From a bustling nightlife to gourmet cuisine, cosmopolitan shops, art, culture and everything in between, soak up the best of Buenos Aires.

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Things to do in Buenos Aires

Immerse yourself in the vibrant bustle of Argentina's capital city. Shop, eat, and experience the diverse culture of the neighbourhoods that make up modern Buenos Aires.

1. See Argentinian cowboys

Experience Argentina’s gaucho culture at Feria de Mataderos, a one-hour bus ride to the far west of the city. Watch costumed locals perform chacareras (country dances) to the folk music played on stage, while gauchos compete in traditional contests for the delight of the crowds. Enjoy juicy beef and sausages from the asado (barbeque), or pick up a bowl of locro, a traditional meat stew. Market stalls sell jars of sweet dulce de leche, which make great souvenirs. The Feria takes place every Sunday (Saturday evenings in the summer) from 11am to 8pm.

2. Explore the barrios

To get a feel for the 'real' Buenos Aires, head into the barrios – the neighbourhoods that make up the city. Each area has its own unique atmosphere, and there’s a lot less traffic than in the busy commercial centre. Find cool cafes and shops in Palermo Soho, or marvel at the houses in Abasto, decorated in homage to the masters of tango. To visit Almagro for its Sunday book fair, take the subte (subway). Line A is the oldest subway line in South America, dating back to 1913. The cars still have their original wooden panels and benches, and there’s a conductor to open and close the manual doors.

3. Satisfy your senses

At Fueguia, a scent lab and shop in the Palermo Viejo neighbourhood, founder Julian Bedel combines over 100 different scents to create perfumes and candles. 'Pulpería' is named after a traditional gaucho’s pub and has notes of cedar, musk and pepper, while ‘Pampa Húmeda’ smells of the Argentine countryside. You can also create your own signature fragrance from ingredients including red mandarin, bergamot, rose and rum.

4. Go behind ‘closed doors’ for dinner

You’ll need to take a leap of faith for one of Buenos Aires’ ultimate city dining experiences. Puerta Cerrada is a type of secret restaurant, offering five-star degustation menus, usually in someone’s private home. You don’t know the location until a couple of hours beforehand, and don’t see the menu until you arrive. Some of the city’s best chefs are known to take part, so you could get very lucky. Ask a local for a recommendation or try Casa Felix.

5. Go underground

For a history lesson with a difference, explore the underground tunnels of El Zanjon de Granados. The owner of the 19th century house decided to transform it into a museum, after discovering a 500ft network of tunnels, as well as the foundations of past constructions, underneath the property. Wander through the tunnels, sewers and cisterns (built from 1730 onwards) to get a new perspective on the city.