Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero
4.5
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By day, this riverfront area is a booming business and shopping district and by night, a hip neighborhood with pricey restaurants and fashionable clubs.
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The area
Neighborhood: Puerto Madero
From its refurbished red brick buildings and port cranes to its modern skyscrapers and luxurious apartment buildings, Puerto Madero is the perfect combination of old and new. The river provides a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that contrasts with the hustle and bustle of heavy traffic just blocks away. Across the river, flanked by skyscrapers, are beautiful parks and quiet streets that make this neighborhood a unique destination in a city as busy as Buenos Aires. The restaurants, bars, and nightclubs on the docks make it a prime spot for nights out and have come to symbolize this area. Puerto Madero is even more striking after dark, when the lights from the docks and skyscrapers glow against the night sky.
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,716 contributions
Jan 2020
We arrived late afternoon for our stay at the Hilton Buenos Aires and we asked the concierge for a suggestion of how to best stretch our legs and see a bit of BA. He told us to go out the door turn left, go ½ block and walk along the canal. How far I asked? It depends on how far you want to walk. It makes a loop and there are five bridges that allow you to cross over whenever you want. We had no idea what to expect and could not possibly have been more pleased.

As is true with most of the world’s major ports, Buenos Aires outgrew its original port due to the creation of super tankers etc. and BA has done a wonderful job of preserving the old while building out to create the new. The old port (now Puerto Madero) has been refashioned into a canal that serves small yachts, sailboats and motorboats on its water, while converting old warehouses into upscale shops and restaurants. Additionally international hotels and business have surrounded the canal with architecturally-tasteful skyscrapers that make the area even more inviting. The whole lace really comes alive in the evenings with street performers and lots else to see and enjoy.

Well lit, safe and spotlessly clean, visitors can spend hours or even an entire day just along the Puerto Madero. Staying in this immediate area also places you within walking distance of Plaza de Mayo, the Teatro Colon, the Ecological Reserve and the Boat Terminals. We stayed at the Hilton for 7 nights, saw almost every major tourist site in the city and only used a taxi twice. However, taxis are exceedingly cheap as you can go from the Puerto Madero to almost anywhere else in the city for less than $10 US.

If you stay in this area, you will be glad you did. If you do not, be sure to set aside at least an afternoon and early evening to walk the area and soak in the ambiance.
Written February 29, 2020
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rachnmike2014
Christchurch, New Zealand13 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this area and ended up moving accommodation from the central city to Puerto Madero because it had an easy going and safe feeling, even at night.
Lots of restaurants to choose from but even if your not hungry just wondering around is nice. Shame the water is so polluted - this is the only negative.
Easy walking distance to the neighbourhoods tourists usually want to see.
Written April 3, 2020
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SelectTraveler
San Diego, CA216 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
During our week in Buenos Aires we visited Puerto Madero several times and were struck by what a contrast it is with the rest of the city.

This neighborhood is built on reclaimed land and sits adjacent to the river. It is filled with soaring skyscrapers which are a mix of residential and commercial use buildings. The area is connected to central Buenos Aires by several bridges, one of which is the iconic Puente de La Mujer (Women’s Bridge).

There are numerous restaurants and bars all along the strip which makes the place come alive after hours. This is a trendy, cool spot that definitely deserves a visit.

Insider tip: All the street names in Puerto Madero are feminine.
Written February 27, 2020
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holidayneeded72
Guildford115 contributions
Feb 2020
We had half a day at the end of our trip in Buenos Aires. We had visited the main areas of BA except for this one. The Reserva Ecologica was free, a pleasant walk where you could spot some interesting birds and a nice place to spend a few hours once you have seen and explored most other places. It is not what you go to BA for but was a lovely way to end the holiday before a long flight home.
Written March 12, 2020
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karla94598
Buenos Aires, Argentina11 contributions
Dec 2019
Definitely recommend La Parolaccia Trattoria for the best pasta I have ever had, as well as their sister restaurant Mare. Lobo Cafe (on the riverfront) or Le Bie' for coffee or breakfast, and Le Pain Quotidien for anything in between. The movie theatre has English movies (with Spanish subtitles) for all titles. Great place to experience Buenos Aires from.
Written January 8, 2020
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Ray B
Monterey, CA65 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wife and I started an evening stroll along the bridge. Tango dancers, street musicians and street vendors were part of the ambiance. Most of the adjacent bars and restaurants seemed over priced and under rated.
Written January 20, 2020
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James V
Makawao, HI176 contributions
Jan 2020
This area of Buenos Aires is located on the Rio La Plata which separates Argentina and Uruguay. It contains the port for the ferry boats to both the capital city of Montevideo and the touristed town of Colonia in Uruguay. The trip to Montevideo takes about 2 1/2 hours aboard a luxurious three story ferry boat which also transports vehicles. The ferry has three classes of passage, several cafeterias, and an enormous upscale duty free shop.
Written January 22, 2020
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Raja R
Berkeley Lake, GA9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
This place is full of life with music and lots of eat outs. There is a floating museum out of an old frigate for history buffs. If you’re lucky you may get to see some Tango dancers too.
Written February 24, 2020
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FTichy
Celebration, FL2,437 contributions
Jan 2020
Its like "restaurant row"!

There are lots of restaurants along the banks of the river.

The nighborhood itself is pretty nice, with some luxury hotels, lots of trees, wide streets .... along with Recoleta, probably the two best neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

Its nice to go have dinner and walk around a bit.

I thought there should be more stores along the banks of the river, but there are really only restaurants.

A lot of the restaurants only open at 8 pm, so it's nice to sit and see the sunset, watch people walk by, it's a nice area.
Written January 29, 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,283 contributions
Mar 2022
I wish I’d spent more time in Puerto Madero—I dilly-dallied on by en route to the Colonia Express ferry terminal, which gave me enough time to sense its haute, contemporary vibe but not enough time to truly give it the appreciation I think it deserves. Chances are that if you book a well-known chain hotel for your accommodations in BA, you’ll either be in or within walking distance to this neighborhood…so it’s easy to and worthy of exploration. Go for the restaurants, nightlife, people, and stunning water vistas.

Next time I visit, it’s here I’ll spend a much larger chunk of my time!
Written May 31, 2022
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