Funky, classy and athletic: Nuñez is the insider’s face of Buenos Aires

By Tracey Chandler

If you love tennis, rock concerts, 70s club nights and premier league football, Nuñez is the Buenos Aires neighborhood where you should be spending all of your time. Owing to its specific location, edging on the outskirts of Capital Federal (the center of Buenos Aires), Nuñez is one of the neighborhoods in Buenos Aires which fills its visitors and inhabitants alike with a feeling of expansion, space and freedom.

Getting around:

At the end of the subte line, Line D (the green line), lies the station, Congreso de Tucumán. If you get off at this station, technically you are in Nuñez, but the feeling of expansion and space is not something you will feel from the surrounding neighborhood until you walk away from the main street (Avenida Cabildo) and towards the Mitre train line, the river and beyond.

The 15, 29, 59, 60, 68, 130, and 152 bus routes will all take you out of the center and drop in different parts of the Nuñez neighborhood and you will begin to recognize that you are approaching a different kind of Buenos Aires when the streets start to look wider and when the people begin to disappear.

It’s all about tennis:

One of the most important pastimes taken up by the inhabitants of Nuñez (or neighboring areas), without of course taking football into consideration, is tennis. If you love to play tennis, if you would like to learn, if you enjoy the environment within professional and semi-professional tennis clubs, Nuñez is the neighborhood for you. 

There are lots of tennis clubs to choose from and you can opt to have your own personal trainer to help you become the kind of tennis player you are only in your dreams. In fact, even if you are only in Buenos Aires for a short time, you can still participate in short courses or one-off lessons in almost all of the tennis clubs in the area.

What’s more, most tennis clubs are situated within really pretty grounds, with large outdoor swimming pools and relaxing clubs where you can meet friends for a drink after training. Lots of Argentines spend their summer afternoons during the weekends in the comfort of these clubs, so the environments are always pleasantly lively.

A good place to start looking is the site TennisLessons.com, which lists a whole host of different ways to get involved with the tennis scene offered in Nuñez.

River Plate Stadium:

Without a doubt, one of the most important and most popular places in Buenos Aires is The River Plate Stadium in Nuñez. It is an international center for musicians all over the world and the heart and soul of the River Football Team, life-long arch-enemies of La Boca Football Team, who are based on the other side of the city in La Bombonera.

In recent months, big names including Roger Waters and Pearl Jam have travelled to entertain the music-loving public of Buenos Aires in the River Plate Stadium so whenever you happen to be dropping in on the city it is well worth checking out the line-up to see who might be playing when you’re going to be in town.

However, if sport is your main love you must make sure that you get to see a football match at River. The atmosphere inside the stadium is nothing short of amazing. Check the River Plate Stadium Website for directions about how to arrive and dates to add to your diary.

Club 74:

Club 74, located directly opposite the River Plate Stadium (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7474), is a fun, funky place to spend the evening with friends. The night will be full of laughter and real relaxation. The music, mainly funky 70s, will really send you up into the emotional clouds of euphoria and the style of the club is very different to the majority that you will now find popping up all over the place in Palermo, for example.

If you don’t love watching John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, this is not the club for you, but if you are a fan of all things kitsch, you should definitely give this place a try. Like most of the things in Nuñez, Club 74 opens up a Buenos Aires not really encountered by the majority of people who normally keep themselves to the confines of the central neighborhoods.

Let your hair down and experience a different kind of Buenos Aires in the psychedelic madness of Club 74.

Sporty and funky… Nuñez is all about recreational class.

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