Introduction to Recoleta
Where to stay in Recoleta
Hotels in Recoleta
Prior to the 2001 financial crisis, the only accommodation in Recoleta was of a few luxury hotels. But in the past ten years more affordable hotels and hostels have opened up and there are now rooms available for almost every class of traveler. Its proximity to the microcenter and the Retiro bus and train stations means that you should be able to walk to everything, and if your feet get tired there are no lack of taxis is this zone.
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Hostels in Recoleta
There are a couple of excellent hostels in Recoleta and they are a good choice for young single travelers or anybody on a budget.Hostels in Recoleta
Transport in Recoleta
The Subte (metro, subway) D line passes to one side of Recoleta and should you need to go to Palermo or Belgrano, its your best bet. Tons of buses also pass through the neighborhood, many on Santa Fe or nearby parallel streets, but these are best avoided during morning rush hour as they are jam packed with people by the time they get so near to downtown.
In many cases your best bet may be to walk down to the Retiro train and bus stations. Although you could easily catch a bus in Recoleta to lets say, Olivos, in the province of Buenos Aires, a train would get you their more comfortably and quicker.
One further advantage of staying in Recoleta, or Palermo for that matter, is its proximity to the Aeroparque Jorge Newberry airport. If you plan on flying to another destination inside Argentina or in one of the bordering countries, chances are your flight will be leaving from that airport.
Where to eat and drink in Recoleta
Bars in Recoleta
There is a slew of bars on the streets that surround the cemetery. They tend to come and go though, as high rent forces them to close. There are also many posh cabarets in this area, and single men can expect to be harassed by touts trying to usher them inside.
Note that the Newport bar, with all its sexy women sitting near the front windows, is a place for men to pick up professional working women. Its best avoided unless that is what you’re looking for.
Shamrock – Rodriguez Peña 1220
A favorite among Argentines and tourists alike, Shamrock is about as close as you’re going to get to an Irish bar in Argentina. It’s also one of the few places with a lively happy hour. From opening until 12PM drinks and beer are discounted. Prices go up after midnight, but remain some of the most reasonable in the neighborhood.
The basement of the bar turns into a nightclub on weekends and cover is charged to enter.
Be aware that what little food that is on the menu isn’t very good. But you can always skip out to nearby La Cholita or Cumaná to get a bite. Just remember to go early enough (before 10PM) to avoid long lines.
Casa Bar – Rodriguez Pena 1150
While still not as popular as nearby Shamrock, American owned Casa Bar is beautifully decorated and serves good drinks, and should you need one, coffee. It also is one of the few places in BA which serve American style wings. Large screen TVs to watch American sports.
The bar is overpriced though, and the prices are not justified by the sometimes very slow service.
Across the street from the bar are the always packed La Cholita steakhouse and Cumana restaurant, which serves just about everything but steak. These restaurants are among our favorites in BA, but get there early as there is a line after 9PM.
The Alamo – Uruguay 1175
American owned and run, the Alamo was once an expat hangout, but recently seems to be dominated by very young Argentines. It still remains one of the best places to get really drunk, if that’s what your looking to do. And since the owners are American, you won’t need to slur anything in Spanish to get service. Also good for after work drinks or watching American sports on their large screen tvs.
There is an upstairs and a downstairs at this bar and the latter tends to get really smoky, so go upstairs if you don’t smoke.
Recently they have been charging 30 pesos cover charge at the door, but in turn they give you tickets worth 30 pesos of food or drink. It seems they have to do this to avoid the place filling up with young kids who takes up seats and don´t spend any money. It does however make it annoying if you just want to get one beer.
Milion – Paraná 1048
Set in a beautiful old mansion, Milion is worth a visit even if you just want to see the building. In the summer the crowd spills out to the back patio where a lovely marble staircase serves as overflow seating. They also serve food but it’s nothing special.
Jack the Ripper – Libertad 1275
This bar has changed location several times throughout the past years, and everytime its location seems to be more beautiful than the last. Has a good selection of beer and mixed drinks. Outside of happy hour, it can be a bit quiet though.
Notorius –Junín 1715
For musicians or anyone interested in music, this is one of the places we can’t recommend enough in BA. Live music shows throughout the week with everything from Jazz, Bosa Nova to Folkloric music. They also have a large collection of CDs for sale, with rock and pop music being the least plentiful.
Check out the schedule of shows at Notorius
Things to do in Recoleta
Central Cultural Recoleta
This city run arts center has good rotating art exhibits and sometimes plays. Entrance is cheap, and since you will undoubtedly be in the neighborhood to see the cemetery, you should go.
Bellas Artes Musuem
This is a great art museum for both Art buffs and those of us who don’t understand art. It’s the perfect size, not overwhelming like other art museums in the world, meaning you can see everything in about an hour. Has a good collection of both European and Argentine art. And it’s free, but donations are accepted at the door.
Downhill from the cemetery and Buenos Aires design there are a series of parks and plazas that almost connect with the Bosque de Palermo parks. Across the avenue from the Bellas arts museum one finds a massive reflecting flower. This metal sculpture opens and closes with the sun and is surrounded by a nice green park (no dogs permitted means a great place to lie in the grass and get some sun ).
The city has and information booth in Recoleta at Ayacuco 1958. The official internet site of Buenos Aires is a good source for information on cultural events in Recoleta and other neighborhoods in the Capital Federal