What to do in Caballito, a guide with the best activities and attractions in this neighborhood, not so touristy.
Caballito is a neighborhood located in the geographic center of the city of Buenos Aires. Although it is not usually a must for tourists who visit the city, nowadays, it is one of the most residential neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and an iconic place in the life of all porteños, so we recommend it for all those who are very interested in visiting places outside the tourist classics, or in their second visit to the city.
The neighborhood owes its name to the grocery store that Don Nicolás Vila installed in 1821 on the corner of current Av. Rivadavia and Emilio Mitre, and which was recognized for its typical weather vane in the shape of a little horse.
Here you can find a guide to know what places to visit and what activities we can do in Caballito:
Barracas is a traditional neighborhood in Buenos Aires that is not usually visited by foreign tourists but that has great charm for fans of Buenos Aires and its history, those who are looking for something outside of the classic tourist spots. Barracas was at the time a place of the Buenos Aires aristocracy of the late nineteenth century and later a neighborhood of factories, workers and immigrants who built the country. Here are the main attractions to know what to do in Barracas:
Puerto Madero Brewery Port, an outdoor option with good beer!
It is a huge space, with outdoor tables that line the Puerto Madero river. A very original proposal, which includes a variety of options for you to enjoy a unique and relaxing moment.
You can go both during the day and at night, this place offers good gastronomic combos, with the plus of having the best view of the city of Buenos Aires.
It has more than 20 styles of craft beers, hamburgers for all tastes, with different options of Combos, which include food and drink, which will be much cheaper! In addition to beer, they have different drinks and Wines from the Catena Zapata Winery.
In addition to all this, they have free parking for customers, which you can enjoy your benefit by entering through the traffic light that is located on Cecilia Grierson and Juana Manso streets. But, you can also go by bike!
And as an extra, it is a Pet Friendly place, so your best friend can also enjoy the ride with you!
Located at 400 Cecilia Grierson Street, North Dock, in the heart of Puerto Madero.
Given the situation of COVID-19, its current schedule is from 12 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day.
If what you are looking for is a relaxing moment, accompanied by a beautiful view, a bit of fresh air and delighting your palate with a delicious beer and good food, without a doubt, Puerto Madero Brewery Port will fulfill your wish and more too !
Here we leave you this other note with everything you can do in Puerto Madero, to plan a unique and different day!
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What to do in Belgrano, a guide to the best places to visit in one of the largest neighborhoods in the city.
The Belgrano neighborhood is one of the largest and most populated in the city, concentrating some of the busiest and most iconic spots in Buenos Aires. Today the famous Chinatown, the only one of its kind in Argentina, has become popular among porteños, but also and located very close to it are very beautiful and traditional places that mark the history of Belgrano from when it was a town to becoming a neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
Although Belgrano is not one of the neighborhoods that foreign tourists usually visit or those who are in Buenos Aires for the first time for 4 or 5 days, being less popular than Palermo, San Telmo or Recoleta, it constitutes a very pleasant walk for those who visit Buenos Aires through second time, those who want to see the Chinatown or for the same porteños who visit it on weekends.
Paseo de la Infanta, gastronomic pole and open-air center of attraction in the Palermo neighborhood.
It is located just a few blocks from the renowned Rose Garden, being within the Palermo Parks, between Av. Libertador and Freyre.
It is formed as a path of restaurants and bars, breweries and pubs for all styles, tastes and cultures.
It has 36 thousand m2 and is located under the Miter Railroad tracks.
The wealth of this space is to provide a plan for any time of the day, given that it is busy both day and night, and they have running schedules in many of the places that make it up.
If your walk through the Bosques de Palermo requires a technical stop, this is a great option and you will find a variety of menus and places to sit and enjoy the outdoors without having to go far.
Keep in mind that it is a highly trafficked place, so you will see people circulating throughout the day. From the morning, having breakfast, until late at night.
Given its location, you will find several means of transport that bring you closer to this amazing gastronomy hub. You can get there by Subway, Bus or Train!
