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Asia de Cuba , P. Dealessi 750, Puerto Madero
Although you could certainly eat here - especially if you're craving something different - Asia de Cuba is best known for its nightlife. Now that Opera Bay has closed,
this is the Puerto Madero choice for dancing until dawn.
Phone:  11.4894.1328
Hours:  Dancing from 1:30AM Tuesday through Saturday
Web:   www.asiadecuba.com.ar

Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar , Junín 1904, Recoleta
Built in 1732 in the Colonial style by the Recoleto friars, this is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires. It has a single nave, and six German Baroque altars, including one in the shape of an Incan sun that is plated in silver. There's a small religious museum in the cloisters.
Phone:  11.4803.6793
Hours:  8AM to 9PM daily
Admission:   Free

Blue Way Taxi
Provides safe, dependable taxi service throughout Buenos Aires.
Phone:  54.11.4777.7447

Buenos Aires Botanical Garden , Av. Santa Fe 3951, Palermo
There's no better place to get some fresh air than in Buenos Aires's lovely botanical gardens. As you stroll the 18-acre grounds, you'll see exotic plants from Argentina and the rest of South America -- 5,500 varieties in all. There's a beautiful, turn-of-the-century greenhouse brought from France, and gardens in the style of Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
Phone:  11.4832.1552
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   Free

Buenos Aires Design Recoleta , Av. Pueyrredón 2501 (at Libertador), Recoleta
With more than 60 stores on two levels, this stylish shopping complex is a must for design lovers. Housewares, kitchenware, furniture, bathroom fixtures, linens, gifts, and interior accessories are top quality and a fraction of the price they'd be in Europe. There are half a dozen spots to eat on the outdoor Terrazza that overlooks the park.
Phone:  11.5777.6000
Hours:  10AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday; Noon to 9PM Sundays
Web:   http://www.designrecoleta.com.ar/index.asp#
Admission:   Free

Buenos Aires Zoo , Avs. General Las Heras and Sarmiento, Palermo
Covering 45 acres in the Palermo Woods, Buenos Aires's zoo has all the expected lions, and tigers, and bears. Plus a nice assortment of indigenous critters, a lake filled with pink flamingos, some interesting statuary and fountains dating from 1874, and habitats designed in the style of the animals' native lands. You can rent a boat to putter around the lake and there are plenty of opportunities for kids to get up close and personal with zoo residents.
Phone:  11.4806.7412
Hours:  10AM to 5:30PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.zoobuenosaires.com.ar
Admission:   8ARS

Buquebus
Buquebus offers boat and fast ferry service from Puerto Madero to Colonia and Montevideo, Uruguay. There are nine daily departures and fares start at $63 pesos.
Phone:  54.11.4316.6400
Web:   www.buquebus.com/BQBWeb/servlet/com.buquebus.web.ArmaOfertasPrincipalEng

Cabildo , Bolivar 65, Plaza de Mayo
Dating from 1765, the Cabildo is the only remaining Spanish Colonial building on Plaza de Mayo. It was ground zero during the May Revolution of 1810 when citizens voted against Spanish rule. The obelisk in the center of the plaza commemorates the event. There's a modest history museum inside, and a crafts fair on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
Phone:  11.4334.1782
Hours:  10:30AM to 5PM Tuesday through Friday; 11:30AM to 6PM
Admission:   3ARS

Campo Argentino de Polo de Palermo , Av. del Libertador 4000 at Dorrego, Palermo
Known as the Cathedral of Polo, Campo Argentino seats 30,000 fans. If you've never been to a polo match, you'll never see better equestrian skills than you will here. Since the inception of the game, the world's finest players have been Argentine. The Campeonato Argentino Abierto (Argentine Open) in November is one of the sport's most important matches.
Phone:  11.4576.5600
Hours:  Call for times
Web:   www.pololine.com.ar

Casa Rosada , Hipólito Yrigoyen 219, Plaza de Mayo
Although this is no longer the presidential residence, it is still the Argentine President's base in Buenos Aires. The building, once atop the riverbank fortifications, is best known for the history-making speeches given from the balcony. According to legend, the building's pink hue comes from mixing bull's blood with the white wash used to paint it. There's a small, presidential museum near the subway-side entrance.
Phone:  11.4344.3802
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday
Web:   www.museo.gov.ar
Admission:   Free

Catedral Metropolitana , San Martin at Rivadavia, Plaza de Mayo
The original Spanish Colonial church dates from 1745, but it was rebuilt in the Greek revival style in 1822. Today, it's best known as the resting place of General Jose de San Martin.
Phone:  11.4331.2845
Hours:  8AM to 7PM weekdays; 9AM to 7:30PM weekends
Admission:   Free

