The Argentine capital is one of the most visited cities in the country. You can get there with Exoticca, but know one thing: its dimensions can be a bit oversized. That is why so that you can make the most of it, we present to you the most interesting neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires that you should not miss. Pick the ones that appeal to you the most and come back for another trip to see the rest!
The three most famous neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires
In the 18th century, Franciscan monks built the Recoletos Convent, which gives its name to our first neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. And it was at the end of the 19th century that the region was populated by yellow fever survivors who arrived from the neighborhood of Palermo. This has made it one of the safest and most stylish places in the city.
Visit it to see its large spaces dedicated to culture and its historical monuments; and do not miss the cemetery of La Recoleta or the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar.
You will find in Palermo the large green space formed by the Tres de Febrero Park, but also the botanical garden or the city zoo. So, if you are looking for a green and cool place, choose this neighbourhood.
- Palermo Chico is home to high standing residences and palaces.
- Palermo Viejo is home to the famous “Casas chorizo” and low-rise houses converted into bars and trendy places. Come to Plaza Cortázar, known as Plaza Serrano, to experience the heart of the neighborhood, its best shops, and must-see restaurants.
If you are looking for a warm and bohemian atmosphere, San Telmo is likely to become one of your favorite neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. The wealthiest and most powerful families in the capital lived here until they had to move to the northern area in 1871. However, only survivors of yellow fever that ravaged the region succeeded.
After the flight of the wealthy, European immigrants crowded into the palaces. The neighborhood has even deteriorated enough to consider demolition. This was avoided with the establishment of the Plaza Dorrego Antiques Fair in 1970. This square is one of the places you should not miss when visiting San Telmo. Also, discover the penitentiary museum or the Zanjón de Granados. There you will find the narrowest house in town: Casa Minima.
Other charming neighborhoods in Buenos Aires
You will find colorful houses, built of wood or metal in the Boca district. It is possible that once lost in its streets, you cannot help but take pictures. The origin of the name comes from its location, at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata. Many emigrants from Genoa settled here upon their arrival from Italy. Do you remember the famous boy, Marco, who lost his mother and traveled the world from Italy to Argentina in search of her? It is very likely that he arrived from the Boca district.
When you get there, don't miss Caminito Street. There you will find many restaurants, terraces, street painters in the style of Montmartre in Paris, and street tango dancers.
And, if you love football, head to La Bombonera, the home stadium of Boca Juniors.
Tip: La Boca is one of the most picturesque areas in Buenos Aires, but it is best not to go there at night and not to leave the more touristy areas.
If La Boca stands out for its charm and the life that its streets radiate, Puerto Madero is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is also close to the Río de la Plata, and its attractions are very cosmopolitan. When you visit it, go to the Woman's Bridge, built by Calatrava, and don't miss the Corbeta Uruguay and the Fragata Sarmiento, still moored to their dikes. Nearby is the Ecological Reserve of Costanera Sur, which will surprise you with the exuberance of its landscapes despite the proximity to the city.
Plaza de Mayo and Avenida de Mayo are located in the Montserrat district, which takes its name from the church that presides over it.
There you will find a large number of offices, public buildings, and monuments, such as the Church of Montserrat itself, the Casa Rosada, or the Cathedral.
It is the ideal area to take a long walk, appreciate the architecture, or have a good time shopping. You will feel like you have decided to visit any European capital.
This is just a small sample of what Buenos Aires is hiding. Do you want to discover it? Travel with Exoticca and visit every last corner of this attractive city.