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  • Writer's pictureVoyage & Chien

Discover Buenos Aires, Argentina

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

I spent 1 month in Argentina, and it wasn't too much! The country is so big that to see all the wonders that this country has to offer, it takes at least 2 months. Here I am then arrived in the capital, in Buenos Aires for 2 weeks. It is a dynamic and exciting city, which offers a wealth of culture, history and gastronomy. Nicknamed "the Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is a city full of charm, with a mix of European and South American architecture, green parks and lively streets.

Explore the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires: a journey through the diversity and authenticity of the city

I loved exploring its different neighborhoods, each with its own charm and personality. The Boca district (yes yes, the district of the famous Argentine football team) with its colorful streets, punctuated by tango dancers and its famous football stadium, the Bombonera. The stadium, home of the Boca Juniors football team, is one of the most famous buildings in Buenos Aires. This unique stadium is built of corrugated sheet metal, with bright colors that reflect the colors of the team. Football fans from all over the world come to Buenos Aires to see Boca Juniors matches and discover the incredible atmosphere of this iconic stadium.

The Palermo neighborhood is one of the trendiest and most popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is divided into several sub-districts, each with its own atmosphere and charm. Palermo Soho is famous for its cobbled streets, colorful buildings, trendy cafes, fashion shops and art galleries. It is a lively and artistic neighborhood, often compared to SoHo in New York. Palermo Hollywood, on the other hand, is known for its trendy bars and restaurants, as well as for its lively nightlife. It owes its name to the presence of many television and film productions in the area. Palermo Chico, on the other hand, is a quieter and residential area, with beautiful houses and many green spaces, including the famous Tres de Febrero Park. Overall, the Palermo district is a must-see place in Buenos Aires to discover the cultural, gastronomic and festive life of the city.

Recoleta is a chic and elegant neighborhood located in the northern part of Buenos Aires. It is an emblematic area of the city that is home to many tourist attractions, including the famous Recoleta cemetery (which is worth a visit), where many personalities from Argentine and international history rest. The streets of Recoleta are also full of luxury shops, gourmet restaurants, museums and art galleries, making it a favorite place for culture and shopping lovers.

The city is also known for its historic neighborhoods, such as San Telmo, which is the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires and is filled with antique shops and traditional bars. Moreover, do not miss every Sunday the day of La Feria de San Telmo where the neighborhood turns into a gigantic craft market. Enough to be sure to take a leap back in time and find the perfect memories!

Architecture of Buenos Aires: a journey through time through European styles

If you are passionate about history and architecture, you will not be disappointed. The architecture of Buenos Aires is a mixture of European styles, which reflect the influence of France, Spain and Italy. Casa Rosada, also known as the Government Palace, is one of the most emblematic buildings in Buenos Aires. Located on Plaza de Mayo, this bright pink building was built in the 19th century and is now the seat of the Argentine government. Its architecture combines neoclassical and neo-colonial elements, with touches of art deco and Italian Renaissance style.

The Colon Theatre, on the other hand, is one of the largest opera theaters in the world. This majestic building was built at the beginning of the 20th century in a mixture of French and Italian styles. The theater has exceptional acoustics, luxurious decoration and many remarkable artistic elements, such as sculptures and murals.

The Recoleta cemetery is another fascinating example of architecture in Buenos Aires. This cemetery is famous for its beautifully designed and decorated tombs, which reflect the different eras and architectural styles of Buenos Aires history. The tombs of Recoleta were built in styles ranging from neoclassicism to modernism, and are decorated with sculptures, mosaics and other artistic elements.

The Barolo Palace is another emblematic building in Buenos Aires, built in 1923 in a neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau style. This unique building was designed to reflect Dante's Divine Comedy, with a height of 100 meters representing the number of songs in the poem. Today, the Barolo Palace houses offices and workspaces, as well as a museum that pays tribute to its architecture and fascinating history.

Immerse yourself in the culture of Buenos Aires: Tango, local gastronomy and art museums

For lovers of culture, again, from tango to local gastronomy to art museums, Buenos Aires has a lot to offer and will enchant you. Tango is one of the most famous dances in Argentina, and Buenos Aires is the city where it was born. Tango is a sensual dance that reflects the emotions and intensity of life in this city. Tourists can discover tango by visiting dance clubs, shows and tango festivals throughout the city. You will have the opportunity to learn this terribly intense dance in the many clubs for beginners.

Argentine gastronomy... ahhh it's something! Famous for its meat, Argentina is a real paradise for lovers of good meat, with delicious dishes such as bife de chorizo (a thick and juicy steak, a delight!) and parilla or asado (barbecue with different kinds of meat). Apart from meat, Argentine cuisine will delight your taste buds with specialties such as empanadas (small slippers filled with meat, fish, cheese or vegetables), dulce de leche (a scandalously good sweet milk jam) or locro criollo (a stew of meat and vegetables).

Finally, the art museums of Buenos Aires are a must-see destination for art lovers. The National Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most important in Latin America, with a collection of paintings and sculptures ranging from the Italian Renaissance to modern works by Argentine artists. The MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires) is also a renowned museum that presents modern and contemporary works of art from Latin America.

Shopping in Buenos Aires

If you are passionate about shopping, Buenos Aires is a must-see destination. The city is full of fashion stores, jewelry stores and souvenir shops for all tastes and budgets. If you are looking for good deals, however, you may have to look a little further.

Florida Street is one of the main shopping destinations in Buenos Aires. This pedestrian street is lined with fashion stores, jewelry stores and souvenir shops. Here you will find international brands such as Zara, H&M and Mango, as well as Argentine brands such as Complot, Wanama and Prune. In addition to shops, Florida Street is also home to many restaurants and cafes, making it a pleasant place to walk for a day of shopping.

If you are looking for more exclusive items, go to the Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood neighborhoods. These trendy neighborhoods are home to high-end fashion stores, designer boutiques and art galleries. Prices are higher here than in other areas of the city, but if you are looking for something special, this is the ideal place.

Street markets are also an excellent option to find unique and reasonably priced items. The San Telmo market is one of the most famous in Buenos Aires. It is held every Sunday and offers a wide range of products, including antiques, jewelry, clothing and handicrafts.

If you are looking for typically Argentine souvenirs, go to one of the many leather shops in Buenos Aires. Argentina is famous for the quality of its leather, and the city's stores offer a wide range of leather products, including bags, shoes and accessories.

As you may have noticed, Buenos Aires is a city that cannot be described in just a few words. It is lively, exciting, and intoxicating, with an unparalleled cultural richness that overwhelms you as soon as you arrive. From its lively and colorful streets, to its majestic historic buildings, Buenos Aires is a jewel of Argentina that deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime. If you are looking for an experience that will make you vibrate and leave you speechless, look no further than Buenos Aires - a city that will not fail to captivate your heart and soul from the first moment, as was the case for me.


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