Cementerio de la Recoleta , Calle Junín 1790, Recoleta
Dating from 1822, Buenos Aires's famous cemetery covers over 13 acres in arguably the best part of town. The local joke is that it's cheaper to live your whole life well than to be buried in Recoleta. There are more than 6,400 grave markers, ranging from elaborate Greek-style temples to sumptuous Art Nouveau crypts. The most famous resident here is Evita Peron. After being involuntarily relocated, she was eventually placed in a concrete vault and buried nearly 30 feet deep. You can pick up a map at the office near the entrance. Most of the marble used in the tombs -- and much of the statuary -- was imported from Paris and Italy. Keep an eye out for the dozens of cats.
Phone:  11.4803.1594 or 11.4804.7040
Hours:  8AM to 5:30PM daily
Admission:   Free

Central Radio Taxi
Provides safe, dependable taxi service throughout Buenos Aires.
Phone:  54.11.4552.0010

Centro Cultural Recoleta , Junín 1930, Recoleta
With 25 galleries, concerts and theatrical performances, there's always something going on at this multi-media cultural complex in what was once the basilica's convent. The Museo Participativo de Ciencias on the first floor is an interactive, kid-friendly museum.
Phone:  11.4803.1040
Hours:  2PM -- 9PM Tuesday through Friday; 10AM -- 9PM Saturdays and Sundays
Web:   www.centroculturalrecoleta.org
Admission:   1ARS

Club del Vino , Cabrera 4737, Palermo
You can taste excellent wines -- they stock 350 -- while listening to live jazz, flamenco or tango in this intimate café attached to an Italian restaurant.
Phone:  11.4833.0050
Hours:  Call for times
Admission from:   10ARS

Corbeta Uruguay , Dique 4, Puerto Madero
Brought from England in 1894, the Uruguay is the oldest ship in the Argentine Navy. It was retired in the 1950s.
Phone:  11.4314.1090
Hours:  9AM to 8PM daily
Admission:   1ARS

Ferrylineas
Ferrylineas operates a fast ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay.
Phone:  54.11.4316.6500
Web:   www.ferryturismo.com.uy

Frigate Sarmiento , Dique 3, Puerto Madero
Built as a training ship for the Argentine Navy by the British in 1898, the Sarmiento sailed around the world 39 times before mooring here, where it's been since 2006. The Sarmiento was the flagship of the Argentine Navy until 1946.
Phone:  11.4334.9686
Hours:  9AM to 8PM weekdays; 9AM to 10PM weekends
Admission:   2ARS

Gabriella Capucci , Av. Alvear 1477, Recoleta
Designer Gabriella Capucci describes her creations as wearable art, and most of her customers agree. Whether it's whimsical bags or exuberant tops, the fashions and accessories here are one of a kind.
Phone:  11.4815.3636
Hours:  10:30AM to 8PM Monday through Saturday

Hippodrome Argentino de Palermo , Avenida del Libertador 4101, Palermo
Dating from 1876 and renovated in the Art Nouveau style in 1908, Buenos Aires's racetrack is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Phone:  11.4777.9009
Hours:  Check the website for race times
Email:  www.palermo.com.ar

La Feria de Recoleta , Avenue Libertador and Pueyrredon, Recoleta
The largest arts and crafts market in the city is a good place to shop for souvenirs. There's usually some street food, musicians, and lots of locals enjoying the scene with their kids and dogs in tow.
Phone:  11.4343.0309
Hours:  10AM -- 6PM Saturdays and Sundays
Admission:   Free

La Merceria , Armenia 1609, Palermo
One of the most stylish shops in uber-stylish Palermo Veijo. Jam packed with beautiful clothes, housewares, and accessories, La Merceria is a must-visit for shoppers looking for something special.
Phone:  11.4831.8558

La Viruta-La Estrella , Armenia 1366, Palermo
There's usually a milonga - kind of a neighborhood tango party - here on weekends. And if you want to join in, lessons are offered. Other nights, you might dance to salsa, rock, or something more current. Packed on weekends.
Phone:  11.4774.6357
Hours:  Call for times
Web:   www.lavirutatango.com
Admission:   10ARS Cover charge

Los Bosques de Palermo , Between Avs. del Libertador, Sarmiento, Leopoldo Lugones, and Dorrego, Palermo
Also known as the Parque Tres de Febrero, this 200-acre conglomeration of parks is where Portenos go to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of activities - including biking, boating, and roller-blading - several museums, a Japanese garden, and the planetarium.

