Immerse yourself in religious spirit and walk along Avenida de Mayo admiring each symbol, monument and anecdote that this importantl porteña street has to show. Let yourself be seduced by the splendor of a past with promises for the future.
Designed to show off the country's development, Avenida de Mayo opened in 1894 and reached its peak during the celebrations of the centennial of the revolution in 1910. From then on, thanks to its location, it has become a privileged witness to the historical events of the city. Along with the symbolic link, it is the most direct connection between the executive and the legislature: as in a mirror from both ends the Casa Rosada and the National Congress look at each other, separated by ten blocks that cross the Plaza de Mayo and Avenida 9 de Julio.
Most likely you start the procession from the government house because it is an icon area of the city. Relax your neck and get ready for a ride where the most important things are on high.
Opposite the Cabildo, you will see the building where the country's oldest newspaper worked, La Prensa, which is now the House of Culture. Without being a skyscraper it raises up to five floors above the ground; the building is notable for its tower that holds the statue of a woman five meters high representing the goddess of wisdom: Palas Atenea.
Walk carefully; there is hundreds of motorbikes and buses that circulate downtown. The bikers have become institutions in the area as much as shoeshine boys, newsstands or street coffee sellers.
As we are speaking of coffee, when you get to the corner of the junction with Peru -the continuation of Florida-, you can make a first stop to sit in the historic bar London City, one of the notables of the city where, among other events, Julio Cortazar wrote the novel the Prizes in the 70s.
On both sides of the avenue, you can go down to the museum station of Peru subway, which belongs to the first subway line not only of Argentina, but of South America. Both the lobby and the platforms are preserved as when they were inaugurated in 1913.
Let's continue ... Concentrate on the architecture of the buildings alternating Italian, Spanish and French styles, with incredible ironwork on doors, balconies and windows, and decorative reliefs present in almost all the facades.
Almost all buildings are worth a pause, for example, the cube Drabble building and the palace Vera
Between Piedras and Tacuari, consider another obligatory stop: the Cafe Tortoni is waiting for you with the legendary spirit of having been the meeting space of leading intellectuals and artists such as Jorge Luis Borges and Carlos Gardel, who they say had an exclusive table at the end of the hall where he received his friends. Today, the walls are a living museum that tells the cultural Argentine history since 1858. Enjoy the tango shows and accompany them with the house specialty: the chocolate with churros.
When you come back to the walk, play to find the only building to clash with the architecture of the avenue: it is the present ANMAT (National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology), a work by the German rationalism, solid and austere, which belonged the company Siemens.
When you reach the 9 de Julio Avenue do not worry for cross at once -mission impossible, besides- and is useful to contemplate from one side, the Obelisk, and from the other, the mural of Evita on the facade of the Ministry of Social Development. In one of the side squares, the Quijote de la Mancha will be waiting for you to encourage you to go to Congress.
The sunset is a great time to explore this area and enjoy a stunning postcard porteña with the sky in orange and violet, and the first neon marquees to be turning slowly.
Once you cross the widest avenue in the world -the 9 de Julio avenue- analyze its architecture and the names that appear in this sector of the avenue: you will realize that the Spanish culture monopolizes the panorama in hotels, cafes and theaters. El Castelar is the magnificent hotel that you will see first, of academic profile. There, if you want, you can enter the museum room where Federico García Lorca stayed for six months for the premiere of his work Bodas de Sangre, which was presented at the Avenue, the theater that is in the next block. Opened in 1908, it hosted Spanish companies of zarzuela, theater and opera. In the same block, at number 1264, is the building where the first lift of the avenue worked. And to end the ephemeris of these last hundred meters, opposite it is the bar “Los 36 billares” with over one hundred years of history and restored to new with corresponding tables, of course, billiards.
The pilgrimage through Avenida de Mayo has attractions in all blocks
Across the street Santiago del Estero, on the north sidewalk, you will find the Majestic hotel, which was opened especially for the celebrations of the centennial of the revolution in 1910. There delegations of the guests countries stayed. And even today retains little of its splendor times-it is the building where the glamorous Federal Revenue Administration works- its facade is an example of Art Deco.
In this block, on the south side, awaits one of the most beautiful works of the city: Barolo Palace. There are guided tours during day and night to meet its interiors. It´s worth discovering this jewel of architecture built between 1919 and 1923, designed by Italian Mario Palanti. It is a 22-story building of eclectic style with a literary link: all spaces refer to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
Red domes that stand out in the last corner of the avenue before reaching Plaza del Congreso belong to the building of La inmobiliaria. On the top floor you will see the statues of Venus and Apollo.
While resting your legs on a park bench, take advantage to study the beautiful palace of Congress with its imposing green dome and do not forget to stand next to the monolith that indicates the zero kilometer from where the distances of all national routes are counted.
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