Popular Neighborhoods In Buenos Aires

Profiles of the best loved barrios in the city

You'll see them listed in tour book after tour book - all the must-go barrios of Buenos Aires. If you are having a hard time figuring out your Puerto Madero from your Palermo this list can help. Find out where you can see those famous colorful houses, which spot has a bridge devoted to the fairer sex, and where to shop 'til you drop.

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    Puerto Madero

    In Buenos Aires, the Puerto Madero water walk way.
    ••• Puerto Madero water walk way. Photo courtesy of Richie Diesterheft.

    Puerto Madero is situated along the Rio de la Plata, a construction of four docks (or diques) lined with cobble-stone streets, red-brick buildings, and freshly minted tourist spots. Previously a collection of industrial warehouses, abandoned once the port was deemed too small, the new area takes advantage of a picturesque waterway and dramatic Women's Bridge at its center drawing wealthy portenos and foreigners to live, work, and play. Be sure to check out the two massive retired naval vessels that bob in the waters betwen the docks of Puerto Madero. They double as museums.

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    A welcome sign in San Telmo, Buenos Aires.
    ••• A welcome sign in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. Photo courtesy of http://www.for91days.com.

    San Telmo is one of the oldest barrios in Buenos Aires. Once a wealthy district, turned run-down tenent housing, turning bustling tourism spot the area offers a classic Argentine experience from tango dancers in the street to the smell of steak in the air. On Sunday, Defensa Street fills up with merchants, artists, dancers, antique sellers, and the tourists they cater to for the weekly antique fair. Many hotels and hostels have sprung up to accomodate San Telmo's popularity.

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    Recoleta

    One of the many performers in Plaza Francia, in Recoleta, a nice neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
    ••• One of the many performers in Plaza Francia, in Recoleta, a nice neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Photo courtesy of Sandra Gutrejde Suarez.

    Recoleta is a one of the fanciest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. A mix of posh eateries, cafes, and bars. These plus the hustle and bustle of its Plaza Francia, design mall, nearby art museums and a cemetery that holds the tomb of Argentina's famous first lady, Evita, draw many visitors through out the year. The barrio is also renowned for its French architecture, monuments, and green spaces. Spend a weekend afternoon in Plaza Francia smelling candied almonds in the air and watching singers, dancers, artists, and performers.

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    A painting in the Museo Evita, a museum about Eva Peron.
    ••• A painting in the Museo Evita, a museum about Eva Peron. Photo courtesy of Skye Brannon.

    Visitors could easily spend all of their time in Palermo and still not make it to all of the attractions that call the barrio home. Some of these hot tourist spots include the Museo Evita, Jardin Zoologico, Jardin Japonese, and MALBA art museum, but these are just a few. The largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, this barrio has been unofficially subdivided into several distinct sub-barrios. The divisions are not exact and can be a bit confusing at times. This article will help you distinguish the Palermo Viejo from the Bosques de Palermo from Alto Palermo.

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    La Boca

    A colorful scene from the El Caminito street that goes through La Boca.
    ••• A colorful scene from the El Caminito street that goes through La Boca. Photo courtesy of seretide.

    La Boca may be the most photographed barrio in Buenos Aires. The colorful houses and businesses that line El Caminito street are mainstays of postcards and pictures home. The Boca Junior soccer team's stadium, La Bombonera is located in La Boca and offers tours during the day. Tickets for most games are available, except for tournaments or big rivalry games, which often sell out. You'll also find an art museum in La Boca, the Museo de bellas Artes de La Boca, and a wax museum, Museo de Cera de La Boca.

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    Teatro Colon, in Buenos Aires Argentina.
    ••• Teatro Colon, in Buenos Aires Argentina. Photo courtesy of http://www.for91days.com.

    Centro, also referred to as San Nicolas, is the center of business in Buenos Aires. You'll see many suited people bustling between the skyscrapers walking next to ambling tourists looking for landmarks like the Obelisk, one of Buenos Aires' most famous. This area has many hotels, restaurants, museums, and shopping spots such as Avenida Florida. The beautiful Teatro Colon, one of the world's most famous opera houses, is also in this area.

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    Monserrat

    Casa Rosada, the government house of Argentina.
    ••• Casa Rosada, the government house of Argentina. Photo courtesy of http://www.for91days.com.

    Monserrat is home to some of Argentina's most important buildings, including the Casa Rosada where presidents have and still do greet the public. Monserrat includes two large and impressive plazas in Plaza del Congreso and Plaza de Mayo. Plaza del Congreso, aptly, is situated just in front of a large Neoclassical building in which the two seats of parliament do their work.

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    Don't Forget the Rest!

    Museo Argentina de Ciencias Naturales (Museum of Natural History), Caballito, Buenos Aires.
    ••• Museo Argentina de Ciencias Naturales (Museum of Natural History), Caballito, Buenos Aires. Photo courtesy of http://www.for91days.com.

    Although they may have not gotten an extended right up in this summary, there are many outer barrios that are worth a visit. Belgrano is the best place to go for Asian fare, particulary its Barrio Chino section. Abasto boasts the Museo Casa Carlose Gardel, and has a large mall that houses the only kosher McDonalds outside of Isreal as well as the Museo de Los Ninos, a playland of sorts complete with a ferris wheel. Caballito offers a terrific science museum in the Museo Argentina de Ciencias Naturales. Although it does not enjoy as much fanfare as the Recolecta Cemetery, Chacarita has a beautiful Cementerio de la Chacarita, a fascinating area to wander around.

     

     

    Sources:

    The Rough Guide to Buenos Aires, Rough Guides, May 2008 edition.

    http://landingpadba.com - City Guide