Florida Street, Buenos Aires
Either to shop or just for a walk, this is a 10-blocks street you must walk in your visit to Buenos Aires.
You can buy leather goods (tip: try not to pay attention to the salesmen 'cos they'll try to drag yo to their shops and usually ask you for outrageous prices), clothes, books, electric appliances, you name it.
You'll get to see some buskers singing or dancing tango too.
Try to avoid it at midday, as it gets packed with businessmen and people who work in the area who go there to have lunch.
Ocupa un largo de 10 cuadras todas peatonales. Es un fabulosa arteria comercial y cultural que puede competir con las mejores de Roma o París. Allí tenía su casa Mariquita Sánchez de Thompson y Mendeville. Fue la calle preferida para ir a las corridas de toro, pasaron ejércitos y comparsas. Tenía un toque aristocrático y popular a la vez que ya desapareció, sin embargo quedan aún librerías, cafés y tiendas tradicionales.
A length of 10 stables occupies all the pedestrian ones. It is one fabulous commercial and cultural artery that can compete with the best of Rome or Paris. There it had his house Mariquita Sánchez de Thompson and Mendeville. It was the street preferred to go to the bullfights of bull, armies and walk-ons happened. An aristocratic and popular touch had simultaneously that disappeared already, nevertheless bookstores, coffees and traditional shops stay still.
I would recommend Florida St because it is a nice area to observe the hustle and bustle, to feel the ambience, to see the excitement and the cultural activities.
The busy Florida St is not far from our hotel. Florida St is located in Central Business District (CBD) of Buenos Aires. It is a pedestrian street. In both sides of the street there are shops. You will also find restaurants, cafes, banks, ATM machine, hairdresser and travel agent.
The famous Galerias Pacificos which is a shopping complex is also in Florida St. In here you will find well known brand clothes, shoes and other merchandise.
You can buy almost anything here in Florida St from leather to books, from souvenir to sport clothing.
I like observing the Portenos daily life, the performance of the street Tango, and all the different buskers.
Words of warning keep an eye of your belonging. The pedestrian street gets really busy.
Florida St starts to pick up as early as 7am, and slowly died around 9pm.
Right at the foot of the Florida Pedestrian Street and probably one of the nosiest parts of the city sits the Banco De Boston. Completed after 3 years of construction in 1924, the main offices of the Bank were inaugurated in the presence of President Marcelo T. de Alvear. Immediately it became an important landmark and THE architectural benchmark of the city. Most elements of the construction were imported from the US, including 400 tons of carved used in the entrances.
These days the building is privately owned and no tours are available. The best place to view the outside of the building is from the opposite side of the Roque S. Pena Avenue. The portico is best viewed from the corner of Florida and Pena.
Sobre Florida y Córdoba se encuentra el edificio del Centro Naval cuyas puertas constituyen verdaderas joyas de herrería.
On Florida and Cordoba one finds the building of the Naval Center which doors constitute real jewelry of smithy.
Faroles que iluminan de noche la ciudad de Buenos Aires y de dia decoran esta hermosa ciudad.
Lanterns that illuminate at night the city of Buenos Aires and in the daytime they decorate this beautiful city.
Entre las calles Paraguay y Córdoba, el edificio Harrod' s ocupa casi toda la manzana y recuerda época de las grandes tiendas. Realizado por Estudio Conder en 1914, forma un gran frente con fachada, donde destacan la importancia de las 11 grandes vidrieras y sus delicados detalles en bronce. En la actualidad el comercio se halla cerrado con futuro incierto. En el pasado había varios pisos de comercio y un Snack Bar.
Between the streets Paraguay and Cordoba, the building Harrod ' s occupies almost the whole apple and remembers epoch of the big shops. Realized by Study Conder in 1914, it forms a great front with frontage, where they emphasize the importance of 11 big shop windows and his delicate details in bronze. In the actuality the commerce is closed by uncertain future. In the past there were several flats of commerce and a Snack Bar.
Casi el final de la Calle Florida, a pocos metros de la plaza San Martin. El Reloj, en Florida y marcelo t. de Alvear.
Almost the end of the Street Florida, to few meters of the square San Martin. The Clock, in Florida and marcelo t. of Alvear.
Florida fue en el pasado la calle de las residencia más elegantes de Buenos Aires y, detrás de los innumerables carteles luminosos, suelen encontrarse interesantes fachadas de antiguos petit hotels.
Florida was in the past the street of them residence more elegant of Buenos Aires and, behind the innumerable luminous cartels, it is usual for interesting frontages of ancient petit hotels to be.
Por Florida son característico los puestos de venta de diarios y revistas, con mucha variedad de publicaciones nacionales y extranjeras.
For Florida there are typical the positions of selling of diaries and magazines, with a lot of variety of national and foreign publications.
Calle Florida starts at the southern edge of Plaza San Martin (on the hill) and ends after about 2 km's nearby Plaza de Mayo. It is by far the most well known shopping street of Bs As. Nowadays a pedestrian mall, so we could comfortably stroll along an amazing amount of shops, selling clothes, shoes, other leather goods, jewellery, records, books, souvenirs and much much more. Along the street there are also banks (with ATM’s for the necessary cash), restaurant’s, confeterias, café’s, Mc Donalds and an ice cream parlour (close to Plaza de Mayo).
Be aware of touts, specially in front of leather shops. But they were not too annoying.
We bought a very nice leather handbag in one of the malls and it was incredible cheap !!
Calle Florida is also famous for its street performers, tango dancers and living statues.
Este es el punto de comienzo de la peatonal Florida , un letrero de un restaurante invitando a degustar vino.
This is the beginning of Florida pedestrian street and a restaurant sign inviting customers to taste some wine.
Rob, Rich, Antoinette, Mickey, Liz and I headed off to Florida Street to give the ladies a chance for a shopping "fix". Liz had a particular agenda; to find a leather jacket and to bring her friend Koky at home a shot glass. We eventually stumbled upon a store that had a jacket for Liz. Antoineet was not as lucky and didn't find anything here.
Walk along Florida street when in Buenos Aires... the pedestrian street is always milling with people.
At Florida street u can find mostly leather and other clothing stores, galleries, shoe stores, CD stores, and kiosks for magazines and newspapers. Stop by the beautiful Galerias Pacifico, located in what was the old train depot. It's BA's newest upscale place to shop. Most shops are open from 9am to 9pm.
Lavalle and Florida are two intersecting streets that are closed to cars... so you can walk freely and enjoy some street art like living statues, music players, tango dancers, magicians and other entertainment that is being performed at the time.
At Lavalle -another pedestrian street- you ll see most of Buenos Aires cinemas, where you can see the latest movies playing in the Capital. The cinemas on Lavalle are surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
After walking all day go to a steak house (if you're not a vegetarian)... and just *drool*...
Florida Street runs the lengh of about a mile from Plaza San Martin to Avenida de Mayo and it is here where can find hundreds of stores to choose from. Whether is it clothing, shoes, handbags, leather jackets and goods as well as places to eat and street vendors, you will definitely find it here on Florida Street.
The famous Gallerias Pacifico is alos located on Florida Street as well as a few other smaller department stores.
I did shop on Florida Street but found the prices to be much higher here than anywhere else I shopped.
You will also find people performing tango on the streets.