Is Buenos Aires Worth Visiting

Is Buenos Aires Worth Visiting? 12 Great Reasons To Visit

Buenos Aires is a city that captures the hearts of travellers from around the world. Known as the "Paris of South America," this vibrant metropolis offers a unique blend of European elegance and South American charm. From the tantalizing tango shows to savouring the world's finest steak, Buenos Aires has something for everyone. Here are 12 great reasons why Buenos Aires is well worth visiting.

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Why Is Buenos Aires Worth Visiting?

Buenos Aires is worth visiting for so many reasons:

 

  • Firstly, it’s the capital and is the hub for all other travel throughout the country. So to get to Iguazu Falls or Patagonia, you have to start here.
  • It’s referred to as the ‘Paris of South America’ and mixed European charm with South American passion.
  • Whilst the country is in a huge recession, the ‘blue dollar’ exchange rate means tourists can exchange American dollars at a much better rate and enjoy a cheaper trip

These are just some of the reasons why I love visiting Buenos Aires. For the rest of the list that includes world-class steak and wine, passionate football games and vibrant nightlife, keep scrolling. 

12 Great Reasons To Visit Buenos Aires

1. Buenos Aires Is Known As The 'Paris Of South America'

Buenos Aires is often compared to a European capital, and for good reason.

 

The city’s stunning architecture, wide boulevards, and charming neighbourhoods feel strikingly similar to the ambiance of Europe, making it feel like a distant cousin of Paris or Barcelona. 

 

A free walking tour is always the best way to see a new city. Buenos Aires Free Walks offer 2–3-hour walking tours for the best parts of the city such as the city centre and Recoleta. 

 

 

Plaza De Mayo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

2. The Blue Rate Will Make Your Money Go Further

Argentina has been facing high inflation for many years, with rates reaching over 40% in recent years.

 

Many Argentinians have turned to the black market to purchase US dollars as a store of value.

 

Travellers can also take advantage of this black market rate known as the  ‘blue rate’.

 

As of January 2024, you could get around 1000 pesos to the dollar.

 

Argentina travel prices are some of the lowest in the world now. Here are some tips to make the most of it:

 

  • Bring cash in dollars when you first arrive
  • Once you run out, use Western Union to transfer yourself dollars and then take it out in pesos. You’ll get a rate close to the blue dollar
  • Ask to pay in dollars rather than pesos. Most bars, restaurants and tour operators will accept US dollars cash at a much better rate of exchange
  • Avoid situations where you have to pay the official exchange rate instead of the blue rate
  • Use a good currency card like Monzo or Revolut who give you close to the blue rate

Visiting Buenos Aires is one of the highlights of a trip to Argentina. But there’s so much more to see in this incredible country.

 

To see how to combine Buenos Aires into a three-week or one-month itinerary that covers the entire country, head to one of the post below:

 

 

Plaza De Mayo from above (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

3. Watch The Best Tango Dancers In The World

No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without experiencing the sensuous rhythms of the tango.

 

La Ventana, one of the city’s premier tango venues, promises an unforgettable evening filled with passionate dance performances and soul-stirring music. The show is different to others in the capital as it includes folk music along with tango.  They also offer excellent service, and you will be well taken care of.

 

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the world of tango and witness the moves that have become synonymous with Argentina.

 

Or if you are interested in learning, La Vitura in Palermo is the best place to try.

 

This is one of Buenos Aires’ most renowned milongas (tango dance venues). This establishment attracts top talent from the local tango scene. However, for those who are new to tango, they offer classes tailored to six different levels of experience. So, if you’re a tango newcomer, there’s no need to feel self-conscious.

If you are thinking of planning a long stay in Argentina and South America, then seeing an extended backpacking itinerary is essential to help you plan your trip. Check out the post below to help you plan your next trip:

 

 

4. Top Quality Hostels

Milhouse is also famous across Argentina and South America and known as being one of the best party hostels on the continent.

 

This hostel can host hundreds of guests and they are always organising events to keep the huge crowd of backpackers entertained.

 

They host in-house DJs, tonnes of themed party nights and get you discount on selected nightclub events in BA.

 

However, some of the best nights will be on drinking on the rooftop as the staff work away on an asado (Argentinian barbeque), whilst bringing round jugs of wine to keep your cup refilled.

 

Then at the late hours of the morning, finally heading out to a club to carry on until the early hours of the morning.

Milhouse is one of my favourite party hostels in South America. For a full list of the others, check out the post below:

 

 

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5. Unreal Steakhouses

Argentina is renowned for serving some of the finest steaks in the world, and Buenos Aires is no exception.

 

For an authentic Argentine steakhouse experience, head to Don Julio, where succulent cuts of meat are cooked to perfection. Savouring a mouthwatering steak in Buenos Aires is a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget.

 

6. World Class Wine

Wine enthusiasts will find Buenos Aires to be a paradise for their taste buds, offering a chance to savour some of the finest vintages from across the country.

 

There are two regions that produce high quality wine, Mendoza and Cafayate. Look out for Trapiche wines which come from Mendoza and Piattelli wines which come from Cafayate.

 

Make sure you explore the city’s wine bars and indulge in exquisite Argentine wines, particularly Malbec.

 

Here are some of my favourites:

 

  • Pain et Vin: A cozy wine bar with an extensive selection of Argentine wines and delectable cheese and charcuterie platters.
  • Bar du Marché: Known for its rustic charm and a menu that pairs exquisite wines with French-inspired cuisine, offering an authentic and upscale wine and dine experience.
  • Wine O’Clock: A trendy and vibrant wine bar that caters to both novice and seasoned wine enthusiasts.

