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Buenos Aires, Argentina Travel Guide

Updated: Sep 23, 2022

A tree-lined cobblestone street with cars parked on both sides, colorful antique buildings and businesses and pedestrians in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The vibrant & trendy Palermo neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ©Alonzo Wright

Bienvenidos to Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina and the home of tango dancing, Evita Perón and a carnivorous dining scene dominated by parrillas (grills) and rich local wines. Dubbed the “Paris of South America,” for its romantic European architecture and flare, Buenos Aires is vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse, making it one of the most visited cities in both South America and all of Latin America. With its own café culture and distinct neighborhoods like Palermo, Recoleta and San Telmo, it is a city of joie de vivre where you can taste delicious food from the parrilladas, drink Malbec, shop handmade goods in San Telmo and visit hot spots like La Boca for a tango performance or two.


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A private apartment terrace view several stories above Avenida Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz, overlooking a blue sky with white fluffy clouds and the Palermo Soho skyline in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The terrace view from a Palermo Soho rental. ©Alonzo Wright

Where to stay in Buenos Aires


There are lots of great places to stay in Buenos Aires, but a few neighborhoods stick out as a favorite for many travelers. Palermo is a beautiful neighborhood with plenty of cafés, bars, restaurants and shops to keep you busy while experiencing trendy yet unpretentious Argentinian culture. The cobblestone streets are shaded by a canopy of trees and lined with charming storefronts and street art.


If a more posh, upscale environment is more your style, the Recoleta neighborhood is filled with palatial townhouses, high rises and luxury hotels. With its sweeping avenues and architecture, this area is perhaps the best example of the European architecture the city is known for. But in addition to the affluent socialites that live here, it’s home to the famous Recoleta Cemetery where ornate and extravagant mausoleums were constructed for famous dignitaries including beloved first lady, Eva Perón.

San Telmo

Many people seek out the “old town” section of a city to capture the historic and authentic charm of a culture, and the best neighborhood for that is San Telmo. This is the oldest barrio in the city, dating back to the 17th century when it was an industrial area and home to blue-collar laborers. The colonial buildings are beautiful and house bohemian art galleries and antique shops, restaurants and the famous San Telmo Market. The area is also known for a huge and impressive antique market on Sundays.