A Guide To Visiting Buenos Aires' Palermo Neighborhood

Photo of Madeleine Bazil
2 October 2016

The largest barrio, or neighborhood, in Buenos Aires, Palermo is a destination for foodies, art fans, shopaholics and revelers alike. Popular with expats, the area has increasingly become populated with locals as well, and today is a veritable melting pot of culture and coolness. If headed to Buenos Aires for the first time, consider this your guide to one of the city’s best neighborhoods.

Buenos Aires skyline | © Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr

Go shopping

It’s no secret that Palermo is a shopper’s paradise. On weekends, the markets at Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia are bustling with indie vendors hawking artisanal wares. Don’t miss the clothing and home boutiques along Gurruchaga, Honduras, and Malabia to find cutting edge designs by a mix of Argentine and foreign designers.

Pacífico, Palermo | © JonySniuk/WikiCommons

Get close to nature at Parque Tres de Febrero

Featuring a rose garden with a lake, Japanese gardens, a Poets Garden with statues of famous poets, and the 45-acre Buenos Aires Zoo, this enormous park truly has it all. The park is beautiful to explore on foot or by bicycle— or try pedal-boating in one of the lakes.

Check out the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

This stunning French Neoclassical-style mansion houses an extensive collection of furniture and objets d’art, both from Argentina and further afield. The Louis XV decor of the palace is sumptuous, and the collection comprises twelve exhibits and nine permanent collections with a total of 4,000+ objects— including paintings by El Greco, Fragonard, and Manet, as well as ancient Roman sculptures, Chien Lung era Chinese vases and more.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Av. del Libertador 1902, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4801-8248