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Top Choice Cemetery in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Cementerio de la Recoleta

This cemetery is perhaps BA's top attraction. You can wander for hours in this incredible city of the dead, where the ‘streets’ are lined with impressive statues and marble mausoleums. Peek into the crypts and check…
Top Choice Cultural Center in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Part of the original Franciscan convent and alongside its namesake church and cemetery, this excellent cultural center houses a variety of facilities, including art galleries, exhibition halls and a cinema. Events, …
Top Choice Books in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

This glorious bookstore in a converted theater continues to flourish in the age of the Kindle. The Grand Splendid theater opened in 1919 and was converted into a bookstore in 2000. Most of the seating was replaced w…
Top Choice French in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

L’Orangerie

Afternoon tea at the Alvear Palace Hotel's beautiful, flower-filled Orangerie is a classic Recoleta experience for a special occasion. The formal tea, served from 4:30pm (from 5pm on Sunday), offers an endless array…
Top Choice Argentine in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Elena

If you’re looking to splurge on a night out, Elena should be your destination. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel, this highly rated restaurant uses the best-quality ingredients to create exquisite dishes. Order its …
Top Choice Argentine in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

El Sanjuanino

This long-running, cozy little joint has some of the cheapest food in Recoleta, attracting both penny-pinching locals and thrifty tourists. Order spicy empanadas, tamales or locro (a spicy stew of maize, beans, beef…
Bar in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Gran Bar Danzón

Upscale restaurant-wine bar with a good selection of wines by the glass as well as fresh fruit cocktails, exotic martinis and Euro- and Asian-inspired dinner selections. It’s very popular, so come early and snag a g…
Church in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

The centerpiece of this gleaming white colonial church, built by Franciscans in 1732, is a Peruvian altar adorned with silver from Argentina’s northwest. Inside, head to the left to visit the small but historic cloi…
Bar in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Pony Line Bar

This sophisticated, upscale and polo-inspired bar is located in the five-star Four Seasons Hotel and attracts a well-heeled clientele. Drinks are top quality, from the craft beers to the exotic cocktails and fine in…
International in Recoleta & Barrio Norte

Casa Saltshaker

Ex–New Yorker Dan Perlman is the chef behind this respected place, which is a puerta cerrada (closed-door restaurant) in his own home. You'll need to book ahead, arrive at an appointed hour and sit at a communal tab…