The City of Buenos Aires in Argentina is the destination of many Americans. Since the city is divided into 48 “barrios” or neighborhoods, a visitor just might want to know which areas are a “must-see” when getting to town.
Microcentro — downtown, an ideal location for visitors to be near to the main historical spots of the Argentinean capital. Florida Street is located downtown and is a famous pedestrian street of the city, where visitors can do window shopping and buy clothes and other usual city goods. Many tourists came here, so it’s well catered for tourists, though it’s not an exact representation of the living area for the average citizens.
San Telmo — this district preserves colonial-style houses along narrow cobblestone lanes, illuminated with pretty wrought iron lanterns. In San Telmo, one breathes the history of Buenos Aires. There is also a very exciting, underground nightlife scene.
La Boca — considered Buenos Aires’s most colorful neighborhood with a very outgoing personality. Tourists favor this picturesque district for its rich history and vibrant colors: greens, yellows, reds, and purples highlight the urban scenery.
Palermo — hip residential neighborhood of tree-lined streets and intersections packed with restaurants, bars, and boutiques. There are several “sub neighborhoods” such as Palermo-Viejo, Palermo-SoHo, Palermo-Hollywood.
Recoleta — one of the finest and most expensive areas of the city. It boasts many French style buildings, large green spaces, and first class restaurants. The famous Recoleta Cemetery is well worth a visit.
Belgrano — the one Ale and I live in is a residential and peaceful neighborhood with silent streets that lead to different shops, restaurants, architectural relics, and large green spaces. Belgrano’s one of the most distinguished districts, and it’s ideal for day walks along the wooded tile sidewalks.
Almagro — An original middle-class neighborhood, Almagro is a barrio located in the very center of the capital, with cheap empanadas, Chinese supermarkets, and greengrocer’s, the smell of grilled meat from plentiful parillas, and a very big circular park that transforms into a market on Sundays. Also, home of Pierino, one of the most traditional pasta restaurants in the city.
Boedo — one of the main Tango and historical spots in the city, the streets of Boedo offer to native and tourist public a huge variety of cafes in the best “porteño” style, cultural centers , Tango houses, libraries, theaters, nice pubs, and restaurants. Places that please people from all ages and tastes.
Caballito — an average, middle-class neighborhood, the barrio has both plentiful amenities, spacious parks, and a good selection of shops and cafés including the well know Las Violetas, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest and most grandiose establishments . On the other hand, there are cluterred, very busy, and unpredictable areas of Caballito that should require more thought for the average travellers to go there. Overall, it is a pleasant residential and commercial hub.
Congreso — a dense downtown area that houses the legislative branch of government, it resides at the opposite end of Avenida de Mayo from the Casa Rosada (Rosy House, or “pink house” as some would called it) seat of the executive branch.
Puerto Madero — just like the London docklands, the antique port of Buenos Aires has been renewed and now represents the latest architectural trends of the city. It has a mixture of restaurants, ranging from high end to U.S.A. chains such as Hooters and TGIF. It also has apartment buildings and a few expensive hotels. The Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, an excellent alternative for nature lovers, lies nearby.
Once — a large immigrant population, mainly from Argentina’s neighbors Bolivia and Paraguay, call Once home. The streets are always busy with people, markets, and outdoor sellers.
Retiro — hosting the main train station in the city, a busy area filled with commuters, but also home to some of the most luxurious restaurants, shopping, and partying, in the expat-friendly border of Microcentro. Retiro has attracted people from various kinds of lifestyles, without any strong attraction for any specific group of people.
Tribunales — this part of town has many theater shows, especially on Avenida Corrientes. On Libertad street there is the astounding huge Colon Theatre, one of the most prestigious in the world.
Coghlan — is the smallest barrio in the capital, it is also unusual in that it does not have any public squares. It was named after a railway engineer of Irish origin, John Coghlan, which is also the name of the colonial era railway station. The area next to the rail station has become a defacto park, the only park in the neighbourhood. Housed within the station building is a one room library. The suburb is predominantly residential, with many large houses.
Villa Urquiza — Is located between the barrios of Villa Pueyrredón, Belgrano, Villa Ortúzar, Coghlan, Saavedra, and Agronomía. Its limits are the streets and avenues Constituyentes, Crisólogo Larralde, Galván, Núñez, Tronador, Roosevelt, Rómulo S. Naón, and La Pampa. It is a residential neighborhood of both old houses and apartment buildings, quiet streets, and a few fast-traffic, crowded avenues. It has several parks that make it very pleasant. During the summer, it is not uncommon to see neighbors talking to each other, comfortably sitting on their chairs on the sidewalk. It is also home of several institutions of importance to the Buenos Aires culture, such as the tango and milonga ballrooms Sunderland and Club Sin Rumbo, Argentine rock pioneer Litto Nebbia’s Melopea Records, and the winner of the last three futsal metropolitan tournaments, Club Pinocho.