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It is a place where you can find at the
same time tango, poetry, “conventillos” (modest houses with
lots of rooms for rent) , country houses, political leaders,
circuses, slaughter houses, factories, prestigious schools,
the most striking church of Buenos Aires, clubs, etc.
Rivadavia Avenue, Medrano and Castro Barros streets can be
taken as a point of reference. There we can find the ironmonger’s
“Podesta” and the store called “fourteen provinces”. Both
of them do not longer exist. You can also find the coffee
shop “Las Violetas”, which was opened in 1884 and fortunately
Balvanera is a different neighbourhood
and it has changed a lot lately. It is a heterogeneous area
since it consists of completely different sectors. Balvanera
is certainly a booming neighbourhood with a large number of
inahabitants and a lot of traffic.
Balvanera has got plenty of antique and historical buildings
and some of them have become popular since they have been
mentioned by famous poets in their books. In fact these buildings
have been a muse for the poets. A clear example of this is
the one that is located at the northwest corner of Corrientes
and Pueyrredon, which many people believe that was the muse
of Baldomero Fernandez Moreno for his famous poem “seventy
Being mainly a Jewish neighbourhood, the Hebrew community
has developed all its commercial activity since the beginning
of the twentieth century. During the last years, a great number
of Corean people have become part of its idiosyncrasy. It
is a place that is associated with business and means of transport,
which start and finish their route in Miserere Square. This
place can be defined as the place for wholesalers and for
the crowd, since during the rush hours hordes of people walk
down its streets. Balvarena stands out for its street stands
which make it look like a Persian market or like a typical
Latinamerican country. It is a pleasure to stroll along Balvarena
and after a long journey you will definitely end up your day
At the beginning and during the last century
Barracas was the place chosen by the wealthiest Argentinean
families that used to live in luxurious houses and country-houses.
Some of the inhabitants were the Balcarce´s, Montes
de Oca´s and the Alzaga´s. However, these families
and San Telmo´s inhabitants were forced to leave due
to the yellow fever epidemic. For this reason, Barracas changed
completely. It started receiving immigrants of all kinds,
especially Italians. So, the area turned into a popular neighbourhood
with hard-working people. There were a lot of coffee bars
where muggers used to go. However, Barracas was a prosperous
place. There were a lot of factories, markets and a motorway.
After the middle of the 21st century, Barracas started to
lose its craze. The factories and the railway station were
closed down and due to the construction of the freeway, many
buildings and two squares disappeared.
Belgrano is one of the most residential
and refined neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. There are several
old and important stately homes, most of them are typical
of the end of the last century. In opposition to this, there
are also modern, sophisticated and in some cases, spectacular
buildings. Belgrano is imbued with culture, tradition and
history. While walking around its streets, we can see monuments,
museums, libraries and magnificent squares. It is essential
to know that it was designed by Carlos Thays, the French architect
who was hired by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, and who was also
the designer of many of the most beautiful parks.
The neighbourhood is divided in three areas with completely
- Bajo Belgrano: It is the first area, which is the nearest
to the river and the racetrack. It is comprised of Belgrano
“C” Mitre railway and Figueroa Alcorta Avenue.
- Belgrano Central: Cabildo is the most hectic Avenue there.
It is full of stores, coffee shops, cinemas and places for
different leisure activities. It has an active nightlife.
- Belgrano “R”: It is the most exclusive area. There we can
find the railway station Belgrano “R”, the traditional “petit
hotels” and huge residences with an Anglo-Saxon style, that
are surrounded by leafy trees and gardens providing the place
a lordly style.
We can not leave aside Juramento Street, which is also located
in Belgrano´s downtown. Juramento´s main squares
are full of art, history and faith.
