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What to see and do in Barrio Norte and La Recoleta

Both Recoleta and Barrio Norte are two of the most elegant neighborhoods in all of Buenos Aires. They stand out for their European-style architecture, a place where you will find both homes, shops, embassies and office areas, as well as large parks and picturesque plazas.


In the center of the city, north of the av. July 9 and south of the Palermo neighborhood

How to get:

Metro Line D (station: Callao, Facultad de Medicina y Pueyrredón)

Bus lines: 17, 67, 110, 61, 62, 92, 93, 124, 130, 10, 37, 38, 41, 59, 60, 95, 101, 102, 108, 118.

Places of interest:

The History of La Recoleta:

The Recoleta neighborhood was born on the grounds of the Franciscan order of the Recoletos Convent, who settled in the area at the beginning of the 18th century. These monks created a convent in the area, in addition to a cemetery and the Church of Our Lady of Pilar.

Then at the end of the 19th century when an epidemic of yellow fever attacked the city of Buenos Aires, rich families left their homes in the area near the river, such as San Telmo and moved to this area, thus creating the Barrio Norte and La Recoleta From that moment on, these neighborhoods became one of the most elegant and expensive places in all of Buenos Aires.

What to see in Barrio Norte and La Recoleta:

These are two of the most elegant and expensive neighborhoods in the city. Very close to Avenida 9 de Julio we will find Alvear Avenue which stands out for its high fashion shops and old mansions, when you walk its streets you will notice because Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America. Continuing north we will run into the Recoleta neighborhood, which is known for its cemetery, in which the most recognized personalities of Argentine history are buried.

Another of the must-sees of the Recoleta is El Ateneo Grand Splendid, an old cinema-theater converted into a book store, which is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. On Avenida Figueroa Alcorta we will find the National Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most important in South America of its kind and La Floralis Generica, a metal sculpture shaped like a giant flower, which is part of the obligatory “photos” if you visit the city.

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