Buenos Aires on your own

By Valeria Duek

With its numerous beautiful buildings in European style, Buenos Aires is unique on the American continent. The city was built with Paris in mind,when Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world, and this is very obvious.
Grandiose architecture,which is as beautiful as the best architecture from Europe, and which also creates a style of its own, is to be found everywhere. The central squares, Plaza de Mayo and Plaza Congreso, as well as the incredibly beautiful theatre building,Teatro Colon,are fine examples of this.
The city has 3 million inhabitants, Porteños (Buenos Aires' locals).

Below you will find a wide range of attractions that you can visit on your own in your free time in Buenos Aires.




The Feria de San Telmo (San Telmo Antiques Maket) is one of the most notable and popular events
The true Feria de San Telmo is in Plaza Dorrego, although, it spills out into the surrounding blocks making it almost impossible to see the entire fair in just one Sunday. Plaza Dorrego houses mostly antique booths where one can find any number of valuables. Some, like original matchbox cars, gramophones and old telephones, which are still fully functional, may fetch a more expensive price, but the authenticity and uniqueness of these antiques make it well worth the extra pesos.
that takes place in Buenos Aires. Nestled in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, the San Telmo Fair is bustling with unique artisans and antiques every Sunday from about 10am to 4pm (depending on the season and the weather). Perhaps its greatest qualities, besides the architecturally beautiful neighborhood which it calls home, are its exclusive goods and reliable nature. Never a Sunday will there be without tourists pouring into the cobblestone streets of San Telmo for one of a kind antiques, trinkets, art, tango and delicious food.

Many booths house truly one of a kind relics where a handmade backgammon board, full dinette sets and antique garments make you feel like you’re looking through your grandmother’s attic rather than a street fair. Antique knives, old jewelry and a myriad of figurines earn a spot in nearly every booth and soda siphons, artwork, mate trinkets and leather goods are in abundance. While the latter may begin to feel redundant all of these effects are an excellent example of Buenos Aires’ charming nature and rich history, and all of them deserve a spot on your shelf.

The Feria de San Telmo isn’t a time to speed shop, as walking too quickly through Plaza Dorrego may cause you to miss the very thing you’ve been looking for. Each booth ultimately has something different to offer and time well spent will turn up something to earn you “Ooohs and Ahhhs” the next time you have guests over.

Address: Plaza Dorrego, corner of Defensa & Humberto Primo,


MALBA: Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires
The best museum and art gallery in the city showcases contemporary Latin American art, including a permanent collection of twentieth-century works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Xul Solar, and Antonio Berni. The MALBA building itself is modern and beautiful, its limestone walls and glass ceilings drenched in sunlight on the inside and designed to be camouflaged amongst the square, concrete city blocks that surround it on the outside. The café has been somewhat of a revolving door of local chefs over the past few years, but is a nice place to linger for a coffee and afternoon pastry. A dynamic cultural center houses rotating exhibits of art and film.

Hours Wed noon–9pm, Thurs–Mon noon–8pm
Address: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
Admission Adults: $75 pesos.

Buenos Aires' Japanese Garden gracefully transports you to the Nation of the Rising Sun with its tranquil complex of gardens, cultural center, restaurant, tea house, bonsai greenhouse and gift shop. The Zen-like garden areas include beautiful plants like cherry blossom trees as well as stone statues, a red bridge and a network of footpaths over the lake. (You can feed the fish.) In the tea house you can observe the Japanese tea ceremony and drink green tea. Then in the restaurant, you can watch the sushi chefs prepare different dishes and enjoy the views of the garden and the water.

Hours: Everyday from 10 to 6 hs. (Saturday - Sunday & Public Holiday have the same timetable)
Address: Av. Casares 2966
Admission: Adults $70 pesos

BOSQUES DE PALERMO (Palermo Forests)
As a green patch in the middle of concrete jungle, Bosques de Palermo occupy 25 acres of the neighborhood land filling of energy and optimism to those who choose to live moments of relaxation and entertainment nearby. Crowds daily enjoy the nature, artificial lakes, serenity and sports proposals in this corner of the City.

The Bosques de Palermo, distinguished by the creative imprint of the landscaper Carlos Thays, and gently caressed by clear waters, has the official name of Parque 3 de Febrero and gather in its length numerous attractions such as the Rosedal area graced by the Patio Andaluz, Glorieta, Puente Blanco and the wonderful Jardín de los Poetas, with busts of famous writers of all time and space.

Address: Av. Del Libertador intersection Av. Sarmiento


Palermo Hollywood, like neighboring Palermo Soho, is part of the sub-barrio of Palermo Viejo.
Laidback by day, it springs to life at night when sharply-dressed Porteños come out to play at the hordes of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The area itself sits between the streets Juan B. Justo, Córdoba, Dorrego and Santa Fé/Carranza.
Buenos Aires’ finest boutiques are here, from clothing stores and specialists in leather goods to bookstores and wine shops. What makes it all the more appealing is that the shops are expertly set in recycled houses, former warehouses and elegant old homes. Stroll along Jorge Luis Borges, Gurruchaga or Malabia streets and you’ll see what we mean.

Weekends are especially busy in the area when it seems that tourists and Porteños alike don their coolest attire and head to the open-air markets on Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia.


