15 Non Touristy Things To Do in Buenos Aires: All Free

The image you've uploaded is of the interior of a church with a striking architectural style. The ceiling is decorated with blue and gold motifs, and the walls have alternating patterns of red and white. Stained glass windows add a splash of color to the space, and multiple chandeliers hang from the ceiling, contributing to the grandeur of the setting. Balconies with ornate railings overlook the central nave, which is lined with wooden pews for worshippers. The church appears to be richly adorned, suggesting it could be a significant religious site, possibly with historical value.

What not to miss in Buenos Aires? Find below a list of 15 non touristy things to do in Buenos Aires that you won’t want to miss. These are free attractions, and I have included some tips to help you make the most of your visit. When planning your visit to Argentina, don’t let Buenos Aires be just a stop over on your way to Ushuaia, Iguazu Falls or the Perito Moreno glacier. Make sure to plan at least three or four days to explore this amazing city: from the main attractions to the most unusual things to do in Buenos Aires. During my first visit, twelve days was not enough for me to explore it completely and without rushing from one place to another. So, leave for Buenos Aires as many days as you can.

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Buenos Aires is a city that captures the hearts of all who visit. No wonder it is often called the Paris of South America. The aristocratic architecture, beautiful parks, helpful people, and delicious food will enchant you. You have already visited some of the most popular attractions in Buenos Aires such as Palacio Barolo, El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore, or Teatro Colón. You have walked along the colorful houses of El Caminito in La Boca and have visited a soccer match at La Bombonera. You may have seen a tango show, tasted the delicious Argentine specialties, and washed them down with Malbec wine. But now, it’s time to dive into 15 Buenos Aires unique attractions and to discover Buenos Aires off the beaten track.

The Cabildo

The image captures an exterior view of a historical building with a white façade and a clock tower, which seems to be a significant landmark. There are arches on the lower level, suggesting a colonial architectural style. The building is positioned on a busy street corner, with buses and a cyclist passing by, which gives a sense of the building's urban environment and everyday use.
The Cabildo Buenos Aires

Plaza de Mayo is the perfect place to start exploring Buenos Aires hidden gems. Stand with your back to the Casa Rosada presidential palace and with the Metropolitan Cathedral to your right. The two-story white building with the clock tower in front of you and slightly to the left is the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution. 

The Buenos Aires Town Hall, also known as the Cabildo, is a building with great historical significance that dates back to the second founding of the city in 1580. The Cabildo witnessed one of the most significant events in Argentina’s history, the May Revolution, which marked the beginning of Argentina’s independence. 

The building has undergone many changes throughout the years. The first references to Cabildo date back to the early 17th century when it had adobe walls and a thatched roof. The current building was constructed over the second half of the 18th century and has since been modified several times. 

Inside the Town Hall, you can find the Cabildo Museum, which consists of the building itself and collections of documents, paintings, and objects from the 17th to 20th centuries. The museum showcases the history of the Cabildo as an institution during the Spanish colonial era, including the Militia Regulations of 1801, the Royal Standard, and the Ark of Caudales. The museum also features interactive exhibits on the British invasions of 1806 and 1807 and the early days of Argentine independence. Apart from its historical significance, the Town Hall also has a room for lobbyists and functioned as a prison in the past. You can explore the former jail and see artifacts and documents on display. The building has a beautiful patio with an old cistern. 

TIP: Even if you are not a history buff, go inside. It is free and the terrace on the second floor is a great place to take pictures of the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada.

Opening hours: Mondays – closed; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:30 – 17:00; Thursdays: 10:30 – 20:00; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:30 – 18:00.

Address: Bolivar 65

Galería Güemes

The image displays the interior of an opulent gallery, reminiscent of early 20th-century architecture. It features a long, narrow passage with shops on either side, under an arched ceiling. The ceiling is adorned with intricate patterns and culminates in a magnificent, ornate glass dome that allows natural light to filter in and illuminate the space. The gallery's architecture boasts a rich combination of materials, with marble surfaces, decorative moldings, and golden accents that provide a sense of luxury. The perspective of the photograph is from the ground floor looking towards the far end of the gallery, capturing the grandeur of the structure and the elegance of its design. Visitors appear to be walking through, giving a sense of scale and everyday use of this grand space.
Galería Güemes Buenos Aires

Galería Güemes is a must-see for architecture lovers as it is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Buenos Aires. This beautiful building was the first skyscraper and the tallest building in Argentina’s capital. It was inaugurated in 1915 and Palacio Barolo was inaugurated eight years later. Galería Güemes is a stunning 100-metre shopping arcade that connects the streets Florida and San Martín, and features period elevators, a glass dome, and beautiful bronze-work. At the beginning of the 20th century, the building housed a theater, a restaurant, and many luxury offices and apartments for rent. A curious fact is that the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, lived there, in apartment 605 on the 6th floor. At that time he worked as a pilot for Aeropostal Argentina.

