Love cafés, art, and museums? Get away to Recoleta!

Explore the upscale Recoleta neighborhood, known for its parks, plazas, embassies, museums and galleries. With wide, tree-lined boulevards, open air cafés, designer boutiques and French-style architecture, the area has a European character. Some of Buenos Aires’ wealthiest and most prominent citizens have their homes here. Recoleta also contains a colossal cemetery filled with the crypts of many historic figures.

Wander past luxury hotels and houses with grand façades. Shop for designer goods in the expensive boutiques along Avenida Alvear and Avenida Santa Fe. Stop for coffee at La Biela, where motor racing champions used to meet in the 1950s. The café has been serving fresh brews for more than 150 years.

Devote at least a couple of hours to walking through the Recoleta Cemetery, where many famous Argentines are interred. Thousands of mausoleums of mixed architectural styles line long avenues of this vast walled cemetery. They house presidents, military leaders, scientists and writers. The most visited site is the tomb of Eva "Evita" Perón, the country's former First Lady, who championed the causes of the poor.

Beside the cemetery is the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, an 18th-century church with brilliant white exterior walls and a single bell tower. View the baroque altar decorated with silver from the country’s Jujuy province. Examine paintings, vestments, writings and other religious artifacts inside the small museum.

For more cultural enjoyment, go to the Centro Cultural Recoleta, close to the basilica and cemetery. See temporary art exhibitions, concerts and performances by touring theater companies. Then walk the short distance to the National Museum of Fine Arts. Here you will find European and Argentine works of art spanning more than 800 years.

Relax in Recoleta’s green spaces including the Plaza Dante Alighieri and Thays Park. Plaza Francia offers an artisan market on the weekend.

If late nights are on the agenda, Recoleta provides several options. Sip designer cocktails in a converted mansion, have a late supper in an elegant French restaurant and dance to the latest electronic music in a basement club.

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Top Hotels in Recoleta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
5 out of 5
Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥55,310
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alvear Art Gallery, Plaza San Martin, and Torre de los Ingleses. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (259 reviews)

"Was told by a local that this property is the best in the city. I believe it. Bartender Andrew in the Oak Bar excelled as well as several of the breakfast staff. Will definitely stay here again when back in BA."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Alvear Palace Hotel-Leading Hotels of the World
Alvear Palace Hotel-Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Avenida Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥48,260
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Francia and Patio Bullrich. Plaza San Martin and Teatro ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (445 reviews)

"Absolutely the nicest pillows and quality sheets ever in a hotel - staff were very professional and we loved our four nights at the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Alvear Palace Hotel-Leading Hotels of the World
Recoleta Grand
Recoleta Grand
4.5 out of 5
Las Heras 1745, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥15,443
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Galería Bond Street, Recoleta Mall, and El Ateneo Grand ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (494 reviews)

"Great location, delicious breakfast and attentive staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Recoleta Grand
Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
5 out of 5
Ave Callao 924, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
¥20,063
per night
Oct 26 - Oct 27

Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pizzurno Palace and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Recoleta Mall and Teatro Colon are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)

"Great hotel. Amazing staff. Great location. Wonderful restaurant. We will totally stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires - MGallery
Meliá Recoleta Plaza
Meliá Recoleta Plaza
4.5 out of 5
Posadas 1557, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
¥14,641
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Francia, Recoleta Cultural Center, and Recoleta ...

4.3/5Excellent! (455 reviews)

"The staff is very helpful, and it's a very nicely decorated hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Meliá Recoleta Plaza
Arc Recoleta
Arc Recoleta
3.5 out of 5
Peña 2155, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
¥11,446
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5

Located in Recoleta, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Recoleta Mall and Recoleta Cultural Center. Mariano Moreno National Library of the Argentine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (581 reviews)

"Location , location. Many sites are on walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Arc Recoleta

Popular things to do in Recoleta

Recoleta Cemetery
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Recoleta Cemetery

4.5/5(332 reviews)

This city cemetery contains the graves of some of Argentina’s most notable politicians and public figures, including Eva Perón.

National Museum of Fine Arts
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National Museum of Fine Arts

Visit this free museum with an impressive collection of European and Argentine art featuring some of the biggest names to ever pick up a paintbrush.

San Martin Square
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San Martin Square

Enjoy a stop at San Martin Square, a landmark worth seeing in Comuna 2. Make time for the shops and local tours in this vibrant area.

Obelisco
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Obelisco

4.5/5(565 reviews)

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

Teatro Colon
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Teatro Colon

4.5/5(477 reviews)

Visit one of the world’s finest theaters to watch operas, ballets and concerts or take a guided tour of the salons and auditorium.

Plaza de Mayo
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Plaza de Mayo

4.5/5(525 reviews)

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

Top activities in Recoleta

Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour
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Small-Group Buenos Aires Highlights Tour

¥3,197

Embark on a comprehensive and fun small-group tour featuring Buenos Aires’ most popular landmarks. Visit the world’s widest avenue and discover the unique contrast between the capital’s most distinct neighborhoods.

Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner Show

¥5,048

Experience an incredible world of art and entertainment at Piazzolla Tango, with over 32,000 square feet (3,000 sqm) dedicated to the tango. Have dinner at the theater's restaurant and witness a spectacle of dance and music featuring works by Piazzolla, Pugliese, Gardel, Mores Discepolo, and others.

Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure
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Small-Group Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure

¥12,247

Malbec, empanadas, and dulce de leche—if you don't know what these are, you are soon to find out on this Buenos Aires tour. This gastronomic adventure delves deep into the culinary culture of Argentina and is perfect for food freaks and gourmet gluttons primed for pig.

El Viejo Almacen Tango Show
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El Viejo Almacen Tango Show

¥5,309

Dancers tango and the music never stops at El Viejo Almacen—considered by locals to be one of the most traditional tango venue in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a classic show that is alive with music, poetry, and movement and features more than 20 artists on stage.

Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch
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Day in the Countryside at Don Silvano Ranch with Lunch

¥11,379

Visit Don Silvano Ranch in the countryside around Buenos Aires to discover authentic gaucho culture and heritage. Feast on delicious Argentine barbecue and wines, watch a traditional dance and horsemanship demonstrations, and learn about the history of the ranch during your stay.

Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour
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Estancia El Ombu de Areco Full-Day Tour

¥19,510

Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires for a day spent watching rugged horse-riding gauchos, tucking into a delicious barbecue lunch, and strolling around the historic town of San Antonio de Areco. Get up-close looks at traditional living in the pampas on this immersive excursion.

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Plaza San Martin featuring signage

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Known for Shopping, Cafes, Dining

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4.5/5(644 reviews)

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Casa Rosada showing heritage elements, a square or plaza and heritage architecture

Microcentro

Known for Urban, Architecture, Culture

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Balvanera
Argentine National Congress which includes a pond

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Known for Churches, Cathedrals, Architecture

4/5(31 reviews)

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Palermo
Japanese Garden featuring a pond and a park

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4.5/5(391 reviews)

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Puerto Madero which includes night scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

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