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Buenos Aires is the capital, and largest city, of Argentina, currently the third-largest metropolitan area in South America, after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It is located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. 

The city of Buenos Aires is not part of Buenos Aires Province, nor is it its capital; rather, it is an autonomous federal district. Greater Buenos Aires is the fourth-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around 13 million. 


After the internal conflicts of the 19th century, Buenos Aires was federalised and removed from Buenos Aires Province in 1880. The city limits were enlarged to include the former towns of Belgrano and Flores, which are both now neighbourhoods of the city.

Almagro – Abasto

In these areas lives the tango, poetry, factories, and the churches.
Abasto is called the old market located in Balvanera in Corrientes and Aguero, who was a market vendor of fruits and vegetables until 1984 and remained unused for some years. Since 1999 is a shopping mall.
Abasto Almagro, are neighborhoods of strong personality, the alternative art mixed with the traditional, and the streets that were once the cradle of tango today opened its arms to alternative theater, workshops and rock & roll in the neighborhood. Less prepared for tourism and other intense commercial life.

Top 5 Neighborhood Abasto Almagro

   1. Museo Casa Carlos Gardel: A visit to the house museum Carlos Gardel lived until 1933. With the decor of the time, you can return to the years in which the singer lived here
   2. Shopping Abasto Shopping: You can find the best brands and retailers, if you want to go shopping. The mall also has cinemas and an excellent food hall.
   3. Tango show live in the neighborhood: It is advisable to visit one of the many tango, to enjoy a live tango show. Dinner, show, and dance, not to be missed. In Pasaje Zelaya passage walls are adorned with portraits of Carlos Gardel and lyrics and score some of his tangos, like “Golondrinas” and “Melodia de Arrabal”.
   4. Almagro – Abasto, a suburb of Milongas and Peñas: Tango “Almagro” with music and lyrics Vicente San Lorenzo Augusto Martini, speaking of particular neighborhood, the birthplace of Argentine tango. In San Telmo and Abasto and milongas are the most recognized dance classes in Buenos Aires. The folklore has a strong presence through the rocks Creole musical shows, dance classes and dancing, food and drinks.
   5. A barbecue in Almagro: Do not miss the Argentine barbecue in one of the many bars that exist in this neighborhood. The best roasts are eaten here, much visited by Argentines and tourists.

Bars and coffees

BAR BRITÁNICO

Open day and night, the taxi drivers there to saturate pause in his task, like many other locals outdated. Items chess, soccer some discussion, a “coffee” to wake up …
The distinguished writer Ernesto Sabato was one of his regulars. Wrote there much of his novel “On Heroes and Tombs” and the British part of the scenery of the novel.



BAR PLAZA DORREGO

In a landmark corner of San Telmo (historic) versus
homonym square, it still racks, bottles and objects
its original activity as “Clearance Warehouse and beverages.”

The graffiti on their tables and walls are a trademark of endeleble over time and its visitors.




ESQUINA HOMERO MANZI

“San Juan y Boedo antigua, y todo el cielo…” Así comienza la
poesía del tango “Sur” del genial Homero Manzi. Y en esa esquina
emblemática se encuentra el bar que mantiene viva su memoria.

CAFÉ MARGOT

In the traditional district of Boedo, this keeps the hot coffee typical atmosphere of the neighborhood bars and it is an enclave of meetings associated with the intense cultural activity of its people.

CONFITERÍA LAS VIOLETAS

In the 90s was rescued from imminent demise due to the efforts of neighbors, cultural personalities, their own Legisltura employees and the City. Today looks to its original splendor of the belle epoque “and retains the wonders of products.

CAFÉ EL BANDERÍN

Café typical neighborhood for decades, stands out for a rich collection of flags of football clubs around the
world, photographs and associated items that cover its walls.

CONFITERÍA IDEAL
A typical tearoom where we can find Buenos Aires milonga and live orchestra on Thursday night.

