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In this guide, I invite you to visit 3 neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, each one with their own distinct identity: Palermo Soho, the trendy one; Recoleta, the upscale one; and Puerto Madero, the modern one.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

13 Places

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13 Places

Day 1

Palermo Soho

Historic walking areas, Neighborhoods

Plaza Serrano (Plazoleta Julio Cortazar)

Neighborhoods

Medio Oriente

Restaurants

Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas

Flea & street markets

Day 2

Recoleta

Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Historic sites, Neighborhoods

Recoleta Cemetery

Landmarks & points of interest

Plaza Francia

Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest

United Nations Square

Landmarks & points of interest

Teatro Colon

Operas, Theaters

Day 3

Puerto Madero

Neighborhoods

Reserva Ecologica

Nature & wildlife areas

Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Art museums

Fragata ARA Sarmiento

Specialty museums

Lucía V's City Tips

  • Public transport: Subway and buses. Both accept the SUBE card, which will allow you to pay a reduced fare.
  • Where to buy the SUBE? At OCA post offices. You have to pay a non-refundable fee for the card, present a valid ID (passport) and fill out a form.
  • The SUBE is only worth buying if you're staying for a long time, since the process for acquiring it is not particularly efficient.
  • To buy subway tickets: only at the cashier and only in cash (full fare).
  • Subway passes: You can buy passes for 5 trips or 10 trips, but not at the reduced fare.
  • Bus fares depend on the destination.
  • At bus stops: Remember to queue while waiting for the bus and respect the order of the queue when you're getting on. To pay for the ticket, tell the driver your destination.
  • On buses: Without the SUBE, you will need coins to pay for the tickets (which you have to insert into a machine usually located behind the driver).
    Day 1
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    Palermo Soho
    Historic walking areas, Neighborhoods
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    Lucía V Says:

    This trendy area of the neighborhood of Palermo has become popular with locals and tourists alike for its clothing and design stores, the crafts fair set up every weekend and the bars and restaurants that make it so lively, both day and night.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • At night, grab a drink or something to eat in one of the many bars and restaurants of the area.
    • During the day, enjoy the trendy shops and walking around the cobbled streets.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • center of attention 03/30/2015
    • Designer quarters of BA 03/29/2015
    • Palermo Soho
    Address:
    Rua Honduras
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Plaza Serrano (Plazoleta Julio Cortazar)
    Neighborhoods
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    Lucía V Says:

    At the heart of Palermo Soho is Plaza Serrano, a small square surrounded by bars and restaurants where, on Saturdays and Sundays, there is an artists' fair where you can buy handmade jewelry and accessories, clothes, toys and other items.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bear in mind that it does get very crowded on weekends, especially around the square, and in the afternoon.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Late night shopping 03/26/2015
    • Very nice 02/26/2015
    • Plaza Serrano (Plazoleta Julio Cortazar)
    Address:
    Calle Serrano
    Esquina Honduras
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Other:
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    Medio Oriente
    Restaurants (Middle Eastern, Armenian)
    Lucía V Says:

    For delicious, inexpensive Arab food, stop by this small corner restaurant in Palermo Soho. Very popular among locals for lunch on Saturdays.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Definitely get: beef shawarma; sfihas (my personal favorite); and for the sweet tooth, baklava.
    • Perfect for lunch on the go. It's not a regular restaurant, since there is no place to sit and order inside. Just buy your food at the counter and eat it standing up outside.
    • Cash only. If you'd like to avoid crowds, go during the week or on Saturdays before 1pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #807 of 2,748 restaurants in Buenos Aires
    • Delicious and inexpensive 02/18/2015
    • Great flavour, excellent value 04/26/2014
    • Medio Oriente
    Address:
    Jose Antonio Cabrera 4702
    Palermo Soho
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    (011) 4772-9541
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    Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas
    Flea & street markets
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    Lucía V Says:

    Right in the boundary between Palermo and Colegiales is the flea market. Inside this large warehouse, visitors will find numerous stalls selling antiquities, furniture, light fixtures, silverware, collectors' items and decorative objects, to name just a few of the offerings.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Great place for a trip down memory lane. It's a perfect spot for finding unique items and perhaps buying a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
    From the community
    Ranked #225 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • A lot of furniture 11/21/2014
    • If you like old things go 08/28/2014
    • Flea Market Mercado de Pulgas
    Address:
    Alvarez Thomas 71, Equina Dorrego- Barrio Palermo-Colegiales
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
  • Day 2
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    Recoleta
    Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Historic sites, Neighborhoods
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    Lucía V Says:

    Recoleta is one of the most upscale and traditional neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Walking along its streets, you will discover beautiful French-style buildings and mansions where aristocratic families used to live at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Personal favorite: the area surrounding the intersection of Alvear Avenue and Callao Avenue.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • surprised 03/31/2015
    • free and educational 03/31/2015
    • Recoleta
    Address:
    Junin y Guido
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Other:
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    Recoleta Cemetery
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Lucía V Says:

