Hanging in Barrio Palermo

While visiting Buenos Aires, we stayed at an Airbnb apartment in Palermo, the city’s largest neighborhood (so large the neighborhood has neighborhoods). Palermo has an excellent selection of restaurants, beautiful parks and gardens, unique stores, and wonderful street art.

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Palermo Soho

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After our first full day of sightseeing in downtown Buenos Aires we headed to our apartment, hot and exhausted. Showers were most definitely needed as well as a little downtime on wifi (parents looking up dinner options, teens watching funny videos). Once online reservations were made, we hailed a taxi to the Palermo Soho neighborhood for dinner.

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My husband and son tried their first parrilla, Argentinian grilled steak, at La Cabrera and found the portions huge and the meat quality excellent! The photo is one entrée, they could easily have shared.

My daughter and I ordered chicken dishes; mine was grilled with orange wedges, soooooo good!

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Donata Cafe

We developed a morning routine involving this quaint cafe conveniently located a block from our apartment.

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Instead of jumpstarting our teens and hearing their inevitable groggy grumbles and groans, my husband and I enjoyed quiet breakfasts and just ordered something to go for the kids. They appreciated both the food and the extra time to get moving.

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Jardim Botânico

Also walking distance from our Palermo apartment were the Jardim Botânico, Museo Evita, and the Jardín Zoológico.

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The botanical gardens were designed just before the turn of the 20th century by Charles Thay, a famous French landscape architect.

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While the grounds are lovely, the tranquility is disturbed by the noisy traffic on the busy flanking streets.

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Museo Evita

Not far from the botanical gardens, is the Museo Evita dedicated to the life of Eva Duarte de Perón, affectionately known as Evita. The work she did championing women’s rights and improving the lives of the poor is inspirational. She accomplished much in her 33 years of life, it is obvious why she is so beloved by her people.

The museum is housed in an old mansion that once served as a homeless shelter run by Eva Perón’s Social Aid Foundation. No photos were allowed so I just took a pic of the postcard I purchased. If you are a history buff you’ll find the old news footage, photographs, and memorabilia of Evita’s life and times interesting. Go late morning, then stay and enjoy lunch at the museum’s outdoor cafe – lots of healthy options.

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Jardín Zoológico

From Museo Evita, we walked to the Jardín Zoológico where some of the animals were soaking in their cool pools.

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White Tigers Play Ball

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Bring change to purchase food for the animals. You can feed them!

See the monkey in the photo below? He is waiting for someone to roll food down the wooden plank in front of him.

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Founded in 1888, the zoo’s first director came up with the idea to incorporate motifs from the animals’ countries into the architecture of their houses.

 

Jardín Japonés

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One morning, before heading downtown, we strolled through Jardín Japonés.

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Buenos Aires’ large Japanese community had this beautiful garden created for the city in 1967. If I lived in Buenos Aires, I could see coming here regularly just to sit and soak in nature.

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I’ll end with a funny observation

Jorts – 90s Flashback

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All the guys wearing jean shorts in Buenos Aires made me feel like I was in a time warp. Are they coming back in style? Or did they just never go out of style here?

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