Torre Monumental is Retiro’s most astonishing site. You can see the clock tower from most spots in the neighborhood, but it’s better up close in the Plaza San Martìn. Visitors can go inside the tower and climb to the top for a wonderful view of Retiro and Buenos Aires. Plan to spend around 30 minutes here.
Torre Monumental, Avenida Libertador 49 1104 CABA Argentina
Plaza San Martìn is the central park in Retiro, and most of the sites on this list either border the plaza or are inside of it. Torres Monumental is on the north end of the plaza, creating a fine counterweight to the Kavanagh Building to the south. The plaza is a great place for a midday stroll and it is kept quite clean. Buy a coffee or tea and sit around the great fountain at the center.
Plaza San Martìn, Av. Alem s/n Cdad. Autónoma de Buenos Aires Argentina
The San Martìn Palace was originally known as the Anchorena Palace because it was commissioned by Mercedes Anchorena, a famous and rich Argentine aristocrat. In 1936 the palace was bought by the state and became a monument to General San Martìn. It is built in Beaux Arts style and is modeled after a hotel in Paris.
San Martìn Palace, Arenales 761, C1061AAA CABA, Argentina
Florida Street is the main vein of shopping in Buenos Aires. Florida Street is a pedestrian street that begins in Retiro and continues south. Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, Florida Street is worth the walk, as you will see street performers, various styles of architecture, and a few historically significant landmarks. There are also several cafes and restaurants with outside seating available.
Florida Street, Buenos Aires
Estación Retiro is the reason why Retiro has become such a popular neighborhood, as it is the gate to the city. The station services most of the bus routes in and out of the city, as well as a significant amount of trains that come to Buenos Aires. The grand building was opened in 1915, and you can’t help but feel you’re going back in time when you walk into it.
Estación Retiro, Av. del Libertador 50 C1001ABA CABA Argentina
Galerías Pacífico may be one of the most beautiful malls in the world, and instead of window shopping, you’ll probably be staring at the ceiling. The mall was declared a national landmark because of the breathtaking murals painted onto the ceiling. Besides being a work of art, Galerías Pacífico is a magnificent mall with over 150 shops, some of which are world-renowned and others native to Argentina.
Galerías Pacífico, Florida y Av. Córdoba Buenos Aires Argentina +54 11 5555-5110
Patio Bullrich is Retiro’s other large mall, and what it lacks in history and artistic touches it makes up for with great attractions for the whole family. Retiro isn’t the best place to take the kids, but if you are in Retiro with the family then this movie theater and mall is a great place to spend a few hours.
Patio Bullrich, Av. del Libertador 750 Buenos Aires Argentina
By Ross Walker