Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue), Buenos Aires

Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue), Buenos Aires

Avenida de Mayo is under a mile long and filled with Argentine history and sophisticated buildings. The avenue is named to honor the May Revolution of 1810 and was inaugurated in 1894. This famous avenue runs from Plaza de Mayo to Argentina's National Congress.
There are several impressive buildings of various architectural styles along the avenue.

The beautiful Parisian Beaux-Arts La Prensa building was built in 1898 as the headquarters of the La Prensa newspaper. Today, it serves as the Ministry of Culture.

Take the 1918 Pasaje Roverano passageway to connect to the parallel street Hipólito Yrigoyen. You'll find Pope Francis's former hairdresser in this passage.

London City Cafe has been a local and tourist favorite since 1954. The cafe has a table dedicated to author Julio Cortázar, who used to write here while enjoying coffee. The former Palacio Vera is now El Túnel; a fabulous bookseller focused on rare finds. Cafe Tortoni was founded in 1858 and is the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires. You'll step back in time while drinking a coffee or a glass of cider. The second oldest cafe, Bar Iberia, opened in 1897.

Teatro Avenida opened in 1908 and hosts opera, theatre, and traditional Spanish performances. 36 Billares was built in 1894 and is a local favorite for billiards. Palacio Barolo was built in 1923 and is one of the most impressive buildings on Avenida de Mayo. It features stunning Divine Comedy-inspired architecture.

Finally, the 1910 Inmobiliaria building features a wide range of styles from Nouveau to neoclassical.

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Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) on Map

Sight Name: Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue)
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina (See walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

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Palermo Area Walking Tour

Palermo Area Walking Tour

Situated just back from one of the main thoroughfares, Santa Fe Avenue (Avenida Santa Fe), Palermo is a relaxed and culturally delightful area full of restaurants, cafes, and wall murals. The tree-lined streets are shady and many of the older Spanish-style houses were converted into small shops without compromising their original character. It’s an excellent place in which to sample the city’s...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
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Recoleta Neighborhood Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Buenos Aires Introduction Walking Tour

Buenos Aires Introduction Walking Tour

Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. The city was first founded as Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre in 1536 by the Spanish. But this settlement was quickly abandoned in 1542, and the city was refounded in 1580. Buenos Aires boomed as a port city focused on trade.

Argentina gained independence from Spanish rule during the May Revolution of 1810. Today, the May...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
May Avenue Walking Tour

May Avenue Walking Tour

May Avenue (Avenida de Mayo) is one of the grandest and most important avenues in Buenos Aires, leading from Plaza de Mayo with the Pink House at one end, to Argentina’s National Congress building at the other. Named in honor of the May Revolution of 1810 which lead to the country’s independence from Spain, it is difficult not to compare this grand thoroughfare to other major boulevards around...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles

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