See and Do in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is known as 'The Paris of the South' and expats will immediately notice its European flavour. The city was founded by European immigrants and many locals still define themselves by those European roots, which makes for an interesting cultural experience for expats in Buenos Aires.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in Buenos Aires. From shopping and museums to soccer games and tango shows, there is something for everyone.
Popular attractions in Buenos Aires
From the historical significance of Casa Rosada to the chaotic devotion of the fans at La Bombonera, a day out sightseeing in Buenos Aires will never be a dull experience.
Also known as the Pink House, this is a must-see attraction in Buenos Aires. This palatial mansion is where Argentina’s presidential offices are located. This is also home to the famous balcony that former first lady Eva Perón stood on as she gave her famous speech in a moment immortalised by the musical Evita.
Floris Generica is a large stainless-steel sculpture on the United Nations Square in Recoleta in Buenos Aires. It was created by Argentine architect Eduardo Fernando Catalano and is an enormous flower with petals that open during the day and close at night.
Parque Temaiken is a zoo just outside of Buenos Aires. This is a great activity for children and adults alike. The zoo has an aquarium and plenty of exotic animals on display, and is only about a 40-minute taxi ride from the city. There is also a bus service available.
Braga Menendez Arte Contemporaneo
This is one of Buenos Aires’ major contemporary art galleries. Expats can view many different mediums of art here from photography to paintings and sculpture. Other galleries in Buenos Aires include Ruth Benzacar and Zavaleta Lab.
La Boca is a colourful and lively barrio (neighbourhood) in Buenos Aires. The colourful houses and the vibrant Caminito Street give it its charm. Expats who walk down Caminito Street will see the unmistakable influence of the tango, with dancers performing right on the sidewalks. The arts and crafts market is definitely worth a visit, especially for affordable leather goods. As exciting as this area is during the day, it is best avoided at night.
Barrio de San Telmo is the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and is home to tango dancers, flea markets and is a popular tourist site. Expats can visit the Plaza Dorrego to watch some tango dancing and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Boca Juniors soccer game
Anyone living in Buenos Aires needs to experience the chaos that is a Boca Juniors soccer game at least once before they leave. The games are held at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando stadium, more commonly known as La Bombonera, and expats will find that the enthusiasm of the fans puts other spectator sports to shame. The best Boca Juniors game to watch is the superclasico when they play their arch rivals, River Plate. The atmosphere is energetic and intense – heaven for any football fan.