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Top 10: Parks and Plazas

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Top 10: Parks and Plazas

Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis, but it certainly has no shortage of green spaces. Plazas dot the city; each neighborhood has at least a couple. Some plazas are greener than others, but all provide some breathing room in this concrete jungle. Several gardens are also set up throughout the city. The reigning king of parks is the Bosques de Palermo, which is actually comprised of several parks all in the same area. The following list highlights some of the other top green spaces in the city. The list is by no means exhaustive, but gives you a good idea of where you can go enjoy your afternoon mate.

1. Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays

The city’s botanical gardens are lush as can be, filled with thousands of different plant varieties. The garden, designed by French landscaper Carlos Thays, is also filled with numerous beautiful sculptures, enhancing the beauty of the relaxing pathways. You will also be greeted by dozens of cats who call the park home; volunteers work to made sure these abandoned housecats are given proper care and attention.

2. Plaza Francia

In front of the Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza Francia is filled with healthy green lawns just begging for your company. On the weekends, a large arts and crafts market fills the walkways, and porteños come to soak up the sun and watch some of the street performers.

3. Parque Las Heras

Right along busy Avenida Las Heras, this park takes you away from the traffic and into your own little oasis. The park itself is anything but small, and is a favorite for neighborhood locals. In the warmer months, the park is perfect for working on your tan, just like the locals do here.

4. Plaza Rodríguez Peña

This plaza is particularly lovely during the autumn, when deep purple blossoms fill the branches and pathways, born from the jacaranda trees. It sits in the midst of one of the busiest shopping district in town, and is a great spot to stop and rest when your dogs are barking.

5. Plaza San Martín

Near many of the busiest offices in town, this is a favorite daytime escape for employees on their lunch break. During the weekend, it is a bit quieter, but no less lovely. Catch some shade under the rubber tree, which has called the plaza home for 200 years. There is also a bronze sculpture of General San Martín, who led Argentina to independence.

6. Plaza Lavalle

Plaza Lavalle has the honor of being one of the first plazas established in the city, and it is also surrounded by some of the most important buildings in town. While the plaza has a sort of grungy charm to it, the federal supreme court, Teatro Colón, and the largest synagogue in the city give it an ambiance of importance.

7. Plaza Vicente López

This is one of the places that make it easy to see why Buenos Aires is called the Paris of South America. Quiet and tranquil, save the music from birds, it is the perfect place to sit and simply enjoy the day. It has a playground for energetic children, and walking paths if you don’t want to stop and sit for a while.

8. Plazoleta Carlos Pellegrini

The highlight here is the statue that sits in the middle of the plaza. A tribute to Carlos Pellegrini, one of the best-remembered presidents in Argentina’s history, it was designed in 1914, and is made from marble and bronze. For more information about this area of Buenos Aires, please visit the Buenos Aires Travel Guide homepage.

9. Plaza Mitre

Named for the statue of Bartolomé Mitre, the first president of Argentina, the plaza itself is a breath of fresh air. From here, you can gaze upon many more parks, giving the illusion that this plaza is larger than it actually is.

10. Plaza Serrano

Not the greenest of spaces, this plaza has a vibrant art fair on the weekend, at which point the many surrounding restaurants are transformed into independent designers’ clothing boutiques. When they’re not being occupied by clothes, the restaurants and bars here are some of the hottest in town.

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