And Buenos Aires holds itself in fairly high esteem too - as its residents are not ashamed to admit. The city sees itself as a sophisticated and classy counterweight to the rest of an unruly Latin America, and justifiably so.
There's no doubt that Buenos Aires has a European feel to it, not least because of the number of Europeans, especially Italians, who have made their homes there. Yet, it has its own distinctive flavor to it, leaving no doubt that you are indeed in South America and Argentina.
Strong delicious coffee and fine dining can both be found in the city. Argentina is particularly known for its beef and no visit to the country would be complete without sampling the parilla or barbecue. Gelato, or Italian ice cream, is also a treat to sample as well as the ubiquitous dulce de leche.
One of the other main things that Buenos Aires is known for is the tango. You can pay for lessons or you can go to a milonga, a type of tango event, where you can get locals to teach you for free. Even if you have no interest in learning the dance for yourself, watching it being danced is something that has to be on your list of things to do.
A fun and unique experience is the San Telmo Market. On Sundays, there is an antique fair where you can get some interesting pieces for decent prices. It's a complete spectacle with street performers, musicians and artisans along the streets. Recolleta is another neighborhood known for street fairsat the weekend, alongside Sunday La Feriacute;a Matederos. Here, you will find a more local style fair with music, food, crafts and tango dancers.
One of the most famous individuals in the history of Argentina was Eva Peron. To learn more about the role she played in real life as opposed to what you've seen in the movies, you can visit the Museo Evita. With both European and Argentinean works, the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) is another spot well worth a visit.
If you want to experience a bit of nature while in the city, there are a few options. The Zoological Gardens is a city zoo covering 45 acres. Temaiken Park, a quick drive outside the city, includes animals from South America, Asia and Africa. The Jardin Botanico Carlos Thais is a beautiful garden with plants from around the globe and many paths for strolling along.
The best times of year to visit with regard to the weather are between March and May and between September and November. This time is known for many festivals. January and February are best avoided due to high humidity and a number of places closing then.
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