8 Buenos Aires Neighborhoods: A Breakdown Made For Travelers

Buenos Aires neighborhoods make up of 48 barrios, but 8 of them define and offer truly authentic experience.

BUENOS AIRES
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The beautiful Buenos Aires neighborhoods are officially divided into 48 barrios (districts). Each has a defining character and offers a guaranteed authentic experience. As a traveler, there are eight barrios that you should definitely get to know. From tango, seductive gastronomy, luxury shopping to a safe stay; this list can guide you through the ideal vacay in this spectacular European-infused city.

Palermo

REPUTATION:

A trendy area, jam-packed with shops, restaurants and bars that are ideal for today’s jetsetters.

THE 411:

You might chuckle a little when hearing the division within Palermo being Palermo-Viejo, Palermo-Soho and Palermo-Hollywood. But Palermo is a neighborhood for the best shopping in the city with beautiful streets full of trees decorated by trendy bars, restaurants and shops. If you’re in your late-twenties to early forties, this will be the perfect area for your stay

DON’T MISS:

  • The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires – A contemporary museum focuses on modern artists from across Latin America. It’s also known for frequent cycles of high-profile exhibitions.
  • Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens – A national monument that covers 17 acres with 5,500 species of plants, trees and shrubs. It also has a fine collection of sculptures, monuments and five greenhouses.
  • Bosques de Palermo, or “Palermo Woods” – Inspired by the “Bois de Boulogne” in Paris and the Prater in Vienna, the Palermo Woods are the largest green area in Buenos Aires and includes: the Rose Garden, the Eduardo Sívori Museum, and the Galileo Galilei planetarium.

WHERE TO EAT:

Recoleta

REPUTATION:

An upscale district surrounding the busiest tourist attraction – Recoleta Cemetery.

THE 411:

Due to its location encompassing the famous cemetery (which is a must-see), Recoleta neighborhood boasts Buenos Aires’ most fashionable shops and luxury hotels. The streets immediately take you back to Europe, with charming cafes, restaurants and galleries. On weekends, you can check out exhibitions, street performers and art fairs.

DON’T MISS:

  • Recoleta Cemetery – As one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, it is also the main tourist attraction in Buenos Aires. It holds the tombs of Eva Peron, and past presidents of Argentina.
  • Plaza Francia – A gathering place for hippies during the 1960s, the park is now the best place to find local handicrafts and artisan goods as gifts or souvenirs.
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Or “National Museum of Fine Arts” caters to those who love classical art combined with expansive historical library.

WHERE TO EAT: 

Belgrano

Belgrano, Buenos Aires
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REPUTATION:

Another upscale neighborhood with a fusion of the old and the new.

THE 411:

If you’re craving for large green space during your stay with a luxurious vibe, Belgrano might just suit you. It’s near Rio de la Plata with access to football clubs, tennis and recreation areas. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, with charming boutiques, fruit stands, restaurants and bars. Want a dry-cleaner who know everyone’s names? You’ll find one here.

DON’T MISS:

  • Barrancas de Belgrano – A beautiful park designed by the French/Argentine architect Carlos Thays.
  • Manuel Belgrano Square – With many local artisan fairs on weekends.
  • River Plate Stadium – Home of the Argentina national football team.

WHERE TO EAT: 

  • Pura Tierra $$$ – 3 de Febrero 1167
  • Sucre $$ – Sucre 676,
  • El Pobre Luis $$ -Arribeños 2393
  • Astor – manduque porteño $ – Ciudad de la Paz 353

Microcentro

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REPUTATION:

The ideal downtown hub for touristic sightseeing.

THE 411:

As the financial district and the downtown of Buenos Aires, Microcentro is surrounded by historical architecture, famous landmarks, renowned hotels and restaurants. Look out for Florida Street, which is fantastic for pedestrians looking for shopping. Yes, it’s extremely touristic.

