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This fashionable, upscale neighborhood is lined with cafes, boutiques and galleries and morphs into a street fair on weekends.
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Neighborhood: Recoleta
Characterized by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighborhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centered on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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  • David L
    6 contributions
    Beautiful Neighborhood
    Recoleta neighborhood is awesome. We stayed a week in the neighborhood and we were very happy we did. freewalksbuenosaires has a free walking tour (3 hrs) to Retiro and Recoleta that is well worth doing. You can even schedule another tour ($10 pp + admission) to Recoleta Cemetery the same day. NOT overly taxing (I am 68; brother is 71).
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • WeekendTreker
    Charlotte, North Carolina390 contributions
    Lots of History
    Very nice section of Beunos Aires with lots of French architecture and mansions that are now embassies. I reccomend a tour to see the highlights. We were advised not to wear any jewelry and to conceal cell phones. Especially iPhones. If you stay on the busy streets and pay attention it is fairly safe. We found the cemetery tour interesting and Patio Bullrich had some nice leather goods. I also recommend the jewelry store Manu Lizarralde they have a nice selection of jewelry with the national stone Inca Rose. The owners have very reasonable pricing.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • ghgolfgilf
    Scottsdale, Arizona28 contributions
    Perfect for in-depth tour of the Recoleta Cemetary
    We had wonderful guide who gave a fascinating tour of the cemetary and the Recoleta neighborhood. It was perfect to have a few hours of walking in this beautiful area especially after a long flight. The tour meeting place was confusing since the hotel where we were supposed to meet was closed.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Samaire V
    Owen Sound, Canada2 contributions
    Great tour very beautiful
    I enjoyed the tour guide very much she was quite detailed and I kind of tried to snap as many pics as I could. I liked some of the crypts had character with even an abandoned state of disaray there was something mysterious and beautiful. I plan on also visiting chacarita before I.leave.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 9, 2023
  • DuncanTCH
    East Greenbush, New York1,272 contributions
    It's BA's most famous neighborhood for a reason
    One could spend weeks simply walking around the Recoleta neighborhood in BA and still see something new, exciting and different every day. The architecture is spectacular, the people walking outstanding and the pace of the neighborhood can be both extremely active and extremely peaceful...often at the same time. Yes, the cemetery is great...but there's so much more to the neighborhood than that. Definitely spend some time walking around and explore...you'll be rewarded with some amazing sights.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • TimRanney
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    Recoleta in Buenos Aries is Bueno!
    Manhattan/NYC native arrived in September to explore BA for a possible winter home (summer here). Stayed in Palermo Hollywood for a few weeks in modern penthouse with friends, and it was fine, but how many chic coffee shops does one need on the block? Moved to a dismal tiny airbnb in Recoleta for a month but loved the neighborhood, so after very little effort looking, I found an affordable luxury apartment in a Recoleta highrise. I absolutely love it. Reminds me of the Upper East Side but cleaner and more charming. The restaurants and food options are excellent, and I've found the people to be wonderful and eager to assist and advise. The plethora of pastry and ice cream shops are constant temptations, and the perfect little parks are the best in the world. This is a great city.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,863 contributions
    Recoleta is a picturesque and historic neighborhood
    When planning to come to Buenos Aires, I picked three nights in the Palermo neighborhood and three nights in the Recoleta neighborhood. We had a modern renovated Airbnb in Palermo Hollywood and an older Airbnb in the Recoleta neighborhood. My wife and I liked the Recoleta Airbnb much better. It had a lot more character in an older building and the neighborhood was more enticing. The Cemetery was a short walk, as was the National Fine Arts Museum. We went to a street market one day which was fun, as was a couple of street markets in Soho. Restaurants and cafes are plentiful in the area. Recoleta is a great neighborhood for visiting Buenos Aires.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Baltcma
    Rosedale, Maryland23 contributions
    Location, location, location
    An absolutely lovely neighborhood. We had a great Airbnb 2 blocks from the cemetery and stayed for 10 days. Great selection of restaurants; the cemetery is amazing and definitely worth a visit; easy to walk downtown, up Libertador street to Japanese Garden, close to Fine Arts and Decorative Arts Museums and Florialis Genérica. Lovely buildings and easy to catch taxis. Best place to stay.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 8, 2023
  • joe-chicago-23
    Chesterfield, Missouri1,104 contributions
    Wonderful neighborhood
    We came through this neighborhood one day on a guided tour. We were so impressed that we came back the next day for more exploring. There is so much here besides the cemetery. It has parks, museums and monuments. We shopped at a craft fair with hundreds of local artisans. There are many bars and restaurants to choose from for a variety of things to eat and drink.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • RayICue
    Cornelius, North Carolina3,959 contributions
    A must do daytime tour area
    My second trip to Buenos Aires and the Recoleta area, still my number “1” enjoyable tourist destination in BA. Especially on weekends when the market is booming with vendors . A little disappointed that an entree fee is required for the cemetery now . If you haven’t ever seen the cemetery, I would recommend paying and getting a tour . Having visited several times before, we skipped it this time . After the market, check out the museums up the street. All most do in BA .
