Buenos Aires: Microcentro The business and banking center of the city, with a bustling downtown atmosphere. Because it's also the national nexus for demonstrators from around the country, protests are common. Friday, Dec 9, 2005, 2:51 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Buenos Aires: Microcentro

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Galerías Pacífico
Calle Florida at Avenida Córdoba, 011-54-11/5555-5110, galeriaspacifico.com.ar
The Sistine Chapel of shopping malls. Murals by artists such as Antonio Berni adorn the cupola of this majestic 1896 building. You'll find brand names such from Levi Strauss & Co. to Yves Saint Laurent, but it's more interesting to see which local brands catch your eye. Check out Akiabara for sophisticated, hip women's wear, or Portsaid for an ultra-feminine look.

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Cinemas on Calle Lavalle
Step into the past at one of these cinemas, just west of Calle Florida. Modern movie complexes are now a dime a dozen in B.A., but the older cinemas have quaint fold-down seats and concession vendors who hawk popcorn and chocolate from trays slung around their necks. You'll also see high, rounded ceilings and grand balconies from the bygone days. Hollywood movies have Spanish subtitles. $2.40.

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