La Boca
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Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous walkway, the Caminito, where tango dancers perform and artists exhibit their work.
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Neighbourhood: La Boca
A neighbourhood defined by its immigrant roots, La Boca still maintains this past alive in its streets today. Due to its proximity to the river, the neighbourhood became the preferred settling area for immigrants of a wide variety of origins, who ended up living together in the conventillos. Thus, these houses became a melting pot of different cultures and traditions that birthed creations like tango and lunfardo. Nowadays, this legacy can be seen and felt on Caminito Street, which welcomes visitors with colourful facades, cobblestones, and street artists showcasing their skills. Just like its neighbor San Telmo, La Boca is one of the prime destinations to experience the traditions and customs that originated from the city’s immigrant past and which have shaped its distinct identity.
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  • too_few_trips_1
    Irvine, California937 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist mecca, not worth a special trip
    La Boca seems to be structured to serve tourists who want to see a historic neighborhood relatively close to downtown in Buenos Aires (we walked). There are some good restaurants, but most of the shops focus on mass produced tourist kitsch. The colorful buildings are pretty. The port less so. It pays to get a few blocks away from the touristy streets to get a sense of what the neighborhood really looks like if you are in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Idrivealotmaine
    37 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good during the day
    This is a very colorful place and full of shops. The downside is that everybody knows not to go here at night. I think it could be a lot of fun as a great night spot if it was safer. The Tango street dancers were fun and talented.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
  • DrCDB
    Chile1,007 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Souvenirs
    These couple of blocks are full of souvenir shops, restaurants and other type of stores selling Argentinian products. Very quick walk if you are just going to look around. Several restaurants have tango dancers!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • olga070655
    San Justo, Argentina86 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful and friendly
    Interesting place ,definitely very helpful people ,everyone very friendly. Way too.many tourists for my taste ,the food and shows we're great ,food was not cheap . They should work on cleaning the restaurants bathrooms , and putting more seats and public bathrooms all over ,too many people !
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 December 2023
  • Ruth C
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like a big street party
    We have walked extensively around BA and loved everything about each district. La Boca is totally unique, very photogenic. The main streets are really crowded with tourists but the atmosphere is like a big street party. Didn't get a chance to eat but there's a good mix of street food, pizza, asado, etc and it smelt great.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • GlobetrottingSwede
    Paris, France4,004 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic neighborhood
    Historic and colorful neighborhood where European immigrants first landed in Argentina. Plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops for tourists, but still worth a visit. Make sure to visit during the daytime, since some places are closed at night and criminals come out.. Tip: several local buses take you there from downtown.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • Rick D
    Durham, North Carolina14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    La Boca, beautiful, we felt safe, but...
    We took the free walking tour. But you need to specify El Caminito. Tour was very nice. Ate good empanadas for almost nothing. We made sure we stayed in the tourist area. The day before, at 5pm, we stupidly tried to get an Uber. The poor 18 year old said it's too dangerous. All we had put in Uber was La Boca, which probably was a lousy location. Anyway, the Uber was $1.30USD. so I felt bad, gave him the money for his troubles, and gave him a tip anyway for his troubles. At the hotel, they told us ONLY EL CAMINITO. But we felt perfectly safe among the throngs of tourists. And by the way, Uber in Buenos Aires was great. Never a problem.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Marni K
    419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still bustling on a hot day, very fun and colorful
    Even in the midst of an excruciatingly hot day, the place was swarming with tourists. Still a fun experience but don't need to spend more than a few hours. That gives time to shop the many vendors--and some had wonderful work at reasonable (at least compared to USA) prices. We saw some dancing, we did not eat in any of the multitude of restaurants because we opted for something with air conditioning, we dodged the incredible hustle and bustle of the crowds, we took a few photos. Very entertaining, felt very safe, and I'm happy that I experienced it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina70,534 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colourful & vibrant
    Love the mix of colours and artwork on the buildings, and comic characters in this working class neighbourhood. La Boca is a wall-writers/painters haven. Good place to relax in a cafe, restaurant or bar, to enjoy some Argentinian drinks and foods, and get a feel of the vibes and local scenery. In the shops and on the streets, you can buy beautiful works of art, souvenirs, and more. For 5,000 pesos each, I bought ten Messi T-shirts to give as gifts. Be careful with your valuables. I kept mine in zipped pockets.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 February 2024
  • REJB97
    97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful, fun, but be careful.