Here we leave you a note to see everything you can do in the Palermo neighborhood. In this way, you will be able to put together a plan for a whole day and end it with a nice dinner outdoors.
We recommend that you always be informed about the schedules, protocols and current care in Paseo de la Infanta, given the situation of COVID-19.
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What to do in San Telmo, a list with the best options to visit in this beautiful Buenos Aires neighborhood.
The San Telmo neighborhood is the second oldest in the city and despite being the smallest of all, it concentrates much of the spirit of colonial Buenos Aires mixed with a strong culture of diversity, immigration and unique traditions such as its famous Sundays Fair.
The neighborhood can be visited any day during the week is very quiet, with a little more activity closer to the weekend. Without a doubt, the best day to visit it if you want to fully enjoy it is Sunday, when the traditional fair takes place.
A good plan if you are there on Sunday and want to delve deeper into the history of the oldest part of the city, is to join our tour of San Telmo, which begins in the morning in the Jesuit block in Montserrat and enters the heart of San Telmo where you can enjoy its beautiful fair in the afternoon.
Here we are going to tell you everything about what to do in San Telmo:
San Telmo Market
The San Telmo market is one of the few large markets that continue to function of those that existed in all the Buenos Aires neighborhoods at the end of the 19th century. It was built by the architect Buschiazzo in 1897 and served as a large market supplier of fruits, vegetables and food. The building has an iron arched structure that is wonderful. Today the market is a mixture, it still has some stands selling food such as butcher and greengrocers, but some antique dealers have also been established since the neighborhood organized the antiques fair in the 70s and in recent years the market began to evolve into a very rich and varied gastronomic pole with grills, coffees, sandwich shops and all kinds of food on the way and in the bar.
San Telmo Fair and Dorrego Square
The San Telmo Fair takes place every Sunday and originated around the famous Dorrego Square, the second oldest square in the city after Plaza de Mayo. There, surrounded by picturesque colonial and classic buildings and with the towers of the church of San Telmo in sight, antique dealerships are established that since 1970 have sold artistic objects of all kinds. The fair began as an idea by the architect José María Peña as a way to rescue the neighborhood and its traditions and invite everyone to visit the neighborhood on weekends.
San Pedro Gonzalez Telmo Church
The San Telmo neighborhood takes its name from Saint Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, protector of sailors. The church that takes its name is located a few meters from Plaza Dorrego and is one of the most beautiful in Buenos Aires. It is a colonial church originally built by Jesuits but which was later clad in the 19th and 20th centuries with a Baroque-Iberian facade. Inside there are several paintings of saints in the Buenos Aires filleting style. Next to the church is the colonial cloister that today is the prison museum.
Ezeiza Family House | The Defense Passage
On Defense Street, reaching Avenida Independencia, there is an old house built in 1876 for the Ezeiza Family. The house is one of the last aristocratic residences built in the neighborhood during the great move of wealthy families to Recoleta. It is an Italian-style residence with lined courtyards, iron columns and even the old cistern that has been maintained, creating an atmosphere of old Buenos Aires before the great development of French academicism towards the north of the city. Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places in San Telmo. Today the house is a commercial gallery called The Defense Passage (Pasaje la Defensa) with clothing, handicraft and antique shops.
French Solar Gallery (Galería Solar de French)
This gallery is the most “intagram friendly” place in San Telmo. It is a commercial promenade located on the site where the patriot Domingo French lived. The house has kept its old layout of consecutive courtyards with beautiful plants and flowers and covered in colorful umbrellas, a fashion started in Portugal and spread throughout the world, to give a magical touch to the environment.
So, if you don’t know what else to do in San Telmo, a good option is to enter this beautiful house and take lots of photos!
Minimum House (Casa Mínima)
In San Telmo is the narrowest house in Buenos Aires. It is a facade of only 2.5 meters located in the picturesque San Lorenzo Passage and which is popularly known as “the minimal house”. The legend says that a freed slave lived there and the house would be a connection with that old Buenos Aires past where the Afro-descendant population was still a large part of the population of colonial Buenos Aires. The reality is a bit more disappointing: architect José María Peña, who founded the San Telmo fair and was an expert on heritage, concluded that the minimal house is a subdivision into parcels of a larger old property. Likewise, the minimal house continues to enchant all visitors to San Telmo for its curious appearance and the legends that surround it.
