Neighborhood

Information on tourist neighborhoods of Buenos Aires

microcentro Centre: Located in the south of the city, it encompasses the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada (government palace), the Cathedral and the main governmental buildings. In the centre you can enjoy a walk along Florida street, the largest and most important pedestrian street in the city, full of clothing and leather stores, restaurants, bookshops and the exclusive mall Galerías Pacífico. The Kavanagh building, the first skyscraper in BA, is at the other end of Florida street, behind Plaza San Martín. Also situated in the central area are the Colon Theatre, considered to be one of the most splendid opera houses in the world, and the Obelisk, Buenos Aires’ most iconic monument.
recoleta Recoleta: firmly established as a cult district in Buenos Aires, Recoleta has most of the best hotels, fashion boutiques, exclusive restaurants, art galleries and museums along its wide European style avenues. This is an area of parks where tourists and wealthy argentines idle their hours away. At weekends, Recoleta hosts street shows, market fairs, art exhibitions and concerts. The advantages of staying in this area: the elegant residences, green areas, excellent services, central location near popular tourist attractions.
palermo Palermo: the largest and greenest neighborhood in the city, Palermo is subdivided into smaller distinct areas: Palermo Chico, Palermo Viejo, Palermo Soho, Palermos Hollywood and Las Cañitas. In its more than 350 acres of parks, woods and lakes –designed by French landscape architect Charles Thays in 1874-, families and young people gather to have picnics, sunbathe, ride bikes, skate or jog. The Polo stadium that hosts the biggest polo championship in the world is located here, as well as the horse race tracks and other equestrian sports venues. Palermo is also the trendiest area in town, full of pubs, restaurants, design stores and clubs.

santelmo San Telmo: the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo is one of the oldest areas in Buenos Aires and considered a Historic National Monument. It retains details of the original Buenos Aires, such as the narrow cobble-stone streets, old street lamps, colonial style façades and tall trees, which make San Telmo a magic place. The traditional meeting point is Plaza Dorrego, a square surrounded by pubs, cafes and antique stores where a flea market is held every Sunday with tango orchestras playing outdoors and tango dancing in the evenings.

lascanitas Las Cañitas: considered one of the safest and most quiet areas in Buenos Aires due to its proximity to a military training ground, Las Cañitas is the main culinary district in the city, with the largest number of restaurants. It is also a shopping area that has leather stores, wine galleries, antique stores, beauty spas and the Solar de la Abadía shopping mall.

puertomadero Puerto Madero: the newest neighborhood in BA, Puerto Madero has become one of the most luxurious places. Over the past ten years it has evolved from a port area into the site of incredibly expensive residential apartments and lofts, typical “parrillas” (grilled beef restaurants), office blocks and universities. At weekends, people come for a stroll around its quaint canals, bridges, parks and ecologic nature reserve.

retiro Plaza San Martín o del Retiro, it is one of the historic quarters of Buenos Aires. San Martín square stretches at the end of the famous Florida street down the slope onto Retiro train station. The European architecture and a rich history give this area a dignified style. Fabulous palaces and mansions built by aristocratic families surround the Plaza San Martin. Irish pubs and important hotels can be found in this area.

belgrano Belgrano: densely populated, this upper middle class district in the northern section of Buenos Aires is a residential zone where old mansions and tall towers mingle along cobble-stone streets and large commercial avenues. Towards the river, the famous River Plate football club is located as well as tennis and yachting clubs. Chinatown is also situated in Belgrano.

laboca La Boca: located at the mouth of the Riachuelo river, La Boca used to be the entrance gate and first housing to most of the early European immigrants to Buenos Aires. Its unique architecture of colorful tin houses is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Tango shows and arts museums (such as Quinquela Martin and Proa) can be enjoyed everyday. La Boca is also famous for its football team Boca Juniors, whose stadium La Bombonera offers daily visits and a statue of its biggest idol Diego Maradona at the entrance of its museum.
congreso Congreso: among the oldest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Congreso has some of the most important monuments and buildings in the city: the Congress building, with the largest vaulted roof; the spacious Plaza de los dos Congresos; beautiful buildings of varied architectural styles along the Avenida de Mayo and Callao avenue; and the strange looking Confitería del Molino. Tourists can enjoy a coffee break in any of the many coffee shops here after a nice walk in the area.