Calle Florida

Calle Florida, Buenos Aires: Address, Phone Number, Calle Florida Reviews: 3.5/5

Calle Florida
3.5
About
Architecture buffs will love the opulent, early 20th-century buildings that line this mile-long pedestrian mall, popular for its gem, leather and fur stores.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: San Nicolás
Immersed in the sound of honking horns and the footsteps of busy office workers, the Microcentro area of San Nicolás is where visitors will encounter the true hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, walking down streets lined with office buildings and banks. The financial district is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere and unstoppable rhythm during office hours. After dark, the hubbub migrates to Corrientes Ave., where theater lovers might start their evening at a play and end it in one of the many traditional pizzerias nearby. During the day, Corrientes is known for its many bookshops and classic cafés, which are located just minutes away from some famous landmarks, like the Obelisco, Avenida 9 de Julio, and the Teatro Colon.
How to get there
  • Lavalle • 5 min walk
  • General San Martín • 6 min walk

3.5
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
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.
Written March 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

travelingmike
Hillsboro, Oregon152 contributions
Overview:

Calle Florida is a street that Buenos Aires has converted to a pedestrian walking path. It has been completely tiled in black and white tiles and has an attractive appearance. This street serves as a walking path from Avenida de Mayo to another popular plaza in Buenos Aires and is a safe way to get around the city. There are a lot of cars in the city that drive poorly and crossing the street in Buenos Aires is a leap of faith in some areas. This street is a nice alternative to dodging cars.

Detail:

Most of the shops on Florida street cater to tourists, and many souvenirs, and speciality items can be purchased here. Be advised that many items that you find here will have speciality prices (high) on this street. In addition to the stores on this street, you will find a number of street venders selling a lot of misc. items. They set up in the center of the wallking lane and sell a wide variety of items that the people walk around. Many popular fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, and ice cream shops can be found on this street, too.

In addition to shops, you can usually find a Tango exhibition. A popular location for the Tango exhibitions is at Florida and Lavalle streets. You will typically find a couple dressed in Tango attire performing a tango dance while tourist watch and take pictures. Nice addition to the experience.

Helpful hints:

1. While this is a fun place to visit be aware that pick pockets and purse snatchers find this to be an attractive spot with all of the "rich" tourists in one gathering spot. While I did not see or hear of any specific incidents, I was advised by the locals to have a firm grip on my posessions and to wear your backpack or purse on the front of your body with a grip on it. Better safe than sorry.
2. You will find people passing out A LOT of paper flyers on this street. They make a big production of it, loudly ripping it off of a stack, and thrusting it in front of you. Just firmly say no, and walk on by as they try and hand it to you (unless you want the flyer). Otherwise you will end up with a stack of useless papers at the end our your visit.
3. The street Lavalle is, also, pedestrian only area and some deals can be found on this street. It crosses Florida street about four streets from Avenida de Mayo. Consider checking it out, too, for some better prices.
4. Most people will not experience this, but traveling as a single guy walking down the street I was very agressively marketed by several strip clubs and flyers for call girls on and just off Flordia street. While I never saw an actual sign for these places(Probably due to it not being allowed by the government, as not to offend the tourists, and the pleasent image of the street.), there are people on the street instead of a sign agressively talking to you and following you as you pass by their location to come inside. If you walk with your girlfriend, wife, or a female friend they will probably will not bother you and leave you alone. Just don't be surprised if you are a guy by yourself, or walking a distance from your significant other and are approached on the street by these places.

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Written November 11, 2008
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reinarubia
Calhoun, GA6,222 contributions
My husband and I stayed only a few blocks from Calle Florida for two weeks last month. We walked the street almost daily so I became very familiar with what it has to offer.
I believe the street is about a mile long from Avenida de Mayo to San Martin Plaza. You will find all kinds of services along with the shopping.
There are, of course, the leather shops up and down the street. As another reviewer stated, there were people trying to get you to come into their stores but a firm no thank you was usually enough. The best bargain, in my opinion, is men’s leather dress shoes. My husband bought four pair while we were there.
Galerias Pacifico is a mall on Florida at the end near San Martin Plaza. It should not be missed for its beauty and architecture. Be sure to go in and look at the dome with the painted ceiling even if you don’t want to browse the shops. I posted a review on it with some photos.
We enjoyed several restaurants in the area and coffee shops. There are also several movie theaters where you can see a recent release for about $2US. We had several eyeglass frames fitted with prescription lenses for a very good price at an optical shop. My husband had a manicure at one of the salons. There are also banks, hotels, internet places called locutorios, shoe shine stations, etc.
There are young people who perform tango on the street and pass a hat. Artists sell their paintings. So you see, Calle Florida is much more than stores. You can still go there and have good time without stepping inside a store. Just go and enjoy the architecture and the people while you have a cafe con leche and an alfajor at one of the sidewalk cafes.

