A visit to Buenos Aires attractions Recoleta district has to be included in your list of Buenos Aires places to discover by all means.
Classy, elegant and sophisticated, Recoleta has an unmistakeable Parisienne feeling associated with it, for its European-style architecture, top-end fashion boutiques, pretty restaurants and coffee places, historical sites (Recoleta cemetery/Basilica del Pilar church) and a vibrant art and cultural scene (Recoleta Cultural Centre and Palais de Glace).
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To stroll along Alvear Av. and sit down for a coffee or a meal at La Biela or the many restaurants overlooking Plaza Francia is a lovely way to discover the neighborhood. By the way, Plaza Francia is not to be missed particularly over the week-ends (Sat and Sun from 11 to 8pm) due to the arts and crafts fair, an extraordinary display of lovely souvenirs and works of art, live performances and lots of traditional argentinian food to taste.
In addition, the Recoleta Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural Recoleta) located right there (Junin 1930) is one of the leading art and culture hubs in the city.
It used to be an old nursing home later remodeled and converted in a top Buenos Aires attraction for thirty years now.
With an emphasis on local talents, there is a permanent display of exhibitions going on simultaneously in its various galleries.
For its architectonic, as well as historic value, Recoleta cemetery - next door to the Cultural Centre and Basilica del Pilar church - should also be part of your Buenos Aires tourism experience. It's been compared to the Pére Lachaise of Paris, France.
There are guided visits taking place on the last Sunday of every month between March and November.
Recoleta owes its name to the old convent of the Recoletos monks established in the area at the beginning of XVIII century (later began functioning as a public cemetery, in 1822 for some years) where many leaders of argentinian history are buried.
Buenos Aires attractions Recoleta is definitely a neighborhood not to be missed. Nowhere else in the city, the description of Buenos Aires as the "Paris of South America" could be more appropriate than here.
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