The Teatro Colón, the Opera House of Buenos Aires was founded in 1908. This theater has one of the best acoustic qualities in the world. A cultural icon of Buenos Aires, this beautiful theatre is the biggest in the southern hemisphere. It was constructed during 1889 and 1908 by Vittorio Meano. It was inagurated with Guiseppe´s Verdi´s Aida. Third in size behind the opera houses of Paris and Vienna when inagurated, was voted as the best acoustics for opera before La Scala of Milan. Strauss, Toscanini, Stravinsky and Von Karajan conducted here, Callas, Caruso and Pavarotti sang here, as Nijinsky, Nureyev and Fontayne danced in this mecca of the arts.

Monday to Sunday, including holidays (except for May 1st, December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st).

From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Check the hours of the guided tour in English here

Guided tours will be suspended between 10.00 AM and 1:30 PM whenever there are admission-free, 11.00 AM performances at the Teatro Colón.

If performances are scheduled for the afternoon (5.00 PM), the last guided tour will depart at 3.00 PM.

Address: TUCUMÁN 1171

General admission: $250 Argentinean pesos

Click here to Buy  your ticket online

This is the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires.
The Cafe Tortoni epitomizes the "porteño café", but little is known about its origins. Just that a
French immigrant named Touan decided to open it at the end of 1858, and that the name was taken from an establishment on Boulevard des Italiens, where the elites of Parisian culture used to meet up.
The place was frequented by a group of painters, writers, journalists and musicians and scientists such as Benito Quinquela Martin, Federico García Lorca, Albert Einstein and Jorge Luis Borges, among others.

Address: Av. de Mayo 825

The Barolo Palace references an homage to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
A unique architectural style with a mixture of neo-romanti, neo-Gothic , and even the dome with its unique Indian style Budanishar region representing the Tantric union between Dante and Beatriche , the protagonists of the Divine Comedy.

Luis Barolo, progressive and powerful farmer, came to Argentina in 1890. He was the first who brought cotton spinning machines and dedicated to the import of tissues. He installed the first combed wool spinning country and initiated the first crop of cotton in the Chaco.
On the centenary of the May Revolution, he met Arq. Mario Palanti (1885-1979), whom he hired for the project of a building he had in mind. This would become a property exclusively for rent. Luis Barolo thought, like all European installed in Argentina, that Europe would suffer numerous wars that destroy entire continent.
Desperate to preserve the ashes of the famous Dante Alighieri, he wanted to build a design inspired by the poet's work, "The Divine Comedy" building.
In 1919, this building  became the highest in Latin America , and one of the world's tallest reinforced concrete.

Guided visits in English available (you have to book in advance). Click here for full information

Address: Av. de Mayo 1370

CASA ROSADA (Pink House)
La Casa Rosada (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkasa roˈsaða], English: The Pink House) is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. The palatial mansion is known officially as Casa de Gobierno, ("House of Government" or "Government House").
Sitting at the edge of Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada is one of the most iconic buildings in Buenos Aires. With its pink façade and palace-like design, the governmental house has served as the backdrop to countless numbers of protests, famous speeches and significant moments in Argentina’s history. A stroll through the Casa Rosada offers visitors a peek into Argentina’s turbulent history and the wealth of the nation.
The presidential balcony is the highlight of the tour for many, as it’s a chance to take the stage where former presidents have given historic speeches, get a bird’s eye view of Plaza de Mayo and get a great picture to take home.

The tours are available in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Book a tour
Address: Balcarce 50
Free admission
Saturdays-Sundays and holidays from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Florida Street
Buenos Aires’ downtown thoroughfare Florida Street is the city’s most notable pedestrian area and an
enduring neutral ground for a diverse cross-section of humanity.

While pleasant for a nice stroll away from the rumbling Buenos Aires buses and home to quite a few architectural gems, it’s admittedly not one of the city’s most dazzling destinations.

On the weekdays, Florida is flooded with office workers and vendors selling everything from tango tours to leather goods on the fancier northern end of the mall and handmade jewelry and hair braiding on the southern side.

The museum has its origins in a marriage in 1897 between two prominent members of turn-of-the-century Argentine high society: Matías Errazúriz, the son of Chilean émigrés, and Josefina de Alvear, the granddaughter of Independence-era leader Carlos María de Alvear.

The couple commissioned French architect René Sergent in 1911 to design a mansion for Errazúriz's future retirement from the diplomatic corps, in which he had been Ambassador to France for a number of years. The ornate Neoclassical structure inspired the Bosch family to commission a similar palace nearby (today the United States Ambassador's residence). Completed in 1916, the couple devoted the following two years to decorating the palace, purchasing a large volume of antiques and other objets d'art.

When Mrs. Errazúriz died in 1935, however, the widower bequeathed the mansion to the Argentine government, on his son's and daughter's advice. The National Museum of Decorative Arts was established in 1937.

Special Guided Tour in English
Tuesday to Friday 2.30 p.m.
$40 pesos + admission

Address: Av.del Libertador 1902
Tuesday to Sunday 2.00 - 7.00 pm
Admission $20 pesos

More in Recoleta on weekends: You will find tango dancers, musicians and other artists on the streets. We recommend visiting Recoleta Cultural Centre and the Fine Arts National Museum. Recoleta handicraft fair is the best in town.

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