Tigre

Located north of the city of Buenos Aires, the town of Tigre is a gateway to the rivers and wetlands of the vast Paraná Delta. It makes for an ideal day trip, with attractions including the old fruit harbour market, the Mate Museum, the century-old Tigre Art Museum, several rowing clubs, great riverside restaurants and an amusement park. Catch the Interisleña boat to the delta islands or hire kayaks to explore some of the boat-only access spots. El Dorado Kayak offers a moonlit kayak tour of the Delta. From Buenos Aires, a 45-minute train goes from Retiro Station to Tigre, and runs about three times an hour. If you fancy staying the night, book many one of the riverside bungalows on stilts, or stay at the Hotel Villa Victoria, a boutique hotel in a restored colonial mansion dating from 1900.

Polo

Polo arrived in Argentina with British immigration in the 19th century, and remains one of the country’s most loved sports today. The Triple Crown polo season runs from September until the end of the year, and includes the important Argentine Open tournament, held at the world-famous “Cathedral of Polo”, the Campo Argentino del Polo.

  • Palermo Polo Ground
    Avenue Del Libertador & Av. Dorrego
    Palermo

Fuerza Bruta / Centro Cultural Recoleta

A postmodern theatre show that stages a 360-degree immersive experience, Fuerza Bruta opened in 2003 in Buenos Aires and has since toured the world, including an off-Broadway residence in New York since 2007. While the show tours around the world, it is known to occasionally perform at its original stomping grounds of the Centro Cultural Recoleta – check before you travel.

Parque Lezama

Overlooking the river at the edge of the San Telmo neighbourhood, this public park was once the residence of José Gregorio Lezama and his wife Doña Ángela who, since 1857, devoted their lives to creating the most beautiful private park of the time. They also restored the existing mansion with a wrap-around veranda and a lookout tower. The Lezama residence was opened up as a quarantine station in 1857 when the city was ravaged by cholera, and again in 1871 when a yellow fever epidemic hit the city. The widowed Doña Ángela sold the property to the government on the condition it be turned into a public park named after her husband. The old mansion now houses the Argentine National Museum of History.

  • Avenue Brasil & Paseo Colón
    San Telmo

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires

Founded in 1956, this avant-garde institution had nomadic beginnings, finally moving into its current home in a former tobacco warehouse in San Telmo in 1989. Free guided tours are available in both Spanish and English, as well as exhibitions, workshops and an experimental cinema programme.

Teatro Colón

Ranked as one of the 10 most important opera houses in the world, the Teatro Colón started life in 1857, and in 1908 moved to its current house where its permanent orchestra, ballet and choir companies have operated with city’s funding since 1925. After a four-year renovation which was completed in 2010, the building has been restored to its former glory. Ahead of your visit, check out its calendar of monthly admission-free concerts. Guided tours are also available.

Feria de Mataderos

Operating on Sundays between 11am and 8pm in the Matadors neighbourhood, beside the National Livestock Mark, this open-air fair offers a glimpse into the country’s rich history of agriculture and meat production. Stands offering traditional gaucho items such as blankets and leather goods cover the streets, as well as open fire parrillas serving up the best meat sandwiches, empanadas and tamales. Free music and dance performances happen throughout the day.

  • +54 11 4657 0734
  • Go to Website
  • Avenue Lisandro de la Torre & Av. De los Corrales
    Mataderos

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI)

Usually running over two weeks in the month of April, BAFICI is the most important festival of independent cinema in Latin America. It organises talks, workshops and outdoor events to coincide with the screening of the best independent movies.

Ciudad Cultural Konex

Housed in an oil refinery which operated from 1920 to 1992, Ciudad Cultural Konex is a renowned venue for a variety of artistic expressions. Don’t miss the much-loved percussion show “La Bomba de Tiempo”, which has been running every Monday evening for the past 12 years.

  • +54 11 4864 3200
  • Go to Website
  • Sarmiento 3131, Abasto
    Address Line 2
    City
    Post Code

Club Cultural Matienzo

Located on the border between Villa Crespo, Palermo and Almagro (the trifecta for tourists), this arts and culture collective has played host to alternative projects since 2008. It’s a great low-key spot at which to catch some local stand-up comedy, cinema and indie theatre.

Usina del Arte

This arts-venue and cultural centre is housed in an early 20th-century power plant, restored in 2012 by the Buenos Aires government. It now offers mostly free exhibitions and concerts. Take a guided tour to learn more about the long history of the building and the area.

Jardín Japonés

Founded in 1967, the Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens is one of the largest of its kind outside Japan. Managed by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation, the gardens provide a serene spot to take a moment away from the hustle of the city. There is also a traditional Japanese restaurant on site, a greenhouse known for its collection of bonsai trees, and guided tours on weekends.

Rosedal de Palermo

Entry is free to this rose garden, which blooms with a collection of more than 18,000 rose bushes. Inaugurated in 1914, this garden also showcases several art pieces including 26 sculptures of famous poets and artists. Pruning takes place every July – ask a gardner for a cutting to take home.

  • Parque Tres de Febrero
    Avenue Libertador y Avenue Sarmiento
    Palermo

Museo Evita

Dedicated to Eva Perón, former First Lady of Argentina and beloved personality, this museum offers a comprehensive take on the history of women’s suffrage, and the social and cultural roles of women throughout Buenos Aires’ history, as well as following Eva Perón’s personal life and years in the public eye. The Museum brings a very interesting perspective of Argentine history as well as its current issues surrounding feminism and women’s rights.

Patio Del Liceo Art Gallery

Originally a school, this complex now houses several pop-up stores and independent art galleries. Follow them on Facebook for news about parties in the communal indoor garden.

Proa en la Boca

Fundación Proa Museum in La Boca has a fantastic rooftop restaurant, with one of the best views of the Río de la Plata and the Caminito walkway.

  • +54 11 4104 1000
  • Go to Website
  • Avenida Don Pedro de Mendoza 1929
    La Boca

Puerto Madero at Night

After some drinks at Faena, take a romantic stroll along the renovated and lively docks of the old port. Walking tours are available.

El Rosedal, Palermo Parks

One of the most beautiful parks in Buenos Aires, this garden by the Palermo Lakes blooms with a variety of roses in early October. Grab a bottle and rent a pedalo – a fun but inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.

  • +54 11 4800 1135
  • Adolfo Berro Avenue

Art Basel Cities House

In 2017 the city was chosen as the first partner to host the Art Basel Cities Initiative, celebrating the local art scene and other creative industries. Visit Art Basel Cities House for talks on specially curated creative topics, professional workshops, coaching sessions and a music program.

Malba Museum

Founded by the Argentine collector Eduardo Costantini (who donated his personal collection) the Malba Museum houses some of the most outstanding Latin American contemporary art. Here you will find treasures from the 20th century to the present day from the continent’s most famous artists, including Colombia’s Fernando Botero and Argentina’s Nicolas Garcia Uriburu.

Teatro Colón

An important feature of Argentine history, Teatro Colón was the place to be seen at the turn of the century. A glowing reference to the country’s glorious golden age in the 1930s, book onto a guided historical tour or simply sit back and watch an opera or ballet in this exceptional space.

Tango

Avoid the many tourist traps and seek out an authentic display of “milongas”, where locals go to dance. Excellent tango halls to try include Milonga Parakultural at Salon Canning, the more traditional Cachirulo, the beautiful Confiteria Ideal (located in an old pastry shop) or La Viruta for a late-night soirée.

Patio del Liceo Art Gallery

Proa en la Boca

El Rosedal, Palermom Parks

Malba Museum

Art Basel Cities House

Teatro Colón

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