A Traveller’s Guide to the Top Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires

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Photo Credit: blmurch via photopin cc

Of all the South American countries which are hugely popular to visit these days, for some reason, Argentina calls out to be me. Maybe it’s rather ‘out on a limb’ proximity, how it really does almost become the end of the world at its most Southern tip, or the passion and fire of the Argentine Tango. Whatever it is, it seems to call to a lot of other people too, because Argentina, and its capital, Buenos Aires especially, is enjoying a tourism boom.

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and thriving city, full of sights and experiences. It is separated into neighbourhoods, which is almost like visiting several different cities within one. The problem with that is, how are you supposed to know which ones to visit, and which to avoid?

Information overload springs to mind.

It does all come down to preference, so my ideas might not be yours, however in my opinion, these are five of the must-visit neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires.

Puerto Madero

This is probably the most expensive neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, but it’s also where you’ll find the best and classiest hotels. If you want R n R, this is where you need to be heading. Puerto Madero has been recently done up, and as a result it’s a lot more modern, with plenty of shopping and restaurants. The docks are romantic and great for sunsets. This is probably not going to show you authentic Buenos Aires, but for comfort, it’s the number one.


This is tourist-centro too. Easy to get to and around, right in the heart of the best shopping district, fantastic for keeping in touch, with lots of internet cafes around. Cheap accommodation is probably the biggest perk too.

San Telmo

As chilled-out and romantic as it sounds. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you’ll find a laid-back vibe, with great transport links to transport you to the centre of the action. The only downside is petty crime, but just keep your wits about you and you should be fine.


For history and culture fans, this is the spot for you. The huge Congreso building is the main centre-point with lots of other notable buildings around it. Not as touristy as some of the other areas, which can be an advantage. Again, watch your bags and belongings here.

Palermo Viejo

Split into two – Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, from the names I think you can guess that this is where it’s at. Full of young, hip types, you’ll find shops and bars in abundance. Despite that, it does have a laid-back, charming feel, and isn’t overly raucous either. A nice blend.

This is just five of the many neighbours in sprawling Buenos Aires, and these are where I would be heading. What do you think? Where would you be spending your time?


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