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Buenos Aires Neighborhoods


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Buenos Aires can be seen as nothing less than a big cosmopolitan city, often comparing its grandeur to that of New York, Madrid, or Paris, and defines itself by each of its equally unique and diverse barrios (neighbourhoods) that are carefully outlined throughout the city, making Buenos Aires the city that it is.

What is known as the heart of the city and where the majority of the economical lifeblood that pumps through Buenos Aires begins, is the Microcentro. This downtown business centre is bursting with both local and international business’s, huge corporations and organizations, hotels and motels, theatres and cinemas, never-ending shopping avenues and ritzy malls, small parks and big plazas, banks and financial buildings, and so much more. Picture a wildly busy and international downtown centre and you will see Buenos Aires’s Microcentro.

To the East of the Microcentro and spreading along the Rio del Plata, is the newest arrival to the neighbourhood scene in Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero. Once the industrial area of Buenos Aires being occupied by nothing more than warehouse, manufacturing plants, and industrial type buildings, Puerto Madero was completely transformed several years ago to a modern, stylish, and high class area that today is home to some of the cities most expensive hotels, fashionable bars, and lofts to live that compare to those in your favourite New York movies.

South of the Puerto Madero and downtown is the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, San Telmo, which features long cobblestone roads, narrow houses and apartment buildings, numerous vintage and antique stores, art galleries and museums, and a vibe in the streets that can only be described as ‘bohemian’. Even further South is the working class neighbourhood of La Boca, known for its immigrant arrival point, being the main port of the country, and having the very first ‘Little Italy’. La Boca also holds the very tourist friendly blocks of Camintio, a picturesque area characterized by brightly painted houses and buildings, venders of arts and crafts, and the music and dance of Tango being played in the streets.

A far throw from San Telmo or La Boca is the glitzy and upper class neighbourhood of Retiro, sitting further up North in the city and enclosing famous Plaza San Martin, it shows off its wealth through fancy apartment buildings and wide avenues, tree-lined streets shadowing expensive boutique stores, country embassies, as well as a few of the most visited art galleries and museums in Buenos Aires travel.

Buenos Aires biggest neighbourhood can be simply called Palermo but because of its enormous size, this neighbourhood has been broken down into smaller areas, each with its own name and distinguishing features. Palermo Chico, also known as Barrio Parque, is a very small area bordering Retiro and sitting just above Avenida Alcorta, and is equally if not slightly more upscale that Retiro, also packed with glamorous mansions, a few quiet streets, and a handful of the cities embassies.

Palermo Bosques, in the northern centre of all the Palermo neighbourhoods, is 25 hectares of park land complete with walkways, running lanes, 2 artificial ponds, paddle boats, a planetarium, ancient trees, and, if you walk outside of the main park, within a few blocks is the Jardin Japonesa (Japanese Garden) and the Jardin Zoologico (City Zoo).

One of the biggest sub-neighbourhoods in Palermo is Palermo Soho whom, over the past few years, has become one of the trendiest neighbourhoods for both locals and foreigners, attracting trendsetters who love shopping, dining, and the social scene. The streets are narrow and tree-lined, have some of the most stylish apartments, boutiques, restaurants, and bars around, and are always lined with a crowd whether it’s the middle of the week of weekend. Next to Palermo Soho, divided only by a railway line, is Palermo Hollywood that is moving up the line to become the next Palermo Soho but is not quite there yet. Despite that, Palermo Hollywood does have an incredible assortment of dining options, some of the best in the city, and is well-regarded among its residents as being a slightly more mellow version of Palermo Soho.

Sometimes considered a part of Palermo and other times a part of Belgrano, the safe and fashionable neighbourhood Las Canitas occupies a small area between the two, and is a favourite among the young and old of Buenos Aires. This is the place to come if you like trend, sophistication, and fashion; great for night out or enjoying a coffee in a comfortable café, this neighbourhood fits everyone and anyone.

Las Canitas big brother to the west is Belgrano. Perhaps one of the most complete neighbourhoods, Belgrano is a mix of both upper and middle class, families and young couples, traditional argentine and new-age modern, and a little bit of everything else. Belgrano is home to many parks and plazas, the budget shopping Avenue Cabildo, and the famous Barrio Chino (China Neighbourhood). One of the best ways to enjoy Belgrano is enjoy a day walking through its peaceful streets, enjoy a traditional Argentine coffee, and just enjoy the scenery.

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