Palermo is huge. It’s the biggest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, so locals have unofficially divided it in several areas like Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Viejo… 🥴Divisions might be capricious and confusing, so to make things easier, here’s a list of all the things you cannot miss in the trendiest barrio, whether it’s Chico, or Viejo, or Whatever.
Street Art Tour
From Monday to Saturday at 3pm there’s a Street Art tour that leaves from Plaza Serrano. It’s only 10 USD and it shows you the best graffiti in town. This is an excellent way of exploring the most rebellious side of this artistic neighbourhood. Check the information here!
The Rose Gardens, designed by Carlos Thays at the beginning of the 20th century, are in the heart of Parque Tres de Febrero. It shows more than 18,000 roses and a lovely lake scenery. July is trimming season, so you can go and ask for cuttings to take home. The Roses look their best in October.
If you like Contemporary Art, you cannot miss the Malba Museum. It specializes on Latin American Art, and its cultural centerstages art and film exhibitions, and develops cultural activities. It is closed on Tuesdays, but is opens the rest of the week from 12 to 20 and on Wednesdays from 12 to 21. Tickets are sold only until 18.30. Check their web for extra information.
It consists of 7 hectares of parks with sculptures, a botanical library, a greenhouse and a small English-style house with exhibits of different kinds. Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays it opens from 8 to 18.45 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 to 18.45. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Museo de Arte Decorativo
This museum is dedicated to decorative arts.Most of its collection of furniture, sculptures, weapons, and tapestries dates from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The museum used to be the palace of the aristocratic ErrázurizAlvear family, so it witnessed the living style of this rich family: the meetings, the concerts and charity balls. It’s opens from Tuesdays to Sundays from 12.30 to 19.
The Japanese Garden is the symbol of the friendly bonds between Argentina and Japan. The elements of the garden were design to create an oasis of balance and harmony within the busy city. Trees were planted so that the garden is in bloom the whole year, there are koi fish and Japanese bridges connecting small islands. There’s also a traditional Japanese teahouse and restaurant.
Las cañitas is not a place as such, it’s more like an area limited by Ocampo Avenue, del Libertador Avenue, Dorrego Street and Matienzo Street. Throughout the day it is very peaceful and quiet, but at night, many restaurants, pubs and nightclubs open their doors and play their music. Come here for dinner! You will find a great variety of places where to eat, especially along Baez street.
Plaza Serrano (a.k.a. Plaza Julio Cortazar) is the heart of a thriving area of shops and restaurants. The old houses that make the neighbourhood have been recycled and turned into trendy fashion-houses and upbeat bars. On the weekends there’s an artisan fair where you can buy from hand-made notebooksto independent designers’ clothes.