In a concrete jungle such as Buenos Aires, green spaces are highly coveted. On the weekends, you’ll see the parks teeming with locals sipping their mate, strumming ukuleles, rollerblading and laughing with friends and family. Despite the huge skyline, the park culture is even huger in this city. For a relaxing or active afternoon, we’ve scoped out the best parks in Buenos Aires.
My personal favorite out of all the parks in Buenos Aires is nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Almagro. On the weekends, it is home to a market that surrounds the park, but keeps a safe distance from the green space. This park, with a large pond in the middle, is quite local and takes the shape of an almost perfect circle.
Although there are usually lots of people, it has a smaller feel than the immense Bosques of Palermo (keep reading) and if you get hungry, there are lots of vendors wandering around waiting to offer you an ice cream or a muffin!
Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (Plaza of the United Nations)
You can find this park at the famous Mechanical Flower in Recoleta, where yoga groups are often found stretching and sunbathers soak up some rays. This is one of the least isolated parks in Buenos Aires, as it is within walking distance to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (free admission, holla!), the enormous Facultad de Derecho (law school) for a prime photo op and the Recoleta Cemetery with its sprawling market.
This is just one of the many smaller parks in the area that you can check out by foot. Stop by here if you need a quick rest before the rest of your sightseeing!
Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods)
The biggest and most famous green space in Buenos Aires couldn’t be left out! This area is home to many large parks such as the Rosedal (rose garden), botanical garden, Japanese botanical garden and other open spaces. With a lake in the middle of it all, you can even rent paddleboats. These parks have many families, friends and athletes throwing Frisbees, running or doing Zumba for free.
Going to the Bosques can easily turn into a full-day activity, so make sure to bring sunblock and a good book!
Although this is technically a plaza, I would also count it a nice, small park. Many people stop by to see the Congress building without staying for a rest on the gated grassy area. The view is gorgeous as you get to gaze upon the intricate architecture of Congreso while enjoying a show from the fountains! I wouldn’t stay here too long after sunset, but an afternoon in Plaza Congreso is definitely a great way to pass the time!
Written by Abby LeCleir