We arrived in Argentina excited to explore the cool creative neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires (or BA). A beautiful city that’s sexy and alive. We guarantee the minute you step off the plane will get under your skin!
On many traveller’s wish lists Buenos Aires has a labyrinth of neighbourhoods or ‘barrios’ as their locally known. Many with a combination of faded European grandeur and buzzing Latin passion.
Generations of talented and eclectic designers, musicians, restaurateurs and football (soccer) players have transformed this buzzing city. You’ll find great art, fashion, galleries, music, food, football and much, much more.
Here’s our pick of the coolest creative neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.
Cool Creative Neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires
1. Trendy Palermo Neighbourhood
Palermo is a sprawling neighbourhood comprised of smaller neighbourhoods (or pockets) within. Neighbourhoods like trendy Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood. Full of eclectic restaurants, chic cocktail haunts and quirky one-off fashion stores. Here’s a snapshot of some of the Palermo pockets:
- Palermo Hollywood
Between Av. Dorrego and Av. Juan B. Justo, Av. Córdoba and Av. Santa Fe.
Hence the name Palermo Hollywood, there are many television studios and production companies located in the area. With its cute cobblestone streets, restaurants, bars, and clubs, it makes it a fun place to stay and play.
- Palermo Chico
Between Av. del Libertador and the railroad tracks, Cavia and Tagle.
A very expensive part of Palermo where TV stars and millionaires live. You may sometimes hear it called by its original name ‘Barrio Parque’. A great place to walk around and check out the houses and streets. If you can afford it, stay, as it’s quiet but close (walking distance) to all the action.
- Palermo SoHo
Between Av. Juan B. Justo and Av. Scalabrini Ortiz, Av. Córdoba and Av. Santa Fe
Named after the SoHo of London and New York cities. Palermo SoHo is often listed on maps as Plaza Cortázar and sometimes called Plaza Serrano. A famous area for local designer boutiques, fancy restaurants and bars – a place to be seen. Be sure to visit the Saturday outdoor markets – a must for many local one of a kind items.
2. Bohemian San Telmo Neighbourhood
A bohemian vibe, San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires most attractive neighbourhoods.
Full of charm and personality with narrow cobbled streets and colonial houses. The streets are lined with pop-up art galleries, street murals, antique dealers, late-night bars and raucous steakhouses.
The home of Tango, you’ll find cool upscale tango venues dotted around the neighbourhood. We highly recommend you book a dinner show, who knows you may even partake in a tango lesson.
Every Sunday in Plaza Dorrego you’ll find a flea market full of antiques and other interesting stalls with amazing street performers of all kinds. It’s a must visit even it’s just for people watching.
You won’t regret taking a wander around San Telmo, history oozes from every corner of this barrio (neighbourhood).
3. Elegant Recoleta Neighbourhood
Recoleta is a strollable, affluent and leafy area known for Parisian-style architecture, lavish former palaces, elegant cafes and fabulous indie, quirky and posh boutique shopping.
A main attraction is Recoleta Cemetery, where national icons like Eva Perón (of Evita fame) rest in extravagant tombs.
Another key attraction in Recoleta is also the National Museum of Fine Arts exhibiting Argentinian masterpieces. Also, there’s the Recoleta Cultural Centre offering cutting-edge temporary shows.
If you like markets, the Grassy Plaza Francia hosts a wonderful weekend handicrafts market on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s full of wonderful locally made items.
4. Colourful La Boca Neighbourhood
La Boca is that famous colourful neighbourhood we all see in travel books with brightly painted buildings and street murals. The tourist friendly area El Camanito is the highlight. You’ll find Tango’s roots with street performers and artists of all kinds. If you’re looking for a colourful memory to hang on your wall El Camanito is the place to find it.
5. Boca Juniors v’s River Plate Football
The La Boca neighbourhood strives to preserve their much loved ‘working class’ roots. It’s here nearby the old port where you’ll find Boca Juniors football stadium (La Bombonera).
We manage to squeeze in a football game (soccer) Boca Juniors v’s River Plate packed into a stadium with 80,000 crazy people which officially holds 50,000. Flares going off in every direction we sit right in the middle of the River Plate area chanting and singing along in Spanish. Apparently we were singing ‘we’re gunna kill ya’!
As a consequence of our singing two hours later we left the stadium after waiting for the away fans to clear the stadium before we could leave. Undoubtedly a crazy football experience but so much fun we’d do it all over again!
That’s a Wrap Argentina, Buenos Aires
To sum up Argentina, firstly we went crazy at a football match and then did some amazing shopping. We also saw live music and tango danced the night away and ate great food, especially the meat as Argentina is famous for.
That’s our pick of the cool creative neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. We totally fell in love, Argentina we’ll be back!
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