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Microcentro


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Considered the heart of the city, Buenos Aires’ Microcentro is a thriving and non-stop city centre where professionals infiltrate the streets from early morning to late evening, where business’s are pulsating all week through, where some of the cities most important historical sites are located, and some of the country’s most profound protests and social movements have taken place.

The Microcentro is easy to spot; rows on rows of office buildings line the streets, skyscrapers and larger than life towers shadow the sidewalks below, a mix of modern and old European buildings share the spot light, and the fast movement of pedestrians looks like a blur. The Microcentro is concentrated around the famous Calle Florida and extends from Plaza San Martin in Retiro until Plaza de Mayo in San Telmo.

Starting from Plaza San Martin, Calle Florida begins and thus starts the flow of pedestrians, some being professionals of the local business’s, banks, or corporations, others dancing the tango for money, some selling products or playing music on streets, and others being local or foreign shoppers who have come to take advantage of the incredible stores, boutiques, or shopping centres. Florida is truly a spectacle to see as there is probably few other streets in Buenos Aires that are so alive with people, noises, and things to see and that can occupy one for a few hours just taking it all in. When you walk down Florida or any of the nearby streets try to take in the surroundings, the beauty of the buildings above you, and the true nature of the crazy city centre as its guaranteed you will not find a place like this anywhere else.

Once you have made it past the heavy flow of pedestrians, shoppers, performers, and everything else that occupies Florida, you will find yourself in Plaza de Mayo where the majority of the country’s protests, riots, or social movements have taken place. This plaza is spectacular; an oval plaza is the centre, surrounded by lanes of traffic, and cornered by four sides of old European buildings. Plaza de Mayo is truly one of the must-see spots of Buenos Aires, for its beauty but mostly for its profound history. You can also check for other neighbourhoods in this Buenos Aires travel guide.

Sights

Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo is the centre point for any protests, revolts, or movements in Buenos Aires and Argentina. This plaza has seen so much in its time that just entering the plaza is a history lesson. In the centre of the plaza is the Piramide de Mayo (a mini obelisko) that marks Argentina’s first independence from Spain. This is also the sight of Las Madres de Plaze de Mayo that every Thursday at 3:30, since the 1980’s, walk in silence around this obelisco to pay tribute to their loved ones that were victims (‘the disappeared’) of the Dirty War.

Casa Rosada

The Casa Rosada, that sits at the far end of the plaza with its back facing the plaza, has been the office of many presidents for more than 100 years and has seen many famous presidential speeches, including from the popular Eva Peron (Evita). This salmon pink building has been part of Argentina’s history for so many years, and still today is a symbol of Argentina around the world.

Museo de la Casa Rosada

This free museum displays memorabilia of Peron and a organized history of all the Argentine presidents.

Caterdral Metropolitana

The beautiful cathedral contains the tomb of General Jose de San Martin, a worshipped hero in Argentina, incredible architecture and tours of the crypt below are given weekly.

Correo Central

This is the main post office for all of Buenos Aires and it makes for a quick but spectacular visit; the beaux architecture is stunning, to say the least, and the one-city-block size of it is nothing less than impressive.

Galerias Pacifico

This upper-scale shopping mall is great for two reasons; if you like shopping, the stores here offer up everything from fantastic accessories, clothing, shoes and much more. More than anything, the beautiful structure of the building, vaulted painted ceilings, and late 1800’s architecture is a sight to see. On the top floor is the Centro Cultural Borges, often featuring incredible art exhibits and other shows for the public.

Restaurants

Broccolino

For Italian food, this is place is the best, offering up more than 30 different pastas, fantastic service, and staff that speak more than one language to provide great customer attention to its local and foreign clientele. 776 Esmeralda St. Tel: (5411) 4322-7652 / 7754.

Aroma

This is perfect for a coffee and lunch order, fast-food style, but much better, much healthier, and much trendier. Here you will find the professionals of Florida dining at lunch.

Café Tortoni

This large café on Avenida de Mayo is claimed to be Argentina’s oldest café and in fact is the resting spot of many of Argentina’s most profound and important artists, writers, and free-thinkers. Besides the cozy café, the place gives daily tango shows, afternoon and night, both that are very traditional and feature a live band. 825 Avenida de Mayo Tel: (5411) 4342-4328.

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