Let’s say you are on a business trip in Buenos Aires and have only one day to yourself. What can you do that takes little planning, a minimum amount of energy (you are tired from work and travel!) but gives you a good flavor of the city? Here’s what I would do.
- Check out Calle Florida, a pedestrian-only area for strolling/shopping. If you are shopping for clothes and shoes, the Galeria Pacifico located at one end of Calle Florida is an upscale mall but you can get some good deals there. Stop by Freddo’s for a dulce de leche ice cream.
- For lunch — and for a break from the crowds — take a cab and go to the Puerto Madero area; lots of restaurant choices, and a boardwalk for strolling and people watching.
- If you want to walk off your lunch and/or still have some energy left, walk down the Avenida de Mayo (see map). You’ll pass by the Cabildo (historical seat of government, corner of Av. de Mayo and Bolivar), the Café Tortoni (famous and oldest café in Buenos Aires, Av. de Mayo 825) and see some spectacular architecture along the way. You can cross over to the Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest in the world, or you can keep going down Av. de Mayo and check out the Congress building.
- At night, visit the Viejo Almacén for dinner and a tango show. Some say it’s a bit touristy. I say they have great performances and the place just oozes with tradition and history.
If you’d like more suggestions, here’s an insider’s view .
Visited these places lately? What did you think?
View of Puerto Madero and the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge). The Argentinean tall ship ARA Fragata Libertad, used by the navy for training purposes, was stationed there on my last visit.