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Buenos Aires Neighbourhoods: Belgrano

Why is it that tourists are so lazy about getting outside the downtown area? I mean, Buenos Aires is everything, not just La Boca or San Telmo or Recoleta or Palermo. Well, I know the barrio de Belgrano is not the most touristic area, but there is something about this neighbourhood that always gets me. Anyway, here’s a very picturesque neighbourhood which I am pretty sure you will like. Actually it is one of my favourites. So, to get to know it you have to walk it.

Barrio de Belgrano is an upper-middle class neighborhood that can be roughly divided into Belgrano R, Belgrano C, central Belgrano, and Lower Belgrano (Bajo Belgrano). The heart of the barrio pulses with life on its main thoroughfare, Avenida Cabildo (map), which runs Northwest to Southeast.

Avenida Cabildo carries heavy automobile traffic, and features corner cafés, grocery stores, movie theaters, specialty shops, clothing boutiques, bookstores, and other retail venues. Pedestrians are especially numerous on weekend afternoons as Porteños from various areas of the city come to shop.

Whether is taking a stroll around the many tree-lined streets or stepping by La Redonda (map) for mass or grabbing dinner at calle Sucre or having tea at one of the many cafés in this neighbourhood, you will feel like a local in no time. So you can spend one whole afternoon walking up and down its streets.

From downtown you can take the subte linea D (D subway line) to Juramento station. You will find yourself standing at the centre of Belgrano (Avenida Cabildo y Juramento (map). I suggest you first walk east on calle Juramento toward the Belgrano railway station (about 6 blocks). As soon as you take calle Juramento, on your right you will see a plaza called Manuel Belgrano across from La Redonda. On Saturday and Sunday there is a market there. Very nice one.

Two museums are across Juramento and Cuba streets: Larreta (map) and Sarmiento (map), respectively. Larreta museum focus on Spanish art. It is located on the former private residence of writer Enrique Larreta, designed by architect Ernesto Bunge on 1882. It features a well kept Andalusian garden. Historical Museum Sarmiento exhibits some objects belonging to former presidents Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Nicolás Avellaneda. It is located in what used to be Belgrano town-hall, where the national congress held its sessions while Belgrano was the capital of the republic.

Then a few meters before the railway station, there is a nice park with lots of green. This part is called Barrancas de Belgrano. If you cross the railway tracks, on the left (calle Arribeños) you will find the beginning of the Chinatown.

Then, going back west, Avenida Cabildo is famous for the shops (most of them women’s clothes), and it has gotten to be a discount shop haven, so you may like to check that too.

So don´t miss out this part of town. You won´t regret it.

Photo credit: Roger Bits and boreritos on Flickr

Related places:
  1. A
    Av Cabildo, Ciudad Aut?noma de Buenos Aires
    Av Cabildo, Ciudad Aut?noma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  2. B
    Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepci?n
    Vuelta de Obligado 2042, C1428ADF Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  3. C
    Juramento, Ciudad Aut?noma de Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
    Juramento, Ciudad Aut?noma de Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
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  4. D
    Museo de Arte Espa?ol Enrique Larreta
    Juramento 2291, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  5. E
    Museo Histrico Sarmiento
    Juramento 2180, Buenos Aires, 1428, Argentina
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