The image provides a high vantage point view over the urban landscape of Buenas Aires Argentina. It showcases a dense array of buildings with diverse architectural styles, ranging from modern, sleek structures to historic, ornate edifices with dome-topped roofs and intricate facades. Prominent in the scene is a large, white building with a rounded, dome-like corner structure, which contrasts with the surrounding flat rooftops. The skyline is a mix of residential and commercial buildings, with a prominent clock tower rising in the background. The city stretches out to the horizon under a sky partly covered with clouds, suggesting it's a vast metropolis with a rich architectural tapestry.
Rooftop view from Galería Güemes Buenos Aires

TIP: On the 14th floor there is an observation deck with a 360° view over the rooftops of the city and the Rio de la Plata. It is only accessible by one of the building’s elevators. Ask at any of the shops in the foyer of the building for directions. There is a small entrance fee for the viewpoint only. Keep in mind that after paying the fee and getting a ticket, you’ll have to climb some stairs to get to the viewpoint. The viewpoint is one of the best places for rooftop photography in the capital city. It is usually all to yourself and you can stay there as long as you like. 

The viewpoint is open Monday-Friday 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30. There is a small entrance fee for the viewpoint only. The observation deck is closed if it’s raining.

Address: Florida 165 and San Martín 170

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (The Water Palace)

The image shows the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, a distinctive and ornate building located in Buenos Aires. The architecture is elaborate, featuring a richly decorated facade with intricate sculptures, carvings, and a variety of textures. The building's design includes multicolored bricks, large windows, and balconies with wrought iron railings. A tall palm tree stands to the left, adding a touch of greenery to the scene and contrasting with the building's stonework. The bright blue sky suggests it's a clear day. The structure is enclosed by a decorative metal fence, and the overall impression is one of historical grandeur and architectural sophistication.
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes Buenos Aires

This extravagant building occupies an entire block in the Balvanera neighborhood. It was built at the end of the 19th century. After a period of rapid growth in the city and several epidemics, the authorities decided to build a modern running water system in Buenos Aires.  The Water Palace was a pumping station, although its architecture is reminiscent of a French mansion. It has a mansard roof and the façade is covered with 170,000 glazed tiles and 130,000 enameled bricks, all shipped from England and Belgium. 

Today, the building houses the offices of the city’s water company and a small museum called the Museum of Water and Sanitary History. It has a collection of unique and curious sanitary pieces and artifacts, such as tiles, old toilets, and pipes. 

Opening hours of the museum: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 17:00. Admission is free.

Address: Riobamba 750

La Casa de los Azulejos (The House of the Tiles)

The image features "La Casa de los Azulejos" (The House of Tiles) in Buenos Aires. This narrow, three-story building stands out with its peach-colored facade and a prominent, ornate tile mural that covers the entire side wall. The mural depicts figures in a pastoral scene, adding an artistic and historical touch to the urban environment. The building showcases classic architectural details such as decorative moldings, a wrought-iron balcony on the second floor, and a top cornice with a unique crest. Neighboring buildings have a contrasting style, with one featuring a white facade and traditional balconies. A modern car parked in front provides a contrast between the contemporary life of the city and the historical charm of the building.
La Casa de los Azulejos Buenos Aires

While exploring the Retiro neighborhood, you can easily pass by this beautiful house without even noticing it. It is not far from Teatro Colon, tucked in between the surrounding buildings, and with all the trees on the street, it remains somewhat hidden. The façade depicts a pastoral scene and is made of tiles brought from Milan. The Italian artist Trivelloni was the one who made this colorful facade.