    One of the landmarks of Buenos Aires, the Recoleta Cemetery is a must visit in this neighborhood. Located in Plaza Francia, it is a unique place in the city, mainly for the impressive design of some of its mausoleums and tombs, as well as for the renowned names that have been buried there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Probably the most famous and most visited tomb in the cemetery is that of former first lady Eva Duarte de Perón.
    • Many characters from Argentine history are buried here; the most famous names are Juan Manuel de Rosas, Sarmiento, Roca and Facundo Quiroga, among others.
    • From the literary world, the writers Victoria and Silvina Ocampo, the poet Oliverio Girondo and José Hernández have been buried here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Thanatourism at its best 03/31/2015
    • A must-see 03/30/2015
    • Recoleta Cemetery
    Address:
    Junin 1790
    Buenos Aires 1116
    Argentina
    Phone:
    54 11 4804 7040
    Other:
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    Plaza Francia
    Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Lucía V Says:

    This park is most well-known in the city for the artists' fair that is set up here every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays the park is transformed by the many stalls that sell handmade jewelry, leather goods, wooden toys and many other beautiful items.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The fair is very popular with tourists and locals alike, so it is always very crowded, especially on sunny days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best part of Buenos Aires - pure class 03/10/2015
    • Go on Sunday afternoon 03/01/2015
    • Plaza Francia
    Address:
    Av Hipolito Yrigoyen 1300/1350
    Av Hipolito Yrigoyen y Marques de Sobremonte (San Rafael / Mendoza)
    Buenos Aires 5600
    Argentina
    Other:
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    United Nations Square
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Lucía V Says:

    Located next to the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, this beautiful park is home to the sculpture 'Floralis Genérica,' a striking giant flower made of steel and aluminum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Perfect for a visit on a sunny day: have a picnic or just relax under the trees.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #216 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Better If It Works 03/15/2015
    • Steel Flower of Buenos Aires 01/27/2014
    • United Nations Square
    Address:
    Barrio Recoleta
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Teatro Colon
    Operas, Theaters
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    Lucía V Says:

    The Teatro Colón is a world-renowned opera house, ranked as the third best in the world and best known for its magnificent acoustic. The theater was reopened in 2010, after a 5-year-long refurbishment. Whether you visit Buenos Aires for a few days or a few weeks, this is definitely a must-see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The theater is not actually in Recoleta, but it is well worth the extra bus ride there.
    • To learn more about the building's rich history, go on the guided tour. Available both in Spanish and English, every day from 9am to 5pm. Tours leave every 15 minutes.
    • The theater's schedule is impressive. Visit their website to check what is on offer during your stay. The schedule includes opera, ballet and classical music concerts.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Treasure 03/31/2015
    • Absolutely take the tour 03/29/2015
    • Teatro Colon
    Address:
    Cerrito 628
    Buenos Aires 1010
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4378-7100
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Puerto Madero
    Neighborhoods
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    Lucía V Says:

    Puerto Madero is one of the most luxurious neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It has been the center of a real state boom in recent years, so visitors will find modern skyscrapers and luxury department buildings overlooking the river.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Personal favorite: the park Parque Mujeres Argentinas.
    • Even though skyscrapers are the norm in Puerto Madero, there are beautiful green open spaces where you can relax and rest.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • The new vibrant side of BSAS 03/30/2015
    • Modern and touristy 03/30/2015
    • Puerto Madero
    Address:
    Rosario Vera Penaloza
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    11-4515-4600
    Other:
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    Reserva Ecologica
    Nature & wildlife areas
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    Lucía V Says:

    The natural reserve is the perfect place to escape the concrete buildings and busy streets and reconnect with nature. Inside, you will forget that you were ever in the city and enjoy the peace and quiet of the trees and the river. Walking down the trails, you may even encounter some of the permanent residents of the reserve: native species of birds, butterflies and turtles.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes, since there is a lot of walking involved.
    • Free admission.
    • Take sunscreen, bug repellent, and water to stay hydrated.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    • Huge Nature Preserve 03/01/2015
    • Incredible countryside place in the heart of Buenos-Aires 02/17/2015
    • Reserva Ecologica
    Phone:
    11-4893-1588
    Other:
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    Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
    Art museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    At the far end of Puerto Madero you'll find this truly impressive building, which houses the private art collection of businesswoman Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat. The collection is very varied, including both Latin American and European art, portraits of the Lacroze-Fortabat family and even a pop-art portrait of Amalia herself by Andy Warhol.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Since the museum is relatively new (opened in 2008), it is usually quite empty, so whenever you decide to visit you won't have to deal with large crowds.
    • Closed on Mondays. The entrance fee is half-off on Wednesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Eclectic and Wonderful Museum 03/22/2015
    • beautiful museum, worth a visit 03/07/2015
    • Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
    Address:
    Olga Cossettini 141
    Puerto Madero Este
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    54 (11) 4310-6600
    Other:
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    Fragata ARA Sarmiento
    Specialty museums
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    Lucía V Says:

    This ship turned museum is one of the landmarks of Puerto Madero. In the late 19th and early 20th century it sailed around the world over 30 times. In the 1960s it became a museum which exhibits photographs and objects from the many journeys it made.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Open every day from 10am to 7pm.
    • Perfect to visit if you have children. They will surely love to see the inside of a real ship.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 454 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a visit 03/15/2015
    • A great place in the area 03/01/2015
    • Fragata ARA Sarmiento
    Address:
    Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 980 - Capital Federal
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    4334 - 9386
    Other:
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