Some cities just nail it with their attention to parks, and Buenos Aires is reigns high on that list. Beautiful leafy spaces sit in almost every neighborhood, and the laidback, mate-drinking social lifestyle that most Porteños enjoy leads to these parks being full of life every weekend. Find some balance in exploring this bustling city and spend an afternoon or two in one of these amazing parks- relax like the locals do.

 

The Best Parks Buenos Aires, Argentina (Blog Post)--- The Borderless Project

 

Here are our 8 favorite parks in Buenos Aires, for hanging out with friends, escaping into nature, finding a quiet spot to jog, or even checking off some of the must-see points of interest of Buenos Aires! We’ve shared why we love them, why you can’t miss them, and what to do at each (as well as the popular “things to do” they’re close to so you can maximize your time in the city!). Grab your picnic blanket and sunglasses…

 

1. Bosques de Palermo (aka Parque Tres de Febrero)

This has to be one of the most beautiful parks in any major city, and is one of our favorite spots in Buenos Aires that you can’t miss. A giant urban park complete with a lake full of swans and paddle boats, an elaborate rose garden, Planetarium, and a million beautiful bridges and gazebos for admiring the views, we love the Bosques de Palermo. The name means “Palermo Forest” in English, and it’s the perfect name as it’s much more a forest than a park.

What to do: Bring a picnic blanket and sprawl out with friends, maté, and books in front of the pond like the Porteños do. Make sure to wander through the exquisite El Rosedal (rose gardens), or make a rainy day activity out of the Planetarium (they also have amazing shows at night sometimes, check their site!). You’ll see plenty of locals jogging through, but we love to sit and admire here.

 

Where: Between Libertador & Gigueroa Alcorta Avenues (in Palermo)

 

Bosques de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina --- The Borderless Project

 

2. Jardin Japones

Another of our must-sees in the city, this is a popular point of interest more than just a park. The Japanese Garden (the largest outside of Japan), is an incredibly serene oasis that will make you forget you’re surrounded by the swanky high-rises of Recoleta. It’s a public space made by the Japanese-Argentine Cultural Foundation, and is a mini-Japan in the Argentine capital city. The giant carp pond sits in the center with a trail that wraps around, and as you follow this trail you’ll see classic Japanese structures, plants, decorations and even a Buddhist temple and a tea house. The bright red bridge and lanterns sit amongst the tranquil greenery, stimulating yet relaxing at all once.

What to do: First, make sure to bring cash! This park isn’t free (entrance is just a few dollars), but even as budget backpackers we felt it was totally worth it. Students and residents get discounts. Our favorite things to do here are bringing a book if it’s a weekday and you want to relax (it’s a little too busy on the weekends for undisturbed reading), checking out the crazy Bonsai collection in the greenhouse, placing a wish paper on the trees outside the gift shop (Tanabata), and eating at the very good sushi restaurant inside.

Where: Casares and Avenida del Libertador

(Hours: 10am-6pm every day.)

 

Jardin Japones Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina --- The Borderless Project

 

3. Parque de las Heras

In the middle of cool, young Palermo Soho (former home of classic writer Jorge Luis Borges) is Parque de las Heras. If you’re wondering where to go in Buenos Aires to find the cool kids, you can look no further. The vibe runs strong in this park- you’ll see casually trendy locals drinking beer in the sun with their friends, sunbathing, maybe juggling or playing guitar and just hanging out. It’s surrounded by awesome bars and restaurants, so it’s the perfect spot to combine with exploring this favorite neighborhood of ours (well, it’s kind of everyone’s favorite).

What to do: Come on a weekend, bring a picnic and some beers, and make new friends! Because of the fun young vibe it’s easy to meet locals and nobody says no to a cold beer on a hot day. Explore the area before or afterwards.

Where: Avenida French, Palermo Soho

 

The Rpse Garden at Bosques de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina --- The Borderless Project

 

4. Parque Recoleta

Right in front of the Recoleta Cemetery, this beautiful green space is a tidy little park that houses a lot of action. On the weekends, you’ll find the stalls of the Feria Recoleta set up on the greens, with food carts and the sounds of street performers filling the air. Don’t be spooked because it sits in front of the Cemetery- it’s actually one of the most popular things to see in Buenos Aires. Next to the cemetery you’ll also see the Fine Arts museum, both presenting beautiful facades on display for the park.

What to do: Combine it with a trip to any or all of these points of interest above. Come on the weekend if you want the bustle, come on a weekday if you want to rest in the serenity of this tranquil spot. Only a block or two in any direction and you’ll be back in the thick of it, so it’s as convenient as can be!

Where: Begins at Junin 1760, extending all the way to Plaza Francia (in Recoleta)

 

Parque Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina --- The Borderless Project

5. Parque Lezama

This park, right in the middle of San Telmo, is great for relaxing after weaving through the crowds of the San Telmo market. Sit under the trees with a maté or cold drink, lay down and look at the sky, and relax before heading back to the bustling quarter. We like this one because it’s so convenient, and perfect for the Sunday laziness that the market (and all the eating you do there) usually inspires.

What to do: Bring friends and a casual picnic of goodies from the San Telmo market!

Where: San Telmo (Corner of Brazil & Defensa)

 

Ducks in the lake in Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina --- The Borderless Project

 

6. Plaza de las Naciones Unidas

The green area here isn’t as large as the others, but it comes with an increased art value of the beautiful giant metal flower sculpture in the middle! The Floralis Genérica is a beautiful piece of art in the middle of the square, and opens and closes in the morning and evening as a real flower would.

What to do: Go mainly to see the flower. You’ll want to add that to your to-do list anyways! So if you can combine it with a lie-down in the park, that’s a win-win.

Where: Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 2263, Recoleta

 

Floralis Generica at Plaza Naciones Unidas in Buenos Aires, Argentina --- The Borderless Project

 

7. Barrancas de Belgrano

This park is tucked away right in the center of the leafy, upscale neighborhood. It has ancient, incredible winding trees that largely block out the sound of traffic around you, but while the rolling knolls are beautiful we mainly like it because you’ll often see locals performing tango on the main bandstand!

What to do: Cross your fingers for some tango performers! If some are on the bandstand, you can relax on the grass and watch them go!

Where: The corner of La Pampa & Arribeña

 

Jardin Japones Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- The Borderless Project

 

8. Parque Centenario

This one is right near the university so you’ll see tons of young people and activity. We love the beautiful pond in the middle, and the mixture of sunny patches for sun-batching and leafy trees to relax under. This is a good one for those spending more time in the city, as it’s not as convenient as others, and because the main focus is working out or escaping the city.

What to do: Most people here are jogging, reading or sunbathing!

Where: Between Avenida Angel Gallardo & Rio de Janeiro

 

Tanabata in Jardin Japons Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- The Borderless Project

 

Those are our top 8 parks in Buenos Aires- but we know there are so many more! If you have any other favorite natural oases in the city, share them with us below!

 

 

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