Los Bosques de Palermo , Between Avs. del Libertador, Sarmiento, Leopoldo Lugones, and Dorrego, Palermo
Also known as the Parque Tres de Febrero, this 200-acre conglomeration of parks is where Portenos go to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of activities - including biking, boating, and roller-blading - several museums, a Japanese garden, and the planetarium.

Madero Tango , Dique 1, Puerto Madero
Although not the most authentic tango performance in town, with a full orchestra and more than 20 dancers, Madero Tango does put on a great show. Argentina's top chef is at the helm in the kitchen and the wine list is strictly top drawer. A pricey, but memorable night out.
Phone:  11.5239.3009
Hours:  Dinner show at 8:30PM
Web:   www.maderotango.com
From:   200ARS

Manuel Tienda de Leon
Manuel Tienda de Leon offers shuttle and private car transfers to and from Buenos Aires's airports. They have a desk right past Customs and Immigration at Ezeiza Airport.
Phone:  54.11.4315.5115
Web:   www.tiendaleon.com.ar/prehome.asp

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo , Av. del Libertador 1902, Recoleta
Housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts mansion designed by Rene Sergent in 1911 and finished in 1917, the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo contains more than 4,000 works of art. There are paintings by Manet and Fantin-Latour, glassware by Lalique, and the Zubov collection of Russian Imperial miniatures. Lovers of Asian art will enjoy the Museo de Arte Oriental on the ground floor.
Phone:  11.4801.8248
Hours:  2PM to 8PM Monday through Friday; 11AM to 7PM weekends
Web:   http://www.mnad.org
Admission:   4ARS

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes , Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
European and Argentine drawings, paintings, sculpture, and tapestries from the 12th through the 20th centuries are displayed in this building that was once the city's waterworks. Goya, Renoir, van Gogh, El Greco, Tintoretto, Picasso, Quinquela Martin, and Castagnino are all represented.
Phone:  11.4803.0802
Hours:  12:30PM to 7:30PM Tuesday through Friday; 9:30AM to 7:30PM weekends
Web:   www.mnba.org.ar
Admission:   Free

Niceto , Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo
The play list here runs from urban beats to reggae to local bands, but it's most popular on Thursday nights.
Phone:  11.4779.9396
Hours:  Opens around midnight, but call for times
Web:   www.nicetoclub.com

Pasaje de la Defensa , Calle Defensa , San Telmo
Just up the street from Plaza Dorrego and the San Telmo Antiques Fair, Pasaje de la Defensa offers a glimpse at what San Telmo mansions were like before the yellow fever epidemic sent the affluent to Recoleta. Once the home of the well-to-do Ezeiza family (for whom the airport is named), this Roman-style house and its courtyard and now filled with antique shops and a café.
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily

Piazzolla Tango , Calle Florida 165, San Martin
Argentina's pre-eminent tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, is behind this top-notch tango show in the beautifully restored Guemas Gallery, which dates from 1915.
Phone:  11.4344.8201
Hours:  Dinner show at 8:45
Web:   www.piazzollatangoshow.com/index.php
From:   180ARS

Plaza de Mayo , Avenue de Mayo and Calle San Martin
Dating from 1580, in one form or another, Plaza de Mayo has always been the heart of Buenos Aires. Surrounded by historic buildings from several eras - including the Cabildo, the Cathedral, Casa Rosada, and the Banco de la Nacion - the plaza has been the scene of many demonstrations; every Thursday at 3:30PM, the mothers of those who disappeared in the "Dirty War" protest here.

Ralph Lauren , Av. Alvear 1780 (at Callao), Recoleta
Housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau townhouse, this outpost of the American style maker is worth popping into just to see the gorgeous interior.
Phone:  11.4812.3400
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Monday through Saturday
Web:   www.poloralphlauren.com.ar

San Telmo Antiques Fair, Plaza Dorrego
Over 270 vendors at this scenic antiques fair. Slip down a side street and watch the tango.
Hours:  Sundays 10AM to 5PM

Thelonius Bar , Calle Salguero 1884, Palermo
One of the best spots in Buenos Aires to hear live jazz. You can dine on Mediterranean food or just order tapas.
Phone:  11.4829.1562
Hours:  Call for times

Travelline
This tour company offers city tours in Buenos Aires, as well as excursions to Tigre, Colonia, and day trips to an estancia.
Phone:  54.11.4393.9000
Web:   www.travelline.com.ar

Tren de la Costa
This train offers service between Maipu station in San Isidro and Delta, the gateway to Tigre. Trains leave approximately every 20 minutes and you can hop on and off at any of the stops. A roundtrip ticket is $16 pesos.
Phone:  54.11.4002.6000
Web:   www.trendelacosta.com.ar