5 Secret Gardens in Buenos Aires

Secret Gardens in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires’ secret gardens offer you a break from the hectic city.

Add one or more of these hidden gems in the city to experience something different on your trip to Buenos Aires and get a well-deserved break.

Some of the gardens offer an opportunity to grab a quick lunch or dinner in their restaurants.

While others are just beautiful gardens you would never imagine existed in the middle of Buenos Aires’ chaos.

Let’s dive into 5 amazing secret gardens in Buenos Aires!

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Buenos Aires' secret gardens offer you a fantastic break from the hectic city.

The Secret Garden of Museo de la Larreta

This secret garden in Buenos Aires is located inside Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta (Museum of Spanish Art Enrique Larreta). The museum is located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Belgrano, close to Barrancas de Belgrano.

The museum is located in a huge mansion that used to be the home of the Argentine writer Enrique Larreta. As the name indicates the museum promotes Spanish art in Argentina and the garden definitely contributes to the Spanish feeling.

From the outside, it is hard to see what is going on behind the tall white brick walls. Inside the beautiful secret garden reveals itself.

Buenos Aires' secret gardens offer you a fantastic break from the hectic city.

If you don’t feel like visiting the museum but still want to get a peak at the garden, there is a café around the corner (on the street Vuelta de Obligado) which is located inside the museum’s garden.

The museum only charges a small entrance.

The opening hours for the Museum of Spanish Art Enrique Larreta:

  • Monday – Friday, 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, and Argentine holidays, 10 am to 8 pm.

Location: Avenida Juramento 2291, Belgrano

Buenos Aires' secret gardens offer you a fantastic break from the hectic city.

The Secret Garden of Museo de Richardo Rojas

Inside the Museum for Ricardo Rojas, an Argentine writer and journalist, you will find another of the beautiful secret garden in Buenos Aires. The museum is located in the neighborhood of Palermo.

Once you enter through a huge wooden door, you are drawn directly to the beautiful Spanish-inspired patio. The patio combines elements of colonial architecture, Muslim architecture, and Roman architecture.

The museum focuses on the writer’s collections of books from Argentina, Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries. Every now and then, the museum also organizes different cultural events such as concerts.

The entrance to the museum is free. No reservation is needed. Read more on their website (link in Spanish).

The opening hours for Museo Ricardo Rojas:

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm
  • Closed on Monday and Sunday.

Location: Charcas 2837, Palermo

The Secret Garden of Palacio Noel

Behind a huge brick wall in the neighborhood of Retiro, you will find Palacio Noel: a neo-colonial mansion with a huge Spanish influence.

The Spanish influence is especially reflected in the beautiful Andalucian garden that surrounds the building.

Since 1943, Palacio Noel has been the home of a Hispanic Art Museum, Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco. The museum’s collection includes different artistic objects from the colonial area up until Argentina’s independence.

Buenos Aires' secret gardens offer you a fantastic break from the hectic city.

The building itself was built in the 1920s by architect Martín Noel from who it got its name, Palacio Noel.

The museum itself isn’t very large. But the combination of the beautiful Spanish-inspired mansion hidden between skyscrapers and the Andalucian garden is worth the trip there.

There is a small entrance fee – currently $500 ARG (apr. 2 USD). Remember to check their website (link in Spanish) for updates beforehand.

The opening hours for Palacio Noel:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11 am to 7 pm.
  • Saturday, Sundays, and some Argentine holidays, 11 am to 8 pm.
  • Closed on Tuesdays.

Location: Suipacha 1422, Retiro

Buenos Aires' secret gardens offer you a fantastic break from the hectic city.

The Secret Garden of Convento de San Ramón Nonato

In the middle of downtown Buenos Aires and only a few meters from Plaza de Mayo, you can find an old monastery, the Convent of San Ramón Nonato, with a beautiful interior garden.

The monastery dates back to 1603 and it was built in connection with one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires, Basílica de la Merced.

Today there is a restaurant, El Patio, functioning in the old building and taking advantage of the beautiful garden. Read more about El Patio here (link in Spanish).

This is the perfect spot if you want to break from the hectic streets of Downtown Buenos Aires and get something to eat at the same time.

Location: Reconquista 269, Microcentro/Downtown

The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires isn’t so much of a secret garden in Buenos Aires as the three others on the list. But it is still worth mentioning.

The Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires is located by the side of Bosques de Palermo and is a huge garden in traditional Japanese style. The garden features a wide variety of plants and a pond with small islands connected with red-painted bridges.

The garden was inaugurated in 1967 to accompany an official visit from Japan to Buenos Aires. The Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires is one of the largest Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Inside the Japanese Garden, you also have a restaurant serving traditional Japanese food.

The entrance is (at the moment of writing) around 400 ARG (Apr. 3 USD). Read more here (link in Spanish).

The opening hours for the Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires:

  • Every day from 10 am to 7.45 pm

Location: Avenida Casares 3401, Palermo

Buenos Aires' secret gardens offer you a fantastic break from the hectic city.

Have you visited any of these secret gardens in Buenos Aires? Which is your favorite? Would you add any of these to your Buenos Aires itinerary? Share your thoughts and knowledge below!

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14 comments

  1. ANUKRATI DOSI

    The secret garden of Palacio Noel looks lovely. I appreciate the concept of your blog post.

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much for dropping by, Anukrati! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this post about secret gardens 🙂

      Reply

  2. Kathryn

    I’ve not been to Buenos Aires yet, but these look like a great way to spend some time there. Love exploring a secret garden when traveling! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much for dropping by, Kathryn! Yes, I definitely agree! I think exploring these less common and touristic places is a great way to explore something different when traveling. I hope you’ll be able to make it to Buenos Aires one day to experience them for yourself 🙂

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  3. Terri

    I love visiting Japanese gardens when I travel. They are so zen. I wish I saw this garden on my tour of Buenos Aires. But the Receleto cemetery is incredible.

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much, Terri, for dropping by my blog! Yes, the Japanese gardens are just so pretty. I was surprised to learn that the Japanese garden in Buenos Aires is one of the biggest outside Japan.

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  4. Jasmina

    I love exploring gardens when I travel and those gardens look so pretty.

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much, Jasmina! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the post and learning more about the secret gardens in BA 🙂

      Reply

  5. Joanna

    I haven’t been to Buenos Aires since 2003. It was only a short visit and I didn’t get to any gardens. I get a lot of pleasure out if visiting gardens wherever I can. I would definitely take the time to visit any it all of these next time in Buenos Aires. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much for dropping by, Joanna! I hope that you will have time to visit some of these gardens on your next trip to Buenos Aires 🙂

      Reply

  6. Amy

    What a lovely idea for a visit! We hope to get to Argentina in 2024. I’ll bookmark this post for that trip.
    I love that image you took of Palacio Noel where you can see the garden through the door. Well done.

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    1. Rebecca

      That is so great to hear, Amy! Thank you so much for dropping by and reading along 🙂 I hope you’ll have time to visit one or two of these gardens when you visit Buenos Aires! Feel free to reach out if you need more BA tips!

      Reply

  7. Chelsea Messina

    I love this post! Visiting the different gardens when I travel is becoming a new favorite of mine. Saving this for later.

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much, Chelsea, for dropping by my blog! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the post! It is so lovely to visit gardens and parks while on city trip 🙂

      Reply

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