GRAN CAFÉ TORTONI
Coffee is more representative of the traditional spirit of the Avenida de Mayo and a legend in the city. This bar belongs to the select group of “notable bars of the City of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Customs


The locals, residents of the city of Buenos Aires, are very hospitable and friendly spirit. They are talkative and educated people. Collaborating and solidarity. In Argentina are greeted with a kiss on the cheek.
It is customary for the locals to be on the street, talking with people in Buenos Aires all its inhabitants share and seduce on the street. They are seen at the gates taking a mate and said something to the neighbor. Or cleaning or fixing something in the car.
It is customary for an Argentine, meet in the homes of friends or family, is widely used to invite people to your home. A drink mate, eat a roast on the barbecue.
They are widely used public spaces, plazas, parks, walks, etc.. The bars and cafes are an ongoing activity from early morning and are abirtos all day until night. The hygiene of public spaces is not always optimal.
Transit in Buenos Aires is often very difficult on weekdays, from morning till late afternoon. For this it is best to move in a collective (bus) or underground (metro), although the subway rush hour will find that they are very full.
There are smoke-free areas. Ban on smoking: in October 2006 was extended in all enclosed public spaces.
It is considered “friendly metropolis” by the gay community, attracted by its cultural events, numerous services to this audience in particular and the general social acceptance, reinforced by legislation recognizing civil unions of same-sex couples.
The University of Buenos Aires-free public-school senior is serving more than 300,000 students, many of them foreigners. It is also very broad activity of the private universities.
From the architectural point of view, the city is heterogeneous. Building styles coexist according to the time and foreign influences. The architecture is what is sometimes characterized in the neighborhoods, but not all: also influence key activities, its history, its own customs, their ethnic or religious, public spaces, etc. Governmental actions and also those of the living forces of place.
In the socio-economic, there is widespread middle class, although after the 90 increased the gap between rich and poor. This condition is reflected in some neighborhoods on the periphery, where the contrasts can be observed. Also, the increase in unemployment and poverty is evident at times in the existence of homeless people in the street. A large “army” of “cardboard” through the city late in the day in search of recyclable items that can be rescued from the trash bags.

Where to eat

strong>The Cuartito SA: One of the first pizzerias in Buenos Aires, a place with great atmosphere and delicious pizza. Try to accompany the traditional faina fugazzeta and drink a beer Quilmes. 

The Immortals: One of the oldest pizzerias in the city. The walls are decorated with pictures of celebrities in Argentina’s history. 

Croque Madame: At the edge of the decorative arts museum, a great place for tea or dinner outdoors. We must be patient to get anywhere! 

Southeast: One of the freshest and finest restaurants in Buenos Aires, find food, Southeast, Thai, and Asia. 

Palermo’s favorite: Perfect! In Palermo, simple but very good. In a nice area, and a restaurant with great authenticity and simplicity. 

La Cabrera: One of the most popular places. Ideal to enjoy an Argentine barbecue. Do not ask too much, half portions. An advance booking is essential. 

Hermann: Another classic place of Buenos Aires. Ideal for eating a steak Argentine chorizo, or sausage with sauerkraut. 

The Worker: The worker is one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, not to be missed. It is advisable to make a reservation, since it is a very popular restaurant. 

The Roman House: the straws is a great place to eat and go out at night in Buenos Aires experience. Great restaurants, clubs, cafes … are in the barrio of Palermo. 

The Cuartetas: A place to eat grandma’s recipes. A classic after attending the theater on Corrientes Avenue.

Tango 

Tango is the genuine expression of the City of Buenos Aires. Continues in its various expressions: composers, performers, poetry and dance. He was born in late 1800, as integration of folk music, European immigrants and blacks, at first was executed in the marginal areas of the city. Then it was spilling, tango song appeared was taken to Europe and settled in the city’s essence hegemonic from 1920-1950 approximately.
After years of a silencing by military governments, with the restoration of democracy in the 80 ‘was recovered from the tango. This is how, increasingly, there is a large production tango music, lyrics, dance and orchestras.
The tango is manifested today in the lyrics (especially the slang, whence come many words), in the music (especially on the bandoneon, which infused the music from the Río de la Plata with that melancholic and somewhat sullen sound now identifies the tango) and dance (seen in the shows and practiced in the milongas).

