A burgeoning foodie hot spot, the lively barrio of Villa Crespo just southwest of Palermo has become a fashionable haunt for the city’s young and hip. The district is most notable for its array of bars and eateries, just as chic yet more affordable than those in neighboring Palermo. It’s an atmospheric option for an evening in Buenos Aires.
The variety of cuisine on offer is one of Villa Crespo’s biggest draws; you’ll find everything from Middle Eastern, Jewish, African, and Chinese food to one of the city’s oldest and best-known vegetarian restaurants. Night owls can hit the dance floor at some of the city’s most exclusive nightclubs, while art lovers can see street art by Argentina’s top artists on a guided graffiti tour of the city (with visits to the neighborhoods of Colegiales, Chacarita, and Palermo as well). Photography tours of the Argentine capital typically pass through the neighborhood for a chance to capture its colorful streets.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Villa Crespo is a must-visit for foodies, night owls, and shopping enthusiasts.
- Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces; some of the streets here are cobbled.
- Bring US dollars, especially if you plan to shop in Villa Crespo; you can often get discounts for paying in cash.
- How to Get There
- To get to the neighborhood on public transportation, take the subway line B to Estación Villa Crespo. If you’re taking a cab, ask your hotel or a restaurant to call one for you.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Villa Crespo depends on the experience you’re looking for. By day, it’s a shopping hub selling a combination of brand names and leather goods. At night, it’s one of the city’s hottest dining and drinking destinations. If you plan to eat, remember that typical mealtime in Argentina is as late as 10pm.
History of Villa Crespo
Villa Crespo got its start in the closing years of the 19th century as a residential neighborhood for workers at the National Shoe Factory, which opened in the area in 1888. It gets its name from former Buenos Aires mayor Antonio Crespo.