Be amazed by Buenos Aires

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The locals of Buenos Aires like to call their city 'the Paris of the South', and when you get to know the city you understand why. The city of beautiful museums, cute streets, green parks, lots of good food, interesting local neighborhoods and impressive historical buildings. It is both stylish and charming. There are amazing coffee shops on every street corner. In charming alleys covered by beautiful trees you will find many (vintage) boutiques and a vibrant nightlife. In this city you see plenty of dancing happy people. It's a place that you immediately fall in love with and where you might want to live.

San Telmo and Palermo have emerged as THE hotspot neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. With the many bars in San Telmo, the cultural district, you will see the traditional Buenos Aires. In the charismatic neighborhood, history almost literally drips from the colonial mansions and its balconies. Stroll through picturesque streets, admire bizarre street art and mingle with locals at Plaza Dorrego. If you come in the morning you can find the older Porteños everywhere, with an ironed blouse and neatly combed gray hair. All are reading the newspaper in front of the window while enjoying a café con leche served by waiters dressed in tuxedo. Later in the day, street musicians provide for extra atmosphere. Lunching guests take this opportunity to practice their passionate dance: the tango.

The more hipster vibe can be found in Palermo, where the modern and richer Porteños parade through the streets in trendy outfits. Everyone loves their bubbles or gin and tonic drink during a "passionate" conversation on the terrace. This neighborhood has many trendy pop-up stores and is hugely popular with shopaholics and jewel lovers. Foodies, art enthusiasts, hipsters and party-goers all enjoy Palermo. It is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

When you say "Argentina" you say "La Boca". This neighborhood is particularly famous for its famous street El Caminito. Be amazed by brightly colored houses, tango dancers and many photos of Juan and Eva Perón, Che Guevara and football legend Diego Maradona everywhere. A highlight could be a football match at La Bombonera stadium or attend a concert in Usina del Arte, which used to be a power plant. Both events are spectacular and will be a bucket list experience for sure.

In the working-class neighborhood of Mataderos you will come across a cozy local atmosphere in the lively folklore market. On this market they sell leather goods and silver jewelry. Be entertained by the many dancers, gauchos on horseback and regional dishes.

Where to stay

If you are not on a budget we highly recommend the Palo Santo Hotel in Buenos Aires which is located in the heart of the city center. Careful selection of materials, equipment, and supplies help reduce the hotel’s environmental impact.

Palo Santo’s stated mission is to provide a modern, luxurious, green stay while emphasizing comfort, privacy and elegance. On they get an excellent average rating of 9.3.

Best time to visit

Argentina's high season is during the summer months of October through March and during the winter month of July. During this time tourism in Buenos Aires is at its peak and prices will be as well. Buenos Aires gets extremely hot and humid in January and February. So the best months to visit weather-wise are October, November and March, April and May. The winter months of June to August will be much cooler and require warmer clothes and less outdoor activity. Click here for more climate details of Buenos Aires. 

This article was last updated on January 18, 2024.