Balvanera

Good food, great dance partners, and Belle Époque architecture converge in the core of the city.

Larger-than-life murals and pocket-sized cafes collide in Balvanera, a neighbourhood with an insatiable appetite for good food and great dance partners. Minutes away from Buenos Aires' historical heart, Balvanera is renowned for its unapologetic contrasts. Belle epoque architecture shades public protests and large scale malls look over family-run food stalls. Balvanera always seems to be twisting, spinning, coming, and going, yet the neighbourhood manages to feel unfrenzied—its ability to be so many things at once is the beauty of Balvanera.

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On the Map

Balvanera is bordered by Recoleta, Boedo, Almagro, San Nicolás, Monserrat, Constitución, and San Cristóbal

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 40 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 20 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 15 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 5 minutes by cab or 25 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Busy and Diverse Near the Heart of Buenos Aires

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Vibrantly dense and densely vibrant, Balvanera palpitates with pedestrians, cars, commuters, and emblematic Buenos Aires attractions.

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Murals, tiles, and churches pay tribute to Balvanera's quintessentially Porteñan culture.

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The Church of The Saviour has stood tall since 1872.

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Everyday markets peer at Balvanera's enduring institutions from across the street.

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Across the street from those markets peer larger-than-life murals celebrating a legendary Balvaneran icon.

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Tango singer Carlos Gardel is a revered Latin American cultural figure.

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Gardel's movie star features and tuneful baritone put Balvanera on the Tango map and the neighbourhood reciprocates his esteem.

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Balvanera puts images of Gardel on their building facades and statues of him in their plazas.

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His love for the Tango still persists throughout Balvanera, too.

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El Zorzal lives on.

Balvanera's Cafes: Culture In a Cortado

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Balvanera's cafes are central to its culture.

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The neighbourhood's eateries have remained busy since the early 1900s.

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They set the scene for neighbourly conversation.

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Today's Porteños chat in nearly the same surroundings their grandparents did.

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From high-class to casual, culinary options are plentiful in Balvanera.

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Peruvian cuisine has added flavour to the neighbourhood's Abasto district.

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Balvanera's Luxury Mall: Abasto

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Originally constructed in the 1930s, this former home to Buenos Aires' central produce market was refurbished in the 1990s and transformed into one of the city's premiere shopping destinations.

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Its outside facade's Art Deco aesthetic translates into cathedral-like grandeur inside.

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Plaza Once de Setiembre

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Plaza Once de Setiembre's surrounding area is known as Once (sounds like: "own-say").

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Once has served as an historic immigrant gateway to Buenos Aires for decades.

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Jewish, Armenian, Arab, Uruguayan, Peruvian, and more recently Korean and Chinese immigrants have made their home in Once.

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The area's kaleidoscopic array of goods is matched only by its eclectic community.

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Paying Homage

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Balvanera pays its respects to victims of the tragic 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish community centre.

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Justice and memory.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Erika Rojas

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Erika Rojas studied Documentary Photography in Venezuela. She lived in New York City for 12 years where she focused and developed her career in Lifestyle, Still Life and Food Photography. She is currently living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina.