Recoleta

At the intersection of art, culture, architecture, and one very famous cemetery.

Life and death collide in Recoleta, a refined central Buenos Aires neighborhood with spirited energy and an illustrious cemetery. Culture consumers, francophiles, students, and art gallery denizens wait in line together at Starbucks, share baguettes at Plaza Francia's La Feria Hippie, and scrutinize the works of Titian and Goya. Shop, study, or meander through its street fairs—whatever you do in Recoleta, you won't be alone.

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On the Map

Recoleta is bordered by San Nicolás, Almagro, Balvanera, Retiro, and Palermo

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 15 minutes by cab or 15 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 10 minutes by cab or 15 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 15 minutes by cab or 23 minutes by public transit

Recoleta: The Center of "The Paris of South America"

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Nestled between Retiro and Palermo, Recoleta's Parisian ambiance garnered Buenos Aires the sobrenombre, "The Paris of South America."

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Early residents of Recoleta constructed ornate European-style mansions and their presence still paints the neighborhood Parisian.

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Historical landmarks, educational institutions, and world-class museums establish Recoleta as the city's cultural center.

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Cafes cozy up to sidewalk corners under the eaves of centuries-old apartments.

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Eva Perón, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, and Zully Moreno rest eternally at Recoleta Cemetery.

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While Puerto Madero can be considered the most exclusive modern area, [Recoleta] hosts a much more classic style. In its streets you can forget you're in South America- for a while you are in Paris."

Museums and Scholars Along Academic Avenues

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Cultural institutions and bastions of higher learning edge Libertador and Córdoba Avenues, two of Buenos Aires' most traveled thoroughfares.

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Sculptures bloom in the public green spaces that skirt Recoleta's southern border.

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The vast expanses of open space allow students from nearby University of Buenos Aires to study.

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They allow chess champions to exercise their logic.

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They create sublime picnic spots.

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The Resting Place of Famous Argentinians

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Presidents, poets, and persons of great significance are laid to rest in Recoleta Cemetery, one of Argentina's most visited attractions.

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Hundreds of mausoleums stand inside this nearly two-hundred year old cemetery.

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Many travelers make the journey to honor Recoleta Cemetery's most famous denizen.

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It's where Eva Perón rests.

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The truth is she never left us.

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The truth is she will never leave us.

Barrio Norte: Recoleta's Commercial Center

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Recoleta's commercial center is best known as Barrio Norte.

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Upscale retailers huddle between bars, boutiques, and theatres.

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Apartment buildings and wrap-around balconies intersperse between Barrio Norte's mix of couture spaces and casual shops.

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During the 50s, mansions were leveled to make way for modern living arrangements.

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Recoleta is sleek, chic, and classic Buenos Aires. It’s comparable to neighborhoods like the Upper East Side in New York, Leblon in Rio de Janeiro, and Madeleine in Paris. Recoleta is one of the more affluent and safe districts in Buenos Aires."

Las Heras Avenue: Visions of Parisian Landscapes

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The area around Las Heras Avenue recalls street scenes of Parisian elegance.

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Romance spreads from its front doors to its slender streets.

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Bright storefronts and sidewalk periodical stands lend Las Heras an intimate atmosphere.

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Its neighborly ambiance attracted notable residents.

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Jorge Luis Borges lived near Las Heras while he presided over the Biblioteca Nacional.

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Plaza Francia: Recoleta's Favorite Lawn

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Craftspeople, artists, artisans, and musicians make their weekend homes in Plaza Francia.

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The market maintains high standards.

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Vendors apply to sell their wares in Plaza Francia.

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It's steep competition to get in.

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Known affectionately as "La Feria Hippie," peace and love envelop Plaza Francia's expansive green.

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Green space, blue sky, and good company.

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The perfect matés.

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Dining In Recoleta

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Recoleta's traditional cafes and casual sidewalk stalls serve Buenos Aires' most discerning clientele.

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The neighborhood's culinary scene has attracted admirers for decades.

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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:

Erika Rojas studied Documentary Photography in Venezuela. She lived in New York City for 12 years where she focused and developed her career in Lifestyle, Still Life and Food Photography. She is currently living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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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.

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