Recoleta is one of the most residential, elegant and sought-after zones in Buenos Aires. It is characterised by its French style, large green spaces, exclusive avenues, and first-class bars and restaurants.
Originally, this neighbourhood consisted of country houses and ranches. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the plot of land was donated to “Recoletos” fathers by a married couple. Besides its name, the fathers provided the neighbourhood with the convent and the “Iglesia del Pilar” (Pilar Church) built in 1706, of vital importance to the development of the area.
Yellow fever epidemic in 1871 brought wealthy families to the Recoleta, who gave its final touches to neighbourhood’s style, building palaces surrounded by huge gardens.
Some people say that this neighbourhood has been extracted from Paris. It has an intense cultural activity, with large spaces devoted to art. Any day you may try the typical Argentine “mate” or enjoy a delicious tea in LoiSuites Recoleta’s winter garden (1955 Vicente López Street).
Recoleta is one of the neighbourhoods with more nightlife. The variety of restaurants, pubs and night clubs concentrates on the streets around the cemetery (Junín, Azcuénaga and Vicente López), detail that imprints a special feature to the place. On weekends, there is a craft street market and free entertainment, ranging from musical shows to drama plays.