La Boca

Considered the cradle of the suburb, payadores corner of Argentine tango. Tragedy, humor and nostalgia, in each of its corners. It’s a neighborhood where artists live merchants and entrepreneurs. One of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods. The state of many buildings in ruins, makes it attractive. Their houses are buildings of English and French style. Now houses the largest antiques market and has the highest number of tango. 

Top 5 neighborhood of La Boca

  1. Caminito: One of the most famous streets of the city, besides being the most picturesque and beautiful. In it live dancers, artists, vendors, and tourists. In summer it also works as a theater and there are permanent exhibitions of murals, paintings and sculptures. 
   2. Fundación Proa: This is a typical Italian home to the ninth century, located in the old neighborhood of La Boca, and is set with objects of a contemporary art center. 3 floors where you can find exhibits, video, concerts and conferences. 
   3. Cancha de Boca: For any lover of football, a visit to the Bombonera can not miss, a walk through the most popular stadium in Argentina, where they play the classics Boca – River. 
   4. Grills Mouth: Eating a delicious roast at any bar in this neighborhood, is something not to be missed. In the beginning attended by factory workers and refrigerators in the neighborhood, now filled with families, neighbors, politicians and tourists. Argentina is a real bar that shows your menu in large blackboards. Be sure to try the steak butterfly: round and round with Provencal fries. Delicious!

Microcentro 

Neighborhood bounded by St. Nicholas and Montserrat. Skyscrapers coexist with old buildings of European style and colonial churches. Here you can cross from tourists, to executives and employees of the administration. Florida is a pedestrian street and crosses this area, offering a variety of shops, street performers, and any couple dancing tango at the end of the street. It is one of the busiest streets in the center and is very noisy.

Top five downtown neighborhood

   1. Avenida 9 de Julio: The world’s widest avenue. Here we find the Obelisk, shops, restaurants, buildings, crowds and traffic. Is that we are in the middle!
   2. Corrientes Avenue: The road books and plays more important. In addition to its many bookshops, also found here some faculties of the University of Buenos Aires. It is a very popular avenue for a night out to the theater and a coffee.
   3. Lavalle and Florida Streets: Street Lavalle can watch movies, finding different rooms. In Florida Street, find shops of all kinds, from bookstores, leather, to record stores and restaurants. It also hosts street tango dancers and musical performers. Florida Street is a pedestrian street and represented to be most visited by tourists and Argentines.
   4. Borges Birthplace: Opened in 1999, the museum will find unpublished poems, manuscripts, first editions, photographs, correspondence and even among his friends.
   5. Plaza de Mayo: It’s as old as Buenos Aires and home to the country’s political developments. Witnessed social and political manifestations, and national festivals. Here is the House of Government and the Cabildo.

Palermo

Famous for its great nightlife, is identified as the neighborhood the night of the capital. It is a broad area, which has more blocks of neighborhoods in every neighborhood. Ideal for those who want to walk for its attractive plazas and parks. Forests, gardens and lakes, Palermo is the most comprehensive green lung of the city. 
Palermo Holywood, also called Soho of Buenos Aires, is the oldest part of this district. Redoubt major poets, such as Borges, Evaristo Carriego. 

Top 5 Palermo

   1. Going shopping in designer shops in Palermo Soho: Here you can find a variety of independent designers, the so-called avant-garde in design of various objects, clothes and decorative quality found here. Most of the premises are located on Calle Honduras, the Calle Serrano (height Placita Plaza Julio Cortazar or Serrano), Palermo also on the Plaza or Plaza de Costa Rica, and Costa Rica and Armenia streets. 
   2. Going out for a drink in bars in Palermo Viejo: A special neighborhood bars go, go for a drink and then passes through a nightclub. Walking through its streets you will find different Resto – Bar So they are called, with a mixture of local restaurant and bar. They offer a variety of dishes and drinks, and some live shows. 
   3. Dining out in Palermo Hollywood Palermo live in Mediterranean cuisine, Mexican, Asian, with a variety of dishes and design shops with live musical show. And Buenos Aires restaurants offering dishes with vegetables or meat, pizza and pasta. Some delicacies to try include: pancakes, scrambled gramajo, chicken Provencal, Milan, among others. 
   4. Museums in Palermo and alternative theater: In this quarter we also find excellent museums, it is best not to miss the one dedicated to Evita, and the Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. La Placita Cortazar, rather than fair, cultural activities and gatherings, there are bars around it with alternative theater and live music cycles. 
   5. The Palermo Gardens or forests: One of the richest areas, as the locals often visit them to walk and play sports. Not to be missed: the Japanese Garden, Botanical Garden and the Parque 3 de Febrero.

