Buenos Aires first stops

Every holiday has to begin somewhere, but knowing where to start isn’t always easy. First Stops is a collection of top picks you can rely on for a great time.
Beach, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


In summer Buenos Aires is one hot city - so hot you might need to cool off. While there are no natural swimming beaches in the urban area, two artificial beaches have been created for fun and relaxation. There's one in the south of the city at Parque Roca, and another in the north at Parque de los Ninos. Join in the water fun, play beach volleyball or football, or get some free hip-hop or salsa lessons. You can also relax in a deckchair under one of the distinctive yellow umbrellas.

Calabash, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


If you're in need of an energy boost during an action-packed day in Buenos Aires, follow the locals by sharing a cup of yerba mate. This popular South American drink is said to pack the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate. Made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American holly tree, it tastes a bit like green tea. The locals usually make it themselves, but you'll find it on the menu at parrillas (steakhouses) throughout the city.

Barbecue, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Meat-lovers won't be disappointed in Buenos Aires, because Argentina produces some of the world's best beef. Try it for yourself at a parrilla (steak house). You can start with an empanada then proceed to the parrillada mixed grill, which will give you a taste of everything. The wood-fired flavours are out of this world. There are hundreds of parrillas in Buenos Aires, so ask a local for a recommendation.

Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


If sitting amongst 100,000 roaring football fans as they cheer on their favourite team sounds like fun, make a beeline for La Bombonera Stadium in the colourful Buenos Aires barrio of La Boca. Built between 1938 and 1940, it's the home stadium of Argentina's best football team, the Boca Juniors. You might even catch a concert there - everyone from Sir Elton John to Lenny Kravitz has performed at this iconic venue.

Moon over Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Buenos Aires really comes to life after dark, and if you want to truly feel the young pulse of the city, head to Palermo Soho in the bohemian barrio of Palermo Viejo. The nightlife here is legendary, so if you're looking for a night of drinking, dancing and partying with the porteños you've come to the right place. In this trendy pocket of town you'll find great restaurants, pumping clubs and cool bars to enjoy a delicious, yerba mate-inspired cocktail.

Tango dancers, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Looking for somewhere traditional to tango? You'll find it at the Confiterίa Ideal, a well-loved 1930s dance hall with a magnificent domed ceiling and glowing antique lanterns. It's the place to come if you're keen to avoid the tourist crowds for something more authentic. Get swept into the romance of the past as you join the Buenos Aires locals on the dance floor, while a live band plays old tango classics. Don't be scared if you've never done the tango - novices are welcome.

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