Friday, April 1, 2011

Downtown Buenos Aires

With its almost seventy metres of height, the Obelisco rises like a huge eye which gazes at life downtown.  And sees, for instance, the long and imposing Corrientes avenue, dubbed the "Broadway porteña" (of the port side city), with its theatres side by side (from Florida to Callao avenue), its historical bars, like La Giralda or El Gato Negro, its large book and music stores, and the classic pizza places, such as Las Cuartetas or Güerrin, that might well be the aftermath of a night at the theatre.

Colon Theater
On the neighbouring streets to the great avenue spreads out the most important gastronomical and cultural offer in the area.  Upscale restaurants, like Tomo I and Zum Edelweiss, live along others, more reasonably priced moderate and informal, like Pippo and El Palacio de la Papa Frita.  At both ends of the business area, the Luna Park stadium and the Teatro Colón, image of classical music in all its expressions, are the perfect hosts to the development of cultural activities, both official and independent.  The Centro Cultural San Martín, the San Martín Theatre, and the Centro Cultural Rojas offer a wide variety of theatre and music shows, toguether with courses and workshops pertaining to different artistic disciplines.

Galerías Pacífico Shopping Mall
Beyond Corrientes avenue, having crossed 9 de Julio avenue, Florida street opens to the visitor as the great pedestrian walk.  Sportswear, leather clothes, books and clothing stores mingle with newspaper and magazine stands where one can stop before resuming the attractive walk, as well as the Galerías Pacífico shopping mall, where the vault painted by Antonio Berni and Juan Carlos Castagnino, among other native artists, can be admired.  A picturesque dash is added by the many street artists who show off their skills for music and performing all along Florida avenue.

Keys to moving round center area:
Headquarters government

Location: between Callao, Córdoba, Leandro Alem and Rivadavia avenues.
Main arteries: Corrientes Ave., 9 de Julio Ave., Córdoba Ave., and Florida.
How to get there: buses 59, 100, 152, and B Subway line.
Best time to visit: Daytime, avoiding rush hour.
Neighbourhood corner: Corrientes and 9 de Julio avenues.

Accommodation: Buenos Aires Apartments, Hostel Buenos Aires

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