Size (Sq Km): 6.8
Class: Middle and upper-middle class
Measured on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low, 10 = high)
|Safety Factor, Day: 9||Tourism: 7|
|Safety Factor, Night: 7.5||Traffic: 8|
|Average Prices: 8||Nightlife: 6.5|
Transportation: Subway: the D-line scoots down Cabildo from Ministro Carranza (Cabildo 100) to the last stop Congreso de Tucumán (Cabildo 2800)
Train: Belgrano Station (Barrancas de Belgrano): the Mitre line takes you to Tigre or downtown to Retiro
Bus: 152 (north to San Isidro; south to Recoleta), 41, 67, 68, 111, 168
La Onda (The Vibe): This district lends itself well for exploring. Straying away from Cabildo, you will find massive modernized, luxurious high rises juxtaposed with the more antiquated three and four story apartment blocks with old-fashioned ornate façades. Many of the streets are still cobblestoned and bursting with porteño flavor.
-Barrio Chino a.k.a. China Town
-Cabildo street shopping
Cabildo street is akin to its southerly cousin Santa Fe because of its seemingly infinite array of shops. Whether it’s summer garments, an afternoon cappuccino, a classic Borges text, or an independent film that you’re seeking, you will find it all on Cabildo. Traffic can get a bit clogged during peak hours, but a brisk walk is a great afternoon activity for window shoppers and people watchers, alike.
Sub-barrios/zones: Barrio Chino (Chinatown); Belgrano R, a very wealthy part of town that includes mansions, beautiful town houses and aristocratic living
Attractions: Positioned next to Barrancas de Belgrano (a sizable bus and train transportation hub) is the Buenos Aires Barrio Chino (Chinatown, located at Arribenos and Mendoza). If you’re craving some authentic wonton soup, looking for supermarkets full of mysterious dried soy products, or just fancy a stimulating herbal tea, this is the place to be.
Where Juramento meets Cabildo, there is a daily artisan fair speckled with a patchwork of blankets displaying handmade assortments of arts and crafts. Although personal hygiene might not be top priority for these artisans, this Bohemian crowd will happily indulge passersby with pleasant chat without any underlying pretensions of making a sale.
This plaza also features the Inmaculada Concepción church where, on any given afternoon, one could happen upon a wedding ceremony. Crossing Juramento Street rests the Larreta and Sarmiento Museums. Erected over a century ago, the Larreta Musem features primarily Spanish art, as well as an impressive Andalusian garden. Occupying what was previously Town Hall, the Sarmiento Musem displays a variety of art and ephemera from the Sarmiento and Avellaneda presidencies.
History: Named after the politician and military leader, General Manuel Belgrano who also created the first national flag, this neighborhood was once its own city.
Upon his death in 1820, the legislature passed a law stating that the next city would bear Belgrano’s name. In 1855, after it had appropriated some of the ex-dictator Rosas’ lands, the Argentine government designated some of this new territory in the north as the new town of Belgrano. The town eventually grew into a city, and even acted as the capital for a few weeks in 1880. Later the city would declare Buenos Aires as the nation’s capital and in 1887 it was officially annexed into the city of Buenos Aires.
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*Complete Guide to Belgrano