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 cityâ€™s upper classes relocated. On Sundays, thereâ€™s a great craft fair and while youâ€™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 â€“ 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. Itâ€™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.