Architecture, nature, history, arts or shopping. Buenos Aires offers short street, passageway and avenue tours, few block tours, to improve the art of loitering aimlessly.
THE BEST KNOWN: CLASSIC AND CHARMING
The Parisian energy of is showed through Alvear Avenue, one of its best achieved samples. Homes are built according to the criteria of the French academic style that were once family homes, today are buildings for hotels, clubhouses and foreign embassies. The tour can start at “Plaza Francia” and must continue with the typical visit to Alvear Hotel (Alvear Ave. 1891). Once reaching , you should walk around the (Alvear Ave. 1661), and finish the ride on one of the French local landscapes: the square surrounded by the intersection of Alvear, Arroyo, Libertad and Cerrito.
Located between Carlos Pellegrini and Esmeralda streets. Crossing is like crossing a border, so while Arroyo becomes almost the continuing street of Alvear, it deserves a special chapter in this list. If at the other side of the curve that traces its route someone had installed an the recreation of would’ve been perfect. Luckily, nobody did it. Instead, Arroyo is a four block race that can last an entire afternoon with its numerous art galleries, designer boutiques and antique shops. You want a gourmet break, then you have “Hotel Sofitel” (Arroyo 841), restaurant Farinelli (Arroyo 900), or the trendy bar “Florería Atlántico” (Arroyo 872).
If you want to meet the true energy of Puerto Madero, one of the youngest neighborhoods of the city, you should dive into some of its side streets called “Madero Este”. Five minutes from the bustle of downtown, Juana Manso Avenue honors the name of its illustrious name. There’re thirteen blocks that cross the area, painting a landscape as flawless as bewildering. On one side, you find very modern buildings of moderate heights; on the other side, parks and squares with some skyscrapers on the horizon. Beyond, the river and the ecological reserve. Can you imagine walking by Rad Bradbury Mars? Well, the same in the silence of Puerto Madero.
THE MOST SECRET: GEMS THAT ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW
Many think this is the most attractive Street in ; but there’s no doubt everybody feels amazed by the beauty of the tunnel trees twenty meters high, which extends from Olazabal to La Pampa in the charming neighborhood of Belgrano R (R residential). It’s a journey of six blocks where nature, cobblestone and exquisite architecture coexist. The reason is Melian is an avenue, but different from the others: its wide sidewalks, houses and mansions in the English style, and the elegance of belonging to the Principality of Belgrano R. If you are visiting it during summer, you'll enjoy its microclimate five degrees below in the air.
Very close to Alto Palermo Mall (Santa Fe Ave. 3253), the two blocks that make up Bollini passageway -from Pacheco de Melo to French streets- are a cute invitation to deviate from the shopping day and walking leisurely through the narrow paths that only allow the passage of one person at a time. The passage memories save malevos stories and knife fights. Today, a bohemian and cultural walk, you can take coffee in the elegant bar “La Dama de Bollini” (Bollini 2281), where tango or jazz concerts, art exhibitions and poetry meetings are organized. You can’t miss it: Pay attention to light worthy of a picture that completely changes the landscape from morning to afternoon.
Caseros Avenue is long, but here we will suggest you a two -amazing- block walk. Caseros Avenue opens behind "Parque Lezama", where you’ll find the National Historic Museum (Defensa 1600), a renewed postcard town since 2007 when it was transformed into a boulevard with lanterns and groves. Embellished by its ancient buildings, thearea became a gastronomic center that ends up giving it a cosmopolitan air with several restaurants in less than 100 meters. Canopies, umbrellas, tables and colored lights make these two blocks one of the most attractive routes in the city.
Intervened with glass facades, tiles and Venetian mosaics by the artist Marino Santa María, these four narrow cobbled streets –between Suarez and Brandsen Street- are the most cheerful and colorful tour of Barracas neighborhood. The story goes that St. Mary restored the front of his house with the technique of mosaics and its neighbors liked it so much that he was asked to replicate the work in front of their houses.
BY CECILIA ACUÑA
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