Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina's 3 trendiest neighborhoods
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Jul 2020
A visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a fantastic adventure that wraps fine dining, world-class shopping, exciting entertainment and thrilling history into one package. Sometimes called the Paris of South America, the Argentine capital blends South American culture and European influence, and its whirlwind energy and colorful aesthetic will leave you breathless.
To help you plan an excursion to Buenos Aires, we're highlighting three popular neighborhoods that will give you a satisfying taste of life in this vibrant destination. Check out these spots, then come home inspired by the beauty that this South American city offers.
Palermo is Buenos Aires' largest neighborhood, and locals and tourists alike say that it's quickly becoming one of the best. This hot spot is home to natural beauty, awe-inspiring art museums, cafes, clubs, boutiques and weekend markets. Its highlights include the stunning Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays, a botanical garden with more than 6,000 plant species spread over five greenhouses; and the Parque Tres de Febrero, one of the city's most popular open spaces, complete with roses, a Japanese garden, a lake and a poets' garden with busts of famous writers.
The Jardin Japones in the northeast corner of Parque Tres de Febrero is one of the largest Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
Art lovers will flock to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, which collects avant-garde works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and to the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, which showcases masterpieces by El Greco and Manet, ancient Chinese vases and pieces of decor from the reign of Louis XV in a stunning French-neoclassical palace. But one of the coolest parts of Palermo is probably the people-watching, and it's best done from one of the neighborhood's myriad open-air cafes. Order a coffee, cerveza or try a submarino, a popular drink of hot milk poured over a piece of dark chocolate. Then, grab a table and take in the sights.
Continue your city tour in Soho, a small, hip subsection of Palermo named after New York City's famous SoHo neighborhood. This bohemian mini city features cobblestone-lined streets, Spanish-inspired architecture and renovated warehouses. People from all walks of life flock to Soho for its wide variety of restaurants and bars and for some of the finest shopping in the city, much of which extends out from Plaza Armenia and Plaza Serrano, the neighborhood's two main squares. Lovely boutiques have set up shop inside historic homes, and charming outdoor markets, stalls and booths sell artisanal goods. If you're in the market for gorgeous blazers, shirts, leather products, art books and more, Soho's where to find them.
Once you're done shopping, unwind at a cafe or bar. Some are hidden, speakeasy-style, in bookstores; some are even password-protected. But most are extremely welcoming and open into the wee hours to satisfy whatever late-night craving you're having. Try the trendy tacos at La Fabrica del Taco or the inventive burgers at Tierra de Nadie.
The final stop on your Buenos Aires neighborhood crawl should be the waterfront barrio Puerto Madero. Once a port taking in cargo ships from around the world, today this spruced-up area is marked by a sleek, cosmopolitan spirit. Some of the old ships now hold nautical museums (check out the ARA Presidente Sarmiento or the ARA Uruguay), and the Puente de la Mujer pedestrian bridge, designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, spans part of the docks.
Puerto Madero's famous Puente de la Mujer pedestrian bridge features an asymmetrical arrangement for pedestrians.
The most impressive sight in Puerto Madero, though, is the 864-acre Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, a nature preserve on the mouth of the Rio de la Plata that's a veritable wonderland of marshes, forests and avian life. Grab a bike from one of the many rental shops and cruise the trails that snake through this huge park to marvel at this glorious commingling of man and nature.
No trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina is complete without visiting as many of the city's distinct neighborhoods as possible. This way, you'll capture the unique energy of this exciting metropolis and return with a greater appreciation of this South American gem.
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