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Barrio Highlight: Microcentro

9 de JulioExpect a hustle and bustle atmosphere when visiting the downtown neighborhood of Microcentro.  As the city center of Buenos Aires, there is a constant feeling of urgency.  Originally, the Microcenter neighborhood was originally labeled San Nicolás, after the San Nicolás church constructed in 1773, but was demolished to make room for the expansion of 9 de Julio and its location is now occupied by the Buenos Aires Obelisk.  

In terms of accessibility, Microcentro is in walking distance to important monuments such as Teatro Colon and Plaza de Mayo and is served by nearly all metro lines.  Plaza de Mayo´s allure extends to both its history or revolutions and architecture like the home of Argentina´s Government Casa Rosada, Municipal Cathedral, and the National Bank  Not far away from the Plaza del Mayo is the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires, Café Tortoni (below) which is also world renown for its tango shows.  Furthermore, streets like Florida or Lavalle are littered with convenient shopping and Avenida Corientes has some of the best theatre and nightlife in Buenos Aires.  However, visitors should be cautious of the belittling crowds and tourist appeal that detract from the neighborhood´s charm.