The "Barrios" of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has many different neighbourhoods, or barrios, that each have their own characteristic style, architecture and venues and events. Find below a small list of the most important barrios.
City Centre (Monserrat and San Nicolás)
Monserrat and San Nicolás, or the City Centre, are known as a major financial, business and political hub. This is where our Spanish School is located! This neighborhood houses impressive landmarks such as the Obelisk, Teatro Colón and the widest avenue in the world; Avenida 9 de Julio. It has the famous shopping street, Calle Florida, and the historical Plazas de Mayo and del Congreso, that house Casa Rosada and the Congress building.
Palermo is the largest barrio of Buenos Aires. It is so large, that it has been divided into numerous sub-barrios, including Palermo Chico, Barrio Parque, Palermo Viejo (which divided into Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho), Palermo Botanico, Las Cañitas, Palermo Nuevo and Alto Palermo. It is also the greenest barrio of Buenos Aires and contains the Palermo Woods (the Bosques de Palermo), the Japanese Gardens, the Paseo de Rosendal and the botanical gardens. It also houses the planetarium, the Hippodrome (polofield), and several museums. Palermo is a popular neighbourhood among travelers and you can find many fancy restaurants, boutiques, hotels and cafes.
Recoleta is probably Buenos Aires' most European and most cultured barrio; it is a wealthy residential neighbourhood. Recoleta houses the most luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, galleries and malls. It also has a lot of plazas and parks. Here you can find the flea market on Plaza Francia, the famous Recoleta Cementery, the National Library and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Belgrano is a residential barrio. It houses some top-notch restaurants and cafes. In Belgrano you can also find the River Plate stadium, the Inmaculada Concepción Church and Buenos Aires’ China Town, or Barrio Chino.
Puerto Madero is located along Rio de la Plata and is Buenos Aires’ youngest barrio. It is known as a major business and gastronomic hub, with former industrial warehouses that have been converted into elegant restaurants, bars and clubs. Puerto Madero reflects Argentina’s modern architecture with beautiful buildings and skyscrapers. The women’s bridge, or Puente de la Mujer, is a beautiful centre piece in Puerto Madero. It got its name because of the many street in the neighbourhood that are named after numerous famous Argentine women.
San Telmo is one of the oldest barrios. It has a vibrant arts and tango scene. It has antique cobblestone roads, old buildings, candle street lightning and antique markets. Especially look out for the San Telmo market each Sunday near Plaza Dorrego. On and near the market will be stands selling art works, jewellery, clothes, restaurants, bars, cafes, open air tango shows and loads of people. Furthermore, is it home to Museo de Arte Moderno and contains statues of famous comic characters on the Comic Lane, or Paseo de la Historieta.
The characteristic neighbourhood of La Boca is located next to the old port and is famous for the brightly painted, colourful houses you see on so many photos representing Buenos Aires. It is also home to the Boca Juniors, the club where Diego Maradone became famous. In La Boca you will also find El Caminito: one of the typical famous traditional alleys in La Boca, now called a street museum It was the inspiration for Gardels famous tango Caminito from 1926.