Downtown Buenos Aires is a specific area of the city that is primarily comprised of the San Nicolas, Balvanera, and Monserrat neighborhoods. It is oftentimes simply referred to as El Centro. There are countless things to do in downtown Buenos Aires, from visiting the large number of clubs and restaurants, to exploring some of the most notable attractions like the Obelisk and the Casa Rosada. Many of the downtown Buenos Aires attractions are geared more toward daytime tourism, so many people assume that this is not also a part of town where you will find a vibrant nightlife scene as well. This is not the case. Although it is true that the hum drum of tourist traffic decreases and the area becomes more tame on the whole in the evenings, the clubs still stay open all night, and you will not have to look far to encounter the perfect bar, restaurant, or club for you and your group.
Downtown Buenos Aires is the business and financial district of the city, and yet there are a wide selection of attractions and activities that have nothing to do with commerce or business. Some of the best free things to do in downtown Buenos Aires include visiting top attractions like the pedestrian streets of Florida and Lavalle, as well as window shopping along the widest avenue in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, as well as the ever popular Avenida Corrientes. You do not have to spend an arm and leg to enjoy the vast number of downtown Buenos Aires attractions. In fact, for some of the most notable, you will not have to spend a thing, which is a definitely perk in a city as beautiful and popular as Buenos Aires. There is a wide selection of affordable accommodations and the exchange rate greatly favors most of the international travelers who have enough money to make the trip to Argentina to begin with.
The Plaza de Mayo is certainly a smart starting point for anyone looking to make the most of their time in downtown Buenos Aires. This is essentially where the city was born, and crucial events in the country’s history have transpired here. You will find some of the most striking statuary and architecture in the entire city in this location. The Casa Rosada is the government house in Buenos Aires. If you so desire, you can take guided tours to see the inside of this impressive building as well as catch up quickly on your Argentine history.
Another of the best things to do in downtown Buenos Aires is to visit the Teatro Colon, a legendary theater and the second largest venue of its kind in the entire southern hemisphere (second only to the Opera House in Sydney). Among all of the above-mentioned downtown Buenos Aires attractions, you will also find a nice selection of restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, and shops. Do not miss shopping on Avenida 9 de Julio or Avenida Corrientes. There is always something going on of interest in downtown Buenos Aires.