Old Palermo (Palermo Viejo), the old quarter of Buenos Aires’ largest barrio, is a popular destination where you’ll stroll past grand buildings and gardens. Drop into trendy cafés and fashion boutiques on Plaza Serrano, or unwind in the area’s many parks clustered around Avenue del Libertador.
The Old Palermo (Palermo Viejo) neighborhood, with its cobbled streets and old Spanish architecture, ranks among the most popular districts in the Argentine capital. The area is divided into two sections: Palermo Soho with its upscale boutiques and trendy restaurants, and Palermo Hollywood, the quieter and slightly less refined half of the neighborhood.
Most city sightseeing tours pass through Palermo Viejo, including cycling tours that also visit Belgrano and Chinatown. You can also combine a walking tour of the area with a traditional Argentine asado (barbecue).
Things to Know Before You Go
- Old Palermo (Palermo Viejo) is a must-visit for foodies, night owls, and shoppers.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; Palermo Viejo covers a huge area.
- Plan to spend at least a half day exploring the neighborhood.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Old Palermo (Palermo Viejo) is to take the Buenos Aires subway to one of the stops along Avenida Cabildo. It’s also within walking distance of Almagro, Retiro, and Recoleta.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Old Palermo (Palermo Viejo) depends largely on what you want to do. Come during the day to shop or have an alfresco lunch at a street-side cafe, or wait until after dark to experience the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife. Come on the weekends to shop the markets at Plaza Serrano and Plaza Armenia.
Attractions in Palermo
Greater Palermo is the largest barrio in Buenos Aires, and it’s filled with things to do for just about every type of traveler. Stroll through the sprawling Botanical Gardens, see the collection of contemporary art at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA), relax in Parque Tres de Febrero, or stop at the National Museum of Decorative Art.