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Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires: Downtown/Microcentro

If you are traveling abroad to Argentina, whether to live or study Spanish in Buenos Aires, there are a myriad of fantastic, interesting, and very Argentine neighbourhoods to check out. However, there are a few that seem to stand out from the rest, and this week we are featuring Downtown, or better know as the Microcentro.

The Microcentro is in the heart of the city and is the where the business centre is situated, making this area packed full of corporate buildings, banks, business’s, and thousands of people that are busy, fast-paced, and conquering a work day.

One of the best places to start out in the Microcentro could be Avenida Florida. A long shopping avenue that is not only full of great shopping stores, but also other business’s, restaurants, banks, and more. This Avenida starts from Plaza San Martin, located in Retiro and near the Retiro train station, and follows all the way down to Plaza de Mayo, the oldest and most important plaza in the city, where the Casa Rosada is located and other important government buildings.  Venturing into the very busy downtown area gives visitors a great chance to see what the ‘Wall Street’ of Buenos Aires is and the intensity of it all. If you walk west of Avenida Florida and head to the intersection of Avenida 9 de Julio and Avenida Corrientes, you will find the Obelisco, a 63 meter concrete pillar, and the national monument of Buenos Aires.

The Microcentro is also worth a visit for its wide range of very traditional restaurants, modern and trendy bars, and endless theatres and cinemas, featuring broadways and local works. A visit to Buenos Aires would not be complete without exploring the fast paced and action packed downtown area.

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