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Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Retiro

Florería Atlántico

This basement speakeasy is located within a flower shop, which adds an air of mystery and is likely a key reason for its success. Hipsters, artists, chefs, businesspeople and foreigners all flock here for the excell…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Retiro


This gallery-like store, stocked with edgy art books, fashion, accessories, whimsical leather desk sculptures, original artworks and unique handmade jewelry, strives to promote Argentine designers. Especially intere…
Top Choice Notable Building in Retiro

Palacio Paz

Once the private residence of José C Paz – founder of the newspaper La Prensa – this opulent, French-style palace (1909) is the grandest in BA. Inside its 12,000 sq meters are ornate rooms with marble walls, salons …
Plaza in Retiro

Plaza San Martín

French landscape architect Carlos Thays designed the leafy Plaza San Martín, which is surrounded by some of Buenos Aires’ most impressive public buildings. The park’s most prominent monument is an equestrian statue …
Museum in Retiro

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco

This museum is in a 1920s mansion in the neocolonial Peruvian style that developed as a reaction against French influences in turn-of-the-19th-century Argentine architecture. Its exceptional collection of colonial a…
Notable Building in Retiro

Palacio San Martín

This impressive art-nouveau mansion (1912) is actually three independent buildings around a courtyard. It was designed by Alejandro Christophersen for the powerful Anchorena family and later became the headquarters …
Museum in Retiro

Museo Nacional Ferroviario

Trainspotters won't want to miss this museum dedicated to the history of Argentina's railway network. The ramshackle exhibits include porcelain from the presidential train, a collection of ornate train toilets and s…
Notable Building in Retiro

Edificio Kavanagh

A feisty Irishwoman funded the construction of this handsome 120m art-deco apartment building, which was the tallest skyscraper in Latin America at the time of its construction in 1936.
Argentine in Retiro

El Federal

This traditional downtown eatery is something of a neighborhood institution. You’ll find Argentine comfort food – simple pastas, steaks and empanadas – as well as higher-end specialties including Patagonian lamb, ña…
Italian in Retiro


Popular with the business lunch crowd, this large, pop art–style Italian pizzeria tosses 30 kinds of thin-crust pies with fresh toppings – try a pie piled high with prosciutto and arugula. Other tasty choices includ…