    Coloful, interesting, gritty, and touristy. We enjoyed it. My suggestion is to visit it with a guide (like we did) who knows the area and can keep things safe and enjoyable. Get a choripan sandwich for lunch. If you go on your own, be cautious and stay in the safe area - DO NOT wander outside of the Caminito street area on your own at any time of day or night and do not visit the Laboca area at all after 6pm. (this was advice given over and over by locals).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2024
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia24,421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Got to look around La Boca on a couple of occasions and it was a vibrant but poor section of the city. Originally home to the immigrants & port workers, today it is mostly tourist businesses. But both tour guides advised to not visit after dark, which is sad as it looked like it was made for nightlife? After strolling around for nearly 2 hours we decided to get lunch, so Empanadas it was but sadly couldn't organise a tour of the Juniors soccer stadium!
Written 11 May 2024
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HappyNorwegians
Bergen, Norway593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
You really need to visit and eat something in this area when you visit Buenos Aires. This was our second time to La Boca and we saw two totally different areas and ate at two different restaurants. I am glad we returned here again during this visit as La Boca is a lot larger than I thought it was. We saw totally new and different things during these two visits. It was colorful and interesting to hear about its origins. It was a fun place to visit during the Day. (We were warned not to walk around here at night though.)
Written 6 May 2024
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Pleased to have come here. Bustling, lively, hectic, cosmopolitan and driven feel. Lots of artists and both quality and spontaneous graffiti. Should have taken more pix.
Written 3 May 2024
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sarrang
Edinburgh, UK163 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I found the main tourist street area to be grubby and very expensive, in places very noisy. We found a reasonable restaurant near to where the buses stop, just away from the main tourist area (a good rule is don’t eat where tourists eat!). The area is playing in the tourist trade from La Boca stadium. Very disappointed in the place. A few coloured buildings, not worth the trip.
Written 20 April 2024
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
La Boca is a neighborhood around the mouth of a small river which enters Rio de la Plata (boca = mouth). The neighborhood itself is generally used to also refer to El Caminito, which is a small street/area within it. We visited mainly El Caminito as part of a city bike tour, although we also stopped for a short time at La Bombanero, the football / soccer stadium for the local team. The places we stopped are quite touristy, and I believe otherwise the area isn't all that safe, especially at night. We enjoyed our stops and the colors on both the stadium and in El Caminito, but I don't think we would have otherwise made a special trip to see them.
Written 5 April 2024
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50cab50
Bracknell, UK364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took an Uber to La Boca as an add-on to San Telmo Sunday market.

Wow - it was absolutely buzzing. Such a different atmosphere to genteel Buenos Aires. It was Easter weekend so possibly busier than usual, and there were street/restaurant performers everywhere- drummers, tango dancers, singers, even dogs wearing soccer supporter kit! Such a vibe! If they were performing in your restaurant then a hat would go round for your pesos.

There is a photo opportunity everywhere you look - buildings, food, performers, things being sold. I loved it.
Written 1 April 2024
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Rachel G
46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very touristy. Lots of bars and shops around. We went on a stop for a tour and were told to stay in a one block area because pick pocketing is very common here. It was very bright and pretty to see. We were only here around 30-40 minutes because it was only one block we were looking at. Was fine!
Written 30 March 2024
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The feel is that of a small seaside village. Very touristy but a relaxing trip from downtown Buenos Aires, perfect for a dulce de leche or a beer. When I visited there a small carnival-like parade passed through. You can get a photo with a Maradona look-alike at the Boca soccer club.
Written 30 March 2024
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Ah, La Boca. La Boca was THE highlight of our trip to Buenos Aires. La Boca is a very impoverished area of Buenos Aires (really a slum) that is part of their tourist zone. It looks rough but police are everywhere and I assure you that it is save to go here. Perhaps a guide might be in order! Lots going on here including great restaurants and souvenir shops. Don't miss this.
Written 21 March 2024
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BrianPhotos
Seattle, WA5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Went with 2 friends and were robbed only 2 blocks away from the main tourist street in the mid-afternoon by 3 guys, one with a knife. Locals didn’t care, almost like this is just an every day occurrence. I'm a savvy tourist and have travelled to 28 countries without any problems except in La Boca and an attempted pick pocket in Buenos Aires. If you do go to La Boca, take a taxi directly to the tourist strip and back and don’t go even one block out of the zone. Don’t carry much on you. We didn’t have any visible valuables on us and still got robbed.
Written 8 March 2024
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