Essential Buenos Aires

Essential Buenos Aires

hannah

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Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires / Activities / Culture / Dining

A few classic Buenos Aires spots and activities, plus some hidden gems and local faves. Que bueno!

1. MALBA

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

3401 Av Pres. Figueroa Alcorta Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,

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The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is an awesome, manageably sized museum packed with cool spaces - both indoor and outdoor - and always interesting art.
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2. Boutique del Libro

Boutique del Libro

1752 Thames Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,

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This cozy independent bookstore in trendy Palermo Soho also triples as a cafe and music store (cds!), typifying BA's love for "multi-use" spaces. A great place to browse books (decent amount of English ones here as well), check out new music at a listening station sit, enjoy a cortado, or even a bite to eat.
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3. El Cementerio

Cementerio de La Recoleta

1901 Azcuénaga Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,

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I realize this sounds like a major downer, but trust me, this is probably the most beautiful cemetery you will ever see. AND you can check out where Evita is resting - you will find the beloved icon's plot through the maze by the constant crowds and fresh flowers that surround her every single day.
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4. Bella Italia

Bella Italia

3701 Av Cerviño Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,

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Authentic, delicious Italian food is commonplace in Buenos Aires, as the city is home to many Italian immigrants. So while it's tough to narrow the options down, this is a top choice for a great Italian meal in a lovely, neighborhood-y area of town. Plus, they serve the largest burrata appetizer ever known to man.
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5. Milonga

La Viruta

1302 Armenia Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,

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"When in BA..." you must hit up a milonga! Milongas are informal neighborhood events/spaces where people gather informally to dance some tango. On the milonga floor, people switch up partners often, and practice their technique to (often live) tango music. I find milongas to be even more fun and interesting than a professional tango show, and they usually take place in interesting spaces - an old dance hall converted into a bar, a factory turned loft, an art deco building, etc. Whether you're a budding dancer wanting to give it a shot, or just want to sit, enjoy a Quilmes and spy on people, this is a BA must!

Milongas are happening every night across the city. I used La Viruta here as an example, but ask around or check out online listings: http://www.buenosairesmilongas.com/
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6. Persicco

Persicco

2501 Jerónimo Salguero Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,

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As you probably already know, porteños take their food very seriously. And as I've mentioned, there is a good deal of Italian influence on the eats in BA. So it should come as no surprise that the ice cream and gelato in BA is THE BOMB. My personal fave is a chain called Persicco - there are a few around the city but I'm highlighting this one as an example. Some people are partial to the Freddo or Volta chains...but those people are wrong.

Try the "tramontana" flavor!
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