Palermo is Buenos Aires’ largest and most cosmopolitan neighborhood. It stretches down from the Rio de la Plata coastline and covers the hundreds of acres of parks, flower gardens, and lakes unofficially known as the Bosques de Palermo, as well as enough bars, cafes, and restaurants to keep even the most determined urban explorer busy every day of the week.
Because of its size, Palermo is unofficially divided into several smaller areas: Palermo Soho is known for its shops and bars, especially around Plaza Serrano while neighboring Palermo Hollywood has a fantastic culinary scene and many of the city’s most popular nightclubs, like Niceto Club. Meanwhile, Palermo Chico and Palermo Botanico are quieter and more residential.
Palermo is a mecca for young and entrepreneurial travelers, with more than enough digital nomads and Argentine startups to keep the neighborhood’s many coworking options full. If you’re staying a while, La Maquinita and Deck-co offer monthly memberships at their offices in Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood. For shorter stays, AreaTres and Manawa sell day passes. If you’d rather work in a café, Cocu and Café Registrado are both popular spots with great food and coffee, but you’ll find dozens of other places to work all over the neighborhood.
On weekends, people often get together with friends in the parks to play sports or drink mate. This hot drink is typical in Argentina and is usually shared among a group. When you need a break from work, you can stroll through the rose gardens at the rosedal or check out one of Frida Kahlo’s most famous self-portraits at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA). Palermo has restaurants for every mood and craving: grab a quick bite at Burger Joint, or sit down for juicy cuts of Argentine steak at Don Julio or La Cabrera. Veggie lovers can try Artemisia, an airy, plant-filled restaurant in Palermo Hollywood.
Near the edge of Palermo along the river, you’ll also find Latin America’s “first religious theme park,” Tierra Santa—where you can see an animatronic rendition of the seven days of creation or watch a 60-feet Jesus statue with an LED heart rise out of the mountain. It’s a surreal and slightly baffling experience worth doing at least once.
After spending four years in Buenos Aires, she loves spreading the joy of the city to the rest of the world.
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