Flights to Buenos Aires (EZE)

Pack your dancing shoes for flights to Buenos Aires. History buffs, tango aficionados, art connoisseurs and architecture lovers won’t be disappointed.

Flights to Buenos Aires

The curious case of Buenos Aires; one of South America’s – and indeed the world’s – most vibrant and exciting cities. It throbs with activity across an enormous 78 square miles, all the while moving at something of a relaxed pace which you’ll quickly adopt when your flight to Buenos Aires touches down.

The city’s seductive combination of neoclassical architecture, cafe culture, nightlife and world-class restaurants has enough to do to keep you busy for months. If you haven’t got that kind of time, focus on the city’s incredible cultural resources during the day, taking in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Japanese Gardens, and the stunning 19th century cafes.

At night, do as the porteños (locals) do and hit the town. Dine on grass-fed beef at a parilla (barbecue) restaurant, sample the incredible grape beverages of Argentina at a lively lounge, and dance until the sun comes up at one of the city’s nightlife venues.

In addition to its steakhouses and barbecue joints, Buenos Aires has a flourishing culinary scene that offers plenty of other choices. Cheap eats in cafeterias, delectable pastries and strong espressos in coffee shops, or delicate fusion dishes based mostly on fruit and veggies – take your pick. The profusion of cafes and lounges makes this a fantastic city to sightsee in, as you can break up your day with lots of delicious stops that will leave you feeling refreshed and satiated.

Working off all that food is easy – try taking a tango class, or just joining in at a local tango club. If you're feeling more adventurous, take a polo lesson, and test your mettle at a sport that Argentineans love almost as much as football. More sedentary activities, from theatre to live music to dance performances, are available everywhere – Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city and its inhabitants demand sophisticated cultural fare.

But whatever you do, take time to simply wander the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, exploring the traditional, the new, and everything in between. Among them, Palermo, the trendy neighbourhood du jour, is like a city within a city, large enough to have distinct subdivisions like Palermo Viejo, Palermo Hollywood, and Palermo Soho.

Argentina’s popularity with visitors, especially since inflation has driven down costs, is escalating on an almost daily basis. Happily, this means that the range of accommodation on offer is ever increasing, and that you’re virtually guaranteed to find something in your price range. (Do book ahead of time in popular seasons, though.)

The best hotels in Buenos Aires are the small, boutique numbers with a healthy dose of character and a good amount of luxury, although the options for low-budget rooms are also plentiful, and the highest-end choices are the equivalent of anything you’d find in New York or London.

Browse the art at the Latin American Art Museum (MALBA)

This museum (known as MALBA) is home to great modern works of art by Latin American artists like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Antonio Berni and Jorge de la Vega. The temporary exhibits are always exciting and a bit out of the ordinary.

3415 Avenida Pres. Figueroa Alcorta
+54 11 4808 6500

Watch a tango Show

Buenos Aires is the tango capital of the world, and watching dancers strut their stuff at one of the city’s tango clubs is a can’t-miss experience. Head to Cafe de los Angelitos for dinner and a superb show of professional dancers performing the most dramatic and romantic dance there is.

Cafe de los Angelitos
2100 Avenida Rivadavia
+54 11 4952 2320

Visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta

Visiting a graveyard might not seem like a top tourist attraction, but this cemetery is one of the best sights in Buenos Aires. The who’s who of Argentinean history are all buried here (make sure to stop by Evita’s grave) and the statues and tombstones are ornate and beautiful. English tours are available.

1760 Junín
+54 11 4803 1594

See the Casa Rosada

One entire side of the Plaza de Mayo is the iconic Casa Rosada, the presidential palace whose balcony has seen everyone from Juan and Eva Perón to dictator General Leopoldo Galtieri (and even Madonna) declaim. It’s open to the public on weekends and the changing of the guard takes place every hour.

50 Balcarce
+54 11 4344 3600

Museo Evita

Wife of president Juan Domingo Perón and famous in her own right, Evita is one of the most controversial figures in Argentina’s long history. This museum, with a good collection of photos and videos, gives a great introduction to her short but eventful life. Guided tours in English are available for groups of six or more people (which must be booked in advance).

2988 Lafinur
+54 11 4807 0306

Cheer on a polo match at Campo Argentino de Polo

A fast-moving polo match, played at Palermo’s Campo Argentino de Polo, is one of the most exciting things to see in Buenos Aires. The world’s elite polo players battle it out on the field atop their horses in an adrenaline-filled atmosphere that’s a truly authentic local experience.

