Palermo District, Buenos Aires
Palermo is one of the most popular neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. As the largest neighborhood, it consists of distinct subdivisions each with their own character, such as Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood. Along with La Boca, this is the place where tourists need to put near the top of their itinerary. It is a residential area, but Palermo is exploding with important sites to visit.
Don’t overlook the Japanese Gardens at Parque Tres de Febrero or the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden at Avenida Santa Fe. If you like wildlife then a trip to Buenos Aires Zoo in Palermo is a must, or take it easy in the bohemian Palermo Soho and see what some of the best artists in Buenos Aires are exhibiting. Palermo is an eclectic mix.
Che Guevara lived in Palermo Viejo; this area is known for its European-style architecture. Even though Palermo as a whole is a typically touristy area (for example, you can take horse buggy rides round certain parts), it has not become so cluttered with modern detritus to lose its old world charm.
Sat we headed to the market in Palermo area. We caught the subway D line from a ten minute walk from our San Telmo area and got off in Plaza Italia.
It was a good 8 block walk to the market area but interesting to browse along the way. We stopped in a Music Store where Pat was pretty interested in a Les Paul guitar he spotted .Sadly he realized it was priced in $ and not pesos ,so we continued.
We realised quickly that this is a much more upscale area than San Telmo .Lovely tree lined streets , no garbage in the streets or broken sidewalks. There are some wonderful restaurants , and lots of shopping .
I think if we had our days over we would have booked to stay here instead.Oh well.
We p[lan to return here to take in some of the gardens and maybe do more shopping.
Check out the graffiti in Palermo. It's so cool. Plaza Serrano is a great place to start looking
I also found a blog about Buenos Aires street art that tells you where to find some of the best designs.
Was in B.A. in Febuary and, apart from getting 12 mosquito bites in the 1st 48 hrs ( I reckon they were waiting on me coming off the plane !!!), I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
One of the highlights of my trips nowadays is going to Palermo for lunch.
I usually get the Metro to Plaza D'Italia and start to walk through the streets until I reach the rennovated Artesian / Clothes shop area - usually somewhere along here is a neat little restaurant on the sidewalk, in the shade where one can have a salad and bread and wine whilst watching the world go by. I follow this up with a little more strolling and coffees before heading back and getting the bus back to Centro.
Normally, during the day , Palermo is much quieter - people and traffic -wise than Centro and as such is more relaxing - worth making the effort to go.
Palermo is the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It's a diverse area with many sights to see from the Botaical Gardens, Planetarium, various statues and monuments, restaurants and parks. We spent some time wandering around Palermo and taking in the sights.
When I wanted to visit Palermo I took the metro to plaza Italia station. There is a small handcraft fair in the square during weekends.
After a small stroll around the square I decided before heading down to Palermo to visit some of the parks that are located right opposite the square. Just across the street is the entrance of the Zoo. Here you can see some animals like Llama, guanaco, lemur, lions and tigers!
Then I visited Jardin Botanico that was inaugurated in 1898 and has many different kinds of trees and flowers (they say more than 5000!). It also has many (I mean manyyy) cats(I hope you don’t have any allergy! :) ) There is a small herb museum, a horticultural school and some interesting statues.
Anyway, I took advantage of the shade of the trees and I was ready to explore Palerno where there are some other parks like Parque tres de febrero and jardin japones (with a good reputation but nothing special for me, just flowers and ponds again). It was opened in 1979 as a gift from the Japanese community of Buenos Aires
Palermo is the trendy area of Buenos Aires. It is a large area with hot spots like Palermo Holywood, Viejo and Soho. Many designers and artists work here so you will see a dozen of small nice boutiques. It has a concentration of young designers that mix with artists and the result is artistic clothing design! Palermo Viejo is considered to be the vanguard in fashion.
I saw many people walking in the sidewalks and admire the shops. A lot of leather shops, handbags, small souvenirs and paintings are some of the things I liked. Don’t miss the big green parks in the area and the characteristic architecture of the buildings. There are also many museums here.
Plaza Cerano was also full of street artists and during the night all the pubs were filled with happy young people having fun while chatting each other and drinking local beer. There are also a lot of restaurants, some classy ones(in some of them I tasted the best dinner of my life!), but also some cheaper ones, some with organic food etc
Enchanting district Palermo Viejo started out as the favourite place for bohemians and intellectuals tied to arts and literature. Once home to Che Guevara and Jorge Luis Borges, today many arty rock and film stars live here. It's one of the oldest quarters of Buenos Aires, with lovely leafy cobbled streets of low-rise colonial buildings. A few years ago some designers started to renovate these old houses and abandoned factories to set up shops here.
This area has blossomed into Buenos Aires' hippest barrio with superb restaurants, funky clothes shops, groovy bars, literary cafes and cool hotels. There are also art galleries and antique shops, but the area is especially known for designers clothes and decoration shops. Palermo Viejo offers a variety of chic restaurants in old renovated houses with courtyards, terraces and sidewalk tables, covering a range of international cuisine, from Thai and Japanese to Mexican and Mediterranean.