Written December 14, 2005
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Victoria P
317 contributions
Feb 2020
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.
Written February 14, 2020
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AlexRosell
Coral Gables, FL132 contributions
If you want to get some serious shopping done go to Calle Florida while you are in Buenos Aires. There are stores ranging from Lacoste to Nike up and down this great place. There is also the Galerias Pacificas mall which was more great stores. Since my hotel was close to Calle Florida I also ate there a few times and really enjoyed the ambiance. The only thing that I did not enjoy about this street is that there are salespeople every 20 feet (no kidding) asking you to come into there stores. At first I was nice and went into a few stores but then realized that I was better off just entering the stores that I thought were worth my while. You are better off telling the salespeople "no gracias" (no thanks) and just keep on walking.
Written May 24, 2004
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gime
madrid2 contributions
Florida Street is a typical arentinina walk, built more than two century ago, and still has that glamorous touch.

It starts at the beautiful Plaza San Martin, an incredible square, with very nice views and a war monument.

Florida Street is a nice, elegant walk. I recommend the blocks from Alem Av. To Cordoboa Av.. Going further not so nice: too busy and crowded.

Particulary enjoyable if you look at the old buildings and have a cofffe at "Florida Garden" (Florida and Paraguay).

Shopping:
We shopped at "Silvia y Mario", half block from Florida St. (on Marcelo T. de Alvear 550 St. between Florida and San Martin) They made tailored garments for us and made us feel very comfortable. We got a discount for cash payment.

Shops on Florida are a little more expensive than the ones in the crossing streets, but still, some of them are worth it.

Dont miss the building where writer Jorge Luis Borges used to live, in Maipú Street, one block from Florida St. And also the marvelous Plaza Hotel, run by Marriott.
Written March 5, 2008
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angelface52786
Miami141 contributions
My Hotel was right by this street...At first, it looks really lively and packed with things to do, but in reality, this is just a pedestrian street filled with leather merchants harassing you, and fast food joints...I walked by it several times, and after two strolls, I just got bored...I was really bothered by the amount of women laying on the floor, filthy, and with 2-3 children begging for money....They send the kids up to you to tug at your clothes, and ask for money...they are always there...everyday...the same people...I was just asking myself, "Do these children go to school?" On the other hand, there is a restaurant called "Il Grand Cafe" on Florida street where I had a very pleasant lunch...If in Buenos Aires, I recommend taking a stroll past this street, but it's not such a major attraction...
Written November 26, 2007
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GrandTour22405
England5 contributions
I thought that Calle Florida was awful. I thought the shopping was VERY second rate (especially compared to the other places in Buenos Aires - Palermo, San Telmo, Avenida Cabildo, Recoleta, ferias), the place was far too busy, everything was overpriced and it felt very sterile - like any other big city in the whole world. I wouldn't recommend it. You are right in the centre of the business district and there are soooooooo many people rushing around you trying to get to work, or get to a meeting, or go home - its horrendous. And the people propositioning you to go into their stores are annoying - they don't let it go, and if you're unlucky enough to catch the same one twice, they will ask you if you went in - then you feel like the naughty kid at school if you didn't go. If your shopping style, is safe, chain store fodder with no originality, come here. Also come if you don't like the sun and want to be surrounded by big tower blocks.
Written October 14, 2005
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NLtravels
PA294 contributions
We were there for 5 days in March '08. Daily we walked and enjoyed the street. Yes there are hawkers/salespeople, but we just smiled and continued. The US$ was low, but my wife still managed to buy a 3/4 length soft subtle lambskin leather coat lined with rabbit fur for under US$250.

Cafe Florida boasts the best coffe in BA and we agree.

It was also rather clean and few panhandlers.
Written August 25, 2008
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patrick w
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Was on a Crystal Cruise that ended in Buenos Aires - the ship brought us down to the famous pedestrian street - Florida- where many tourists walk and shop during the day - it was noon. Within 15 minutes - I was approached from behind and put in a chokehold by a man who proceeded very quickly to detach my watch from my wrist and then jumped on a waiting motorcycle. I am still fairly young and fit but there was no way to fight it off - it happened so fast. Florida St used to be a safe, very nice place to walk and shop but now the beggars and street criminals overrun the place. My advise to cruise lines and to tourists is to AVOID Buenos Aires entirely until they get their crime problem fixed (Rio fixed theirs). I was not the only passenger who was violently assaulted and robbed in the middle of the day on our cruise in BA.
Written April 9, 2019
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