Buenos Aires City
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a bustling, multicultural metropolis, home to some three million porteños (literally ‘people from the port’), spectacular architecture and a wholly seductive arts and cultural scene. It is one of the largest and most prominent cities in Latin America, and will host several G20 meetings, including the Leaders’ Summit.
Porteños’ passion for tango music and dance, football, fashion and food are visible in every corner of the city. Its galleries and museums, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, bars and theatres shape the city's character as one of the cultural capitals of the region. The city boasts a larger concentration of theatres, bookstores and football stadia than any other city in the world.
Entrepreneurship and innovation drive the city’s economy. It has produced four out of the region’s five unicorn startups to have reached a stock value of USD 1 billion, all in the tech sector. The audiovisual content created in its studios and distributed across the Spanish-speaking world contributes in large part to why services make up for more than 70% of its economy.
- Population: 3 million
- Area: 203 km²
- Top export: Services and chemical products
About Buenos Aires
Recoleta and Palermo are the city’s most popular residential neighbourhoods, known for their French architecture, leafy plazas and quirky sidewalk cafés. Over 6,400 statues, sarcophagi, coffins and crypts commemorate some of Argentina’s most celebrated sons and daughters, not least Eva Peron, in the famous Recoleta Cemetery, a labyrinthine city of the dead.
One of the city’s most prominent, eye-catching landmarks, the Colón Theatre is the city’s sumptuous home for the performing arts. A world-class forum for opera, ballet and classical music, the Colón has a history as rich as its repertoire and superb acoustics, with the likes of Igor Stravinsky, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti and Rudolf Nureyev gracing its stage over the years.
San Telmo and Monserrat are Buenos Aires’ most historic neighborhoods. On Sundays, San Telmo’s cobblestone streets fill with a sprawling antique and flea market which meanders through the rough-and-tumble area out of Plaza Dorrego. Monserrat is the heart of the city’s political life, anchored on each side by the presidential palace (the Casa Rosada or Pink House) and the National Congress.
From the deafening roar of the Bombonera, home to Maradona’s beloved Boca Juniors, to the altogether more subtle sounds of the tango’s bandoneon, La Boca is a vibrant, colourful neighbourhood around the old port where blue collar immigrants, mostly Italians, made a home for themselves during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Buenos Aires was declared Ibero-American Culinary Capital of 2017 thanks to the diversity and excellence of its gastronomy. Much of its heritage comes from immigrant communities from Spain, Italy, Germany, Peru and Bolivia, among others.