As in any big city, in Buenos Aires there are neighborhoods that are recycled and then go from forgotten to top ten; from map stragglers to the apex of the real estate market; from gray semi slum to the epicenter of fashion, design and nightlife. Las Cañitas is one such example: half step between Belgrano and Palermo; with its tall towers, the polo field and their extensive list of bars and restaurants.
The contours of the area are unclear since Las Cañitas is not an official neighborhood but rather the informal name of an area of about twenty blocks that grew with its reputation as a fashionable district. Yet it can be said that it is delimited by avenues Luis Maria Campos, Dorrego, Liberator and Benjamin Matienzo Street, where another area known as "La Imprenta" begins. Everything is within walking distance of the city center, in an area accessible by many buses, trains (Tres de Febrero of Mitre Line station, five minutes from Retiro), or even by subway (the station Ministro Carranza, D line drops you a few blocks).
With Baez Street as the structural axis of the movement, Las Cañitas is presented as an eminently dining district, so much so that gastronomic stores were initially -at late 90s – the ones that changed the face of the neighborhood. Much sushi, lots of cool barbecues and Italian atmosphere make up the offer, among other proposals, of around hundred stores completed by ice cream shops, pubs, cafés and the star of the moment: those sites, mostly at noon, where stand out salads, gourmet sandwiches, juices and healthy proposals. To name a few of the options, including the deans of the neighborhood include: El Primo (Buenos Aires cuisine), La Fonda del Polo (more or less elegant family restaurant), Las Cholas (young grill), Novecento and La Cucina de Michelle (Italian dishes) , Morelia (grilled pizza) and Veggie's & Co (natural foods).
Beyond the undeniable gastronomic strong feature, the area was also inhabited by the original shops of clothing and decoration, to which the presence of icons like the Polo Field (where every November the world's most important event in this sport is played, a magnet for very distinguished people), the Argentine Racecourse (the opposite side of Avenida Libertador) and the adjacent and recycling hall Tattersall, scene of events, exhibitions and auctions of horses.
At sunset Baez Street becomes something like a giant walkway. Even walking turns difficult, although deep none of that matters: it is just to be there and show sideways and watch the tables on the sidewalk giving up, perhaps, to the discreet charm of seeing and being seen. You can find the historic Van Konig (Dutch style) and Jackie O (with its large counter), closely surrounded by the classics Mona (extremely fashion) and Mute (self-defined sound restaurant) and the most recent Antares (brewery) and Lupita (Mexican). All of them are located on Baez, and all without exception are frequented by young and beautiful people.
Just by walking towards Libertador through Avenida Dorrego, bordering the racecourse and cross under the railroad tracks by Marcelino Freyre Street to the beautiful Rose Garden of Palermo. Its Andalucian backyard, its lake, gazebos, beds of roses and the magnificent wooden bridge make it one of the most remarkable parts of this gigantic green lung called Parque Tres de Febrero.
Which is the origin of its curious name of "Las Cañitas"? There it existed until the early twentieth century a country house called like that for its reeds and the path popularly known as "The Way of Las Cañitas." Eventually the area became a predominantly military district until the nineties arrived hard night and gastronomic life. But the truth is that today Cañitas skin changes again, keeping its mark of bars and restaurants but also establishing itself as a family neighborhood, with people at any time and the corresponding proliferation of stores, drugstores, schools, new buildings and old mansions forever. Thus lives the chic district and night with the daily life of an ordinary neighborhood in this small region as unique as Buenos Aires.