What to visit

Plaza Francia: Plaza Mayor Alvear, erroneous but commonly known as “Plaza Francia”, is a traditional neighborhood of Recoleta Plaza in Buenos Aires in Argentina. 

Fine Arts Museum: National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) is an Argentine art museum located in the City of Buenos Aires. This museum is the greatest asset of the country and is one of the largest in Latin America. 

Plaza de Mayo: Located in downtown Buenos Aires. In his area there are several major monuments and landmarks: the historic Cabildo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, among others. 

Calle Florida: Florida is a pedestrian street of the City of Buenos Aires starting on Rivadavia Avenue and ends at the Plaza General San Martín. It is recognized as the most important shopping street in Argentina. 

Proa Foundation: A nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting artists and performing contemporary profile cultural events. Carried out various samples of plastic artists. 

Tigre: We enjoy a lot of museums, the port, the fruit market, as well as the Parque de la Costa, an amusement park on the river and the river Lujan Tiger and Tiger Casino Trillenium. 

Flea Market: Works since 1986 in a large shed where you can find all sorts of curios and antiques which include furniture, artworks and objects from all periods and styles. 

Abasto Buenos Aires: The mall has over 250 commercial brands, a food court, cinemas, an amusement park, and an interactive museum and educational for the children. 

Plaza Serrano: An area inundated with designer boutiques. On weekends, the square you’ll find a fair where you can find products made by artisans in Buenos Aires. 

San Telmo: San Telmo is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, where we can visit numerous old churches, museums, antique shops. It is characterized by its colonial mansions and historic streets. 

Recoleta Cemetery: The Recoleta Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in the neighborhood of the same name. The gardens surrounding the cemetery is a popular recreation area. 

Malba Museum: It is a private non-profit organization that preserves and exhibits an endowment of approximately 400 works by major modern and contemporary artists of the region

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Recoleta 

Recoleta is one of the most flirtatious of the city, some shopping (malls) and Buenos Aires Desing and exhibition halls as: Palace de Glace, are here, also the Museum of Fine Arts and crafts fair in Plaza Francia Two very popular sites. 
It’s a neighborhood to walk and enjoy its spacious plazas, terraces, and see its historic buildings of European style. With street performers and artisans in places very good level. Recoleta is a residential area, with mansions used as embassies. 

Top 5 Recoleta

   1. Cementerio de la Recoleta: Established by the Recoletos monks in 1822, is recognized internationally for his sculptures, domes and tombs, mausoleums and Argentine families of heroes. 
   2. Pilar Church: Founded by Jesuits and located in the Recoleta Plaza is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires. 
   3. Recoleta Cultural Centre: In its varied exhibitions can find paintings, photographs and sculptures. Available at the center by guided tours and learn about the history and architecture of the building. 
   4. Plaza Francia – Patio Bullrich: In Plaza Francia find, on the weekends, the largest craft fair in the city. With first class artisans and street performers who invaded the square with their shows. A beautiful place for walking and getting around, buying souvenirs from the city. In the courtyard Bullrich, shows and concerts are held for kids. Moreover, it is built by an English architect, and today is one of the most visited shopping in Buenos Aires. 
   5. Alvear Avenue, Quintana, Callao. Or the streets Guido, Ayacucho, Guest: These avenues and streets you can see the finest hotels and shops in the city. Since Recoleta, is an old neighborhood, but with distinction. There are also excellent restaurants and bars with terraces for dining and drinks.

San Telmo

Considered the cradle of the suburb, payadores corner of Argentine tango. Tragedy, humor and nostalgia, in each of its corners. It’s a neighborhood where artists live merchants and entrepreneurs. One of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods. The state of many buildings in ruins, makes it attractive. Their houses are buildings of English and French style. Now houses the largest antiques market and has the highest number of tango. 