Zanjón de Granados
In 1985, by accident, a businessman who had invested buying an old house from 1830 for a gastronomic project found archaeological remains of the tubing of the old Tercero del Sur, a stream that crossed San Telmo and emptied into the Río de la Plata. This businessman then decided to change his plans and dedicate himself completely to the archaeological rescue of the ancient tunnels that can be visited today. It is undoubtedly the best archaeological site in Buenos Aires and the only place where tunnels under the city can be seen in a clear and accessible way. The visit is paid and with a guide, so we recommend scheduling it or leaving it for a second visit to the neighborhood or if you live in Buenos Aires. Although it is interesting, for international or foreign tourists who will only spend a day in the neighborhood, it can be ignored.
In San Telmo there is part of the “Paseo de la Historia” (Comic Tour), a series of nice statues that remind us of great people from Argentine comic strips and comics from the 60s and 70s mostly. At the corner of Defensa and Chile is the most famous and beloved character of all: Mafalda, who according to its author Quino lives in the San Telmo Neighborhood. It is common to see tourists from all over the world lining up to get their precious photo with this girl who touches the hearts of all Argentines.
Lezama Park and National Historical Museum
Lezama Park is a traditional park, it was originally the Garden of the House of José Gregorio Lezama and later donated by his widow to the city of Buenos Aires. The park is characterized by its romantic design of winding paths, gazebos, statues, vessels, and an old amphitheater. Also there is the monument to Pedro de Mendoza and on Calle Brasil street the Russian Orthodox church that dazzles with its Moscow style. On Defense Street, the old Lezama mansion in a picturesque Italian style remains, which today is the National Historical Museum, a must for those interested in Argentine history.
Caseros Avenue separates the San Telmo neighborhood from Barracas and is where some of the most beautiful buildings in the area were built. There the houses were built for the British workers of the Southern Railway called “tenement of the English” in a beautiful building that transports us to a classic European boulevard. Continuing uphill we also find several very beautiful buildings. Today the avenue has become a gastronomic pole with an interesting offer of bars and restaurants.
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Floralis Generic, an imposing sculpture in the Palermo neighborhood.
It is a metal sculpture 20m high, which is located in the United Nations Square.
Donation made by its author, the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano.
Its structure is made of stainless steel and aluminum; and its weight is 18 tons. It is the first sculpture that has movement, which is controlled by a hydraulic system and photoelectric cells.
It receives the name of Floralis Generic, in homage to all flowers. For this same reason, it is a reflection of the dynamism of our time. According to its creator, the word Floralis means that it belongs to the flora, and Generic is due to the concept of “gender”, so it represents all the flowers in the world and not one in particular.
Its magic lies in its electrical system, which manages to automatically open and close the flower petals, depending on what time of day it is. During the night, the flower closes containing a red glow inside, and then opens in the morning of the next day. This mechanism is the same that closes the flower in moments of strong winds, simulating the process of nature.
Every morning it opens at 8am and closes at sunset, which is a schedule that varies according to the season of the year.
During the year, there are only four nights of special days when it remains open: May 25 (Argentine Revolution Day), September 21 (Spring Day in Argentina), December 24 and 31 (Christmas and New Years) .
We leave you here a note so you can see more options to enjoy Buenos Aires outdoors activities!
Here we leave you the location so you can go visit this beautiful sculpture.
Lezama Square (Parque Lezama), the most luxurious green space in the city of Buenos Aires.
It is a traditional walk in the City of Buenos Aires. Located in the San Telmo neighborhood, on the border with La Boca and Barracas, between Defensa, Brasil, Av. Paseo Colón and Av. Martín García streets.
Headquarters of the National Historical Museum, which used to be the home of one of its many owners, Gregorio Lezama.
A characteristic of this place are the tree-lined avenues, the ravine that falls towards Martín García and Paseo Colón avenues, and its beautiful amphitheater with stone steps.
