Top 7 Must-See Attractions

March 23, 2024

Discover the seven top attractions in Buenos Aires. Explore La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery, San Telmo Market, and more in our latest podcast episode.

Imagine walking through a city where the streets pulse with the rhythm of Tango, where every corner holds a story steeped in passion and history. This isn’t just any city; this is Buenos Aires, a place where the past and present dance together under the South American sun.

From the vibrant colours of La Boca to the mysterious allure of Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires is a city that doesn’t just whisper its tales; it sings them. Are you ready to be swept away by its charm?

My name is Palle Bo, and this is The Radio Vagabond… “Uncover Buenos Aires’ Top 7 Must-See Attractions.”

FACTS ABOUT Buenos Aires

Size and Population

The city covers an area of 203 square kilometers (78 square miles) and has a population of about 3 million people within the city limits. The Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area, however, is much larger, with a population of around 15 million, making it the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the Americas.


Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and is situated on the western shore of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent’s south-eastern coast.


Buenos Aires is home to a diverse religious landscape, but the predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. Other religions are also practiced in the city, reflecting its multicultural nature.

Official Languages

Spanish is the official language. While English is not officially recognized, it is widely studied and understood to varying degrees, especially in tourist areas and among educated locals.

Famous People

Some well-known personalities include Pope Francis and football legend Diego Maradona.

The Flag

The national flag of Argentina features three horizontal stripes (light blue on top and bottom, white in the middle) with a yellow Sun of May in the center. The flag of Buenos Aires, on the other hand, displays a black eagle with a red beak and claws, wearing a crown and holding a red cross, set against a white background. Both flags symbolize distinct aspects of Argentinian and Buenos Aires’ identity and heritage.

Local Food

Buenos Aires is famous for its Asado (grilled meats), particularly beef. Other popular dishes include Empanadas (savoury pastries), Medialunas (sweet croissants), and Alfajores (cookies filled with dulce de leche).

Tango in La Boca

Imagine strolling through La Boca, a neighborhood exploding with colors – blues, yellows, reds. It’s a cobblestoned rainbow, alive with tango rhythms.

The air mixes empanada aromas with bandoneón tunes. Tango dancers own the streets here, their every move a blend of grace and drama, as if they’re dancing through an Argentine love story.

Sidewalks turn into open-air art galleries, showcasing local talents. La Boca isn’t just a place; it’s a vibrant showcase of Argentine culture, pulsating with color and dance.

And the tango is not just a dance; it’s a dramatic story told by feet, and every step seems to say, “This is Buenos Aires, baby!”

Recoleta Cemetery

Now, I know what you’re thinking. A cemetery? Really, Palle? But trust me, Recoleta Cemetery isn’t your typical graveyard. It’s a labyrinth of mausoleums that resemble miniature palaces, Gothic chapels, and Greek temples. As you wander through the narrow paths, it’s like walking through a city of the dead, where each mausoleum tells a tale of a past life. The sculptures and carvings are so intricate, they seem to whisper stories of love, betrayal, and history.

Eva Perón’s final resting place, in particular, often draws a crowd, all seeking a connection to Argentina’s storied past. The cemetery is eerily beautiful, a place where the past and present converge, and every tombstone has a story to tell – some might say, it’s the most silent and still history book you’ll ever walk through.

So, bear with me, visiting a cemetery might sound grim, but Recoleta Cemetery is an open-air museum of ornate mausoleums, and wandering these marble avenues is eerily beautiful.

San Telmo Market

Imagine a stroll through San Telmo’s cobbled streets, the heart of Buenos Aires’ charm. The market here is a lively mix of antiques, crafts, and the irresistible scent of choripán.

Sundays bring this place to life, bustling with vendors, street artists, and unique finds.

San Telmo buzzes with bargaining locals and awestruck tourists, where history blends seamlessly with the present. More than a market, it’s a vibrant expression of Argentine culture.

Steak Dinner

Now, let’s talk about the steak – oh, the glorious steak! In Buenos Aires, a steak dinner isn’t just a meal; it’s a culinary ritual. Picture yourself sitting in a cosy Parrilla, the smell of sizzling beef filling the air. The steaks here are so tender and flavourful, they could make a grown man weep with joy. And the size! These aren’t just steaks; they’re plate-dominating giants.

Each bite is a juicy, savoury symphony, perfectly paired with a glass of rich Malbec. It’s not just dinner; it’s an experience – a delicious, meaty hug for your taste buds. And don’t rush, because in Buenos Aires, dinner is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a time to savour, to chat, and to fall in love with Argentine cuisine, one steak at a time.


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Teatro Colón

Next, we visit Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’ epitome of elegance and one of the world’s top opera houses. Even without catching a show, its architecture is a must-see.

Stepping inside feels like entering a world of opulence. The grandeur, from golden hues to plush red seats and sparkling chandeliers, is breathtaking. The acoustics are so perfect they could elevate any performance.

Teatro Colón is a historical journey, echoing with past legends. Whether touring or enjoying an opera, it’s a deep dive into the artistic soul of Buenos Aires – a majestic tribute to the performing arts.

Plaza de Mayo

Now, let’s take a stroll to Plaza de Mayo, the heartbeat of Argentine political history. This isn’t just a square; it’s a witness to revolutions, protests, and celebrations. Surrounded by grand buildings, each with a tale to tell, the plaza feels like an open-air museum of history. There’s the pink-hued Casa Rosado, where Evita rallied the masses from its balcony. The plaza has seen moments of joy, anger, and hope, and if you listen closely, you can almost hear the echoes of the crowds that have gathered here over the centuries. It’s a place where you don’t just see history; you feel it in the air. Plaza de Mayo is a testament to the resilient spirit of Buenos Aires.

Palermo Soho

Finally, unwind in the stylish streets of Palermo Soho. It’s the trendsetter of Buenos Aires, where fashion, art, and cuisine collide in a vibrant display. Picture tree-lined streets, charming boutiques, and art galleries that make window shopping an actual hobby.

Cafes and restaurants spill onto the sidewalks, inviting you to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, watching the world go by. As the sun sets, the area transforms into a lively nightlife hub. It’s a place that perfectly encapsulates the modern, lively spirit of Buenos Aires – a delightful blend of the chic and the bohemian.

And as we wrap up our journey through Buenos Aires, I’m left thinking about the countless other wonders this city holds. Got any other must-see spots in Buenos Aires? Share your thoughts and let’s keep the conversation going.

This episode is available both as an audio only podcast and a YouTube video where you can see some of the things I mentioned.

Tomorrow you will get a podcast only episode, where I cover some non touristy things here – plus some surprising facts that I bet you didn’t know. For that you need to find The Radio Vagabond podcast. It’s in Spotify, Apple Podcast and anywhere else you listen to podcasts.

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My name is Palle Bo, and I gotta keep moving. See you.


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