Adorned with park side restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, Recoleta is one of the most fashionable and popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Tourists and locals alike are drawn in by the European-style architecture, outdoor street fairs on the weekends, and multitude of upscale boutiques and bars. Make sure to check out the beautiful and lavish Cementerio de la Recoleta, as well as the enormous Plaza Francia.
The magnificence of the Teatro Colon is well known in the music world. Touted to be one of the best opera houses in the world, it is a combination of architectural and technical excellence. Inaugurated on May 25, 1908, with the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the theater's architecture reflects the sheer beauty of the Italian Renaissance. The early construction of the theater was finished in 1908 under Charles Pellegrini. For 30 years, it took the western classical music world by storm with its perfect acoustics. Once the theater started declining, massive efforts were undertaken to restore it. Today, the elaborate plaster, the chandelier, and the staircases of the intricately carved foyer manage to capture the hearts of art and music lovers. The world's finest ballets and operas including those of Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini have been performed here at numerous times. Ranked among the top five performance venues in the world in terms of acoustic excellence, Teatro Colón defines unparalleled beauty.
After an exhaustive and careful restoration of this beautiful 1919 theater, the biggest bookstore in Latin America opened in what used to be the old Grand Splendid cinema. Without altering the old structure—twinned with the Opera de Paris theatre—it still has its original features and magnificent friezes, like the one on the spectacular dome. There is now a cafeteria in place of the stage, where you can read books taken from the bookshelves. There are also reading places on the corners of the main floor and in the old balconies on the first floor, furnished with tables and comfortable armchairs, computers for searching or online purchasing and an area dedicated to children, 'El Ateneo Junior', with interactive games and storytelling. There is also a small music stage, CDs and DVDs for sale, art exhibitions on the third floor and facilities for watching DVDs.
Opened in 1896, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has 32 exhibit halls with state of the art technology for both traditional and multimedia shows. Its permanent collection—the oldest piece dating from the 12th Century—includes European masters such as Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and Bourdelle. Works by Argentine masters from the 19th and 20th Centuries, including Juan Carlos Castagnino and Benito Quinquela Martín are also featured. There is a library open to the public and workshops for art restoration and editing of audio-visuals.
Home to one of the top Argentine football clubs and one of the most famous stadiums in the world, Estadio Alberto J. Armando is the modern icon of the city. Dating back to the year 1940, the stadium is often called La Bombonera or The Chocolate Box because of its unique shape. A flat, towering stand that distinguishes itself from the other areas has earned the stadium the moniker of a chocolate box. Boca Juniors, a premier Argentine soccer club, found its home in the new stadium after the old one was demolished. Football enthusiasts have admired the venue for its architecture and brilliant acoustics. The stadium has witnessed performances by some of the biggest international artists like Backstreet Boys and Elton John. A museum with soccer exhibits is housed inside the stadium.
La Recoleta Cemetery, once a church graveyard, was opened for the public in 1882. Located in one of the most affluent areas of Buenos Aires, the cemetery is a surprising contrast to the conventional ideas of graveyards around the world. Touted to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, La Recoleta houses over 6,000 final resting places, including those of some of the most notable people. While the neo-classical gates open to the poignant premises, the architecture of some of the mausoleums is intricate and varied. From Baroque to Art Deco, several mausoleums and graves line the path. Former Argentine presidents, actors, writers are interred inside the mausoleums of this cemetery. Tombstone of Eva Peron, one of the most influential First Ladies of the country, lies in the cemetery and it is also one of the most visited graves.
Acatraz is great because it offers a range of activities that will satisfy everybody. Obviously the first reason to attend Acatraz is that you will find all kinds of people here and drinks are quite inexpensive. You can play pool with a cold beer or you can go bowling. I have to say that their bowling alley is good but it receives very heavy use every weekend. If you want to have something to eat, make sure to try the pizza, it is one of the best items on their menu. There is a small dance floor. Depending on the DJ, it might be packed or not. On Saturdays there is a stand up comedy show, and of course it is in Spanish. Sometimes local Bands play in Acatraz, usually they are quite good, but since they are all new it is hard to predict.
Plaza Almagro as a green oasis amidst the concrete jungle of the city. The park is Almagro's only public square, and offers a pleasant space to relax, or enjoy a day out with the kids. The plaza's playground is especially popular, while the 20th-century carousel is an attraction that draws in locals and tourists alike. A book fair is held at the plaza every Sunday. A variety of events and shows are hosted at the plaza throughout the year.
A fixture in the milonga circuit, La Catédral packs in the dancers and the spectators in this warehouse-turned-tango venue. Despite the crowds of foreigners and locals that flock there every Tuesday and Wednesday, this place maintains its underground feel as traditional, modern and sometimes radical tango moves across the floor. A 10p Tuesday night class is suitable for all levels, and you're guaranteed to meet other travelers by stepping on their toes. Try the all-vegetarian dinner menus and prepare to stay late - a live band starts between 1:00a and 2:00a on Tuesdays.
Looking for a cultural fix, between the late nights and lingering over cafe con leches? Ciudad Cultural Konex will not disappoint. This converted oil factory, is home to a variety of exhibitions and performances as wide as the imagination can stretch. Theater, film, concerts and dance parties are just a few of the options Konex offers to its patrons, all at very reasonable prices. The summer lends its late sunsets to the outdoor venue; a giant lot streaked with an impressive orange staircase, fills up to the brim for the favorite Monday fixture La Bomba del Tiempo. Check out the website for constant updates.
This unique theater and school is located in the Boedo neighborhood. Workshops are also held here. See their website for details on upcoming events.
Casona Cultural Humahuaca is a space that provides the opportunity to interact with artists and awake your inner artist, either in workshops or simply sharing a conversation with others.