Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Recoleta is an upmarket neighborhood defined by old-world prestige. The grand French architecture from the early 20th century combined with the the backgrounds of the residents as members of the European elite make it clear why Buenos Aires has become known as the Paris of South America.
It’s also home to the renowned Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place Argentina’s rich and famous, including former first lady Evita Peron. To fully experience the cemetery and understand its huge significance, take our half day private walking tour of Retiro, Recoleta & the Cemetery.
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A mecca for any book lover, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Housed in an old theatre with rows of tomes and a cafe on the stage, this is a BA must see!
The National Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see for anyone interested in Argentina’s history. Located among Recoleta’s finest parks, it’s close to some of Buenos Aires’s best attractions. Plus, it’s free!
The ice cream in Buenos Aires is not to be missed, and Un Altra Volta, an ice cream parlor and coffee shop in Recoleta, offers Italian-style gelato that rivals even the best flavors from Italy.
Quaff some lovely beers at the one true brewpub in Buenos Aires. Not only that, but Buller also has a great beer garden in a prime position opposite the always-fascinating Recoleta Cemetery.
The Four Seasons is equidistant between the heart of Recoleta and the Microcentro, and so it is within walking distance of many major attractions, including Recoleta Cemetery, Teatro Colon and The Obelisk.
At chef Dan Perlman’s ‘closed door’ restaurant in his apartment the atmosphere is relaxed and intimate. Guests feast on five courses of Perlman’s culinary creations, each paired with a different wine.
Possibly the best ice cream (gelato) parlor in Buenos Aires, Arkakao makes for a delicious pit-stop when exploring upscale Recoleta, especially if you’ve been walking in the hot sun. Delicious flavors, made fresh every day!
Cumana serves up traditional Argentine food in an energetic, rustic Argentine setting. Try a delicious combination of empanadas and casseroles at one of Recoleta’s most affordable restaurants.
Trendy Piola Pizzeria, with a location in upscale Recoleta (and other hip cities across the globe), is a great place to sample thin-crust Italian pizza of excellent quality… if you don’t mind slow service.
Shoeless Joe’s El Alamo is your typical expat dive bar in Buenos Aires. A good place for lots of beer, American-style food and international sports events on TV. Located in Recoleta, near Avenida Santa Fe.