Address: Paraguay 1530

Parroquia San Ignacio de Loyola (San Ignacio Church)

The image depicts the interior of Parroquia San Ignacio de Loyola in Buenos Aires. It's an expansive, serene space characterized by white vaulted ceilings and arches that draw the eye towards the altar. The church interior is illuminated by soft, ambient light, highlighting its peaceful atmosphere. Wooden pews are neatly arranged in rows, facing the main altar. On either side of the nave, there are richly decorated golden altarpieces with religious statues and paintings, reflecting the church's historical and religious significance. The floor is patterned with ornate tiles, contributing to the overall elegance of the church. The absence of a crowd suggests a moment of quietude, inviting contemplation.
Parroquia San Ignacio de Loyola Buenos Aires

The Church of San Ignacio, the oldest church in the city and declared a National Historic Monument, is located just one block from Plaza da Mayo. It was built by the Jesuits between 1686 and 1722. The main altar is the original one from the 17th century.

Address: Bolívar 225

Ávila bookstore

The image depicts the exterior of Ávila bookstore in Buenas Aires Argentina, a charming shop specializing in both old and modern books, as indicated by the signs "ANTIGUOS" and "MODERNOS". The bookstore occupies a corner location in a historic yellow building with large display windows inviting passersby to view its extensive collection. The tables with books placed outside suggest a friendly, approachable atmosphere where browsing is encouraged. Pedestrians can be seen walking by, reflecting the bookstore's integration into the daily life of the city. In the background, the spire of a traditional building peeks above the tree line, adding to the urban cultural ambiance of the scene.
Ávila bookstore Buenos Aires

While El Ateneo Grand Splendid was declared the world’s most beautiful bookstore, Ávila bookstore is the oldest bookstore in Buenos Aires. You will find it just opposite the San Ignacio church. 

If you have a passion for literature, make sure to pay a visit to the Ávila bookstore. It is situated on the streets Alsina and Bolívar, very close to Plaza de Mayo. Librería de Ávila was originally called Librería del Colegio. The old sign can still be seen on the façade.

The image captures the cozy interior of Ávila bookstore, filled with an eclectic collection of books and memorabilia. The shelves are tightly packed with books of various sizes and genres, indicating a well-curated selection for bibliophiles. In the center, a large wooden table displays an assortment of books, inviting customers to browse. The atmosphere is enriched by vintage decorative elements, such as a sign for "CAFÉ LITERARIO" and an old-fashioned fan. Pictures and posters adorn the walls and spaces between bookshelves, creating a warm, intellectual ambiance. The bookstore seems to double as a cultural space, possibly hosting literary events, as suggested by the casual arrangement of the displays and the welcoming, unhurried vibe of the place.
Libreria Ávila Buenos Aires

Established in 1785, this bookstore served as a meeting spot for the men who spearheaded the 1810 May Revolution. They would gather here to discuss the future of the independent nation they were trying to create while finding inspiration in books on the French Revolution, which were available on the shelves. Immerse yourself in history by exploring this remarkable site. Entering this bookstore is like going back in time. It has two floors and sells new and used books, antique editions, and postcards. Some of them are ridiculously cheap. Check it out: you might find the perfect gift for a book lover.

It is open Monday – Friday 9:00 – 19:00, Saturday 10:00 – 15:00, and closed on Sundays. Too bad it’s not open on Sundays: it would have made a great combination with a visit to the San Telmo Sunday market.

Address: Adolfo Alsina 500

Estrella pharmacy

The image showcases the interior of the Estrella pharmacy in Buenos Aires, which boasts a stunningly ornate wooden interior reminiscent of a bygone era. The elaborate carvings and dark-stained woodwork, including the shelving and counter, exude an air of classic elegance and craftsmanship. The shelves are stocked with a variety of modern health and body care products, creating a contrast between the historical setting and contemporary merchandise. A pharmacist can be seen behind the counter, seemingly engaged in his work, contributing to the atmosphere of a traditional apothecary. The floor features classic tile work, and the overall ambiance suggests a blend of tradition and modern service.
Estrella pharmacy Buenos Aires

It is not surprising that near the Avila Bookstore, the first bookstore in the city is the first pharmacy – the Estrella Pharmacy. It opened in 1838 and was one of the best pharmacies in Latin America. Hopefully, you won’t need any medicine while you’re in Buenos Aires, but be sure to go inside and take a look at the original furniture and equipment. The staff will allow you to take some pictures but don’t forget to ask permission first and be respectful. The Feria de San Telmo or San Telmo market starts in front of it and the pharmacy is open on Sundays, so you can combine the visits.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 18:30; Saturday – closed; Sunday 9:00 – 15:00.

