Barracas

Industry and artistry intermingle in this southeastern Buenos Aires barrio.

In Barracas, personal living rooms become public dining rooms and industrial warehouses become artistic endeavors. A few miles south of Buenos Aires' center, Barracas feels removed from the city's crowds while supporting a steadfast community knitted together through years of hard work. Unless there's an evening art exhibition along Pasaje Lanín, Barracas' streets remain untouristed. In their absence, workers with scuffs on their boots share the neighborhood's streets with incoming artists and sidewalk conversationalists.

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On the Map

Barracas is bordered by San Telmo, Constitución, La Boca, Parque Patricios, and Nueva Pompeya

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 25 minutes by cab or 43 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 30 minutes by cab or 53 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 20 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by public transit

An Expressive Neighborhood In Buenos Aires' Southeast

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Historically industrial Barracas is a neighborhood that consistently redefines redefinition in Buenos Aires' southeastern outskirts.

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Once a highly industrialized district that focused its attention on tanneries, abattoirs, and factories, Barracas is steadily balancing its work and its art.

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Sometimes, its work and its art are one in the same.

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Once-abandoned warehouses are slowly evolving into spaces for new growth.

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Industrial workers and industrially-inspired artists now share Barracas' streets.

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Although Pasaje Lanín's tiled facades attract newcomers and tourists to the neighborhood, Barracas usually quiets down quickly.

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After all, Barracas is still outside of BA's well-traveled epicenter.

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Whether you like this neighborhood or not depends on the type of traveler you are. Guests tell me they like that we are only one block outside of San Telmo, close enough to pop over there any time day or night, but that we are not directly in the center. They enjoy feeling like they are living here in Buenos Aires, not just visiting. It's a safe, residential area with tons of local fruit and vegetable vendors, small and large supermarkets, great cafes and restaurants..."

Pasaje Lanín: An Open Air Urban Museum

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Setting the precedent for artists to foster neighborhood revitalization, mosaicist Marino Santa María brought public art to Barracas' Calle Lanín.

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Barracas Pierini

The artist tiled over forty buildings in 2001 and inspired fellow doers and makers to see Barracas as a blank canvas for creativity.

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The area is now known as Pasaje Lanín.

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It serves as an outdoor exhibition of sorts.

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Admission is always free.

No Frills In the Barrio of Barracas

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Barracas' industrial roots lend its apartment buildings and bodegas their no-nonsense appeal.

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In this neighborhood, space is created where needed.

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Barracas Pierini

If a cafe needs a dining area, a household dinner table does just fine.

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Exploring Barracas' establishments can feel like exploring your neighbor's living room.

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Barracas Pierini

Sometimes, that's exactly what it is.

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Barracas' Industrial Landscape

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Barracas' industrial beginnings evidence themselves at every corner.

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Old buildings await new ideas.

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Surely, they are happening.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Javier Pierini studied in Argentina in the creative workshops of Gabriel Valansi and Juan Travnik. He also studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy, and at the Santa Fe Workshops in the U.S. His work has been published in various media print worldwide including: The NYTimes Style Magazine, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Fortune, and Condé Nast Traveller. His artwork has been exhibited in Argentina, USA, Italy, and Poland.

Javier Pierini

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