Palermo: this district is presently divided into many different smaller district units. The most commonly accepted virtual subdivisions are Palermo Chico o Barrio Parque, Palermo Viejo (subdivided into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood) and Las Cañitas. Please refer to the individual articles on these sub-districts for more information on each.
The origin of the name Palermo is still discussed, but most settled on two most widespread hypothesis: that it is related to Juan Dominguez Palermo, who in the early 17th century was the owner of the land, or that it derives from an oratory in which the image of St. Benedict the Moor, also known as St. Benedict of Palermo (who hailed from Sicily) was venerated.
Following the fall of Juan Manuel de Rosas in 1851, Palermo began to flourish. Rosas, who had led Argentina for many years, had purchased a large plot of land that was most of modern day Palermo. This land was confiscated and later transformed into the Palermo Zoo, Plaza Italia, Palermo Race Track (Hipódromo) and Parque Tres de Febrero during the President Sarmiento’s mandate during 1868-1874.
Nowadays Palermo is the largest Buenos Aires neighborhood. With nearly 350 acres of parks, wooded areas, and lakes, designed by French landscape architect Charles Thays in 1874, Palermo provides a peaceful escape from the rush of the city. Families flock there on the weekends to picnic, suntan, bicycle, in-line skate, and jog. The polo field, where the most important polo matches in the world are held, and the racetrack make this area the city's nerve center for equestrian activities.
The most elegant subdivision of Palermo is Palermo Chico or Barrio Parque with its curved and cobbled streets, its imposing historic mansions and its difficult access by public transport.
The working class of Palermo used to live near the railway. They lived in small and simple houses surrounded by warehouses and shops. This area is now known as Palermo Viejo and it is subdivided into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood.
Two decades ago this part of Palermo was populated by some artists and intellectuals who transformed it into what now is the most vibrant neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
Palermo Viejo is today synonymous of art and creativity and bohemian lifestyle. There are lots of art galleries, crafts fairs, restaurants, bars, clothing and furniture design stores, creating an attractive atmosphere.
Las Cañitas is originally the western boundary of the forests of Palermo, it used to be the "Camino de Las Cañitas", now current Luis Maria Campos Ave.. This picturesque area is located in Palermo and gained resonance with the installation of many restaurants and bars for all tastes and budgets, with a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy a good evening.
Some parts of Palermo, specially Palermo Hollywood and Las Cañitas have also an easy access from anywhere in the city once it has many important avenues through which many urban bus lines run and the subway (line D) linking the north of the city to downtown.
For more information about Palermo, view our Palermo Map, Palermo Chico Map, Palermo Hollywood Map, Palermo Soho Map, Palermo Viejo Map and Las Cañitas Map. View also Vacation Apartment Rentals in Palermo.
Things to see and do in Palermo
Things to see and do in Palermo Chico