Argentina, South America, Travel

8 Reasons To Fall In Love With Buenos Aires

May 25, 2015

8 Reasons To Fall In Love With Buenos AiresBuenos Aires is one of those cities that has something for everyone! So when I spent a week there during my South America trip, it wasn’t long until I had found myself completely captivated by the city and everything it had to offer. I learnt a lot about the city while I was there, and there were many reasons why I instantly fell in love with the capital. Unfortunately my time there had to come to an end but it wasn’t without its highlights, and these were some of them…

Here are 8 reasons to fall in love with Buenos Aires! 

1. The Diverse Neighbourhoods

Like every big city, there are a number of distinct neighbourhoods. I tried to make the most of my short time in Buenos Aires by exploring the different neighbourhoods – and in Buenos Aires every single neighbour is completely unique. The barrios are so diverse that there truly is something for everyone.

The colourful streets of La Boca delight the many tourists that visit with its art, tango and football; the political hub of the city El Microcentro houses the main historic buildings and tourist attractions; San Telmo and Monserrat charm with their historic Spanish colonial buildings, old cobble streets and bohemian and antique stores; Palermo enchants with its tranquil, green parks and its fashionable shopping boutique and buzzing hip cafe scene; the alluring Recoleta is home to the affluent areas of the city with its striking European-style buildings; and Puerto Madero impresses with its modern and open-air docks.

2. The Architecture

With its large open boulevards and distinctive European architecture, it’s no surprise that Buenos Aires is nicknamed ‘Paris of the South’. In fact, the more time I spent exploring the city, the more I started to wonder whether I was in fact wandering the streets of an exclusive, beautiful French city. We joined a free walking tour one morning, which took us through the heavily European-influenced neighbourhoods of Recoleta and Retiro.

3. The Café Scene

For someone who comes from the self-proclaimed coffee capital of the world Melbourne, I was pretty impressed with the café scene in Buenos Aires. There were plenty of little cafés around the city, most notably in the affluent Palermo neighbourhood.

8 Reasons To Fall In Love With Buenos Aires

4. The Gardens

Amongst the cityscape, there are plenty of places to sit back and relax in the sunshine. Buenos Aires is such a green city!

5. The Street Art

Both locals and foreigners treat the city walls as a canvas and it’s fantastic! There are very few restrictions on street art in Buenos Aires. That’s why you will come across many murals and artistic works throughout the city – it’s basically an outdoor museum! Most of the artworks share history, political views, football and pop culture.

6. The Tango

The intense, passionate dance is the symbol of Argentina. Let me tell you, the sultry tango is well and truly alive in Buenos Aires. You can catch a glimpse of the traditional dance in restaurant performances (especially in the La Boca neighbourhood) and in tango bars. You can also join in the fun and take part in one of the tango classes that are offered throughout the city.

8 Reasons To Fall In Love With Buenos Aires

7. The Markets

I’m a sucker for a good market and Buenos Aires definitely delivered on this front. On the weekends there were many open-air markets scattered throughout the city – for food, antiques, art, handicrafts, and more. One of the most notable markets is the San Telmo Street Market held every Sunday.

8. The Food

Argentina is the ultimate food-lovers paradise. Seriously, the food is THAT good. From empanadas, pizza, steak to choripán…there are so many delicious foods to indulge on when in Buenos Aires. With a sweet tooth like myself, I have to mention the various sweets that tickled my fancy as well – including the sweet medialunas, the alfojores, the ice cream and most importantly, the dulce de leche flavoured everything!

Of course, every great city doesn’t come without its flaws – and crime is something that Buenos Aires is quite renowned for. But don’t worry, I’ve put together some helpful safety and travel tips to help you navigate your way through this intriguing city.

Have you been to Buenos Aires? What did you love about the city?

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16 Comments

  • Reply Verushka May 26, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I love this list! But I’m here to ask something totally different — did you notice the bookstores? I was reading recently it’s the bookstore capital of the world and that makes me so giddy!!

  • Reply Alexandria May 27, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I’m sure it wouldn’t at all be hard to fall in love with such a beautiful place. The food look’s so delicious! What do you think was your favorite part of the trip?

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Agreed! The food was so, so good! In Buenos Aires, I really enjoyed the Palermo and Recoleta neighbourhoods. For my South America trip as a whole, Peru was probably my favourite destination 🙂 x

  • Reply Sarah Lynn May 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Buenos Aires has been the top of my “travel to-do” list for so long!
    Thanks for continuing to fuel my fascination with this beautiful city!
    Great post!
    http://www.wanderbeforewhat.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Definitely a must-visit 🙂 x

  • Reply Mandy May 28, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Buenos Aires is a beautiful city indeed. I’ve lived there for three years and really liked it, although living there is different from just visiting the city as a tourist. Anyways, now I really enjoy going back there to visit friends and enjoy the time.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Very beautiful! Absolutely, I can imagine how different it must be for those who live there. For the short time I was there, I definitely fell in love with the city though! 🙂 x

  • Reply Antonina May 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I would visit Buenos Aires even for one reason listed above, but when there are eight of them I just have to make my way to this city 🙂 Thanks for a nice post and lovely photos – enjoyed everything, especially the architecture.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you Antonina! I hope you make it there someday – you’ll love it! 🙂

  • Reply De'Jav May 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Buenos Aires one of my favorite cities in South America. I’ve been twice. Things that I like most are the food fairly cheap & good. Also, the different neighborhoods.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      That’s great De’Jav! Wishing you many more incredible visits to Buenos Aires 🙂 x

  • Reply Hailey June 5, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I love your post! I am hoping to travel down to Buenos Aires at the end of the year so the things you’ve written are very encouraging. Everything looks as beautiful as it seems. I would like to find a Spanish language school to become a part of. How long were you in Buenos Aires? Where did you go afterwards & what neighborhood did you stay in? Thanks!

  • Reply Maddy June 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Hey Kelly!

    This is a great list post! You hit it spot on! Buenos Aires is such a beautiful and bustling city, it’s pretty much impossible not to fall in love with! And you’re right, each and every neighborhood is completely unique and different than the next.

    -Maddy
    http://www.travelalphas.com

  • Reply Vanessa July 15, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Wonderful post…I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

  • Reply Claire (@Kurea_San) September 22, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Oh – looks so amazing! I can’t wait to get to Argentina some day. Here’s hoping that trip is not too many years away.
    Claire xx

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