San Nicolás

Illuminating the intersection of business, pleasure, and history in the heart of Buenos Aires.

The heart of business-minded Buenos Aires, San Nicolás goes by many names. Calling it Microcentro, El Centro, or San Nicolás doesn't matter as much as what you do while in the city's busiest district. Professionals push deals through and pedestrians peruse boutique windows, all while being watched by cafe patio voyeurs. From days filled with shops and monuments to evenings filled with theatre, San Nicolás lights up its avenues, obelisks, and European-style apartment buildings with endless activity.

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On the Map

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

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 15 minutes by cab or 21 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 20 minutes by cab or 44 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 5 minutes by cab or 10 minutes by public transit

San Nicolás: Buenos Aires' Lively Business District

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Centrally located and central to Buenos Aires' business and financial success, San Nicolás' streets enliven with professionals, shoppers, and park visitors by day and stay lively with theatre performances and gourmet restaurants by night.

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As the center for so much activity, San Nicolás is often referred to as "El Centro."

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Although the names of the businesses have changed, many of San Nicolás' buildings have stood since Buenos Aires' early days.

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San Nicolás increases its appeal by balancing its crowded avenues with quiet hideaways.

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The further you venture from its main street, Avenida Nueve de Julio, the more tranquil nooks you'll find.

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If you wander east for long enough, you'll find yourself at the banks of the Rio Plata and the entrance to Puerto Madero, BA's newest shining star.

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Not all of San Nicolás teems with people.

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Much of the neighborhood maintains an unrushed feel.

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Calle Florida: Endless Shopping In San Nicolás

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Stretching even beyond the borders of San Nicolás, Calle Florida fills with miles of shopping opportunities.

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From streetside kiosks to million dollar department stores, Calle Florida boasts every form of commercial comfort.

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Cafe tables huddle on Calle Florida's crowded sidewalks.

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The area caters to big spenders and bargain hunters.

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Its manteros are willing to make a deal.

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During lunch hour, Calle Florida's streets fill with more than sidewalk vendors and street performers.

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Shined shoes settle down at patio tables as business professionals eat at its cafes and restaurants.

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Indoor malls complement the street's outdoor pedestrian avenue.

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The Galerias Pacifico continues to enhance Calle Florida's reputation as a shopping destination.

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Going up.

The Towering History of San Nicolás

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San Nicolás proudly displays monuments to Argentina's storied history. The widest street in the world, Nueve de Julio, was named to commemorate Argentina's independence day, July 9, 1816.

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Towering in the center of Buenos Aires and built upon the former site of San Nicolás parish, the Obelisk was erected in 1936 and remains one of the city's most notable landmarks.

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Crossing Nueve de Julio usually involves multiple green lights and serendipitous timing, but the view from its center median is unlike any other.

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Outside of the obelisk's shadow, Plaza Libertad welcomes city-goers in search of urban green space.

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Its serenity makes it hard to believe that it was the site of revolutionary battles and storied brothels.

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Reconquista Street [is] a pedestrian-only promenade and one of the epicenters of what’s happening in the downtown area... People watching is a favorite pastime. Since the street is stopped to car traffic, it is very quiet."

Making It Big: Theatre and Nightlife In San Nicolás

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When it comes to entertainment, Buenos Aires' business district certainly means business and, in San Nicolás, there's no business like show business.

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Theatres, cinemas, and opera houses keep San Nicolás' pulse racing even after the work day ends.

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As one of the world's most legendary opera houses, Teatro Colón enchants audiences with classic and modern performances.

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Nearby, crowds roar for musical acts at Luna Park and late-night diners use the sidewalk as a stage.

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Razzle dazzle 'em.

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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