Buenos Aires Neighborhoods
With its lavish stately homes and plush hotels, Recoleta is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is also an area of immense historical interest, namely the impressive Recoleta Cemetery.
Nuñez is the northernmost barrio of the Capital Federal zone of Buenos Aires, after which begin the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires Provincia. The neighborhood is well-known for possessing a large following of River Plate Football Club, aka Los Millionarios (The Millionaires).
Besides ever-burgeoning Palermo, Belgrano is one of the largest barrios in Buenos Aires spanning an area of 6.8km. Although not instantly recognizable for its tourist attractions, it is a pleasant neighborhood for walking and admiring the residential homes.
Covering just over two square kilometers, Colegiales is one of Buenos Aires’ smaller barrios and a largely residential one at that. Known for its green spaces, Colegiales is squeezed between Belgrano, Chacarita and Palermo. Although not famed for tourism there are some interesting snippets of local history to discover.
Retiro was once known for being one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and is home to many of the city’s five star hotels. Today, amongst its grandeur, it is recognized as being the busiest overland transportation hub.
Constitución is somewhat of anomaly amongst the barrios of Buenos Aires. On the one hand it is home to some impressive architecture dating back to colonial times, yet on the other hand its streets are blighted by drug trafficking, sex workers, 24-hour nightclubs and noise pollution.
Mataderos is a large and populous barrio situated in the southwest corner of Buenos Aires Capital Federal district that offers a mix of both city and rural life. Tradition runs deep here and visitors can often stumble across improvised lyric battles, known locally as payadas, taking place in the bars and on the street corners.
Monserrat is the barrio situated directly south of San Nicolas and forms part of Buenos Aires’ business district. It is a neighborhood steeped in local history and home to some of Argentina’s most significant public buildings.
Often referred to as El Centro, San Nicolàs plays host to a great part of Buenos Aires’ financial district. With major streets such as Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Corrientes and Florida passing through it, San Nicolàs is a constantly animated neighborhood and offers many interesting aspects for visitors to the city.
Although one of the official barrios of Buenos Aires, Balvanera is more commonly referred to as three separate sub-barrios: Abasto, Congreso and Once. Balvanera is a heavily populated neighborhood that blends commerce and residential living. It is bordered by San Nicolas and Monserrat to the east, San Cristobal to the south, Almagro to the west, and Recoleta to the north.
Boedo is traditionally a working class barrio situated in the mid-east area of Buenos Aires Capital Federal. The barrio is known for its influence in tango culture and its cafes were important meeting places for writers and musicians.
Since its early beginnings, San Cristóbal has been the nucleus of numerous important historical events in Buenos Aires. Traditionally, a fusion of local aristocratic families and foreigners, the barrio is recognized for being a cradle of the city’s tango culture. The barrio is bordered by Balvanera, Constitucion, Parque Patricios and Boedo.
Sprawling across almost 8-sq-km, Flores is one of the largest barrios of Buenos Aires and sits in the centre of the Buenos Aires city area. Classed as part of Buenos Aires Province until 1888, Flores claim to fame is that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis in 2013, was born and raised in the barrio.
Perched on the border of Capital Federal and Buenos Aires Province, Saavedra is a quieter city neighborhood and a largely residential one at that. Its main attractions are two large recreational parks – Parque Saavedra and Parque Sarmiento – and DOT Baires, the largest shopping center in Buenos Aires.
Believe it or not, there is a bigger cemetery than the one in Recoleta. It is not in the dead center of Buenos Aires City but in the quiet neighborhood of Chacarita, which is nestled between Colegiales, Palermo, Villa Crespo La Paternal and Villa Ortuzar.
Agronomía is a small barrio in to the west of the city Buenos Aires. It is bordered by Parque Chas to the north, Paternal to the east, Villa del Parque and Villa Devoto to the south and Villa Pueyrredon and Villa Urquiza to the west.
Villa Urquiza is mostly neglected by visitors to Buenos Aires as it is a highly residential area. But it is worth a visit as it shares some characteristics with Belgrano, being a middle-upper class neighborhood with beautiful old homes and modern apartment buildings.
Nueva Pompeya is a barrio situated southwest of Microcentro that provides an important transitory link between Capital Federal and the south. Its southernmost border is split between Avenida 27 de Febrero and the Riachuelo river, after which are towns of Buenos Aires Province.
Parque Chacabuco lies to the southwest of Microcentro and is named after the namesake park that is situated in the heart of the barrio. The barrio shares its borders with Boedo, Caballito, Flores and Nueva Pompeya.
Directly west of Buenos Aires Centro and on the border of La Provincia is the barrio of Villa Devoto. A quiet residential barrio, it is locally known as ‘El Jardin de la Ciudad’ (The Garden of Buenos Aires) due to its collection of tree-lined streets. In fact, Villa Devoto famously possesses more trees than any other barrio of Buenos Aires.
Although Palermo has been a popular barrio since its modern inception in the 1830s, Alto Palermo is a relatively new addition to the sub-barrios of Buenos Aires’ largest neighborhood. The area takes its name from the namesake shopping mall inaugurated in 1990. The introduction of the mall led to the area becoming one of the busiest shopping districts of the city.
This is the oldest part of the barrio and occupies its southeastern corner. If you haven’t worked it out already, ‘Viejo’ means ‘Old’ in Spanish. The barrio actually incorporates both Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho. However, here we will concentrate on the eastern area bounded by Avenida Santa Fe to the north, Coronel Diaz to the east, Cordoba to the south, and Scalabrini Ortiz to the west.
Characteristic of Palermo’s many aliases; the barrio is also referred to as Barrio Parque. This is the place of millionaires and ambassadors, local television and sporting celebrities.
Las Cañitas is famed for possessing one of the biggest concentrations of bars and restaurants in the city, which give the nightlife of Palermo Hollywood a run for its money. A consequence of this is a large number of expats and vacationers residing in the area.