Some historians maintain that this space is the old Puntas de Buenos Aires, where Pedro de Mendoza made the first foundation of the city in 1536.
The land belonged to different owners during those years, until, in 1857, Gregorio Lezama bought it.
He imported exotic trees and plants, European landscapers designed one of the most luxurious private gardens of the time, and also transformed the mansion.
Upon his death, Lezama’s widow sold the land to the commune in 1894 on the condition that it become a public walk with her husband’s name.
It has several sculptures, monuments such as Pedro de Mendoza, a viewpoint and a fountain.
In front of the Lezama Park, is the Russian Orthodox Church, on Brasil Street. Easily recognizable by its Muscovite style and blue domes. It is a work of the architect Alejandro Christophersen.
On the intersection of Brasil and Defensa streets, there are two notable bars in the city which are El Británico and El Hipopótamo. Two great options to eat and enjoy a little more about the typical history of Buenos Aires.
Undoubtedly, this huge space is ideal for you to spend a day outdoors, to fill yourself with fresh air and walk all its corners.
And if your plan is to enjoy more green spaces, we leave you this other note where we provide you with a list so you can enjoy Buenos Aires outdoors!
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San Martín Plaza, one of the oldest in the city of Buenos Aires, in the heart of Retiro.
It is one of the few green spaces where several historical events took place.
In 1807, a combat was carried out, which ended in victory. In 1812, San Martín installed the barracks of the Horse Grenadier Regiment, so in 1878, before the centenary of his birth, he was commemorated by giving his name to this beautiful and enormous space. In 1942 it was declared a Historic Place of the city.
The renowned landscaper Carlos Thays, was the one who incorporated new plant species. In addition, this space has large monuments and sculptures, which you will easily find. One of the most impressive is the one dedicated to General San Martín and the Armies of Independence.
It also has a play area for the little ones and many benches where you can sit and enjoy its many pine, willow and palm trees, a variety of plants and birds; and plenty of green space to throw down a blanket and improvise a fun picnic.
It is the lung of Retiro to cut with the bustle of the downtown area of the city.
In front of the Plaza San Martín is the Museum of Arms of the Nation and the Military Circle, on Av. Santa Fe.
Due it is located in such a central place in the Retiro neighborhood, you will find many bars, breweries, restaurants and kiosks, so any plan to walk to Plaza San Martín is good.
It is a very well located area, to be reached by any means of transport. Subway line C has direct access to the plaza and the Museum of Weapons, so you must get off at the Gral. San Martín station. Also, you will find many bus lines that bring you closer to this beautiful square. And, if you dare to go by bike, you have several streets with a bike path for safer transport, since the area is quite crowded because it is part of the downtown area of the city.
In 2009, the exhibition “Culture for Peace” was held, with 140 sculptures of bears 2m high, each one, painted by an artist from the 140 countries of the United Nations. In 2011, Marta Minujín, a renowned Argentine artist, installed the “Torre de Babel”, a 25m spiral-shaped work consisting of 30,000 books in different languages.
Don’t miss out on enjoying this beautiful space in the middle of the city of Buenos Aires!
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Botanical Garden, an immense space, full of nature, in the heart of Palermo.
If you like plants, trees and vegetables, this place is special for you!
With more than 7 hectares, it is the center of 6,000 plant species. As you walk through the Garden, each species has its name so that you can learn about each of the varieties found there.
Located on Av. Santa Fe and República Árabe Syria, it is an immense space of pure air, ideal for a day of walking, relaxation and learning.
It has 5 greenhouses, a botanical library, three gardens with French, Oriental and Roman styles, a herbarium and, many times, you will be able to find art samples in its beautiful English-style house.
Entrance is free and open.
We provide you with the garden hours so that you can plan your visit to the place well. On Mondays it is closed for cleaning and specific care. In summer (September 22 to April 21) it opens Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. In winter (April 22 to September 21) Tuesday to Friday open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
We provide you with its location so you can see how to get there. Many means of transport reach this area, since it is one of the largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.
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