Our Barrio

Our Barrio

Buenos Aires proper (Capital Federal) is divided into 48 neighbourhoods (or barrios), with all distances measured from Congreso - the National Parliament and official heart of Buenos Aires (and Argentina). Our casas are within eight short blocks of Congreso.
Casas Rosa y Jasmin are formally in Balvanera, but because we are in the part closest to the Facultad de Medicina (Medical School), our area is often refered to as Facultad.
Our closest neighbours are:
  • Barrio Norte, Recoleta (with its famous cemetary - in walking distance of 8 blocks or use Colectivo 61 in Paso y Lavalle or 101 in Larrea y Lavalle), and Retiro (with its great intercity train and bus stations for access to other parts of Argentina, use Subtes B and E or Colectivo 132 in Larrea y Lavalle),
  • Abasto (including its famous shopping centre - Subte B or Colectivo 26 outside the door in Lavalle), and  Almagro to the West,
  • San Nicolas (including El Centro), Montserrat, (both walking distance or use Subte B), and Puerto Madero (4 stops on Subte B) to the East,
  • San Telmo and La Boca to the South-West (access to both 4 blocks to Colectivo 29 at Viamonte y Junin), and 
  • Congreso (8 blocks) and then Constitucion to the South.

Local Milongas

You don't have to walk far from our casas to find some of the best milongas in town. Both El Beso and Porteño y Bailarin in are in Riobamba, only 3 blocks away towards Obelisco.
El Beso red door
Both are world famous in the tango milieu, but you wouldn't know that from passing them on the street - the red doorway of El Beso (left) is currently surrounded by dug-up pavement.
And the shopfront of Porteño y Bailarin looks like a tourist bar.

Poteno y Baileran

Oh, but inside......... the dancing is what dreams are made of!
To check the milongas and tango classes for each day, look at the very useful www.hoy-milonga.com.

Need help for illness?

Should you need help for illness, injury or pain, we can recommend:
  • local pharmacies (including herbal, bach flowers and homeopathic remedies),
  • a good dentist (we go there ourselves),
  • a good physiotherapist (we have used him ourselves),
  • the public hospital for emergencies (4 blocks away from Casas Jasmin and Rosa, and there is also an ambulance station within 4 blocks), and/or the Italian or German hospitals, which are only a short taxi ride away. Both have some doctors that speak English. Take your passport, health insurance documents and some cash to pay for the initial visit.
NOTE: Buenos Aires doesn't have General Practitioners available for casual visits as do some countries; it appears that GPs are all attached to various health plans / hospitals. We recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance before you begin your trip to Buenos Aires.

Corrientes - the street that never sleeps
Av Corrientes
The street that never sleeps 


The Buenos Aires water reservoir

See Don & Linda Freedman's discussion

Local useful places

Nearly every block (cuadra) holds its own supermercado, which also sells wine and beer, fruit and vegetables, and has a butcher who will cut your carne for you while you wait.

Argentine carne

Several of the big chain  supermarkets (Coto, Disco, Jumbo, Carrefour) are within 4 blocks of our Casas, but the queues can be horrendous, and the staff grumpy.So for a small quantity of items we recommend the local supermercados.

Or you can buy on-line (in Spanish), and for a small fee your items will be delivered to the casa.
Small things like sweets, cold drinks, cigarettes and phone cards can be bought from the kioscos that are everywhere. The kioscos on Corrientes (1 block away) stay open 'til quite late at night.
There are also farmacías on most blocks, many specialising in Bach Flowers and homeopathic or herbal remedies. But you really need to know what to ask for in many of these shops. If you want to look at items on shelves you might be best to go to Farmacity - there is a branch quite close at Corrientes 1820.
Most blocks have a lavadero / lavandería which will wash (and, for little extra) iron your clothes. Many are also dry cleaners (tintorerías), and some will mend or alter clothes, although not usually while you wait.
You'll also find plenty of hairdressers (peluquerías) which, as well as washing, cutting and colouring your hair, offer manicures and other female mysteries. We also have information about doctors, dentists, etc, so just ask if you need to know about those.

David Duquesne

Many of our female and male guests have treated themselves to a session at David Duquesne (Uriburu 435) and liked the way the hair looked when they came out - despite the rather lurid pictures on his website.

