Retiro Neighborhood

History, architecture and emblematic views

History, diversity and connectivity

Retiro is one of the most touristic neighborhoods in the city of Buenos Aires. When visiting Retiro, you’ll retrace its history engraved in streets, monuments and emblematic buildings. Many of them used to be the houses/homes where the richest and most powerful families of the city lived, and today were turned into embassies and governmental buildings.

Retiro is a financial, commercial and residential center, all at the same time, located between Avenida del Libertador and Plaza San Martín, and is characterized by the great diversity of its attractions.

Furthermore, it’s a neuralgic point because here you can find Retiro’s train station, the place where different railway branches, buses, subway stations, and the bus terminal converge.

What to visit during your stay in Retiro?

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The iconic Edificio Kavanagh

One of the tallest skyscrapers in the city of Buenos Aires with 106 apartments that mixes rationalism with art decó. It was declared a National Historic Monument as well as World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture by UNESCO. Its original staggered approach made possible the installation of rooftops and gardens in every floor.

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Theaters, museums and art galleries

Retiro is a neighborhood famous for its art galleries, ideal to visit and enjoy art work made by national and international artists. Also, in this zona, you can find renowned theaters, museums and cultural space you won’t want to miss: Teatro Colón, Teatro Coliseo y Teatro Cervantes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires (MACBA), as well as Centro Cultural Kirchner and Centro Cultural Borges.

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Plaza San Martín

One of the oldest parks of the city. Its where General San Martín installed the Regimiento de Granaderos a Caballo quarters in 1812, moment that, decades later, named this place. Besides its history, Plaza San Martín is an ideal place to enjoy nature and beautiful views.

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Palacio Paz

It’s one of the few residencies in Buenos Aires that carries the “Palace” title so it will be worth it to visit it if you happen to be in Retiro, more precisely on Av. Santa Fe, Maipú and Marcelo T. de Alvear.

It was built in the beginning of the 20th century. For a short while, the Paz family used to live here, and then in 1938 it became the headquarters of Círculo Militar, Biblioteca Nacional Militar and Museo de Armas de la Nación.

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Calle Florida

It’s a pedestrian street/are about 10 squares long that start on Av. Rivadavia and finishes in Plaza San Martín. It’s a commercial area, ideal for going for a walk and enjoy stores, clothing galleries, accessories, perfumes, and visit bookstores and coffee shops.

With its easy access to the train and bus station, its beautiful and historical buildings, its grand variety of commercial and gastronomic choices, Retiro is a neighborhood that is a must visit list for when in Buenos Aires.