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Coming to a new city can be really overwhelming for the first time. You need to figure out where to live, and how to get around, often before you have even seen the city with your own eyes. I put together this Buenos Aires neighborhood guide to help you get a bit more acquainted with the area, and hopefully make your transition a bit easier. Also, make sure to check out these TIPS for moving to Buenos Aires.
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Puerto Madero is one of the newer, and most visibly modern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It is slightly set apart from the rest of the city, as it is reachable only be several bridges, or dams, along the Rio Darsena Sur. Several companies have offices in high rises there. There are several apartment buildings that go for high prices.
PUERTO MADERO VIBES
Puerto Madero feels clean. Both sides of the river are lined with restaurants, bars, and cafes that seems to be full of people all day long. Each location offers great views of the river. The area is full of people wearing suits and getting coffee on their lunch breaks, or happy hour once they get off. The nighttime scene tends to be a 30s and up crowd.
The subte does not reach this area. However, there are several bus stops around the neighborhood. The closest subte stations are the ones from each line that stop near the Casa Rosada. You can easily walk to Puerto Madero from La Casa Rosada.
THE BEST PUERTO MADERO SHOPPING
Puerto Madero is a great destination for shopping in Buenos Aires, with a variety of high-end shops and luxury boutiques. Visitors can find designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories at the many shops in the area, as well as gourmet food and wine at the gourmet shops. The neighborhood also has a large mall, “Paseo de la Costanera,” which offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment options.
There are a number of great parks in the area, including the Reserva Ecologica and the Parque Mujeres Argentinas. The “Ecological Reserve” is a large nature reserve that offers visitors the opportunity to take walks along the banks of the Rio de la Plata and see a variety of native plants and animals. The reserve also has a bike rental service, a playground and a skatepark.
EAT & DRINK IN PUERTO MADERO
This area is full of both chain restaurants and cafes (several Starbucks and Mostaza’s), and high end dining. There are bars along the river, and some even in the center of the river. Peña del Aguila, a brewery franchise, has a location right down on the water. One of the more well known steak restaurants is called Siga la Vaca, which is an all-you-can eat meat buffet with very high quality meats.
SEE & DO IN PUERTO MADERO
El Puente de la Mujer, or Women’s Bridge, is Puerto Madero’s most recognizable bridge. According to Wikipedia, “The design is a synthesis of the image of a couple dancing tango,” though it looks more like a high heel shoe on its side. The bridge took about 3 years to be build and was completed in 2001. The center of the bridge can swing open to allow for the passage of boats through the canal.
There are two large regatta boats that sit in the river. They seem to be rarely open, but when they are, serve as a museum of Argentna’s naval history.Perhaps one of the largest parks in the history is here in Puerto Madero. The Reserva Ecologica is a massive forest with paths for biking, walking, and running. It is closed on Mondays. You can also take a walk along the Costanera Sur and eat at one of the many choripan food trucks there.
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