Palermo is a large and lively barrio in Buenos Aires. The area was started by the dictator Juan Manual de Rosas that built gorgeous parks as playgrounds for Argentina's elite. The parks are now visited by locals of every economic standing.
Palermo is broken up into the sub-areas of Palermo Viejo, Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and Palermo Holywood. Although understanding the difference among each area may be difficult to the casual tourist, one needs to know and visit two parts of Palermo: Palermo Viejo and Palermo Park.
The area of Palermo Viejo(Old Palermo) started out as the favorite place for bohemians and intellectuals tied to arts and literature.
Today it is a hip neighborhood that is frequented by young people.
Palermo Viejo has become a gastronomic center with more than forty bars and restaurants,
which are in the able hands of young and creative chefs. The food offered offers is ethnic in Mediterranean
and international genres as well as authentical tapas bars in old, renovated houses with courtyards, terraces
and sidewalk tables.
Palermo Viejo is an area also known for being full of new designer clothes and decoration shops.
Plaza Serrano (Also known as Plaza Cortazar)
The main square in Palermo Viejo is Plaza Serrano.
Boutiques and restaurants are prominent during the day while trendy bars rule all the hours of the night.
The massive park in Palermo features beautiful lakes, a rose garden(Rosedal), a Japanese garden, the Buenos Aires Zoo, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, and even a Hippodrome.
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