Neighborhoods With Top Tourist Attractions
"The afternoons in Buenos Aires have this… well, you know.” Multifaceted and extensive as few (it has 48 districts, spread over 202 km2), the city has so much to offer and to visit, that it is too hard to choose what to see and where to go . Therefore, we decided to tell you which are the 5 barrios that you cannot miss in your first visit to the city of Buenos Aires.
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If you want to take an "argentine express" course, these are the most distinctive zones of Buenos Aires. Although each one has its own imprint, both barrios have a mystique in common: love for argentine barbecue, passion for football and respect for tango. In this area, it is where you will be able to experience 100% our most autochthonous culture. The streets of San Telmo, with their ancient lanterns, century-old houses and tree-lined squares, are synonymous of milonga. Visit the Dorrego Square (Humberto 1º to 400), the antiques of the San Telmo Market (Defensa and Carlos Calvo), walk the Comicata Boleuvard (Defensa and Chile), spy the pieces of the presidential goldsmith Juan Pallarols (Defensa 1044), enter the National Historical Museum (Defensa 1600), walk through the Lezama Park (Paseo Colon Avenue and Brazil), take a beverage in the most emblematic places, such as Sur (United States 299) or El Viejo Almacén (Independencia Avenue 303) and let yourself be carried away by the cobblestone streets.
A little further to the southeast, next to the Riachuelo, is the famous barrio La Boca, as authentic as it is nationalist, which concentrates the essence of our folklore. Do not miss the 150 meters of Caminito, the most colorful street in the city (Del Valle Iberlucea and Magallanes). Do not miss to appreciate the port murals of Quinquela Martín. Try without hesitation, the typical Argentine asado in one of its picturesque steak house (most are concentrated on the streets Iberlucea, Magallanes, and Garibaldi). Try the 2x4 with some of the tango dancers on the sides of the Riachuelo, do not be ashamed, everyone do it! Take a picture in La Bombonera, the Boca Juniors Stadium that saw Diego Armando Maradona shine (Brandsen 805). Oh, and if you feel far from home, enter the Shrine Our Lady Mother of the Emigrants: contains a reliquary with land from all countries (Necochea 312).
It is the youngest barrio in all of Buenos Aires and the most sought after in Latin America. With only 26 years of life and a privileged location near the river, it is today the symbol of a renewed and exclusive city. It has feminine streets (all are named after influential women in the history and culture of Argentina) and stands out as an exquisite and distinguished gastronomic and hotel pole. What to do: go for a walk and taste the fresh air by the Ecological Reserve, there are 350 hectares of flora and fauna that border the River Plate (Achával Rodríguez Avenue 1550). At the entrance, take a photo in the marble fountain Las Nereidas, one of the most beautiful works of the artist Lola Mora. And to appreciate the latest in Argentine art, take a selfie at the Monument to Tango, along with the 3.5 meter-high bandoneon located at Azucena Villaflor and Aime Painé. Cross the emblematic Woman's Bridge, the heart of Puerto Madero (Juana Manuela Gorriti 900). Visit some of its museums: there is something for everyone, from the Immigration Museum, the Humor Museum, the Fragata Sarmiento Ship, the Faena Arts Center (Aime Paine 1169) and even the private collection of international artists, such as Warhol, Rodin or Berni, of the entrepreneur Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat (Olga Cossettini 141). Do not forget to have a drink in one of the many bars located near the docks or try a classic choripán in one of the food carts that are on Achával Rodríguez Avenue.
If you want to witness the most emblematic images of the city and know part of its history, this is your place. Our downtown is in an area of 60 blocks where there are 8 places that you cannot miss if you want to show your way through Buenos Aires. What you cannot miss: The Pink House, our House of Government, presidential seat (Balcarce 50). Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral where Pope Francis officiated at Mass and visit the mausoleum of General San Martín, guarded by his immobile grenadiers (Rivadavia Avenue, corner of San Martín). A few meters away, you have El Cabildo: symbol of the revolution of May 1810 (Bolívar 65). Walk to the icon of the city, the Obelisk (located on the widest avenue in the world, on July 9, and Corrientes Avenue). Just 2 streets east, you will find the Colón Theater, one of the most important lyrical theaters in the world that you can visit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Cerrito 618). Then, we recommend you to go down Córdoba Avenue until you reach the Galerías Pacífico Shopping Center, where you will see the extraordinary dome painted by the best artists of the city (Florida 753). When you left, experience a walk along the main road: Florida Street, the pedestrian local street, full of shops and souvenirs to take away.
It was baptized as the "Paris of South America" for being the most elegant and chic place of all Buenos Aires. Getting lost in its streets is the best thing that can happen to you. Do not forget to walk along Alvear Avenue, you will see the residences of the Belle Époque, such as the Álzaga Unzué palaces (Four Seasons Hotel), the Pereda (residence of Brazil), the Ortiz Basualdo (French Embassy), or the Duhau residence (Park Hyatt Hotel), among others. An image that is going to keep your retina will be that of the Monument Floralis Generica, a silver flower of 20 meters high that opens at sunrise and closes at nightfall (Figueroa Alcorta Avenue 2301). Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, one with the most complete works in Latin America (Libertador Avenue 1473). Crossing Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, do not forget to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and, next to it, the Recoleta Cemetery, a real museum of outdoor sculptures where the mausoleums of great personalities, such as the one of Eva Perón. In front, you will see La Biela, the rest-bar where the most important writers were inspired, such as Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares (President Manuel Quintana and President Roberto M. Ortiz Avenues). And, ten blocks away, you have a theater that was converted into the second most important bookstore in the world: the Ateneo Grand Splendid (Santa Fe Avenue 1860), an architectural and intellectual jewel unique in America.
The new hipster culture is here: the vintage taste, diverse and independent, is concentrated between homes and Premium offices of recycled factories, colonial mansions, modern towers, bars and cafes of minimalist imprint, author food, local avant-garde designs, art, music and alternative theater, fairs where retro aesthetics predominates and, above all, a lot of green space. With 156 blocks, it is the biggest barrio in Buenos Aires, which explains and justifies that it has been divided into so many Palermos at the same time. Today there are 19 sub-areas and each one has its own imprint; like Palermo Soho (gastronomic and cultural area) or Palermo Hollywood (where audiovisual producers are concentrated). If what you are looking for is to know Buenos Aires trends, any of the Palermos is your place. If you go after some outdoor recreation, El Rosedal, the Japanese Garden or the Forests de Palermo (which have a lake that allows rowing) are your go to. Do not miss the chance to visit the Serrano Square, its fair and the bars that surround it. It is ideal to take a vegan juice, a craft beer, a coffee created by baristas, or ask for a gourmet lunch in one of its sidewalks. In an approximate radius of 6 blocks, you will find a variety of brands and clothing stores or boutique style decoration; some with incredible prices. The nightlife is very intense: the lights of the pubs, bars, restaurants and discotheques with their own terrace invite you to meet people and listen to good music without a time limit. Palermo has style, is bohemian, with creativity and dynamism. It is, nothing less, that the heart of the Buenos Aires movement.
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