Although Boedo is associated with tango
lyrics, it is not an old neighbourhood, but one of the younger
ones. In 1972, it was separated from Almagro and Balvanera
and it started to have its own identity. The typical construction
of Boedo was low houses with the same style, having two traditional
courtyards that were separated by the dinning-room and the
forward room, which was usually hired by a tenant. Nowadays,
Boedo is a residential and peaceful neighbourhood. Its antique
houses are mingled with the modern ones which have been currently
built. The motorway 25 de Mayo goes through the neighbourhood-
from east to west- , and runs parallel to San Juan and Pavon
Avenue. Although Boedo does not have many green spaces, the
pavements have beautiful and old trees that embellish this
San Juan and Boedo is the most famous corner, not only in
the neighbourhood but also in from the city. “Café
del Aeroplano”, which later received the name “Nippon” and
then “Canadian”, is a point of reference. Homero Manzi immortalized
that corner since he composed the lyrics of the tango called
It is here where we find the exact geographical
centre of the city of Buenos Aires: 1023 Avellaneda Avenue.
The town council has placed there a commemorative plaque and
the centre of the city has been called Geometrical Center
of the City of Buenos Aires.
It is a neighbourhood that offers several
and distinct opportunities. There are great and high buildings,
ranging from Colegiales railway station to Cabildo Avenue.It
is a place that swarms with people and vehicles along its
avenues. It also contains a residential area that goes through
Los Incas and El Cano avenues. There are also simple and low
houses farther away from there.
It is a neighbourhood densely populated
and daily visited by hundreds of thousands people. It is an
heterogeneous place since the old construction is mingled
with more modern flats. The point of reference is the railway
station in this neighbourhood. There are several hotels of
many kinds, ranging from guesthouses to hotels (where rooms
are rented by the hour). Bars and inns receive the new comers
until they are ready to leave. Two motorways go through Boedo:
25 de Mayo and 9 de Julio. Thousands of houses were demolished
in order to build this neighbourhood. Now it looks like desolate
and abandoned place and it seems that it not still ready for
a big change.
• La Boca
Among Buenos Aires neighbourhoods, La
Boca is one of the most controversial places. It is a different
world that tinges the classical City of Buenos Aires with
different colours. It houses immigrants from completely different
origins such as Greeks, Yugoslavians, turkeys, Italians and
above all Genoveses. “La Boca del Riachuelo” was its first
name and it is a low land. To such an extent is this true
that is there is a boat hanging on every door to be ready
in case of any threat.
Caminito is the most important icon of La Boca, since it is
the focus of the international and national tourism. Along
the small “Caminito” you can find mimics, plastic artists,
jugglers, musicians and tango dancers who dazzle the visitors.
Colours, rhythm and sound are some of the characteristics
of this heavenly place.
Boca Juniors football stadium called “La Bombonera” is also
located at La Boca. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 people.
Its address is 805 Brandsen Street and it offers important
sporting events and musical shows. It has a museum in remembrance
of the Club.
One of the most important tourist attractions
is Libertador Avenue. This Avenue stands out for the quantity
and the diversity of several arboreal species. One of the
most outstanding and beautiful characteristics that the area
offers is the shadow of the lindens, pines, cypresses, white
cedars, oaks, palm trees and other species.
Rivadavia railway station, built by English people is one
of the few antique constructions of the neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood has the biggest Argentine stadium, called
River Plate Athletic Club which is known as “El Monumental”.
It has a capacity of 78,000 spectators and the most important
concerts took place there.
Palermo is one of the broadest neighbourhoods
inside the City of Buenos Aires since it has the largest number
of apples. The classical saying “going to Palermo” clearly
means not only visiting its woods with flowery gardens and
lakes but also being in the greenest place of Buenos Aires.
There are “several Palermos”. It is divided in regions that
have little in common.
- Altos de Palermo: It is The highest level of the neighbourhood
. The shopping centre that carries the same name is located
there as well as Palermo bar, many years ago.
- Bosques de Palermo: Palermo woods are found towards the
North along Figueroa Alcorta Avenue. It is comprised of squares,
parks, lakes, gardens, little scrubs, sport clubs, monuments
and a great network of streets and avenues.
- Palermo Chico: Being highly residential and exclusive, Palermo
Chico is also called “Barrio Parque”. It is located at Figueroa
Alcorta Avenue, between Tangle and San Martin de Tours Street.
- Palermo Viejo: It is Palermo´s oldest area and it
broadens behind “Plaza Italia” from south-east direction.
