This was one of the ancient quarters of Buenos Aires, where aristocratic old families used to live. But after the yellow fever explosion of 1871, that group started moving to the Northern parts of the city, leaving this region to immigrants and middle-class people. It was then when it took it´s present day characteristics. Lacking conservation from private owners and from the town government, this quarter retains interest anyway, and you can here, in some places, imagine the Buenos Aires of the first half of the XX century. A lot of antiques shops are concentrated here, some of them very interesting, though expensive. And an extremely attractive antiques fair is held on Sundays. Be very careful with your bags and pockets, try to look as local as possible and avoid public concentrations (for example, where street performers are acting). Do not show money in the streets, specially dollars or euros!
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