From the center of the city CIUDAD DE BUENOS AIRES, you can go till PUERTO MADERO by walking or by taxi. Puerto Madero is a nice area full of buidings, restaurants with a large Bridge calls PUENTE DE LA MUJER. It has nice landscapes to take pictures. Try to go there in the evening and spend the night there having dinner among nice restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, etc.
This is not only the port where you can travel to Colonia, in Uruguay, but also a nice place to walk and drink coffee or have lunch in a restaurant. There are sailing boats and the atmosphere is pleasant. I walked there from Calle Florida.
This waterfront neighborhood of Buenos Aires is the most modern part of the city
With towering glass skyscrapers, elegant restaurants and chic nightclubs, Puerto Madero is enjoyed by the wealthy and the trendy
It is a young neighborhood that came out of the largest urbanization project in Buenos Aires history
In 1993, the city government remodelled the old docks that were part of the port, creating the opportunity for a new development in the city, a safe, beautiful area for leisure and luxury living.
The place is nowadays considered the most important business centre and also one of the must see tourist attractions of Buenos Aires.
This is a district of Buenos Aires which occupies a significant part of Rio de La Plata riverbank. I visited this area with a friend and was very surprised by the brand new buildings all around, she told me most of them were made by washed money and corruption. I have no idea if her theory is true or not but this is definitily the area which is developing faster at the moment in the city. Streets in Puerto Madero area are all named after women and the Puente de la Mujeres(women bridge) by the spanish architect Calatrava is the prove that the popular architect can do better bridges than the orrible one in Venice.
If you walk along the famed riverbank piers of Puerto Madero, you will find a familiar structure (one that you can find in Australia???)...guess what....this is the Opera Bay in Puerto Madero! This structure was modeled after the Sydney Opera House and located at the north end of Dique 4. Although I did not see its interior, this place also apparently houses a nightclub.
Around the Opera Bay, you will encounter the very nice brick structures turned into nice restaurants and cafes. Sit and enjoy a snack in one of them, and you will also see businessmen finishing up their deals over a meal, looking over newspapers and laptops. The renovated waterfront area of Puerto Madero extends south toward San Telmo and has the most expensive real estates in Buenos Aires (the Opera Bay included). Perfect strolling area!
I made a video of my short trip to Buenos Aires on Youtube. Hope you like this:
JUMPING NORMAN IN BUENOS AIRES
Puerto Madero is the result of considerable foreign investment in Buenos Aires. Once a run-down neighborhood that had seen better days as a busy port, the area has flourished into life and has become a wonderful example of the changing architecture that this Latin American city has witnessed. Futuristic skyscrapers compete for attention with glorious 19th century rigged ships used as floating museums on the docks.
Puerto Madero is the newest and fastest growing neighborhood in Buenos Aires. At the end of the 19th century, Buenos Aires was a very busy harbor, from where ships loaded with grains departed to the rest of the world, and many other ships arrived with immigrants, mainly from pre-war European countries. It was then necessary the construction of large silos, deposits and docks. Large four-storey red brick docks were built by the Wayss & Freytag company, that were used as deposits for grains before they were loaded onto the ships
Places to eat abound in Puerto Madero, so once you have finished crossing the Puente de la Mujer or simply enjoying the impressive skyline at dusk, you might want to indulge in a stomach bursting Argentine barbecue, or asado
Puerto Madero's signature monument is the majestic Puente de la Mujer (Women's Bridge), a masterpiece of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, famed for his unusual approach to public architecture. Some of his major projects and most beautiful works of art are Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies in Valencia, Milwaukee Art Museum, Estaçao do Oriente in Lisbon, Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona and Turning Torso in Malmo.
The elegant Puente de la Mujer is the first work that the architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava built in Latin America. It was opened in 2001. This footbridge is 160 m long, 5 m wide and the metallic arm is 39 m high, and it is prepared to move up whenever a ship has to get through. Calatrava is said to have listened to tango music while designing the bridge and intended it to be an abstraction of a couple dancing, where the white mast represents the man and the curved profile of the bridge is the woman.
The name of the bridge also refers to the naming pattern of Puerto Madero, where all the streets are named for important women. It's the only major city in the world with such a neighbourhood.
In Buenos Aires' prime waterfront location, Puerto Madero represents the latest architectural trend in Buenos Aires. It consists of old docks where the cargo brought by the ships was stored. The docks were restored during the 1990s with the idea of integrating the port to the city extending the downtown area.
This neighbourhood now flourish with modern and most expensive residential and business lofts and offices, sofisticated restaurants (some of which are rather upscale), bars, discoteques and cinemas while retaining the old English style architecture. In December 2007 still under construction, a brand new shopping centre called Puerto Madero Shops was about to open.
Two museum ships from Argentine Armada, the Corbeta Uruguay (built around 1877 in England) and the Fragata Sarmiento (this elegant former naval ship sailed around the world 40 times between 1899 and 1938) are parked at the docks. Declared a National Historic Monument, they are open to visitors. There is also an architecturally interesting footbridge Puente de la Mujer (Women's Bridge) and El Sueño de la Esfera (The Dream of the Sphere), first luminous sculpture installed in Buenos Aires. You can enjoy the promenade along the waterfront and take a break at one of the numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants.
Puerto Madero is situated in the east of the city centre where there are the 19th Century Docks. The docks have been redeveloped and regenerated to a residential area along with expensive restaurants and hotels. A lot of the former warehouses and dockyards have been restored. There are a couple of attractions of interest, Fragata Presidente Sarmiento, a museum, and the Reserva Ecologica. You can able to cross the Puente del la Mujer from the barrio to the city centre.
Puerto Madero is a relatively quiet escape from noisy buses / narrow streets / large buildings / bumping into people scenario of B.A. because it is a Pedestrian Walkway.
I love it here as you get a sense of distance and horizon.
I also love it here because on a nice day you can chill out on a Picada and glass or two of Malbec - in the evening you have any choice of restauraunt at a reasonable price ( they are not all wallet-numbingly expensive ).
My favourite ( at the moment !! ) is Rodizio - great meat / buffet / wine etc
It is a real treat to walk here - I tend to find that my walking pace slows down as I am not " trying to get somewhere" - I'm just enjoying it for what it is.
Puerto Madero is Buenos Aires waterfront area on the banks of the Río de la Plata. The area
has some houses, offices, lofts, private universities, hotels, movie theatres, galleries and restaurants that attract locals and visitors to this area.
We enjoyed a nice walk along the river on a sunny afternoon. The area is bustling with people and it's a great place to watch the world go by.
Renovated waterfront that extends south toward San Telmo with the most expensive real estates in BA, with 5-star hotels like Hilton, Four Seasons and the unique Faena Hotel & Universe designed by Philip Starke
Get a parilla (grill or barbeque) in one of the very good high-end restaurants –a good parilla contains meats such as chorizo sausages and the thinner sausage, salchicha. My favorite is the vacio (flank steak), but you can also order bife de chorizo (rump steak), tira de asado (short ribs), colita de cuadril (tail of rump, triangle) or the lomo (tenderloin). Beef lovers celebrate!