Campo Argentino de Polo
4500 Avenida del Libertador
+54 11 4777 8005

Piegari (Upscale Italian)

With so much of Argentina’s population being of Italian descent, Italian food options are everywhere. Piegari does a fantastic range of dishes from northern Italy, in a formal dining room with impeccable service. The risottos in particular have a stellar reputation.

1042 Posadas
Capital Federal
+54 11 4326 9430 (Spanish language site)

Tegui (Modern fusion)

Germán Martitegui is a celebrity chef in Argentina, and Tegui (with its exterior covered in artistic graffiti) is rated one of the best restaurants on the continent. The menu – original dishes like almond soup, and unusual pairings of ingredients – changes every week, and it’s worth splurging on the tasting menu.

5852 Costa Rica,
+54 11 47709500

Parrilla Don Julio (Barbecue)

Barbecue (parilla) is an Argentinean specialty, so don’t leave Buenos Aires without trying it at least once. Don Julio is a classic barbecue restaurant offering good value meals of everything from skirt steak to sweetbreads, along with an excellent sample of Argentina’s grape offering. You’ll find it in the trendy Palermo Soho neighbourhood.

4699 Guatemala Street
+54 11 4831 9564
+54 11 4832 6058 (two numbers given on website)

La Cava Jufré (Cellar)

You’ll find no shortage of lounges utilising the miles upon miles of vineyards throughout Argentina, with the pick of the bunch being La Cava Jufre. Guests can stay and enjoy the product, take some home or learn more through one of many courses in the cellar.

201 Jufré
+54 11 4775 7501

Cafe Tortoni (Cafe)

This cafe dates back to 1858, and everyone who was anyone in the city’s history (Jorge Luis Borges and Carlos Gardel, to name just two) has come here for a coffee and a medialuna (croissant). Marble tables, stained glass and gorgeous wooden fixtures make this one of the city’s most atmospheric cafes.

825 Avenida de Mayo

+54 11 4342 4328

Astor Bistro (Modern international)

Offset the effect of all the steak you’ve been eating with a dinner at Astor in the Belgrano neighbourhood. This chic bistro opened in 2013 and serves three, five or eight courses of creative, healthy food. Vegetables play a starring role on the menu, and many of them are grown locally.

353 Ciudad de la Paz
+54 11 45540802

Legado Mítico Buenos Aires

Located in trendy Palermo Soho, the rooms at this boutique hotel are spacious and each is themed around a well-known Argentine. The ‘Evita’ room has an open fireplace and a two-sink bathroom, while the ‘Gaucho’ has a masculine theme featuring lots of wood and wool.

Palermo Soho Hostel
Palermo Soho
+54 11 4833 1300

Portal del Sur

A conveniently located downtown hostel, Portal del Sur is most notable for all the things that come included in the price: walking tours, Spanish lessons and karaoke. There are shared dorms and private rooms, a rooftop lounge, and a reading room if you want some chill-out time.

855 Hipólito Yrigoyen Street

+54 11 4342 8788

POP Hotel

POP styles itself a ‘budget boutique hotel’, and it’s a great alternative to a hostel. Located in the up-and-coming Villa Crespo neighbourhood, POP has clean and modern rooms, along with three lounges (business, movies and library). Rooms have Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and safes.

793 Juan Ramírez de Velasco
Villa Crespo
+54 11 4776 6900

Mio Buenos Aires

There are just 30 rooms at Mio, but they all have balconies and design-driven details, making this one of the most beautiful hotels in the city. King-sized beds, wooden floors and in-room bathtubs are just the tip of the iceberg: the terrace suites have private, open-air Jacuzzis.

465 Avenida Pres. Manuel Quintana
+54 11 5295 8500

Hub Porteño

The trendiest hotel in the city, Hub Porteño is seriously cool. Located in the swanky Recoleta neighbourhood, it’s an 11-room townhouse that offers all-in-one experiences that include accommodation, a chauffeur, a personal shopper, meals and curated activities to suit you, from architecture tours to entry into local tango joints.

1967 Rodriguez Peña
+54 11 4815 6100

Bed and Breakfast Ada & Valentyn

Near the Plaza de Mayo, this old-fashioned bed and breakfast is in a century-old building and has just nine bedrooms that are quiet and clean. It’s run by a friendly Dutch-Argentinean couple who will take you tango-ing if you like. Free Wi-Fi is included.

492 Adolfo Alsina
City Centre
+54 11 4343 6251

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