(NOTE: The Duquesne link won't work for you if you don't have Flash on your computer. In fact about 70% of local websites won't work for you, as Flash is very popular with local web designers. And local sites are notorious for not updating their operating hours, phone numbers, email addresses and sometimes even their physical addresses. So before you jump in a taxi to go across town, it always pays to ring and check the details.)


We hope you don't have any emergencies while you are here, but if you need to know them the numbers are:

Ambulance    107
Firebrigade    100 and
Police             911

Don't bother the ordinary police if the pickpockets get you (and try to be well prepared so they don't.)

Instead, contact the Tourist Police (Tel 4346 5748) who will take your statement and give you the police report you need for your insurance. They even speak English. Best to go into one of their offices - Corrientes 436 (downtown) is closest.


Local places to buy food

Fruit and vegetables
Our casas are surrounded by green grocers (verdulerías), with their luscious fresh fruit and vegetables brightening the streets (calles), delis (queserías/fiambrerías) with their displays of cheeses and cold meats, bakeries (panaderías) or confectioners (confiterías) tempting you with pastries (media lunas) or cakes (tortas) of all descriptions, and heladerias with their mouth watering icecreams (helados), which they will deliver to the casa. You can buy the extremely addictive, caramel-filled biscuits called alfajores at the lovely Havanna cafe (a block away cnr Uriburu y Corrientes), and eat them there or bring a whole box home for treats with coffee.


For those with special dietary needs, there is a shop selling products for people with diabetes, gluten allergies, etc across the road from the entrance to Casa Jasmin. And there are several shops selling dried fruit, nuts, cereals, and related products in the same block.
The truly wonderful Tealosophy, supplier of heavenly teas of all descriptions, is in the Alvear Palace shopping arcade at Recoleta - which is not far away.  While you are there, why not experience afternoon tea in L'Orangerie, next best thing to staying at the Alvear Palace yourself!

Local deli
For buying food at the supermercado, see "Useful Places" further down this page. You can also buy very drinkable wine (vino) there - starting at about 30 pesos, as well as beer (cerveca), cider (sidra) and many other alcoholic products.
(Courtesy Abasto Shopping)
     This shopping centre is about 7 blocks from the casa.

Local Restaurants

You don't have to leave the casa to eat if you are feeling lazy or tired, because Buenos Aires has a great tradition of delivering 'just cooked' meals to our homes.You can even do it on-line, in English at Buenos Aires Delivery

Maral's restaurant

If you want to go out, there are many good basic restaurants within two blocks of our casas. We like Maral (1 block away on the corner of Uriburu and Tucuman, pictured above), but when we want empanadas or pizzas a la piedra, we usually order in from Zapi - they cook to order, so everything is fresh (2 blocks in Tucuman y Junin).

Zapi pizza

There are also many kosher restaurants around Casas Rosa y Jasmin. For security reasons these are rarely pictured on the web, but we will give you a pamphlet for kosher dining should you be interested, or you can check the list at Beit Jabad Recoleta (most on their list are in walking distance). 
If you are vegetarian, here is the Happy Cow list of all the vegetarian places in (generally carnivorous) Buenos Aires. And here is a NYT (Mar, 2010) article about vegetarian restaurants in BsAs. The great food blog Pick Up the Fork also has a good entry (2011) on where do get good food if you don't eat meat. Chinatown (in Belgrano) always has options for vegetarians, and one of the best Korean restaurants in Buenos Aires is just around the corner from us (Bi Won at Junin 548).
When you want to go further there's always the kilometer of wall to wall restaurants at Puerto Madero (just jump on the subte B and get a 40 peso taxi back when you are too full to walk). Also the great line-up outside Recoleta Cemetary, or within the Buenos AIres Design shopping centre next to the cemetary (and you could walk home afterwards for exercise). Or you can check out the various restaurant guides - ChowhoundLonely Planet, FrommersTrip Advisor, the Freedman blog (all in English),  or the Oleo Guide by barrio (in Spanish) - very comprehensive but we don't always agree with their ratings, so try for yourself. And then there is always Pick Up the Fork (did I mention that already?).

Having said all that, restaurants come and go, so we keep the latest copy of Time Out Magazine in each of the casas, so you can search out the latest places showcased there.