D is for dulce de leche

The milky caramel syrup is the flavour of the city. You’ll find it in sweet delights, ranging from cakes and bonbons to ice cream and crepes. We recommend trying dulce de leche in torta rogel, a crispy cake with layers of soft meringue at the upscale bakery-café Como en Casa; taking a light bite of some alfajores (round biscuits) at Florencio; or eating a filling flan at the cantina on Chico.

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Marvel at South American modern masters

You can’t leave Buenos Aires without a trip to Malba: Colección Costantini, where works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Tarsila do Amaral share the walls with lesser-known Argentinean modern masters. There is an excellent café and terrace restaurant, plus a small cinema specialising in art house retrospectives.

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Eat intestines and even more glands

Possibly even a more essential cut than the wonderful steak is the offal. The chorizo and morcilla (black pudding) will usually be accompanied by crispy chinchulines (chitterling), briny riñon (liver) and the truly delectable molleja (sweetbread). As they arrive on your plate, you could be forgiven for a wobble at the sight of their biological appearance. But if you persist, you’ll be treated to a quintessentially Argentinian feast. Don’t forget your camera – it will be great for grossing out your friends when you get home. You can try them at La Brigada.

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See a polo match in Palermo

Long regarded as a sport for the elite and possibly the world’s oldest sport, polo has made Argentina famous. The sport is played in Buenos Aires between September and November. The latter is the golden month when the Abierto Argentino de Palermo (Argentinean Open) takes place at the magnificent 16,000-capacity Campo Argentino de Polo. Beginners and experienced players can have lessons: El Rincon de Polo club is probably the best choice of school.

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Dine in style

Brunch at this super-chilled Scandinavian Olsen restaurant is probably the best in the city. For those really suffering there is an ample vodka menu for hair of the dog remedies. Opulent and expensive, high tea at the Alvear Palace Hotel offers a glimpse into BA’s past wealth and grandeur.

Blow the budget at El Bistro, possibly BA’s most exciting restaurant, within the remarkable Faena Hotel + Universe. Headed by Mariano Cid de la Paza, a protégé of star Spanish chef Ferrán Adriá, the menu is as singular as the Philippe Starck-designed interior. Inspired by molecular gastronomy, ‘spherifications’ of olives and ‘foams’ of lettuce appear. Think of a Spanish omelette served in a martini glass.

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Casino

You can find roulet, poker, Black Jack, slot machines and more at the Casino Puerto Madero.  It is more commonly known as the Casino Flotante (floating casino) because it is a replica of a 19th Century Mississippi-style riverboat,  Free transportation is provided from the parking lot located at the corner of Leandro Alem and Cordoba streets every 15 – 30 minutes and admission is free 24 hours a day.

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Soccer game in Buenos Aires

Screaming fans, unparalleled energy, national pride and some of the world’s best talent: is there any question behind the appeal of football in Argentina? Soccer, or footbal as it is known is the majority of the world, encapsulates the passion of Argentina’s soul, and there are few better ways to experience this true obsession, and the culture that goes with it, than going to a game.

The three major teams are Boca Juniors their rival River Plate, and Independiente. This sport is tireless: fans get to enjoy games year round, as national league championships are played twice a year. Torneo Clausura is from February to July, and Torneo Apertura runs from August to December.

This is a must see activity while you’re in Buenos Aires, attending a Boca Juniors – River Plate game  was included in the list of the  fifty sporting thing you must do before you die according to The Observer newspaper. Check at the end of the article for info regarding how to get tickets or other activities in this Buenos Aires travel guide.

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Teatro Colón

The Teatro Colón (Spanish for Columbus Theatre) is easily one of Buenos Aires’ most famous-and most beautiful-landmarks. It was opened on May 25th, 1908, after undergoing intense construction for 20 years. Verdi’s famous opera Aida was the first to play in this grand theatre, and it has continued to be home to many of the world’s best operas, with many of the world’s best performers.

