Buenos Aires' 10 Best Attractions (Other than Tango)

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.



The work of French landscape architect Carlos Thays, this Palermo park, which dates back to the late 19th century, is still a glorious oasis in the modern city. The gardens are dotted with sculptures, fountains and busts, and the green-minded...  Read More



Designed by French architect René Sargent for the wealthy Errázuriz-Alvear family in the early 20th century and converted into a museum in 1937, the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo is well worth a visit for the dazzling Neoclassical building...  Read More



The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is a splendid church with soaring ceilings, beautiful stained glass, marble columns and frescoes on the walls. The Rococo style altarpiece features the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity, and the large...  Read More



Housed in a hulk of a building (originally a pumping station) on the busy traffic artery of Avenida del Libertador, the National Museum of Fine Arts is a vast treasury of Argentinian and Latin American art and painting from the 19th and 20th...  Read More



A central square has existed on this site since the 16th century, but the current name, Plaza de Mayo, commemorates May 25, 1810, the day the Argentine Congress declared independence from Spain. Many of the dramas of Argentina's history (and...  Read More

Teatro Colón


Considered one of the finest opera houses in the world and an impressive sight even from the outside, the Colón opened its first season in 1908, after some 20 years of construction. Its classical horseshoe auditorium makes for great sight lines...  Read More



The MALBA is the city's leading modern art museum and one of its star cultural assets. Housed in a striking modern building, it harbors, in addition to its airy galleries of art, a chic café, a neat shop (selling a variety of emerging...  Read More



Built in 1936 from white stone to commemorate the city's founding, the Obelisk, or Obelisco, is one of Buenos Aires' most important monuments and an icon of the city itself. The Obelisk stands 67.5 meters tall at the intersection of 9 de Julio...  Read More



In a noisy metropolis like Buenos Aires, the romantic and fairy-tale setting that is the Rose Garden with its boating lake (with pedal boats and row boats for hire) and pretty white trellises (usually occupied by courting couples) is a...  Read More



One of the world's great cemeteries and one of the city's most memorable sights, Recoleta tops most tourists' Buenos Aires itineraries. A city in miniature, the cemetery, which opened to the public in 1822, is a dreamy vision of domes, pantheons...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah