Checklist: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Checklist: Buenos Aires, Argentina

A South American urban hub with extensive European influence, Buenos Aires, Argentina is nothing short of a world-class city. Truly a city that never sleeps, Buenos Aires is overflowing with spectacular architecture, political history, mouthwatering food, and fine art to spare. If you visit the “Paris of South America” (warning: never actually use that phrase in Buenos Aires), these nine spots will allow you to explore some of the best of what this magnificent capital city has to offer.

1. Plaza de Mayo

One of the most historically and politically important spots in the city (which is saying quite a lot), is Plaza de Mayo, the site of the May Revolution in 1810. Since it’s establishment, Plaza de Mayo has been the site of nearly every major political event in the history of the country and is one of the oldest plazas in Buenos Aires. Plaza de Mayo is also home to La Casa Rosada (pictured at top), which is where Argentina’s president works; presidents are also prone to give public addresses from the Casa’s famous Evita balcony. If you visit the plaza every day for a week, you’re almost guaranteed to see a protest.

2. El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Bibliophiles, rejoice! Argentines are an exceptionally well-read group and the number of bookshops you will find in Buenos Aires reflects this love for reading. In particular, El Ateneo Grand Splendid, which is one of the largest bookstores in South America, is a perfect illustration of Porteños’ love for reading. Formerly a theater, El Ateneo maintained the architectural integrity of its interior, filling the seating areas with shelves and shelves of books. The stage is now a small cafe where shoppers can sip café con leche and peruse their new purchases. This site is hands down one of the most beautiful bookstores you can find anywhere in the world.

3. Cementerio de la Recoleta