging rhythm.

Palco do Señor Tango – Photo: Official Site

23. Pacific Gallery and Guemes Gallery

on Av. Córdoba, close to Calle Florida, is Pacific Gallery. It is actually an upscale mall. 

What makes it gain space in the lists of tourist attractions in Buenos Aires is its building. It's amazing!

From the end of the XNUMXth century, inspired by European galleries, it occupies an entire block. shelters the National Museum of Fine Arts and has mesmerizing ceiling frescoes painted by Argentinian artists. He even went to a torture center during the military period.

Although little commented, the Guemes Gallery is another one that deserves attention. On Calle Florida, 10 minutes' walk from Galeria Pacifico. It was one of the first skyscrapers in the city and has a sensational viewpoint.

The viewpoint is open from Monday to Friday, from 15 pm to 17:40 pm. Admission: 100 Argentine pesos (about R$8).

Galeria Guemes has several services: theater, event hall, restaurants, offices and even residential apartments. To complete, the architectural details in bronze and the natural light of the dome make everything more elegant.

The beautiful building of Galeria do Pacifico – Photo: Wikipedia

The ceiling frescoes on the ceiling of Galeria Pacifico – Photo: Wikipedia

24. Retiro Station, Monumental Tower and Constitution Station

Many trains leave Buenos Aires and go to neighboring cities. In destinations you have Costa Argentinaa, including the beach Mar del Plata man to the picturesque towns Delta do Tigre, La Plata and San Isidro.

The visit to Retiro and Constitution Stations is worth it, the buildings are beautiful. With lots of red brick on display, pieces made in England and clock towers.

In fact, the Monument Towerl 60 meters is next to Retiro Station. The watch is a modest replica of Big Ben with an observation deck on the 6th floor.

The beautiful Retiro Station at night

A Torre Monumental - Photo: Turismo Argentina

25. Delta do Tigre

Go to Delta do Tigre it's knowing that you'll find a quiet place, with little to do and wooded places to walk.

Watching the houses with their “garages” overlooking the river, or imagining grand dances in the Tiger Art Museum. Lose yourself in time on the spacious balcony overlooking the Luján River.

Formed by the Tigre and Luján rivers, you can even take a boat from Buenos Aires to Tigre. This is the biggest attraction of the place, the boat trips.

If you go there by train or car, be sure to take a boat or speedboat along the rivers. Feel the breeze and enjoy the ride.

Raise the level of excitement in Argentina's largest park the Coast park. Or, dribble the Argentine summer in the pools of the water park, the Aquafan. The tour through the Tigre Delta is guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Also, if you have one more day, it's worth setting aside a day to cross the Rio de la Plata and get to know the city of Sacramento Colony, in Uruguay. 

Boat trip on the Tigre Delta – Photo: Civitalis

To keep you in the mood of Buenos Aires, see some images of the city from above. I'm sure you'll like it even more! 

Where to stay in Buenos Aires

The difficulty to choose the best place is quite big, so, before choosing, focus on your itinerary and your budget. The most sought after spots are in the City Centre, Recoleta and Palermo.

In Palermo a cheap option is the hostel LOPEZ Hostel & Suites It even offers a private room. already the Heart of Palermo Soho it's more homemade and the Palermo Hollywood Apartment It is for those who want to feel at home.

in the center the Hotel Grand Brizo surprising with great value for money. In Recoleta the ARC Recoleta Boutique Hotel & Spa It has a swimming pool with views of the city, jacuzzi and a pleasant area for breakfast.

>> We made a complete Guide to Where to Stay in Buenos Aires – The Best Options from Budget to Luxury – Neighborhood by Neighborhood.

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Read more about Buenos Aires

Oh, and don't forget to read even more about every corner of the city in the full posts:

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  • Tango Shows in Buenos Aires – Which ones are worth entering the itinerary
  • What to do in Buenos Aires – 2 to 5 Day Itinerary
  • Buenos Aires Restaurants – Guide to the Best Places to Eat
  • Where to Stay in Buenos Aires – Best Options from Budget to Luxury
  • Best Hotels in Buenos Aires – 12 Suggestions that are worth booking
  • Buenos Aires with Children – What to Do There and Where to Go
  • Palermo Buenos Aires – Complete Neighborhood Guide
  • Recoleta Buenos Aires – Complete Neighborhood Guide
  • Hotels in Recoleta – Which ones are worth the stay
  • Recoleta Cemetery – How is the tour?
  • Caminito Buenos Aires – Complete Neighborhood Guide
  • San Telmo Buenos Aires – Complete Neighborhood Guide
  • Puerto Madero Buenos Aires – Complete Neighborhood Guide
  • Argentina Tour – 26 Main Tourist Points in the Country
  • International Travel Insurance – Is it worth it?
  • How to Buy Travel Insurance – Step by Step
  • America Chip – Learn How the Travel Internet Chip Works
  • Buenos Aires Travel Insurance – Is it mandatory? Find out here!

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