Top 5 San Telmo

   1. Plaza Dorrego: We can find several old pubs to be visited in the streets near the square. The best day to visit is on Sunday morning, with the antique fair in Plaza Dorrego, and tango dancers, mixed among merchants and neighbors. 
   2. Museum of Modern Art: A modern architectural building, has a rich contemporary Argentine plastic, since it has the most outstanding works of artists. 
   3. Tango Show, The old warehouse: it is a traditional tango corner, on Avenida Independencia and Balcarce, where you can enjoy his well-known show Dinner – show. . There is also the neighborhood cafes and tango to dance tango, you can even take some lessons! 
   4. National Historical Museum: Displays objects related to the May Revolution and the War of Independence, two very important dates for the country, and visiting we understand the history and events in the country in 1810. He was also a National Historic Monument. 
   5. San Telmo Market: Keeping its architecture intact after 100 years, is one of the most visited places in Buenos Aires. In small shops you can find inside an old vinyl from a camera tango old at the time of our grandparents. Clothing of the ’20s and most curious antiques.

The City


Buenos Aires is a huge city, home to about 13 million people. One of the most populated urban centers in the world. Located at the southern tip of Argentina, and the Riachuelo are the natural borders to the east and south.
Off the coast of Rio de la Plata, is the city of Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, only 45 min. plane, or 2 h. boat. Further away, the city of Sao Paulo (Brazil), 1720 km. Avenida General Paz Avenue from north to west, and complements the city limits. Is joining the federal capital and the Greater Buenos Aires. 
 A Buenos Aires is the city identified as the most European of Latin American capitals.
After the crisis has become one of the cheapest cities, several years ago, it was the opposite. It is a city full of squares, parks and avenues, to enjoy walking, watching the buildings of European architecture. 
 has a lively nightlife in every neighborhood, numerous museums and cultural centers that describe the history and show their identity.
Its variety of cafes allow visitors to make a few stops ¨ luxury ¨, like visiting some of the notable bars offered by the city, declared Cultural Heritage. 
 In the parks in summer you can see people sunbathing, with a picnic or reading lying in the grass, the locals really enjoy the parks.
In Buenos Aires, live the locals, a name that refers to a port of the city, who lives in the province of Buenos Aires, it is called Buenos Aires. 
 internationally regarded as the cradle of tango, we attend a milonga to dance tango . 
 Buenos Aires, is connected to the inside and outside the country through an extensive network of transport. Amongst its routes to all parts of the country. In the port for cruise ships and ferries are, has two airports, one international and one in coastal rail links, motorways, national routes and a bus terminal connected to all parts of the country.

Where to eat in Palermo, Buenos Aires

1810 Cocina Regional 
It’s a nice quiet tavern to eat, good pies and typical dishes. Although the variety is scarce, all the dishes come out well done. The decoration, according to a regional food is simple, exposed brick, rustic.

El Preferido de Palermo 
It is a place to enjoy the warmth of a genuine Spanish still life, which proposes a basic environment, without luxuries and descontracturado clearly different from what is around. The tables are high and sidewalks, just long enough to eat. The food is very rich and there are many options.


Grappa 

Typical early 1900s canteen where you can prove, in a very austere and pleasant, the house specialty: grilled pizza, which is hyperfine and well seasoned.

Sudestada 
Thai cuisine. Rolls, rice combined with herbs and spices, grilled and braised beef with red curry, pumpkin, eggplant, onions and hot pepper, yellow curry with bunches of fish, mussels, clams, eggplant, onions, pineapple and hot peppers, soaked noodles, chicken, shrimp and egg pancakes.


La Cabrera 
Rack of excellent quality, quantity and variety of dishes, which undoubtedly are shared, because in addition to the generous portion, are surrounded by a parade of delicious sides and Salsitas.

Olsen
Olsen is an extraordinary place, with a very good atmosphere, especially the garden. This untraditional dismissed always offers amazing dishes and exotic drinks. It is strongly recommended vodka bar very original ingredients.

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