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Puerto Madero


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One of the latest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires to receive a complete makeover, Puerto Madero has changed from being an industrial riverside city centre to a trendy, sophisticated, and upscale neighbourhood where everyone wants to be.

The area of Puerto Madero was designed in the late 1800’s when the city of Buenos Aires was in need of a larger and deeper shipping port to accommodate the large ships that were bringing goods into the country; in 1897 a port was built on the Rio de la Plata and construction continued over the years to accommodate larger and larger ships, up until 1927. Throughout the 1900’s, Puerto Madero was heavily used, the area turned completely industrial, and even though the port was in use, the city of Buenos Aires neglected to maintain it and the industrial area decayed, leaving warehouses broken down, rats in the streets, and many factories empty or abandoned.

In 1989, the Ministry of Public Services and the City of Buenos Aires came together to begin the reconstruction of Puerto Madero, wanting to turn it into an urbanized centrally located neighbourhood. This area saw major changes in the 1990’s when local and foreign investment led to a massive reconstruction effort, cleaning out but maintaining the old buildings, warehouses, etc, in the area, changing them into usable apartments, businesses, hotels, offices, restaurants, private universities, etc. One of the biggest guests to arrive was the Buenos Aires Hilton in 1999, and in that moment is really when the neighbourhood became a solid trendy and upscale place in Buenos Aires, later followed by the openings of other luxurious hotels, cinemas, theatres, cultural centres, and corporate buildings. Today, Puerto Madero is for trendsetters of the city, home to wealthy professionals, and visited by both locals and visitors of Buenos Aires travel; the lofts, fancy hotels, upscale restaurants, unique galleries, and sophisticated shopping are just a few reasons that Puerto Madero has earned its place as one of the best neighbourhoods in the capital.

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If you walk though this riverside neighbourhood, you will notice that every street is named after a woman, just an added touch of the architects who want to add even more to the exclusivity and uniqueness of the Buenos Aires neighbourhoods. Large riverside walkways line the Rio de la Plata where the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge), created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, connects the East side to West side of Puerto Madero. When you come to the area, you should start at the river and walk down both the East and West sides, taking in the beautiful views of the river and the architecture, and checking out the restaurant, bars, and shopping options that border the both walkways. Puerto Madero is Buenos Aires newest neighbourhood development and said to be one of the best riverside reconstruction projects in the world.

Sights

Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

A beautiful ecological reserve in Puerto Madero, this natural wonderland offers visitors plenty of hiking and biking trails, the chance to see a large collection of wild birds such as flamingos and parakeets, as well as some reptiles like river turtles, plus just a great place to walk and take in some nature.

Puente de la Mujer

This gorgeous and very elegant bridge is the connecting point between East and West and makes for a beautiful picture and a great view of the area.

Restaurants

La Parrolaccia

This restaurant has three locations in Puerto Madero; one that serves up meat, another for pasta, and another for seafood. The service is good, the atmosphere cozy and trendy, and the prices right.

Faena Hotel

This gothic meets ultra stylish hotel is perhaps the most unique place to visit in Puerto Madero; the hotel is all gothic style with three places to dine inside including and old styled bar, called the Library Lounge, a modern dining room that is decorated in only white and red with unicorn heads lining the walls, and an older and sophisticated dining hall that takes you back to the 1950’s. No matter what your pleasure, you will find it at the Faena.

Asia de Cuba

This restaurant and later bar is a popular place to go among young foreigners; for dinner they offer up everything from sushi to curry, and later, the place turns into a dancing bar, open until the wee morning hours.

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