Location A: The Recoleta Cemetery
La Recoleta Cemetery (Spanish: Cementerio de la Recoleta) is a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon. In 2011, the BBC hailed it as one of the world's best cemeteries, and in 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
Set in 5.5 hectares (14 acres), the site contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government and are protected by the state. The entrance to the cemetery is through neo-classical gates with tall Doric columns. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic, and most materials used between 1880 and 1930 in the construction of tombs were imported from Paris and Milan. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.
Location B: La Biela - One of the Oldest Cafes
Grab a coffee or a quick snack at one of the oldest cafes in Buenos Aires. The cafe is filled with its rich history and pictures of politicians, actors, artists and writers who have been visiting.
Location C: National Museum of Decorative Arts
The museum has its origins in a marriage in 1897 between two prominent members of turn-of-the-century Argentine high society: Matías Errazúriz, the son of Chilean émigrés, and Josefina de Alvear, the granddaughter of Independence-era leader Carlos María de Alvear.
Little changed 1937, the museum maintains twelve exhibit halls and nine permanent collections of over 4,000 objects in all, including:
- paintings: notable among them El Greco's Jesus Bearing the Cross Uphill, Jean-Honoré Fragonard's The Sacrifice of the Rose and Édouard Manet's Portrait of Abbé Hurel
- sculpture: among them an Ancient Roman Minerva, Cristoforo Mantegazza's Adoration of the Magii (a wall relief in marble) and Auguste Rodin's The Eternal Spring
- East Asian art: numerous Chinese vases and jade sculptures from the Chien Lung era, among others; as well as tapestries, porcelains, 18th century furniture, the most important public miniature art collection in the Americas and other antiques, generally from before 1800.
The collection is also complemented by temporary exhibits, and the museum hosts regular choral concerts, as well as classes and seminars. Visitors can also enjoy Café Croque Madame, whose tables are set in the gardens in good weather. The Argentine Academy of Letters has, since 1944, also been housed here.
Location D: Olsen, Gourmet Scandinavian
Before dinner you can spend time explore the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood. It is packed with fascinating street art, cafes and smaller shops. Once you have build up appetite you can visit the Olsen Restaurant. It is offering modern Scandinavian cuisine and very popular.
Location E: Isabella Bar
If you don't find any cafes or bars yourself walking around the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, Isabella Bar is recommend. It offers drinks, dj music and party until the early morning. Vamos, por favor!