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Welcome to Belgrano!
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Approximate boundaries: Avenida de los Incas — Avenida del Congresso & Avenida Kramer — the river
Belgrano is one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhoods, having once been its own city. Founded in 1820, Belgrano served as the capital until 1887 when the central political action moved south and Belgrano joined forces with Buenos Aires. At the time, the two were naturally uniting due to rapid population growth in the 18th and19th centuries.
Today, Belgrano is one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, yet still claims to be middle class. The further one goes from Recoleta and Microcentro in any direction, the more one sees into the daily lives of poretños. Here, one will find such luxuries as corner fruit stands run by men who call young women linda, dry-cleaners who know all their clients names, buildings both new and old, and near silence on Sundays. The non-tourism related world does not move until noon in Belgrano.
The shopping strip of Avenida Cabildo is where the main action is focused and shops vary from local brands to Levi Strauss and Puma. Restaurants, theaters, and bars line Avenida Cabilido with the majority of shops located between Avenida De los Incas and Avenida Congresso. All this action is accessible on the subway line D.
The locally famous Barrancas de Belgrano Park is located to the east of Cabildo, on one of the few hills in town. It's a popular place to stroll and watch one of the city's many professional dog-walkers juggle up to 15 canines. The train, originating at the Retiro station and extending out of town has a stop at Barrancas de Belgrano.
Belgrano is also home to the small, yet growing, Barrio Chino. This neighborhood located mostly between Avenidas Libertador, Juramento, Monroe, and the train tracks is where you can get authentic Chinese food, shop in traditional markets, and find imported gifts and decorations.
Sundays are popular days for strolling around Belgrano as the main park is full of artisan crafts, impromptu performances, live music and vendors of all varieties. With few tourists around, an afternoon in Belgrano is a purely porteño experience.