The theatre wasn’t always in its current location. Like many grand landmarks in Buenos Aires, it had a prior self, a smaller version of what it is today. The first Teatro Colón was built in just one year, and opened in 1857. It sat over 2,500 guests, and successfully housed many fine operas for more than 30 years, during some of Argentina’s most prosperous times.

The present opera house has about the same number of seats, plus room for 1,000 standing. While construction took place over the course of 20 years, it certainly wasn’t 20 years of constant building. Just two years after the first stones were laid, the architect, Francesco Tamburini, who designed the Italian-style building died, followed by financial difficulties, various discussions and arguments, and later the murder of Tamburini’s pupil and the death of the main financer of the project. Needless to say, the building underwent its fair share of trials, but in 1908, was finally completed. The new architect, Belgian Julio Dormal, did take the opportunity to take ownership of the building a bit, adding a French touch.

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Planetarium

The planetarium itself is an impressive building. It was built in the Modernist style, which is otherwise not found in the city. It made of a giant sphere, which is supported by three large, low arches. The building is impressively large, with five floors. The planetarium itself is in the center of the building, and has over 100 projectors, including ones for the Moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

There are many exhibitions and activities at the planetarium, including interactive and photographic exhibits. Many exhibits are geared towards children, but most are enjoyable for young and old alike. Theatrical shows are even produced, such as the classic El Principito (The Little Prince), acted out beneath the stars. In addition, some shows are specifically for adolescents and adults, such as Galileo, which covers the most relevant points of this incredible man for which the planetarium is named. All programs and events are in Spanish.

From the planetarium, one can see many parts of the southern sky, including the Southern Cross, Argentine Antarctica, and the South Pole. It is a wondrous sight, for both young and old, and can be quite educational, as well. Here, you can study the sun, and learn about comets and shooting stars. Observation sessions are free of charge, and are open to the general public. Some of the exhibitions and shows may charge admission, but each tends to be under $10 pesos.

The planetarium also offers a variety of other courses and educational opportunities, as well as various conferences. Many local schools take advantage of this great resource, as well.

The museum is home to a piece of lunar rock which was donated by former U.S. president Richard Nixon, as well as many fossils from Argentina’s Neuquén Province and a meteorite that was found in Chaco Province, among other interesting artifacts.

The planetarium is open for scheduled events only. Telescope observing sessions are held Thursday through Sunday at 8:30 pm, and sun sessions are from 4:00 pm to 16:00 pm on Sundays. It is located on the corner of Avenida Sarmiento and Avenida Belisario Roldán, in the Bosques of Palermo.

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Carlos Gardel House Museum



Whether you’re already a devoted tango fan or no next to nothing about the passionate Argentine tradition, the Carlos Gardel House Museum (Museo Casa Carlos Gardel, in Spanish), is an important sight to see while visiting Buenos Aires.

Carlos Gardel is perhaps the best known tango artist, and certainly one of the most famous musicians in Argentina’s history. Known for both his guitar performances and his unique, emblematic singing voice, it wasn’t long until he found international fame, touring and recording around Argentina and Europe, as well as performing for NBC in New York.

He is also well remembered for his and Alfredo Lepera’s song, “Mi Buenos Aires Querido”, still a well-known, classic tango. His fame even extends to the silver screen, and he filmed a number of movies both in New York and in Buenos Aires.

His house is now the perfect setting to remember the idol, as well as the time and culture in which he lived. He bought the house in 1927 for his mother, and he lived there with her until 1933, when he was whisked off to New York for his NBC performances. His plan to return shortly thereafter changed with his great success, and he stayed in the States to shoot some movies. Two years later, during a tour around Latin America, he was killed in a tragic plane crash in Medellín, Colombia.

The house remained the residence of his mother, who also lived with her friend Anais Beaux and her husband. She passed away in 1943, and Gardel’s last manager gained possession of the home. In keeping with everything Gardel lived for, the house became the famous tango venue La Casa de Carlos Gardel in the 1970s.

In 2003, the house was converted, by the City of Buenos Aires, into a museum, having been completely restored and filled with relevant artifacts. It serves to protect and perpetuate the memory of the man who was to tango what Elvis Presley was to rock ‘n’ roll.

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