Six Instagram Worthy Neighborhoods Not To Be Missed When Visiting Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a treasure trove of Instagram worthy shots. You just have to know where to go. Check out our guide of the best spots and neighborhoods to get that gram-worthy snap!

 

Recoleta

 Water Company Palace

Water Company Palace

Recoleta is an upscale district right next to the one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city – Recoleta Cemetery. The streets immediately take you back to Europe with Parisian style townhouses, charming cafes, restaurants and the city's most luxurious hotels. Recoleta is also home to The National Museum of Fine Arts, El Ateneo Grand Splendid (the theater turned into a bookstore), and the stunning Water Company Palace.

 El Ateneo Grand Splendid

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

 Water Company Palace

Water Company Palace

 

Palermo

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A trendy area - Palermo is jam-packed with boutique shops, some of the city's best restaurants and cool hipster bars. The neighborhood is mainly divided into two parts - Palermo-Soho and Palermo-Hollywood. 

 The cutest cafe ever in Palermo Hollywood (across from Hotel Clasico)

The cutest cafe ever in Palermo Hollywood (across from Hotel Clasico)

 The famous Frida mural

The famous Frida mural

 

La Boca

While the area is extremely touristy, La Boca is definitely worth a visit. The streets are lined with colorful buildings which make for fantastic backdrops. You'll see many impromptu tango dance performances on the street as well. Also, for you soccer fans, La Bombonera stadium (Maradona’s old stomping grounds) is in La Boca.  While we were there, the Argentina national team (and Messi) was playing Uruguay. It was great to see the passion and chaos of the the whole thing.  

Note: It's not advised to walk to La Boca as the surrounding neighborhood is not safe by foot. You should either Uber or taxi into La Boca. But but beware though if there are some large things going on there (such as big soccer games) you might be able to get an Uber from La Boca back to the city center. This happened to us - we simply just hopped onto a bus from La Boca to San Telmo. Bus tickets are extremely cheap but you need to get the digital bus card to ride it. It's called a SUBE card - they are easy to get, so make sure to fill it before heading to La Boca.

 

San Telmo

San Telmo has an undeniable bohemian and charmlike quality to it. It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires - you'll encounter so many vintage cafes, bars and antique shops while roaming around it's beautiful cobblestone streets. Be sure to catch the tango dancers in the afternoons of the San Telmo square.

 Inside the Mercado San Telmo

Inside the Mercado San Telmo

 Wandering the streets of San Telmo

Wandering the streets of San Telmo

Retiro

Situated near Plaza San Martin, Retiro is seen as the gateway to the city via the Retiro train station. The neighborhood is well connected to the rest of the city and can easily be explored by foot. Buenos Aires’ gorgeous opera house, Teatro Colón, is open to the public for both opera/theater shows or guided tours.

 

Microcentro

This is the downtown and financial district of Buenos Aires. The area is filled withj pedestrian streets with many shops, cafes and restaurants. Famous sights include the Casa Rosada, Palacio Barolo, and the Congress building.