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Belgrano


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One of the biggest Buenos Aires neighborhoods, beside the multi-divided Palermo, is Belgrano, a large peaceful residential neighbourhood located next to Palermo.

The neighbourhood of Belgrano was named after Manuel Belgrano, a military leader and politician who created the national flag of Argentina. When Belgrano passed away in 1820, this area, which then was considered a town, was named after him. At one point, due to the town’s quick growth, Belgrano was declared first a city and then the nation’s capital, for only a few weeks, until once again Belgrano became a city and until the early 1900’s was merged with other surrounding towns to make up the various neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires we see today.

The upper-middle class neighbourhood of Belgrano can be divided into a few sections, such as Belgrano R, Belgrano C, central Belgrano, and Lower Belgrano, however unlike Palermo they are all really just referred to as Belgrano. One of the major characteristics of Belgrano is its residential feel; beautiful cozy streets are lined with grand houses (gated yards), a rarity in apartment filled Buenos Aires. Of course, there are hundreds of apartment buildings as well in Belgrano, of all sizes and types, some unbelievably antique, some modern, some modest, and others absolutely exquisite. Avenida Cabildo, one of the bigger avenues of Buenos Aires, runs right through the middle of Belgrano and is where the majority of shops and business’s reside, plus where all major transportation runs from in and out of the city. One more thing that you will notice more in Belgrano that anywhere else, are the infamous dog walkers, walking sometimes 10-20 dogs at a time, occupying designated local plazas and parks; you need not look for these doggies, often their excited barking will lead you to them.

Belgrano is also home to the city’s China Town, an area crowded with Asian restaurants, shops, and supermarkets, and one of the only places that you can find interesting herbs and other ingredients unavailable in the rest of Buenos Aires.

Belgrano also has a few worthy attractions:

Sights

The beautiful park Barrancas de Belgrano was designed by the ever-famous French Argentine architect Carlso Thays, who in fact designed many of the open-spaces in the city of Buenos Aires. Located only a few blocks from the prestigious Universidad de Belgrano, the parks covers several blocks and can be entered from all sides.

Every weekend, an Artisan Fair is held at one of Belgrano’s most visited plazas, Manuel Belgrano, and offers some great handicrafts, accessories, and jewellery, plus just a great place to people watch.

Located in Nunez, next to Belgrano, the River Plate Soccer Stadium is worth a mention and features some of the most famous and exciting soccer games that take place in Argentina.

Besides all that, Belgrano is just a beautiful neighbourhood to spend a day shopping, eating out, or just wondering down the beautiful tree-lined streets and soaking up the lifestyle of Argentina.

Restaurants

Frida Kahlo

A small, colourful, and very festive Mexican restaurant hidden on one of the residential streets in Belgrano; a major hit with local residents.

Dashi

Although it;s located in Chinatown, this fantastic sushi restaurant is all about Japanese foods and serves up consistently fresh and delicious sushi platters.

Tau Tau

One of Chinatown’s classic Chinese restaurants.

You can find out other interesting neighborhood in this Buenos Aires travel guide.

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