San Cristóbal

Close to the core of Buenos Aires but far away from its crowds and sounds.

Find San Cristóbal and you might become a foreign first. This west BA neighborhood's residents grill on parrillas under its park spaces' trees and in front of its no-nonsense thrift shops and neighborhood grocers. San Cristóbal leaves big-city bustle behind—so far behind that Buenos Aires' European influence seldom surfaces. Instead, this simple neighborhood feels like a South American small town. It's not the wild Buenos Aires you read about, and that makes all the difference.

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On the Map

San Cristóbal is bordered by Constitución, Monserrat, Boedo, Parque Patricios, Almagro, and Balvanera

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 20 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 20 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 15 minutes by cab or 30 minutes by public transit

San Cristóbal: Laid-Back and Local In West BA

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Scooters, street art, and sidewalk patios infuse San Cristóbal with easygoing appeal.

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West of historical Monserrat and San Telmo, San Cristóbal maintains its nonchalant neighborhood niche.

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The neighborhood feels less European than much of Buenos Aires, but its cobblestoned streets and family-run businesses lend San Cristóbal a charm of its own.

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Without famous sites or historical plazas, the neighborhood remains a place that few tourists travel.

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That's part of its appeal.

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Get off the Subte at San Juan.

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You made it.

Neighborhood Hang Outs: The Cafe, The Street

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San Cristóbal's neighborhood cafes, retailers, grocers, and cinemas are as unpretentious as its people.

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Outdoor parrillas and flower posts contribute to the neighborhood's laid-back character.

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Relojerias, lavanderias, and teatros populate San Cristóbal's petite commercial streets.

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The neighborhood's businesses cater to its residents.

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Speak Spanish in San Cristóbal and you'll feel immediately at home.

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[San Cristóbal] boasts many French style buildings, large green spaces, and first class restaurants."

San Cristóbal's Plaza Martín Fierro

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Fictional hero Martín Fierro, an impoverished gaucho forced to serve in the colonial army, inspires Argentina's fight for independence in José Hernández epic poem, "Martín Fierro."

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The words are so powerful, San Cristóbal named its plaza in the poem's honor.

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San Cristóbal's citizens meet, greet, play, and rest under the shade of its trees.

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What It's Like: Living In San Cristóbal

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Slightly removed from the bustle of the city's center and completely casual, San Cristóbal champions affordability.

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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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