Address: Defensa 201

Pasaje del Correo (The Post Office Passage)

The Post Office Passage is one of the best-kept secrets in Buenos Aires. When you enter it, you will feel like you are in Paris. It was built in the 1920s by an Italian architect. It used to be the Post office building, hence the name. Today it houses shops, artists’ studios, and restaurants.

TIP for foodies: Two of the restaurants in the passage, Aramburu Relais & Châteaux and Bis Restaurante, are owned by one of Argentina’s most renowned chefs, Gonzalo Aramburu.

Address: Vicente López 1650

Galerías Pacífico

The image captures the grand interior of Galerías Pacífico in Buenos Aires, a renowned shopping center known for its luxurious design and artistic details. The ceiling is adorned with an exquisite mural that depicts vibrant, classical imagery, rich in color and detail, reminiscent of Renaissance art. The architecture of the space is equally impressive, featuring domed arches and a skylight that fills the area with natural light, enhancing the mural's visual impact. Below, the bustling atmosphere of the shopping center is evident, with visitors walking, shopping, and taking photos of the surroundings. The elegance of the mural combined with the modernity of the retail stores creates a unique shopping experience that bridges art and commerce.
Galerías Pacífico Buenos Aires

This is one of the most important shopping centers in Buenos Aires. Needless to say, it is a paradise for shopping lovers. Even if you are not into shopping, it deserves a visit for its outstanding interior and magnificent dome decorated with murals by Argentinean painters. It was built in 1889 for the Au Bon Marché stores. At the same time, department stores such as Harrod’s began to appear. However, it was never used as a department store. Soon after its inauguration, it was sold to the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway, hence the name. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, it housed the National Museum of Fine Arts. Later it was abandoned for decades. It was reopened in 1992 as the shopping center it is today. The building houses also the Borges Cultural Center.

It is open every day from 10:00 – 19:00.

Address: Av. Córdoba 550

The Historic Tram

The image captures a moment on the streets of Buenos Aires with a historic tram in view. The tram, painted in a classic white with blue trimmings, is a traditional, early 20th-century model, its design transporting viewers back to an earlier time in the city's transport history. The street scene around the tram is peaceful, with trees lining the road and a clear sky above. A man appears to be running across the street, adding a dynamic element to the otherwise serene setting. The presence of contemporary vehicles like the silver car parked nearby contrasts with the vintage charm of the tram, illustrating the blend of old and new in the city's daily life. The tram is a functional piece of history, still serving the city and its inhabitants.
The Historic Tram Buenos Aires

You may be surprised to know there is a tram line in Buenos Aires. In the second decade of the 20th century, Buenos Aires was known as the city of trams. It had the highest ratio of trams to population in the world. The first buses (colectivos) appeared and became a serious competitor to the trams in just a few years.  The last tram stopped running in 1963, a few days after the 100th anniversary of the first tram. In the 1980s, an association of tram friends was founded. Its members restore and maintain old trams and a small tram line in the Caballito neighborhood. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, retro trams run for a few hours on the 2 km line. A member of the association stands at the beginning of the line and explains the history of trams in Buenos Aires. Riding the Historic tram is one of the unique things to do in Buenos Aires. Although the ride is free, each passenger receives a ticket, which makes a nice souvenir. There is only one tram with one car and the line to get on is quite long. The trip around Caballito takes about half an hour. You will need public transport to get to the historic tram.

Address: Emilio Mitre y Bonifacio.

Las Violetas café

The image depicts the bustling interior of Cafe Las Violetas in Buenos Aires. The cafe is spacious and filled with natural light, pouring in from the large arched windows with striped awnings. Elegant classical columns and ornate ceiling details give the space a grand and traditional atmosphere. Diners are seated at wooden tables enjoying their meals and conversations, contributing to the lively ambiance. The decor is a mix of traditional and functional, with a display case visible in the background, suggesting the sale of pastries or other delicacies. Overall, the cafe has a welcoming and vibrant feel, indicative of a popular local gathering spot.
Cafe Las Violetas Buenos Aires

You may have already visited the tourists’ favorite and Buenos Aires must see Café Tortoni at Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires. And you may find it surprising that in 2017, the citizens of Buenos Aires voted Café Las Violetas as the most remarkable café in the city. It was opened in 1884. Although located in the Almagro neighborhood, a little off the city center, this elegant café deserves a visit for its Italian marble interior, stained glass decor, sumptuous chandeliers, French furniture, and exquisite delicacies. 

