Palermo, the best neighborhood to stay in Buenos Aires
As the area of Palermo is particularly huge, it is separated into various parts and this makes it easier to find places. ‘Viejo’ is the oldest part of Palermo and due to the architecture, there is a strong Spanish colonial feel to the place, which was once home to Che Guevara. The ‘Soho’ area is the newest and has a friendly party vibe, where locals and many expats and tourists mingle in the bars and restaurants that surround the square. Don’t be surprised to see tango dancers in the street that could either be performing or rehearsing as well as various other performers.
The most interesting part of Palermo is ‘Nuevo’ as it has some excellent tourist attractions including the zoo (been there for over a hundred years), the Botanical Gardens, Japanese Gardens, a Spanish monument that was erected by the local Spanish community and Palermo Woods. The woods is the largest green area in the capital and is even home to the Eduardo Sivori Museum that displays work of some of the best Argentine artists like Antonio Berni, Pio Collivadino and Libero Badii. The Galileo Galilei planetarium is an impressive sphere building and is also found in the park. The planetarium gives tourists the chance to inspect evidence from space like rocks and fossils as well as independent projectors for most planets, the sun and moon. You will notice that lots of people come here to walk, run, cycle, socialise and play various sports, which makes a great place to have a picnic too.
The main shopping area is in the centre of the district called ‘Alto Palermo’ and there is a huge shopping centre, where you can purchase various goods like clothing, souvenirs, cosmetics, food and much more. The shopping centre is right next door to the bus, train and metro stations and therefore the area is particularly accessible. The upmarket area of ‘Las Canitas’ is teemed with high rise buildings that consist of bars, restaurants and hotels but is also very sport dominated with the racetrack holding the annual National Derby. The Polo Stadium has matches weekly with tickets being easily bought and is sometimes used for field hockey too. Another upmarket area is ‘Chico’ and these meandering and winding streets are the residence of the rich and famous of the city, so do take your camera in case you spot a celebrity. The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires is located in Chico too, which is one of the most impressive museums in the city and is an ever expanding selection of art that is created by artists from all over Latin America.