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Recoleta/Barrio Norte

Recoleta is one of the most upscale areas of the city, which also makes it wonderfully peaceful and relatively safe. Green spaces abound, framed by stately French architecture and fashionable shopping and eating areas. In 1870, when yellow fever broke out in San Telmo, it was to Recoleta that the city’s upper classes relocated. On Sundays, there’s a great craft fair and while you’re there take a walk around the cemetery, almost like a mini-city with street signs and mausoleums as big as small churches. Also, keep an eye out for the dog walkers in this barrio – a great photo opportunity with up to a dozen canines out for exercise.

Barrio Norte is really an unofficial neighborhood; the name is generally used to refer to the part of Recoleta which lies south of Avenida Las Heras, northern Balvanera and a bit of the eastern portion of Palermo. It’s the home of Las Heras Park, which used to be the national penitentiary, and great shopping on Santa Fe around the intersection with Callao.

Other neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: Villa Paranacito, Palermo, Abasto, Tigre, Once, Retiro, Caballito, Barracas, Almagro and Recoleta.

By Jessica McGovern
30 Aug 2010

Things to do in Recoleta/Barrio Norte

The Recoleta Cemetary and Plaza Francia

116902Behind elegant neo-classical gates in a quiet corner of northern Buenos Aires lies a city in miniature. Avenues of cypress weave past stately yew lined mausoleums bearing ornate facades of granite ...
City Park
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Xul Solar

This modern, award-winning museum houses the work of Oscar Agustin Alejandro Schulz Solari (1887-1963), more commonly known as Xul Solar. Without a doubt the most singular and eccentric Argentine ...
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Francia

Considered by many to be the heart of the classy Recoleta neighborhood, Plaza Francia's green sloping banks and massive old trees provide respite for tired legs. Surrounded by a wealth of tourist ...
City Plaza
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Feria Artesanal Plaza Intendente Alvear

This artisan fair started in the 1960s, evolving out of the hippie counterculture. Groups of artists and musicians who belonged to this movement used to gather in the Plaza, and eventually began ...
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Floralis Genérica

The name is Latin for "Generic Flower," but this 23-meter high, 18-ton metallic sculpture that sprouts from a pond in Recoleta's United Nations Park is anything but generic. Less iconic ...
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Pilar

Anyone who's spent quality time in the great European capitals knows beautiful churches. And to be perfectly honest, on the inside, Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar is more of the same—vaulted ...
Historical Building
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Mitre And Monumento De Mitre

142673If walking from Palermo to Recoleta, be sure to go along Avenida del Libertador so you can stop at the magnificent Plaza Mitre. Although on a noisy main road, the plaza manages to maintain a sense of ...
City Plaza
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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