It is open every day from 6:00 – 1:00.

Address: Rivadavia Av. 3899

El Puente de la Mujer

The image shows the iconic Puente de la Mujer, or "Woman's Bridge", in Buenos Aires. It's a striking piece of modern architecture, a pedestrian suspension bridge that features a single mast with cables that create a sleek, asymmetrical silhouette against the skyline. The bridge spans a body of water, connecting two parts of the city. In the background, contemporary buildings and construction cranes suggest ongoing development. One of the buildings prominently displays an advertisement, highlighting the blend of commerce and urban life. The photograph captures the essence of Buenos Aires as a city that marries innovative design with its vibrant, ever-evolving urban landscape.
Puente de la Mujer Buenos Aires

The Women’s Bridge is an iconic landmark in the Puerto Madero neighborhood, designed by the renowned Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava. It is an impressive feat of engineering, featuring one of the largest turning mechanisms in the world to make way for sailing boats. The bridge represents the image of a couple dancing the tango, with the white mast symbolizing the man and the curved silhouette of the bridge symbolizing the woman. In 2022, the bridge underwent a major renovation, replacing the old wood flooring with sustainable slats made from recycled plastic. The paint was also reinforced on the almost 40-meter-high mast. The bridge was officially inaugurated in December 2001, and couples often leave padlocks on the railing as a gesture of immortalizing their union.

Feria de Mataderos

The image shows a lively scene at the Feria de Mataderos in Buenos Aires, a traditional fair known for celebrating Argentine folk culture. There are people in the center dancing to what likely is folk music, with a woman in a vibrant red skirt and a man in a gaucho hat and poncho. They seem to be enjoying a folk dance, smiling and engaging with each other in a public performance. On the stage in the background, another person appears to be addressing the crowd or preparing for a performance. The setting is casual and festive, with other visitors and dancers mingling around the area, and the atmosphere suggests a cultural celebration or event. This image captures the joy and communal spirit of the fair, where tradition is kept alive through music, dance, and social gathering.
Feria de Mataderos Buenos Aires

In the early 1900s, the Mataderos neighborhood was known as New Chicago due to the installation of new slaughterhouses in the area, which drew parallels to the meat industry of the North American city. It wasn’t until years later that the neighborhood was renamed to its current name. 

The image appears to capture a vibrant marketplace scene at the Feria de Mataderos in Buenos Aires, where a stall is filled with colorful handcrafted items. The stall is brimming with a variety of textiles and crafts, including intricately patterned alpaca blankets, traditional dolls in bright costumes, woven bags, and rolled tapestries featuring indigenous designs. The rich colors and patterns of the items reflect the cultural heritage and artisanal skills of the region. In the background, the vendor, a woman appearing focused and perhaps interacting with customers, adds a human element to the scene. The overall impression is one of a lively and culturally rich market where visitors can find unique, locally made souvenirs.
Handcrafted alpaca items at Feria de Mataderos Buenos Aires

On Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Mataderos neighborhood transforms into a lively stage where the most typical customs of Argentina are brought to life. 

At Mataderos Fair you can enjoy a variety of craft stalls, delicious traditional food, gaucho competitions, and free music and folk dances.

The image is a lively depiction of a food stall at Feria de Mataderos in Buenos Aires, showcasing a selection of meats and cheeses typical of Argentine cuisine. Hanging from the top of the stall are various cured meats, such as sausages and salamis, with prices displayed on handwritten signs, indicating a market setting. In the foreground, large blocks of cheese are prominently displayed on the counter, with some varieties such as "SUPER SARDOS" and "SUPER PARMESANO" labeled, and their prices per kilo noted. The atmosphere suggests a bustling market with vendors and customers engaging in the buying and selling of local, artisanal food products. The presence of a payment sign indicates that modern payment methods are accepted, blending traditional market culture with contemporary convenience.
Food stall at Feria de Mataderos Buenos Aires

The full name of the Feria de Mataderos is “Fair of Argentine Popular Crafts and Traditions”.  It has been held weekly for over 30 years and is a declared Cultural Heritage of the City. Feria de Mataderos brings together artists from all over the country. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything from fine silverware to yerba mate, ponchos, blankets, and leather objects. The stalls are located in front of the old National Treasury Market where cattle were once sold for domestic consumption. 

The fair also offers a wide range of delicious gastronomic options, including empanadas, grilled meat, pastries, fried cakes, tamales, and more. 

