Retiro

A study in contrasts, Retiro is high-class embassies, upscale fashion, and run-down complexes.

Trains whistle and buses roll into Retiro, a north Buenos Aires neighborhood where monumental structures and belle époque embassies contrast with weathering enclaves in want of municipal services. Retiro's promenades wax and wane between couture shopping corridors, fast-paced transit halls, and challenging urban spaces. Regardless of Retiro's divergent appearances, one thing remains constant—the neighborhood's ultra-easy accessibility. Getting around and beyond Buenos Aires is easy from this transit-savvy locale.

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On the Map

Retiro is bordered by San Nicolás, Puerto Madero, and Recoleta

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: Walk to station
Plaza Italia: 15 minutes by cab or 30 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 10 minutes by cab or 15 minutes by public transit

Urban Couture and Urban Challenges In Transit-Friendly BA

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Roosted in northeast Buenos Aires between Recoleta and Puerto Madero, Retiro's burgeoning art scene, main train station, and most fashionable plazas contrast the ultra-urban street life of its capricious inner-barrio, Villa 31.

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Locals and tourists travel easily throughout Retiro, Buenos Aires' main bus, train, and transit hub.

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In Retiro, stately buildings house foreign embassies, fashionable residents sample food at trendy restaurants and listen to DJs sample music at bars and clubs, and artists create studios out of once-abandoned warehouses.

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Couture designers and classic boutiques complement one another along Florida Street.

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Retiro's elegantly manicured park spaces contrast with the sprawling docklands of Villa 31, an overcrowded area that lacks basic municipal services.

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Alvear Avenue is famous not only for the most exclusive representatives of haute couture, but also for its numerous demi-palaces and extensive presence of French academy architecture... The Buenos Aires Legislature declared it as an Historic Protection Area. NBC placed it among the world's five most distinguished avenues in the world."

Getting Everywhere from Estación Retiro

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Estación Retiro is Buenos Aires' main train station and transit center.

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The legendary Patagonia Express began in Estación Retiro and its railcars still carry passengers throughout South America.

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Built between 1909 and 1915, the station is considered a national monument.

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Across the street from the station, Terminal Omnibus offers four-wheeled travel options.

High-End Shopping In Retiro

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High-fashion boutiques and sleek cafes spread along Florida Street, a pedestrian promenade that stretches from Retiro to San Nicolás.

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Leather bags, boots, and saddles sell themselves on Florida Street.

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...Within walking distance of the best of Buenos Aires: the Eva Peron Cemetery, Fine Arts Museum, Buenos Aires Design Centre, and the boutiques, cafes, and fine dining and live music venues of this charming and elegant European neighborhood."

Relaxation In Retiro: Historic Plaza San Martín

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Plaza San Martín lures sun-bathers and nature-baskers to its rolling hills and sprawling green space.

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The former site of battles fought for Argentine independence, the plaza holds special historical significance.

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The plaza's Beaux Arts building, San Martín Palace, serves as the foreign ministry's ceremonial headquarters.

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Its open plazas and cement benches serve as places for public gatherings.

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International Affiliations In Retiro

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Foreign dignitaries and international ambassadors rest their heads in Retiro's turn-of-the-last-century mansions.

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Several countries' flags fly proudly above their homes away from home.

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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.

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