A Whirlwind Weekend in Buenos Aires



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Just one weekend in Buenos Aires means you won’t very likely have the opportunity to kick back and relax - with all of the sights, sounds, and tastes that the city has to offer, it’s go go go for 48 hours straight. Get a quick history lesson in Plaza de Mayo and Recoleta, and be sure to indulge in the steak and wine culinary tradition at La Brigada, and partake of the city's vibrant markets in Plaza Francia and San Telmo.

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Day 1 - Buenos Aires


Might as well start with the most important sight in the city, historically speaking. The Plaza de Mayo is fortunately jam-packed with monuments and buildings for a big dose of Argentine culture in two square blocks. Be sure to check out the Casa Rosada, the Catedral Metropolitano, and the little artisan market that runs daily behind the Cabildo on the west side of the plaza. Stroll down the gorgeous Avenida de Mayo for just a few blocks before reaching Cafe Tortoni, one of the oldest and certainly most popular of Buenos Aires’ grand old cafes. Skip the over-priced grub and stick with a coffee and some medialunas as you soak up the atmosphere. Grab a taxi for the quickest access to Plaza Francia, the green patch in the center of ritzy Recoleta. The plaza hosts an excellent art and craft market on weekends that is not to be missed, especially if you need some quick souvenirs. Surrounding the plaza are the famed Recoleta Cemetery and the cemetery church, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Pay the 3 peso fee to access the church conventillo, where picturesque aerial views of the cemetery can be seen. Stop in next door at the Centro Cultural Recoleta for a look at what the best local and international creative talent has put out this time, and then taxi up to chic Palermo Soho for a yummy and well-priced set-menu lunch at cozy corner cafe Freud & Fahler. Take in an expensive, but worthwhile, show at the extravagant outdoor Opera Pampa, where tango and folkloric dancing and music guides viewers through the complex history of the country. Grab dinner at Milion in Barrio Norte - try the shrimp ceviche and definitely claim a courtyard table if the weather agrees and the crowds haven’t crammed in yet. A late-night show at Estilo Campo will wrap up the night before turning in to the glamorous, old-world Marriott Plaza Hotel. Request a front-facing room over Plaza San Martin and Retiro train station for the best views.


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Plaza de Mayo

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Avenida de Mayo 800
Plaza de Mayo begins at the eastern terminus of Av. de Mayo and is surrounded by calles Yrigoyen, San Martín, Rivadavia, and Balcarce
1084 Buenos Aires, Argentina


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Café Tortoni

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Avenida de Mayo 825
At Esmeralda
1084 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4342 4328


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Plaza Francia

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Avenida del Libertador, entre Agote y Pueyrredón
1405 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 (0)11 4372 3612 (Tourist Information)


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Cementerio de la Recoleta

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Azcuénaga 1901-1999
Recoleta District
1116 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4804 7040


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Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

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Junín 1904
Recoleta
1113 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4803 6793


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Centro Cultural Recoleta

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Junín 1930
1113 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4803 1040


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Freud & Fahler

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Gurruchaga 1750
At El Salvador
C1414DHC Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4833 2153


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Opera Pampa

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2704 Sarmiento Avenida
C1425FGN Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4777 5557


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Milión

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Paraná 1048
Barrio Norte
1018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 48159925
fax: 54 11 48159922


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Estilo Campo

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Alicia Moreau de Justo 1840
Puerto Madero
1107 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 43124546
fax: 54 11 43124546


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Marriott Plaza Hotel

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Florida 1005
At Santa Fe overlooking Plaza San Martín
1005 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4318 3000 / +1 800 345 6277 (Toll Free)
fax: +54 11 4318 3008


Day 2 - Buenos Aires


Just a little bit of time left to soak up the rich culture of Buenos Aires - get things started in La Boca at El Caminito; avoid the overpriced cafes and restaurants and tourist-trap kitsch shops and just take a quick lap around the colorful blocks lining the Riachuelo harbor before catching the #29 bus up to San Telmo. Stroll around the city’s well-preserved, on-the-rise blue collar neighborhood, making certain to hit the Sunday market and street fair along Defensa and the indoor market that occupies the interior block between Carlos Calvo, Estados Unidos, Defensa, and Bolivar. Get lunch at historic Bar Seddon, where live bossa nova entertains on weekends, before walking back down to Plaza Dorrego, the heart and soul of the neighborhood and the host of a Sunday afternoon/evening milonga. Poke through the antiques stalls and original art for awhile before getting a seriously hearty dinner at La Brigada, the neighborhood’s most famous parrilla (steakhouse). Work off your dinner with some tango of your own at La Viruta in Palermo, or just wind down with some tasty malbec, the pride of Argentina’s Andean wine region.


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El Caminito

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Caminito entre Magallanes y Lamadrid.
1160 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 (0)11 4545 2073


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Barrio de San Telmo

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Defensa 1200
1065 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4312 2232 (Tourist Information)


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Bar Seddon

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Defensa 685
1002 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 43130669


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Plaza Dorrego

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Defensa and Humberto Primo
Plaza Dorrego, at the intersection of Defensa and Humberto I
1065 Buenos Aires, Argentina


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La Brigada

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Estados Unidos 465
At Bolívar
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4361 4685


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Viruta Tango (La)

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Armenia 1366
At Cabrera
1414 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4774 6357 / 54 11 4779 0030


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