Puerto Madero, once a lackluster cargo port, is now one of Buenos Aires’ most fashionable districts, teeming with upmarket restaurants and glitzy nightclubs. Marooned from the mainland by the Rio de la Plata estuary, the largely pedestrianized island is celebrated for housing some of the city’s most architecturally stunning buildings.
Many visitors come to Puerto Madero for the drinking, dining, and dancing—the twinkling lights after sundown create an atmospheric setting for an evening out. The neighborhood features on many city sightseeing tours, and one of the city’s top tango shows, Rojo Tango, is staged at the island’s Faena Hotel. If you’re interested in the city’s diverse architecture, consider a themed bike tour that includes a pedal along the Puerto Madero waterfront.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Puerto Madero is a must-visit for architecture buffs, night owls, and foodies.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; there’s a lot of ground to cover in Puerto Madero.
- Dinner and tango shows in the neighborhood typically last around three hours and often include round-trip transportation to your hotel.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Puerto Madero via public transportation is to take the subte B Line to L.N. Alem station. From there it’s a short walk to the island.
When to Get There
The best time to visit this trendy neighborhood depends on the experience you want to have. By day, the island’s Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve is a popular spot for outdoor recreation. The rest of the neighborhood truly shines after dark, so plan at least one nighttime visit.
Puente de la Mujer
Of all the architectural gems in Puerto Madero, none is quite so recognizable as the Woman’s Bridge (Puente de la Mujer). This swing bridge connecting Puerto Madero to Plaza de Mayo on the mainland was designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who drew inspiration for the design from the tango.