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Calle Florida

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Calle Florida

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Buenos Aires’ neighborhoods each have a distinctive character from the historic barrios of San Telmo and La Boca, to the beautiful parks and plazas of Palermo and Recoleta, and the modern skyscrapers of Puerto Madero. This small-group tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, visiting all of the top attractions in just half a day.
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AlpinerHut wrote a review Mar 2020
Chantilly, Virginia970 contributions242 helpful votes
True story. On a Saturday, we decided to walk from busy Plaza de Mayo to our hotel, Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center. We started north on Calle San Martin, which looked like the shortest route. Soon we noticed that no stores or offices were open and the only people on the street appeared to be vagrants. Uneasy, we began walking faster. Coming across Galerias Pacifico, we entered the comfort and safety of a major shopping mall (see my review, “One of Buenos Aires’ nicest”). Later, we exited onto Calle Florida, not Calle San Martin, and — viola! — shops galore and people everywhere. What a difference a block makes! You can find just about everything in the stores along this pedestrians-only shopping street or among the vendors on the street itself. (Except what we were looking for, a woman’s swimsuit, but we did finally find two stores that had them.) What I’ll remember most, though, is the money-changers. You can’t walk 10 steps without someone shouting “Cambio!” at you.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Rich G wrote a review Mar 2020
Acton, Massachusetts2,418 contributions162 helpful votes
We came to Calle Florida as it was one of the recommended spots for tourists to see. We saw so much of BA in a week, but this place is not one I would recommend. They say it's a great place to shop with no traffic and plenty of options. Sure, I guess that's true. But the traffic is in human form, tons of people. The street itself is very small, so you can walk end-to-end in about 10 minutes, even with foot traffic. However, there is nothing special here, just overpriced department-store-quality venues (shoe stores, tshirts, and McDonalds). My opinion is if you're a tourist avoid this area and go to the plazas in Palermo SOHO or basically anywhere else, nothing that interesting to buy here...
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Date of experience: February 2020
Vincent M wrote a review Mar 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana2,190 contributions820 helpful votes
Calle Florida is the northern extension of Calle Peru, running through the barrio San Nicolás up to San Martin. Occasionally I’ve heard it called Peatonal Florida (Florida pedestrial walkway) rather than Calle. The best bit is between Corrientes and San Martin, and the best corner is the intersection of Florida and Av. Córdoba. The spectacular Galarias Pacifico is on the SE corner of this intersection, and the best photo-op in the barrio may be the ornate golden doors of the Sede Central on the NE corner. I’ve reviewed Galarias Pacifico separately. Sede Central is the downtown social and events centre of the prestigious 140-year old Central Naval sports and social club, perhaps best known for its rugby team. (See Galarias Pacifico and Golden Doors photos). All the way up and down Florida, it’s shop until you drop, then take ten slow breaths and get back up and shop some more. In addition to the brick-and-mortar shops on either side, are the street vendors, particularly those located straight down the center of the walkway. Leather goods? Got ‘em. Shoes for infants? Got ‘em. Electrical converters so you can use your US plugs? No problemo. Sunglasses? Got ‘em. Paintings sold by the artist himself? “Si, senora, the paint’s just dried.” Cambio shills offering to sell you Argentine pesos? “Si, senora, the ink’s just dried." (See Street Vendors photo). The calle is musical day and night. I’ve heard classical violinists, Spanish guitarists, contemporary duos, all playing for change. The violinist was excellent, and earned the donation he got from me. You might see a tango couple dancing for change during the day. One night I saw a more serious demonstration, with three sets of tango dancers. There’s a tango school on the calle, and I suspect these were either students or teachers from there. They were very impressive. There are several mini-marts on the walkway, chiefly close to intersections. Not very many restaurants per se on calle Florida, but I strongly recommend Classic BA at Florida and Paraguay, and La Posada de 1820, one block E of Calle Florida on Tucuman. The ABC Restaurant is half a block east of Florida on Lavelle: German grub and beer, but notorious as the alleged hangout for Adolf Eichmann and Dr. Mengele when they were feeling peckish and looking for home-style cooking. There are no bars on Calle Florida itself between Corrientes and San Martin. However, at the extreme northern end of Calle Florida, you can find drinking establishments in either direction along Marcello Torquato de Alvear: they tend to open about 1800, and stay open quite late. Until 2100, when the Galarias Pacifico closes, along with almost all other stores, Calle Florida is packed. (See Calle Florida by Night photo). But there’s still street vendors and shows after than, thinning out by about 2300. I never felt unsafe walking alone, but by midnight the calle is pretty deserted. The red (B) subte line’s Florida station is within 10 meters of calle Florida, on Corrientes, and the best way to get to the pedestrian street, since you sure as shooting can't park on it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Victoria P wrote a review Feb 2020
318 contributions19 helpful votes
Florida Street is closed off to vehicles which makes it nice to walk around. Tons of shops, restaurants and entertainment. You can also get money exchanged here. If you want souvenirs, this is the place. The later in the day of eve, the more street vendors come out to sell the wares. We happened by when couples were doing the tango. We also go a great meal here.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Elena P wrote a review Dec 2019
Romania4,448 contributions417 helpful votes
This is a nice and crowded pedestrian street. If you need to exchange money there are a lot of people trying to help you on the street .
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Date of experience: December 2019
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