While you could argue for or against Buenos Aires’ denomination as the “Paris of South America” until you’re blue in the face, the truth is that the Argentine capital is a singularly attractive city with lots of grand Neoclassical buildings, wide avenues and more than its fair share of historic and cultural attractions. Unless you decide to stay for six months or more, like many foreigners decide to do since Buenos Aires can be a decidedly hard city to leave behind, you’ll unfortunately have to be more discerning with your choices and your time. To help with these hard decisions, we present “Buenos Aires’ 10 Best Attractions (Other Than Tango).”
Here you will find numerous cultural options like opera and concerts at the Colon Theatre and modern art exhibitions at the revered MALBA. Trace Buenos Aires’ fascinating history at sites like the hauntingly elegant Recoleta Cemetery and kitschy portside Caminito. Find peace as you stroll through the cat-filled Botanical Garden or amidst the roses, fountains and swans at the Rosedal. Enjoy historic squares that are still very much in use, like the politically important Plaza de Mayo encircled by grand buildings like the Metropolitan Cathedral, known as the Pope’s Church.