Porteños are pretty predictable. At rush hours city streets are crowded and as soon as the first tear balmy spring appears it becomes a daring find a bar with free tables on the sidewalk. Similarly, sunny Sunday, parks and squares are filled with souls who, in view of all, tan, run, play, walk the dog, kick a ball, make a picnic or drink mate. And in this plan there are several possibilities that the metropolis offers: more or less elegant; near or far from downtown; with river, lake or artificial source. Saavedra is part of this list as one of the most noble and kind to rest from the urban maelstrom destinations.

A typical Buenos Aires Sunday is the quintessential destination Saavedra neighborhood: it is a peaceful place, full of green spaces and, as if that were not enough, you breathe oxygen and history

Between trees and luxury houses

Saavedra is located in the north end of town. One of its most salient edges is that it is a quiet neighborhood and residential profile, although of course, also keeps its bustling shopping areas concentrated mainly around the avenues Cabildo and Balbin. But its inner streets, many lined with low houses and leafy groves, in certain sections often reveal a charming provincial atmosphere.

Reaching Saavedra is very simple: you can take a bus; Mitre train line (from Retiro to the station called, precisely, Saavedra); or perhaps cycling by bike path Gorriti-Martinez-Superí (its path reaches almost to the gates of the neighborhood), or that of Figueroa Alcorta-Liberator that in Nuñez links with Avenida Garcia at the river starting from there a kind of between parks” path.

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Preferred Parks

The area forms a perfect triangle (comprised by Andonaegui, Crisologo Larralde and General Paz streets) surrounded almost entirely by green spaces: Park Presidente Sarmiento at north (the largest sports center in the city), Padre Carlos Mugica Park at west and at south General Paz Park. The latter appear contiguous -united by a kind of isthmuses- and they are every weekend filled with families, youth groups, children, the elderly and young couples whose favorite activity is to deploy chairs, tables, tablecloths, snacks to spend the day outdoors on a lawn thick enough and always under the welcome shade of the trees.

The space also offers walking trails, playgrounds, exercise stations, a small artificial lake, a mill (!), a carousel and even a museum called "Saavedra Historical Museum", which works in a colonial style building and retains interesting rooms on Juan Manuel de Rosas, a few works of art and antiques as a variety of combs, fans, jewels, medals and banknotes. Its exact location is Crisólogo Larralde 6309 and it opens on weekends between 10 am and 8 pm.

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Saavedra Historical Museum

A thirty blocks away, another green option is the Saavedra Park oval in shape and encompassed by Garcia del Rio, Vilela and Perez Roque streets. Porteños families also prefer this place because it has a craft fair and a path for bicycling and walking on inline skates.

A town inside another town

It pays to walk around Brigadier Cornelio Saavedra town, a place really different not only because it is a kind of sub-district, but most of all because of its elegant appearance and its unique history. This suburb was born, in fact, during the first government of Juan Domingo Peron (1946-1952) as a set of social housing which then, over time, stayed up to date to turn the area into one of the most desirable residential enclaves in Buenos Aires with its chalets, its curved streets and narrow sidewalks.

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Land of characters

If Saavedra has a musical icon, is undoubtedly Roberto "El Polaco" Goyeneche, one of the most famous tango singers in the history of the genre. He is a huge, beloved and world-famous person in the neighborhood who was born in 1926 and lived there for most of his life until his

death in 1994. Where to find Polaco in Saavedra? Over ten years ago these streets run between Avenida Roberto Goyeneche: very wide, tree-lined, a boulevard in the center and showing between block and block graffiti and colorful murals all alluding to tango.

Another cultural zone markings is the novel Adán Buenosayres, published by Leopoldo Marecha in 1948l, it takes place almost entirely between the districts of Villa Crespo and Saavedra. In fact identifying that story with these streets is such that on several occasions visits to their most representative sites have been organized, such as the gardens of the Historical Museum, a place to which the characters of the novel made a daunting trip and where it stands today, silent, a bust of Marechal.

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Roberto "El Polaco" Goyeneche

Bonus track: Malls and entertainment

Saavedra neighborhood keeps within its contours DOT mall, one of the newest mall centers in the city with over 150 local brands, a dozen cinemas, two food courts, gym, spa and playground.

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