I always wanted to go to Buenos Aires with the children. The Paris of Latin America. And now, I was here, what were we going to do in such an amazing city? The first day we just wandered around town, visited the world famous La Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron and many other important families and celebrities are buried. Had some lunch at one of the restaurants in Puerto Madero waterfront on the Rio de la Plata riverbank, representing the latest architectural trends of the city. After lunch we visited the cathedral of Buenos Aires, which is located in the city center, overlooking Plaza de Mayo.
The next day we took a hop on, hop off bus and visited the cities highlights. My daughter loved “La Casa Rosada”, in English “The Pink House”, the official office of the President of Argentina. The weather was wonderful so we sat on top of the bus in open air, and watched the beautiful buildings and neighborhoods fly by. We just got off where we wanted. Not every neighborhood in Buenos Aires is safe, so be careful as where to get off, our bus driver was well informed and protective and warned us if we needed to take extra care in a certain area, but it’s better to be knowledgeable beforehand.
During our shopping day we went to Palermo Soho where you can find many boutiques and nice little cafes to have lunch or a coffee while watching the locals stroll by.
The Intercontintal hotel, where we were staying, was an excellent choice for families. Luxurious, with a pool to splash around for the kids, a spa and fitness room for adults. The hotel offered excellent babysitting services so my husband and I had a wonderful date night here, something we honestly don’t do everywhere.
Here are some awesome things to do in Buenos Aires with kids. And a few things to do without, maybe on a date-night. If you follow this list you will for sure see all the major highlights of this wonderful city. Use it as a check-list. It works really well.
- Visit La Recoleta cemetery at La Recoleta;
- The Hop On, Hop Off bus;
- Lunch or dinner at Puerto Madero;
- See a polo match in Palermo;
- Watch a game of football at La Bombanera of La Boca Juniors;
- Shopping at the boutiques of Palermo Soho;
- Go out on a date night and see the Argentinians dance the tango and maybe try to dance as well.
Intercontinental Hotel Buenos Aires
809 Moreno St., Buenos Aires
Located in the city, close to the famous neighbourhood of San Telmo.
As valued members of IHG we were upgraded to the Presidential Suite. However, we had originally booked two adjoining rooms, looking beautiful as well. For large families you can book rooms with two double beds. The rooms are clean, spacious, modern and offer all up to date facilities.
The breakfast in the hotel is wonderful. The hotel offers an international restaurant as well and two bars.
Services and amenities for kids
For an overview of the services and amenities for kids at this hotel click here. Amenities provided by the hotel in green.
The hotel is located next to a Starbucks for a nice cup of Starbucks coffee. The concierge is very helpful in finding nice restaurants for lunch and/or dinner outside the hotel. The hotel provides a shuttle service to these restaurants as well upon request.
Gran Parilla del Plata – San Telmo
Experience: This place used to be an old butcher. You still feel the antique surroundings when having dinner. The meat is fantastic, actually all the food is. There is no special kids menu but if your kids love good meat and fries, like most children do, they’ll enjoy eating here. The staff is extremely friendly and speaks English quite well.
Cabaña Las Lilas – Puerto Madero
Experience: We ate here twice! Once for lunch and we returned a day later for dinner. Both times the food was delicious. During lunch the children received balloons and coloring books. The Argentinian meat was of high quality. If you’re not a meat lover this would not be your first choice restaurant. The restaurant is casual and is absolutely perfect with the kids.
Osaka – Palermo
Jun-Aug is Winter
Spring and Autumn are ideal times to visit. As the weather is great and there is a lot to do.
Summer can feel really hot and winter very chilly due to the position of Buenos Aires in the proximity of the River Plate.
Below is the current temperature and forecast for the next days in Buenos Aires, decide for yourself if it’s tempting or not.