Belgrano: Historic, Gay friendly District in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Author: , September 25th, 2010
by Valeria, Tango B&B
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Belgrano, Buenos Aires

Belgrano is a traditional and special neighborhood of Buenos Aires, which combines houses dating from the end of the 19th Century with newer buildings and facilities. You will appreciate this delightful contrast.

Belgrano Church, Buenos AiresFormerly it was a place of great houses belonging to wealthy people. Some of them are still very important houses. “CaserĂłn de Tejas” and “Bajo Belgrano” are tango compositions that refer to these homes. A good number of them have been converted into embassies and schools The rest are still family houses. Many of these houses have been replaced by modern buildings of up to 36 floors!

It’s a neighborhood with tradition and history; walking through the tree-lined streets, you can enjoy monuments, museums, bookstores and really interesting and beautiful places.

Belgrano ArtisansThe influence of a wide range of immigrant groups can be seen in Belgrano’s many places of worship: Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples, and churches of all denominations—Anglican, Evangelical, and, of course, Catholic. Particularly noteworthy is La Redonda, “the round” church near the plaza, museums, shops and banks in the very center of Belgrano.

There are many bilingual schools that respond to different nationalities. This is also reflected in the restaurants. You can enjoy not only pizza, but also Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, German, Peruvian and Chinese food, the latter not only in Chinatown. Belgrano’s China town, located near the train station, is a destination in itself. Unlike many immigrant ghettos, where foreign influences predominate and the local culture is nowhere to be seen, in this unique neighborhood all cultures coexist in harmony.

There are numerous gourmet restaurants and grills where you can enjoy excellent argentine steaks.

Belgrano Street Scene - Buenos AiresTo the east, a walk through parks and avenues leads to a section of the University of Buenos Aires and, with a few more steps, to the memorial for the 30,000 persons missing in the years of dictatorship. And on the coastal avenue there is a selection of Argentina food restaurants from whose dining rooms and patios you can appreciate the immensity of the Rio de la Plata.

Belgrano Neighborhood, Buenos AiresSeveral transport lines in Avenida Cabildo connect Belgrano with the rest of the city. Buses, the “D” line subway, and trains from the “Barrancas de Belgrano Park”; they all go to the main places you will surely want to see.

Main attractions:

Barrancas de Belgrano, Gazebo, where “Milongas” take place every weekend; Belgrano’s fair (handcrafts, clothes, jewelry, traditional products), also held every weekend; Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Belgrano, River Plate soccer Stadium, Argentina Polo grounds, Palermo racetrack (horse racing and casino), gardens and lakes, Japanese Garden, golf course and tennis courts.

There are many sports clubs, gyms, swimming pools which offer convenient temporary memberships. The parks are within walking distance. Many local people jog or do Aerobics around the lake or bicycle, roller skate, etc. The streets are busy at all hours of day and night. It is a safe neighborhood.Belgrano is a city it itself.

Tango B&B - Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango Bed and Breakfast, located in an Art Deco house dated from the 1920s, is cozy, comfortable, with modern facilities and well suited for families.

The owners of this unique establishment are Valeria, a professor of Physical Education and Eutony and Jorge, an artist who draws and paints.
Both are wine lovers who have toured vineyards in Europe, USA and of course all Argentina. With them you may participate in Argentine wine tastings, get advice for traveling in the country, restaurants, wines, etc. For sure you will enjoy the company of interesting guests and some times the typical Argentine barbecue offered and prepared by the owners.