La Boca is the oldest, most colorful, and most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires. La Boca is mostly a working-class neighborhood aTo experience the full fabric-the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Buenos Aires neighborhoods, you must walk them. Puerto Madero is one of the most successful recent waterfront renewal projects in the world and it represents the latest architectural trends in BA.
We recommend a busy day that will take you across different sectors of this neighborhood, covering both classic highlights and contemporary culture zones.
Start your day with a Porteño breakfast (café con leche, croissants “medialunas”, toasts with “dulce de leche” and orange juice). Our favorite place in Puerto Madero is called “I Fresh Market” (1190, Olga Cossenttini street). It is a charming, clean deli that sells coffee, muffins, toasts, fresh fruits, sandwiches, salads, desserts to take out. Then, at around 11 am, you should make your way to the Fortabat Museum.
This Museum sits in a quiet sport in Puerto Madero. A long, low-rise structure, with a curved canopy for a roof that drops down on its dockside façade, this building is leading the port’s cultural renaissance, acting as a precursor to two planned centers designed by Norman Foster. It holds a substantial private art collection of one of Latin America´s richest women, Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat.
From here, we suggest a walk along the docklands and the Costanera Sur Avenue where you will find Las Nereidas Fountain, a masterpiece of sculptor Lola Mora and the Biological Reserve.
Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve is a 3.5 square kilometer tract of low land on the Río de la Plata riverbank located on the east side of the district of Puerto Madero. The entire walk around the reserve will take you more than an hour and that’s without stopping to peer through the reeds and to try and identify birds. The reserve offers several viewpoint stops that allow you a moment to pull out your binoculars and scan over the marshes that navigate through the wetlands.
The air here is cooler and cleaner than in the busy city and the grassy areas for sitting are a great place to settle down for a relaxing view.
After leaving the Ecological Reserve, we suggest a walk through Micaela Bastidas Park, the most exclusive residential area in the city. The works of landscaping in Puerto Madero also include, besides the specific works on parks and squares, others distributed in the boulevards and promenades that confer beauty to these sectors and contribute to add value to the public space as a place for walking by and recreation.
Calatrava´s Footbridge is the most symbolic monument in Puerto Madero. Opened in 2001, the Puente de la Mujer is a 102 meter-long sculptural walkway that spans the harbor and brings pedestrians from the city centre into Puerto Madero and back. The central part of the suspension bridge rotates 90 degrees to allow water traffic to pass underneath.
We suggest a riverside dinner at Cabaña las Lilas (516, Alicia Moreau de Justo street). The tables on the terrace are the best and the restaurant’s specialty is the steak, which is the icon of Las Lilas. Steak has multiple forms: rib eye steak, baby beef and steak with or without ribs; all of them large and with the quality guarantee that only cattle raised in the pampas can give. Red meat there is privilege. Our experience is that Lomo and rib eye are the best cuts that you will have in the “parrillas” of the city.
After dinner, if you still have energy and if you want to watch one of the best tango shows in Buenos Aires, head for Rojo Tango (445 Martha Salotti street). Located within the Faena Hotel + Universe, it offers the most exclusive tango show in Buenos Aires, featuring an intimate, top-notch tango show.