Palermo Viejo has been further subdivided into Palermo Soho, named for its resemblance to Soho in New York (the shopping and eating area around the main square Plaza Cortazar, commonly known as Plaza Serrano), and Palermo Hollywood, named for the film and video companies based there. Plaza Serrano also hosts a wonderful fair on weekends.
At the centre of Palermo Viejo is a small round square Plaza Cortazar, commonly known as Plaza Serrano, due to its location at the intersection of Serrano and Honduras streets. Any lover of nightlife will undoubtedly be familiar with Plaza Serrano for going out but Palermo's most famous square has a different face during the day.
Flanked by eclectic clothes shops and trendy bars and restaurants with outdoor tables, on weekends it transforms into an outdoor art and design fair, Feria de Arte Palermo Viejo. Local designers and artisans sell anything from wooden toys, ceramics, leather products, funky jewelry to one of a kind handbags. This is also a great place to buy art: the railings around the playground act as an open air gallery for Palermo artists.
The fair continues unofficially at many nearby pars which push their tables and chairs aside to make room for clothing and accessory designers. On the second floor of many shops and bars on Plaza Serrano you'll find distinctive clothing found nowhere else. Both Diseño B.A. and Planeta Bs.As. sell an impressive array of styles by very talented designers.
The fair is open Sat & Sun 11am-7pm
Pretty Palermo, the largest and greenest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, can be divided into tiny pocket called Palermo Chico, home to large mansions and embassies, and Palermo Viejo which in recent years has been further subdivided into hip Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho, and then there's Las Cañitas, a chic pocket of loft apartments, restaurants and bars by the polo field. Although understanding the difference among each area may be difficult, worth visiting is especially Palermo Viejo. And if you want to take a nice stroll, go to Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods) which features beautiful lakes and gardens.
Palermo has just about everything one could ask for. Wide avenues meet quiet cobbled streets lined with flowering balconies and surrounded by pleasant parks and gardens. The neighbourhood boasts the trendiest and most diverse boutiques, art galleries, bars, restaurants and cafes. Palermo also houses numerous fascinating museums, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires - MALBA (www.malba.org.ar) and Museo Evita, among others.
If you are at Palermo go for a coach ride. You will find them standing near the front entrance of the Zoo. The cost well there's no set price. You can bargain with them. We got down to 50 pesos from 100 pesos. If you are good in haggling you can even go further down.
The ride is for 45 minutes. I think it was worth it to see Palermo botanical garden, the lake and surrounding area at a slow pace.
Palermo is a must-see spot to go both during the day (to watch its characteristic architecture and shop) and at night (to have dinner or go to a bar).
As for where to go, you can check my Nightlife page and see some. But just in case, here are some:
*Restaurants: Dashi (sushi), Krishna (vegetarian), Acabar (dining + board games!), Cielito Lindo (Mexican).
*Bars: Sonoman, Acabar, Bar 6, Podestà.
Although this neighbourhood is one of the oldest in Buenos Aires, it has been the number one top place to hang out for the past 7 years or so. Lots of designers have their shops there, meaning that the kind of clothes or objects you'll find are unique. This also means that it's not a cheap place to shop! BUT as you guys are tourists, money will be no object.
It's also a nice hang-out at night due to its many restaurants and bars.
Designers' shops is not the only thing that makes Palermo a must-see spot to visit, the typical architecture with houses having tall narrow doors make it different from other places in Buenos Aires.
TIP: Get into any of the many shops and ask for a map, which will mark all the different shops, cafès and restaurants in the area. I'm a local and I always get one, not because it's easy to get lost, on the contrary, but that way you'll know about ALL the shops that you can choose from.
Palermo is not only a traditional Buenos Aires neighborhood with wide streets and old houses but above all a green lung of the city. It has a huge green area with parks and gardens. Many "Portenos" of every economic standing come to do some jogging, rollerblading or exercising in the parks.
The part of Palermo around the park is a hip neighborhood with some great restaurants and art galleries.
One of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. It is divided in different sections such as Palermo Soho, Hollywood, Viejo.
Being the biggest neighbourhood in the city, it offers a lot of things from great restaurants, design stores and great parks to relax to art galleries and antique shops.
A few walks
1- Start on the corner of Avenida Figueroa Alcorta and Salguero heading towards Avenida del Libertador, cross that avenue (always walking along Salguero) and you will reach Avenida Las Heras, you will see the Parque General Las Heras where you will be able to rest a bit and explore better that area (where there are a few good restaurants to have dinner ro lunch).
2- Take a walk around Palermo Hollywood (plaza Serrano). Here you will find a lot of restaurants and art galleries( I recomend you to go on a Friday or Saturday night, or a Sunday after 1pm and before 4pm).