La Onda (The Vibe): Known for its elegant French-style architecture, old money, wealth, cemetery, and abundance of parks, plazas, cafés and galleries, Recoleta is one of the most pleasant neighborhoods that Buenos Aires has to offer. There’s a coffee shop or cafe on virtually every corner and you can’t walk more than 10 minutes without having the opportunity to stop at a beautiful park or plaza.
–Recoleta Cemetery: It’s the must visit tourist attraction in Buenos Aires, and unlike many traveler siteseeing check list spots, the Recoleta cemetery is totally worth checking out. The spooky and somewhat ghostly enormous cemetery is filled with tombs and mausoleums of Argentina’s most prominent families and historical figures. The cemetery is open every day and there are tours available in English. What adds to the creep factor? Cats roam around the entire cemetery.
The Recoleta Cemetery is host to a number of aristocratic, Argentine families, although most people visiting tend to flock to Evita (Duarte) Perón’s tomb, which, contrary to what you might expect, her gravestone is quite humble compared to the other elaborate monstrosities in the cemetery. Tip: Her grave is clearly marked on the general map in the lobby of the cemetery, but it’s hard to miss as there always seems to be a sea of tourists snapping photos of her flower adorned tomb.
*The cemetery is located just across the street from Village Recoleta, a very trendy strip of bars, restaurants, and shopping mall. It is also located next to the famous church Nuestra Señora de Pilar (built in 1732), cultural center Centro Cultural de Recoleta and Buenos Aires Design.
– Museo de Bellas Artes: The National Museum of Fine Arts is just a few minute walk from the Recoleta Cemetery and boasts an impressive collection of works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism with pieces from artists like Goya and Rembrandt.
– Plaza Francia: Saturday and Sundays at Plaza Francia are all about the weekend Feria de Artesanos (artisan fair). It may be known to some as the Hippie Fair, but a good number of vendors sell quality arts and crafts, jewelry, and local souvenirs. Weekdays are more relaxed making Plaza Francia a perfect spot to flop around in the grass, next to the impressive ombú trees and soak in the beautiful Buenos Aires park life.
– Floralis Genérica: Moving north in Recoleta to another wonderful Buenos Aires park, Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is home to the Floralis Genérica sculpture. A massive mechanical flower that opens during the day, and closes at dusk, and is said to be ” a synthesis of all the flowers and is both a hope that is reborn every day to open.”
– El Ateneo: In a literary city like Buenos Aires, this is the mecca of all bookstores. Not only the most well known in Argentina, but one of the most famous bookshops in the whole world, El Ateneo’s roots date back to 1919 when it operated as the Teatro Gran Splendid, a very important theater in Buenos Aires. Since then, it has been restored but still has maintained the same theater look and vibe.
Population: 28, 049
Size (Sq Km): 5.9
Class: Upper class
Measured on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low, 10 = high)
|Safety Factor, Day: 8||Tourism: 9|
|Safety Factor, Night: 7||Traffic: 7.5|
|Average Prices: 8||Nightlife: 6|
Transportation: Buses: 10, 39, 59, 92, 93, 102, 108, 111, 152
Subway D line – Aguero, Pueyrredón, Facultad de Medicina, Callao
*Some areas of Recoleta also known as Barrio Norte
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