Paulo and I love walking around the cities and getting to know the most interesting and different neighborhoods in each place. There are several in Buenos Aires, but one of the coolest is the Palermo neighborhood. The whole region is full of cool corners to visit and photograph, I swear! It is great even for hosting – already post a post exclusively on the subject 😉
Palermo’s streets are super modern and relaxed, with several shops and alternative restaurants. In addition, several tourist spots in Buenos Aires are in this area, that is, everything is good, right? Although this part of the city is known for some subdivisions, such as Palermo Soho, in practice they end up not being used much. However, I will use them in some moments of the post for you to be able to locate yourself better. Now I’m going to talk about some of the coolest things for you to know over there!
Palermo is full of different and very original stores, from articles and decoration to clothes and stationery. One of the cutest and most amazing places in this region is PAUL French Gallery. The store is very expensive, but it deserves a visit just for the decoration full of plants and catch phrases scattered on the wall. Their focus is on selling household items, but they set up a corner to install a small cafe.
The place is half hidden, at 4865 Gorriti Street. To get to PAUL you go through a corridor that also accommodates a plant shop and a tea shop, the Tealosophy. I promise you will not regret going there, not least because the place yields great photos for instagram!
Anyone who loves stationery can’t miss going to Monoblock. The store is full of original items and they are all very beautiful and unique. They sell diaries, cases and backpacks with fun and cute prints. It is also a great place for you to buy a gift, especially if the person likes that kind of thing.
To buy clothes, two of the most interesting local stores are Awada and Desiderata. They offer very modern clothing options, but at the same time timeless, you know? In addition, you can go to the Arcos Premium Outlet District, taking advantage of discounts. Oh, and if you want to visit a fair full of local things, just go to Plaza Serrano square. The environment is not as modern and beautiful as other places, but it is still very pleasant.
Restaurants and Cafes
Several restaurants and cafes in Palermo have outdoor tables, which means it is super pleasant to spend the morning or afternoon there – especially if you are going in the summer or spring. Most of the streets are very tree-lined, which makes everything even more charming. In the part of Palermo Hollywood, one of the best cafes is Oui Oui. It is perfect for eating sweets or having an afternoon coffee around the region.
In Palermo Soho, Lobo Café is a delicious option. The place also sells sweets and, like Oui Oui, has outdoor tables! Ninina Bakery is already a little different from the others, because it has a more minimalist proposal. They also offer very good dishes for breakfast and lunch.
Regarding restaurants, several of the most famous places in Buenos Aires are located in this area, such as La Cabrera and, for vegetarians, Ohsawa, for example. If you want to know more restaurants around the city, just read this post about the best vegetarian restaurants and the best restaurants in general 😉
Despite having several quiet streets, Palermo is one of the busiest parts of the city, mainly because several tourist spots are in this region. Parque 36 de Febrero, also called Bosques de Palermo, is one of the most frequented in the city and also one of the largest. Ah, in it you will find the Galileo Galilei Planetarium – it is worth going for those who like the theme.
In addition to it, two other well-known green areas there are the Japanese Garden and the Paseo del Rosedal. Each of them has a different characteristic, since the species of flowers and other plants are quite varied. Who prefers an activity inland you can go to the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires). The collection is incredible! To give you an idea, the painting Abaporu, by Tarsila do Amaral, is exhibited there.
The entire Palermo region is surrounded by graffiti and street art. Do you know those big graphite panels, like those at Beco do Batman, in São Paulo? It’s like that! It seems that each wall is a photo backdrop and they are super colorful and different. In addition to making the whole neighborhood more beautiful and less monochromatic, street art is also a way of expressing the culture of the residents there.
If you are very interested in it, it’s nice to take a tour with Grafittimundo. The tour serves as a guide to explore the best street arts in Buenos Aires, not just in the Palermo region. They offer three types of tours, and prices vary between 20 and 30 pesos.
As you noticed, Palermo looks like a mini city, since you can do very different things in the region. Do you know any other nice places there?