Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires Travel Guide
Puerto Madero Summary
- Waterfront neighborhood with a more relaxed vibe than hectic central Buenos Aires
- Within walking distance to major attractions
- Dozens of dining options, from "parrillas" (barbecue steak restaurants) to international chains
- Beautiful sunsets overlooking the water and the Buenos Aires skyline
- Wonderful ecological reserve with well-maintained trails
- Luxury accommodation options
- High-end nightlife
- Great shopping
- Little local flavor
- Pretty uninteresting during the day
- Only one subway stop (Alem), and outside the northern part of the neighborhood
- Expensive and touristy
What It's Like
Once a dilapidated industrial area, Puerto Madero is now one of the fastest developing areas in central Buenos Aires. In the late 1990's the City of Buenos Aires decided to turn the run-down port into a destination unto itself, and the outcome of this major overhaul is pretty stunning. Old warehouses are now upscale restaurants, clubs, lofts, and high-rises; office buildings and luxury hotels keep popping up where empty industrial lots once used to be.
However, all this over-the-top luxury and development doesn't feel like authentic Buenos Aires. This area, though convenient for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle and have the comfort of TGI Fridays and McDonald's at hand, has little local flavor.
Puerto Madero has very few tourist attractions (a couple of floating museums, a cutting-edge bridge, and little more) and is not as interesting during the day as other parts of Buenos Aires -- but come night it transforms into the nightlife and dining hub for wealthy "porteños" and tourists alike.
Where To Stay
Puerto Madero is a long strip of land located on the eastern side of the docks, and is connected to the city by several bridges. The best bet is to stay close to one of these, which means you will probably be able to walk to several attractions in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires.
For easy access to the subway system stay on the northern edge of the neighborhood, between Macacha Guemes and Cecilia Grierson streets. The southern part is quieter, greener and within walking distance to San Telmo neighborhood.