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Things to do in Recoleta

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“An impressive modern building, the MALBA contains works by Argentine greats and other Latin American masters. It regularly hosts seminars and has a small cinema for cult and art-house retrospectives.”
  • 351 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Housed in a hulk of a building (originally a pumping station) on the busy traffic artery of Avenida del Libertador, the National Museum of Fine Arts is a vast treasury of Argentinian and Latin American art and painting from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as one of the most important in Latin America. In the dozens of rooms you'll find heavyweight Argentinian artists. Although the emphasis here is on Latin American art, you'll also find important collections of European art and a smattering of American and Asian art. From Tuesday to Friday, 12:30pm to 8:30pm Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am to 8:30pm”
  • 294 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Main shopping center in the neighborhood. It offers a wide range of shops, even travel agencies to purchase plane tickets or bus tickets to local towns. The green subway line 'D' has its entrance right in front of the mall.”
  • 278 locals recommend
Cemetery
“If you think of cemeteries as depressingly dark, underground affairs, Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery will turn that on its head. Considered the second most beautifuls cementery in the world (after the Pere Lechaise in Paris), the site was declared the city’s first official public burial place in 1822. Aside from being the resting place of the deceased, it is completely unlike a normal cemetery. The place is full of elaborately carved scroll-work and stately pillars that only reach up to your shoulder because all the structures are weirdly mini; it’s more magical than macabre. The burial site of Argentina’s most famous figures, including Evita herself.”
  • 338 locals recommend
Garden
“A place to relax amid the bustle of the city. The Japanese Gardens are one of the most relaxing places in Buenos Aires. Located beside Tres de Febrero park, the site was inaugurated in 1967 to coincide with a visit by the future emperor of Japan, Akihito, and his wife Michiko. The various elements of the gardens were designed to create balance and harmony. There is a wide variety of plants, a pond with carp (koi), an island with bridges, and sculptures based on Japanese culture. The park also has a cultural center, a Japanese restaurant, a craft shop and a nursery when visitors can buy bonsai trees and other plants.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“The Recoleta Cultural Centre (in Spanish: Centro Cultural Recoleta) is an exhibition and cultural events centre located in the barrio of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It holds sculptures and exhibitions, as well as concerts and artistic presentations and workshops of diverse types. in September/October 2006 it held the wildly successful onedotzero festival attracting over 20,000 people in 3 days for installations, live performances, screenings and music.”
  • 124 locals recommend
Plaza
“Plaza Francia (Spanish: "France Square") is a public square in the barrio of Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The nearby Plaza Intendente Alvear is commonly but mistakenly known by the same name. It was created by a Municipal Ordinance on October 19, 1909, as part of the changes introduced in the urban landscape on the occasion of the Argentina Centennial. Designed by French landscape architecture Carlos Thays, it is part of a broad set of squares including Plaza Intendente Alvear, Plaza San Martín de Tours, Plaza Juan XXIII, Plaza Ramón J. Cárcano, Plaza Dante and Plaza Rubén Darío, among others. The square is dominated by Émile Peynot's Monument of France to Argentina, inaugurated in 1910 and gifted by the French community on the occasion of the Centennial. Its four bas-reliefs in bronze evoke central facts of the history of both countries: the Primera Junta and the Crossing of the Andes for Argentina, and the Storming of the Bastille and Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen for France. The two female figures that crown the monument symbolize Argentina and France, guided by an angel that personifies Glory. The monument also features plaques that commemorate personalities of French origin: grenadier Domingo Porteau, who died during the Battle of San Lorenzo in the Argentine War of Independence, and writer Émile Zola. A monument to Louis Braille within Plaza Francia was inaugurated in 1977.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is a very classy high end shopping mall. Good food court - great atmosphere and service. Nice shops and movie theaters.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires. Even if you don't read you need to check this place out! It is an incredible spot with such grand splendor!”
  • 188 locals recommend
Art Museum
“National decorative art museum emplaced in the former residence of the prominent Errazuriz-Alvear family. Nearby there are other impressive antique residences now serving as embassies and two parks where neighbors meet into groups for training or running .”
  • 98 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Recoleta neighbourhood is home to the iconic cemetery—deemed one of the most beautiful in the world—and is easy walking distance from the home. The area also has a great selection of local restaurants, museums, and other cultural landmarks.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The Buenos Aires Zoo is an 45-acre (18 ha) zoo in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The zoo contains 89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles and 175 species of birds, with a total of over 2,500 animals.[1] The institution's goals are to conserve species, produce research and to educate the public.”
  • 83 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Evita Museum (Museo Evita) is devoted to Eva Perón, one of Argentina´s most polarizing historical figures as well as the subject of the stage and film musical of the same name. A series of exhibits, including personal effects and memorabilia, chronicle Evita’s life from her childhood through her political career. The Basics Since it opened in 2002, on the 50th anniversary of Evita’s death, the museum has become one of Buenos Aires’ most popular attractions. Artifacts include a beautifully preserved selection of her clothing and personal possessions, as well as photographs, memorabilia, and video footage. Most notable is her voter card, marked Number 1: a symbol of her achievements in securing the vote for Argentine women in 1947. Last but not least, it has an excellent restaurant located beside the museum. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This place use to have long lines outside. Is the most comfortable on the list.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Shopping Mall, were you can buy cloths, books, eat in different restaurants and watch movies. ”
  • 101 locals recommend
Park
“Half a block away - nice place to sit in the shade. Used to be a former penitentiary. ”
  • 72 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“This place use to have long lines outside. Is the most comfortable on the list.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Great Dinner Experience in this awarded as #3 in ranking The World's 50 Best Bars.”
  • 76 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great place to enjoy of a nice meal, drinks and rock! and also for buying a hard rock BA t-shirt”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“This glorious Buenos Aires bar is housed in an incredibly attractive old mansion with French doors. It has balconies, an elegant staircase and at the back, a cascade of greenery framing a tranquil courtyard. Inside there’s a compact bar area and a superbly stylish restaurant.”
  • 59 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Has many locations, one of them, within the Museum of Decorative Arts in Recoleta, (Av. del Libertador 1902). Very beautiful environment. The other one, within the Larreta Museum in Belgrano, (Vuelta de Obligado 2155). ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Pub
“(Rodriguez Pena 1220). An Irish name it might have but you won’t find gimmicky leprechauns and mock mahogany furnishings here. Instead, come on any given night of the week and enjoy one of Buenos Aires’ best party bars. Spread over two floors, take advantage of cheap beer and happy hours until midnight before heading down into the basement to dance the night away with the best local house and electronic DJs.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Lounge
“Upscale restaurant-wine bar with a good selection of wines by the glass as well as fresh fruit cocktails, exotic martinis and Euro- and Asian-inspired dinner selections. It’s very popular, so come early and snag a good seat on a sofa.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Brewery
“Bar with a very good terrace upstairs. Good view on the sunset and the famous cemetery of Recoleta”
  • 31 locals recommend

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