DON’T MISS:

  • Casa Rosada – Argentina’s government palace, notice the balcony famous for Evita’s historical speech.
  • Manzana de las Luces – Or the “Illuminated Block” (on streets: Alsina, Moreno, Peru and Bolivar) which houses old cultural and religious institutions that dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Confiteria Ideal – A tango venue known for its intricate architecture where you can still take lessons at today.
  • Palacio Barolo – An architectural beauty designed according to the cosmology of the Divine Comedy. You can also get the best view of Buenos Aires from this site.

WHERE TO EAT: 

  • Tomo 1 $$$ – Carlos Pellegrini, 521 (Entrepiso Torre Sur / Mezzanine Floor South Tower)
  • Branchero $ – Avenida Corrientes 1300
  • Granix $ – Florida 165

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero
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REPUTATION:

Sleek, new, trendy and alternative.

THE 411:

Not looking for the bougie, luxury-packed stay? You may love Puerto Madero, where you’ll see abandoned warehouses transformed into upscale residential apartments and trendy hotspots. You can spend weekends riding on bikes and indulge in cafes by the river. Because it’s newly renovated, don’t be surprised if you see a TGIF-like American chain restaurant or a multi-screen cinema.

DON’T MISS:

  • Fortabat Art Collection – A museum of fine arts collected by María Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, who was the chairperson for the largest cement manufacturer in Argentina.
  • Puente de la Mujer – A lovely suspension bridge.
  • City skyline at night – In this part of the city, you can catch a more modern take on the city skyline.

WHERE TO EAT: 

  • Cabina Las Lilas $ -$$$ – Alicia Moreau de Justo 516
  • Tierra de Parilleros $$ – Olga Cossenttini 851
  • Havana $ – Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1867

Retiro

Retiro, Buenos Aires
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REPUTATION:

Ex-pat friendly with travelers and locals.

THE 411:

Situated near Plaza San Martin, you’ll see beautiful European architectures and gorgeous palaces that belonged to the nobles of Argentinian families. This is also a hub for lovely restaurants and bars since many ex-pats adore this neighborhood.

DON’T MISS:

  • Retiro Station – The French-style building has been declared as a National Monument. If you’re commuting in and out of Buenos Aires, you’ll most likely be at this beautiful station.
  • San Martin Plaza – As one of the most important parks in Buenos Aires, you can see the great Ombu tree, the Paz Palace, San Martin Palace and modern skyscrapers.
  • Florida Street – An elegant shopping street, look out for the pedestrian-friendly section that begins at Perú Street and Avenida de Mayo.

WHERE TO EAT: 

  • Filo $$$ – San Martín 975
  • Café Richmond $$ – Florida 468

San Telmo

San Telmo
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REPUTATION:

Authentic bohemian vibes.

THE 411:

San Telmo is a great option if you’re looking for a more underground scene in Buenos Aires. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, San Telmo is full of cobbleston streets, tango performers on weekends especially at tango bars. Boutiques in this area are also full of vintage finds and local handicrafts.

DON’T MISS:

  • San Telmo Market – A daily market that sells anything from local meats, produce to vintage finds.
  • El Solar de French – A colonial residences converted into lofts or galleries, since 1980.

WHERE TO EAT: 

  • Brasserie Petanque $$$ – Defensa 596
  • La Brigada $$$ – Estados Unidos 465
  • Café San Juan $$ – Avenida San Juan 450
  • Caseros $ – Caseros, Av. 486

La Boca

Buenos Aires
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REPUTATION:

Tango with flying colors.

The 411:

La Boca was first the center for immigrants, but now it has made a name for itself with colorful buildings highlighted by tango singers and dancers that flock its vibrant streets. Though extremely touristic, your trip to Buenos Aires isn’t complete without a stroll through La Boca.

DON’T MISS:

  • Caminito – Where you’ll catch the most tango street performers and tango souvenirs.
  • The Port – The best place to capture the famous brightly colored houses representing La Boca.
  • La Bombonera – Home of Boca Juniors, which is the most famous football club in Argentina.

WHERE TO EAT

  • El Obrero $ – Agustin R. Caffarena 64
  • Il Materello $$ – Martin Rodriguez 517
  • Patagonia Sur $$$ – Rocha 801, Buenos Aires

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Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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