Tres Tips for Buenos Aires

Photo of indoor flea market with furniture and trinkets
The beautiful mess that is Mercado de Pulgas

There is a vast amount of information about travel to Buenos Aires, something for every taste and type of traveler. I don’t want to burden you with another long blog about this diverse city, but I’ve had the opportunity to visit “Baires” multiple times and I’ve learned a few things. I know that it’s the type of city everyone will experience differently, so I have just three tips to incorporate into your plans, depending on your schedule and interests:

Mercado de Pulgas – The largest flea market in Buenos Aires has a great variety of shops, including artists, antiques of all kinds, refinished furniture, jewelry, and of course some junk. The mixture of things is a visual feast and can be a bit overwhelming. It’s located in Palermo Hollywood, more of a fringe but super hip part of the larger Palermo neighborhood, so you can grab lunch or coffee in the neighborhood on the way to the market.

Address: Av. Dorrego 1650, Buenos Aires

Subway: Located equidistant from the Dorrego (Line B, red) and Ministro Carranza (Line D, green). You can also take the D line to Palermo station and walk through the neighborhood.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Book Store – Recognized by many, including National Geographic, as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world this former theater is impressive in size and style. There isn’t a huge selection of English-language books, but take a few minutes to browse and perhaps grab a coffee at the café perched on the former theater stage. You can incorporate a stop at this lovely bookstore into a walk through the Recoleta neighborhood (15 minutes from the famous cemetery), or continue east along Santa Fe Avenue toward 9th of July Avenue. It’s a wonderful opportunity to do some shopping and take in the energy of the city.

Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Subway: 3.5 blocks from Callao station (Line D, green)

Florida Garden Café - This is a classic for Argentines and a perfect pit-stop while touring the center of the city, as it’s situated between May Square (location of the Casa Rosada) and Recoleta Cemetery, in the upscale Retiro neighborhood. It’s also located on the Florida street pedestrian zone, which is a nice way to get from May Square to the lovely General San Martin Square (stop into Galerias Pacifico shopping on the way). The décor is classic 1970s and the menu offers a good range of things from coffee to light meals. Be sure to try the cheesecake!

Address: Florida 900, Buenos Aires (corner of Paraguay and Florida)

Subway: The closest station is San Marin (Line C, blue)


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