The image seems to be from a stall at the Feria de Mataderos in Buenos Aires, displaying an assortment of traditional Argentine crafts. On the table, there are various mate cups (gourds) and bombillas (metal straws) which are essential for drinking mate, a cultural beverage in Argentina. The mate cups come in different designs, some are simple while others are ornate with metal rims and decorations. Alongside the mate cups, there are wooden crafts, possibly including bowls and other utensils, showcasing the woodwork skills of local artisans. The stall gives a glimpse into the cultural heritage of Argentina, and the scene is set outdoors under a tent, with customers and vendors engaging, indicative of a lively market atmosphere.
Craftsmanship stall at Feria de Mataderos Buenos Aires

In addition, there are several grills in the surrounding blocks where you can sit down for a hearty lunch.

La Biela Bar

Statues of the brothers Juan and Oscar Galvez, racing drivers, greeting the visitors at the entrance of La Biela bar in Buenos Aires.
La Biela Bar Buenos Aires

There are dozens of bars in Buenos Aires that have been awarded the title of Bar Notable. Great musicians have gathered in them, famous writers have spoken, actors and politicians have met, and they have been the scene of important social events. They are part of the city’s cultural heritage and have been awarded the title of “notable” because of their long history, their original architecture, or their contribution to public life.

The oldest of these bars is La Biela. It opened its doors in 1848 as a grocery store and changed its name several times over the years. In 1950, a group of friends went for a drive in the area. One of them had a broken connecting rod right in front of the bar. They became regulars and named the bar La Biela. The bar has witnessed the evolution and changes in Recoleta. The writers Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sabato, Adolfo Bioi Casares, and Jorge Luis Borges often spoke there. The bar was a meeting place for participants and champions of motorsports.

The image depicts life-size statues of the famed Argentine writers Adolfo Bioy Casares and Jorge Luis Borges sitting at a table in La Biela Bar in Buenos Aires. They are positioned as if engaged in conversation, a tribute to their well-known friendship and intellectual partnership. The statues are situated in the bar's interior, surrounded by patrons and tables, integrating the figures of the two literary icons into the everyday ambiance of the establishment. A photograph on the wall behind them commemorates the real individuals, further enhancing the historical significance of the scene. The setting conveys a sense of Buenos Aires' rich cultural history and its celebration of literary greats.
Adolfo Bioi Casares and Jorge Luis Borges at their reserved table in La Biela Bar Buenos Aires

On its walls, there are many photos dedicated to cars and motorsports. Statues of the brothers Juan and Oscar Galvez, racing drivers, greet visitors at the entrance. 

Inside, there are two other sculptures: Adolfo Bioi Casares and Jorge Luis Borges, sitting at their reserved table.

Address: Av. Pres. Manuel Quintana 596

Basilica Maria Auxiliadora & San Carlos

The image you've uploaded is of the interior of a church with a striking architectural style. The ceiling is decorated with blue and gold motifs, and the walls have alternating patterns of red and white. Stained glass windows add a splash of color to the space, and multiple chandeliers hang from the ceiling, contributing to the grandeur of the setting. Balconies with ornate railings overlook the central nave, which is lined with wooden pews for worshippers. The church appears to be richly adorned, suggesting it could be a significant religious site, possibly with historical value.
Basilica Maria Auxiliadora & San Carlos Buenos Aires

The Basilica Maria Auxiliadora & San Carlos is my personal favorite among the hidden gems of secret Buenos Aires. I found it by chance while searching for Las Violetas café. Though a little off the tourist routes, it is totally worth visiting.  

It was built by the Salesian Order between 1900 and 1910. Its architecture is eclectic, including Roman, Gothic, Lombard, Baroque and Byzantine styles. The lavish and cheerful interior of the basilica contrasts with its sober facade. Its colors are striking with red, blue, and gold predominating. The octagonal dome is supported by 15-meter-high columns with foliage capitals.

Furthermore, this basilica has a great legacy linked to characters that are part of Argentina’s history. Jorge Bergoglio, who, in 2013, became Pope Francis, was baptized in the Basilica Maria Auxiliadora & San Carlos. In turn, Carlos Gardel was part of the choir of this church.

Address: Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen 3999

In conclusion, apart from the best-known tourist attractions, there are many non touristy things to do in Buenos Aires. I hope you have found something to add to your list of free things to do in Buenos Aires. And I am sure that Buenos Aires will enchant you and make you want to come back again and again.

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