 

Or book a wine tasting tour for a guided experience instead. 

Mendoza is the perfect place to visit for wine lovers. For more information on Mendoza including 8 great reasons why you should visit, head to the post below:

 

 

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7. The Colourful 'La Boca' Neighbourhood

La Boca is famous for its vibrant, colourful buildings that line the streets.

 

This is the place where tango was born as a result of the bohemian and artistic culture of the immigrants. 

 

The neighbourhood’s houses, known as “conventillos,” are painted in an array of bold colours, creating a visually striking and Instagram-worthy backdrop.

 

The most famous street for this colourful architecture is Caminito, a pedestrianized street lined with brightly painted buildings, art displays, and tango performances.

 

Buenos Aires Free Walks offer a 2 hour walking tour for $10, or you can visit yourself.

 

8. Atmospheric Football Matches

If you love soccer (or as it’s properly named in the UK – football), then going to a match in Buenos Aires is a must.

 

Whilst in La Boca, you can visit the iconic La Bombonera stadium to witness the famous stadium of Boca Juniors. 

 

The Superclásico, pitting Boca Juniors against River Plate, is perhaps the most famous and intense rivalry in the world of soccer. The atmosphere in the stadium during this match is electric, making it an unforgettable experience for any fan.

 

The league typically begins in August and runs through to May. 

 

Foreigners can’t get tickets to Boca Junior games anymore but you can go to any other games.

 

Check out the tour company below which will organise it for you:

Are you struggling to work out how many days you need in Argentina overall? Head to the post below to see a selection of itineraries that can help you:

 

 

Buenos Aires - La Boca's colourful streets

9. The Trendy Neighbourhoods - Recoleta and Palermo

One of the best things to do in Buenos Aires is spend leisurely afternoons in Buenos Aires’ trendy neighbourhoods of Recoleta and Palermo.

 

Recoleta is known for its elegant architecture and the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Perón. Whereas Palermo offers a hip atmosphere with stylish boutiques, lush parks, and a thriving food scene.

 

My favourite thing to do is check out all the cafes during the day. Here are some of my favourites:

 

  • La Biela: Located in the heart of Recoleta, La Biela is a historic cafe known for its outdoor terrace and traditional Argentine coffee. It’s an ideal spot for people-watching and enjoying classic Argentine snacks.
  • Lattente Palermo: Lattente is a cozy and welcoming cafe known for its excellent coffee and homemade pastries.

Also, the bars in Palermo are perfect for a night out:

 

  • Bar 878: Bar 878 is an intimate and stylish speakeasy-style bar that specializes in craft cocktails. It’s known for its extensive cocktail menu, knowledgeable bartenders, and a cozy ambiance.
  • Sky Bar at Home Hotel: Home Hotel’s Sky Bar offers a chic rooftop experience in Palermo Hollywood. With comfortable seating, a pool, and panoramic views of the city, it’s an ideal place to enjoy cocktails and unwind while taking in the cityscape.
  • Frank’s Bar: Frank’s Bar is a hidden gem, often requiring a secret password to enter, giving it an authentic speakeasy feel. Once inside, you’ll discover a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere with jazz music and a diverse cocktail menu.

See how you can do all the amazing things Buenos Aires has to offer with these expertly curated 3, 5 and 7 day itineraries:

 

 

10. Quick Getaways To The Beautiful Iguazu Falls

Buenos Aires serves as an excellent gateway to some of Argentina’s natural wonders, including the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls.

 

These breath-taking falls are made up of 275 individual cascades, which stretch over 2 miles and create a stunning natural barrier between Argentina and Brazil.

 

 

A short flight from the city will transport you to this UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can witness the sheer power and beauty of one of the world’s most remarkable waterfalls.

 

The 2-hour flight to Iguazu Falls means it can easily be visited in one or two days as a brief escape from the city.

To see how to combine a few days in Buenos Aires alongside a trip to Iguazu or Mendoza, check out the selection of itineraries in the post below:

 

 

Iguazu Falls - waterfalls in Argentina with walkways

11. Snack On Empanadas And Alfajores

Alongside a good steak and a bottle of wine, there are two other food items you need to try whilst in Buenos Aires: empanadas and alfajores.

 

Empanadas are savoury pastries filled with beef, pork or chicken mixed in a sweet, slightly spicy sauce. They’re more of a snack than a main meal but my god they are addictive and you can end up eating 3 or 4 at a time. 

 

Alfajores are traditional Argentinean desserts. They can only be described as a ‘sandwich cookie’ withsweet filling in the middle such as dulce de leche. 

 

You can buy them almost anywhere but if you want to go a step further then try this cooking class and make them yourself:

If you want to combine a trip to Chile alongside Argentina, then there are several ways to do this with a simple border crossing. The three itineraries in the post below can help you cross the borders a 3 different points in Argentina to see Chile:

 

 

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12. The Gateway To Patagonia

For adventurers seeking to explore the untamed natural beauty of Patagonia, Buenos Aires serves as the ideal gateway.

 

From the city, you can book flights to various Patagonian destinations, including Ushuaia, El Calafate, and Bariloche.

 

Bariloche, the lake district region of Patagonia, is only a 2-hour flight away. Here you can go skiing, hike in the Andes or kayak among the lakes surrounding the town.

 

El Calafate and El Chaltén are a 3 hour flight. El Chalten is considered the trekking capital of Argentine Patagonia, as it offers access to some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in the region. 

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