Young people prefer living here since it has become “a fashionable”
place. It stands out for a bohemian environment and it is
surrounded by bookshops and restaurants that are visited during
the day and especially at night.
Being a nieighbourhood that attracts tourism,
Puerto Madero has been designed with a visionary perspective.
There are a lot of projects that are focused on changing the
area radically without forgetting about the environment.
Along Alicia Moreau de Justo Avenue, there are 16 docks. Almost
all of them have been refurbished. From Dock 1 to 8 you can
find restaurants, fast food restaurants, ice cream parlours
and many other stores. The Argentine Catholic University (UCA,
as per its acronym in Spanish) campus is located from dock
9 to 12. There are offices at docks 13 and 14. There is a
cinema complex at Dock 15. Dock 16 is now being refurbished
with the characteristic British style.
Recoleta has been for several decades
the most prestigious neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. It stands
out not only for its antique construction, that is similar
to the European architecture of the last century, but also
for its neighbour s and tourists that stroll along Recoleta´s
Recoleta is a Buenos Aires typical neighbourhood and it became
popular as Barrio Norte together with Retiro.
The Fine Arts National Museum is there and it is very prestigious
owing to the famous masterpieces that can be found in the
It has a wide variety of options as regards nightlife such
as bars, (Deep Blue, Buller, etc), discos (Pagana, Sahara,
etc), and restaurants as well as a huge cinema complex (Village
Retiro always swarms with people since
it houses three railway lines, the bus terminal station and
several buses ´lines.
Carlos Pelegrini square is the elegant and refined area of
the neighbourhood. It s surrounded by luxurious hotels, wide
storeys and flats. On the one hand, the area of the palaces
along San Martin square (Foreign Ministry, Military Circle)
is distinguished and majestic. On the other hand, below 9
de Julio freeway there is a shantytown that is scarcely seen
Florida street comprises 10 pedestrian blocks. It is a fabulous
commercial and cultural area.
It is a neighbourhood that carries a lot
of special history since it has served as the scene of many
historical events since its beginning. Its point of reference
is San Cristobal church, which was long an area full of country
houses and farms for a long time. “Conventillos” (modest houses
with lots of rooms for rent) and popular cinemas such as Select
San Juan gave to San Cristobal a very special touch and turned
it into the cradle of tango and the slum areas. However, it
has been forgotten owing to the effect of the new motorway.
Exactly the same happened to Constitución. The enlargement
of the antique Jujuy Street was another change that transformed
San Cristobal´s style.
San Telmo is one of the areas that have
kept its conservative style within the changeable Buenos Aires.
It stands out for its big colonial houses and its streets,
many of them are still paved. Among the most fascinating places
that can be visited, there are several antique churches (such
as San pedro Telmo), museums, antique stores and a fair of
antiques, which is open almost all the year, such as San Telmo
fair which is in the main square, Plaza Dorrego.
There are also activities that are related to the tango and
the African influence dance, both for local inhabitants and
the numerous tourists that visit the area.
Saturday afternoons and Sunday days, Defensa Street becomes
a pedestrian street where there are street artists, puppeteers,
magicians and living statues.
It is one of the neighbourhoods that have
experienced a quick development. It has a bohemian and cultural
important movement. Owing to the property development and
to the cultural influence of its closest neighbourhood (Palermo),
Villa Crespo is being known as “Palermo Queens”.
Villa Crespo exerts a great influence on Buenos Aires carnival
since it has a very well known and popular carnival parade.
Among the stores, there are Buenos Aires traditional pizzerias
such as “Napoles” and “Imperio” and restaurants such as “Comander”,
“Los Amigos” or “Los Chanchitos”.
The protagonists of nighlife are the discos (such as Ink,
Niceto, etc), bars (such as El Carnal, etc), and a great variety
of restaurants that are typical of Buenos Aires.
The most important avenues are Scalabrini Ortiz (former Canning)
and Corrientes, that are mainly commercial and almost all
of the stores are served by its owners, who belong to the
Arabian, Jewish, Greek and Armenian community.