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 10, 2024
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PrettyBetty1919
Napier, New Zealand66 contributions
Feb 2020
the wonderful Recoleta Square weekend market is the biggest of locally made handicrafts. The streets are cobbled, there were amazingly entertainng buskers from opera singers to cross dressed, one person comedy acts. Cafe's are great for having a cuppa too.
Written February 26, 2020
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640silviak
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Mar 2020
La Recoleta is best known for its famous, historic cemetery. Its weekend markets are also fabulous, notorious for its assortment of touristy souvenirs and leather products, but where one can also find fantastic hand made goods in wool, silk and silver. Asking for a discount is expected if paying cash, adding to the bargain hunter. This area is also close to the Alvear Palace Hotel. Beautiful in itself, it is surrounded by historic buildings and wide avenues with top shops, boutiques and modern buildings to be admired. La Recoleta provides a sharp contrast to the busier, less clean areas of the city centre, adding to the experience of a city of contrast.
Written March 16, 2020
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Logan Trotter
2 contributions
Nov 2019
Really nice area to walk around and take photos. There's a hill you can picnic on or just site and watch the city if you need a rest. The Recoleta Cemetery was absolutely breath taking. Great for photos, but remain respectful. Getting a taxi was relatively easy as it is a busy area.
Written March 5, 2020
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Byron S
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
Feb 2020
Ideal Place to Stay and Visit. Recoleta is a safe neighborhood with easy walks and plentiful restaurants. It is central to many of the places you would visit as well the Taxis are very resonable for getting around the city.
Written March 6, 2020
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sabatinitennis
London, UK3,686 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is the poshest part of the city and the streets are lined with apartments, coffee houses and ladies walking their poodles. It is a clean area with upmarket shops and of course, it's famous cemetery, church and underground shopping centre. I enjoyed my slow walk through its delighful streets. On Saturday there is a wonderful market too.
Written February 15, 2020
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ayayca
Istanbul, Türkiye7 contributions
Dec 2022
Thank you!
In addition to its historical and aesthetic value, Recoleta is among my unforgettable memories in Argentina.
I lost my cell phone while visiting Recoleta.
Recoleta Cemetery staff raised the issue to their manager, Ignatius. Ignatius reacted immediately, said that he was in charge, and reassured us they would try their best to find the cell phone. Fortunately, the tourists who found the phone left their contact info at the reception in Recoleta. Ignatius contacted them. He joined us while we met them to pick up my phone, did not leave us alone in our meeting, and supported us in our communication. He was always there for us until we got the phone back and made sure we were safe. We are indebted to this honorable and great manager for making Argentina a wonderful place in our memories and for making us remember the Argentine people with gratitude. We cannot thank him and his staff enough.
Written January 23, 2023
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Julia M
5 contributions
Sep 2021
We enjoyed Recoleta very much. The french arquitecture is very beautiful, sometimes you feel like in Paris. There was a handicraft fair and we enjoyed the street artists there. Sunday is the best day to visit it.
Written September 6, 2021
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David L
6 contributions
Mar 2023
Recoleta neighborhood is awesome. We stayed a week in the neighborhood and we were very happy we did. freewalksbuenosaires has a free walking tour (3 hrs) to Retiro and Recoleta that is well worth doing. You can even schedule another tour ($10 pp + admission) to Recoleta Cemetery the same day. NOT overly taxing (I am 68; brother is 71).
Written March 12, 2023
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tron38
Cancun, Mexico28 contributions
Jan 2020
A must on your trip to this city. Lots of resturants, bars and people enjoying people. Take UBER, they are cheap and feel free to walk around. Don't miss the the cemetary with where very famous people have very artistic graves.
Written January 26, 2020
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habanerodude
3 contributions
Dec 2019
Absolutely a fabulous area to walk, shop and people watch as you enjoy any number of wonderful sidewalk cafes or restaurants. Metered taxis are very inexpensive and fun. Bring your camera as there are lots of interesting and beautiful things to see and remember.
Written January 6, 2020
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