The top 5 alternative Buenos Aires neighborhoods

Friday, July 15, 2011 14:22

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Looking for a place to live is always challenging, and in Buenos Aires it’s no different. Whether you’re brand new to Buenos Aires or someone who’s lived here for a while, your choice of neighborhood will most likely be swayed by, where your friends are living and what you hear on the grape vine via travel guides and bloggers alike.  You will hear people rave about neighborhoods like Recoleta, Palermo, Puerto Madero, Belgrano and many others.  Although  these are all great neighborhoods to stay in, they tend to be more expensive, full of tourists and noisier. 

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If you are planning an extended stay in the city or just here for a few weeks, Expanish Blog recommends that you do some deeper research about the best place to live and branch out from what your 5-minute Google search tells you.

So..move over Recoleta!  You’re too cool for school Palermo! Here is Expanish Blogger Murphy’s list of the top five neighborhoods that you will not find featured in Lonely Planet, but are still GREAT to live in while studying or working in Buenos Aires:

Coghlan

I work in downtown Buenos Aires and sometimes the amount of people and cars can be overwhelming.  That is why on the weekends one of my favorite things is to go walking in quieter neighborhoods that have big pretty houses.  My number one choice is Coghlan.  This neighborhood to the south of the well-known Belgrano nieghborhood and it is a residential area full of some incredible houses and small apartment buildings.

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I actually used to live in this neighorhood with a great host family and I loved it.  I was the only foreigner in sight and I could take the air-conditioned train (!!!) to work every day.  The train ride to downtown Buenos Aires is only about 20 minutes and is much faster and less stuffy than the subway.

Features:

  • Train stop
  • Parks for running
  • Few to no foreigners

Parque Chas

Two words – Circular streets!  This is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but by no means the least important.  The entire area is made up of curved streets that have very European names like Geneva, Dublin, Moscow  and The Hague.  In the middle many converge to form a 6-street intersection.  Has your mind been blown yet?  I will warn you that it is easy to get lost in this place, but I think it deserves at least a couple hours of exploring, don’t you?

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Features:

  • Circular streets – a true labrinth
  • Five different plazas, which is a lot considering how big it is
  • Has its own tango song – http://youtu.be/bfR_RiDawQo

Villa Crespo

Normally the word “villa” means refers to a shanty town, but do not be alarmed as that is not the case with Villa Crespo.  Home to some of the best outlets in the city, this area has incredible small restaurants and cafés and is the new place for many artists and hipsters to live in after Palermo became too “cool”.  Some Argentines tried to dub it “Palermo Brooklyn or Palermo Queens”, but I don’t think it needs to be associated with Palermo to be hip.  With the B line of the subway running right through it, Villa Crespo is close to everything, yet remains quiet for having coffee and reading the paper at a corner coffe shop.

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Features:

  • Great restaurants and cafés
  • Close to Palermo night-life
  • Has the “B” line of the subway

Colegiales

Although this neighbor is quite large and has a lot to offer, I wanted to add it to the list specifically because of one street – Forest.  On this stretch you will find some of the biggest and nicest houses in the city.  They are so large that i often feel like I am in the United States when i’m in the area.  My personal dream is to buy some rollerblades and just cruise up and down this street basking in the greatness of its houses.

Features:

  • Close to “D” line of subway
  • Borders neighborhoods of Belgrano and Palermo
  • Include the street Forest

Caballito

Not only does the name of this neighborhood mean “little horse” in Spanish, which is cute, it also is a great place to live.  I would consider it a typical middle / middle-upper class family neighborhood in the middle of the city where you won’t find many toursists.  This area is also much cheaper to live in, which means better for your budget.  Not only do you have the A line of the subway, but you will find huge malls, movie theaters and even the occasional Starbucks.

Features:

Typical Buenos Aires neighborhood

Has the “A” line of subway

Parque Centenario is located in Caballito

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