• English
  • Español
  • Portuguese
  • Français
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • .

Gotta go to the loo!

By Verónica Lampón, author of the blog  Vamos a pasear?
Special collaboration for Violeta Deyapa

It happens all the time. You’re walking around the city and lose track of time. Endless walking, you stop for a cup of coffee, keep on walking, drink water (must keep yourself hydrated!), walk some more…and of course, it's only normal: you gotta go!

Like in many other cities, you might think of a train station or the bus terminal as the place to go when you want clean restrooms. Unfortunately, this is not the case in our city where these public restrooms are not exactly the best ones in town.

Other cities such as Santiago de Chile or Rio de Janeiro offer public restrooms where for a few coins you have access to clean facilities.

In Buenos Aires restrooms are free in said places and for that very reason too, they are visited by thousands of people so their sanitary conditions leave a lot to be desired.

But do not fret, because if you happen to be visiting some of the city’s most popular sites you might be able to find clean and safe restrooms. You just need to know where to look!

So here's our sanitary Yapa… so you know where to go when nature comes a-calling!

 La Boca

La Boca is easy because there are so many restaurants and cafes where you're allowed to use their bathrooms without trouble. Although they might not be the cleanest sometimes. My favorite bathroom in La Boca is at Museo de Arte Proa!

When you go in just ask for the restrooms, and without paying admission take the stairs to the second floor where the cafeteria is. The restrooms are huge and clean, and while you're at it I recommend that you visit the museum's bookstore which is also great! Av. Pedro de Mendoza & Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires.

Downtown

The Galerias Pacífico shopping mall in addition to having one of the most beautiful ceilings painted by the best Argentine artists, has great public restrooms which are cleaned on a permanent basis. There’s one on each floor. Av. Córdoba & Florida, Microcentro, Buenos Aires.

The basement floor of the Aerolineas Argentinas offices, where the pedestrian Florida street begins on the South side of the city, has pretty decent washrooms. And you can print your boarding pass while you’re there. Perú 2, just a few metres away from Av. de Mayo.

Recoleta

OK, this is going to sound odd, but one of the cleanest WCs in the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta is in the cemetery. Be sure to get there before closing time: 5:30PM. Junín 1760, Recoleta, Buenos Aires.

If the cemetery has already closed, scoot over to Buenos Aires Design, the interior design mall. It’s another good option and it’s open until 10PM. Junín & Guido, Recoleta, Buenos Aires.

Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of fine Arts) has great lavatories and they’re free. If you have a little time to spare before you leave go to the first floor and check out the Argentine Art exhibition. One of the finest in town. Av. Libertador 1473.

OK. We’re all set! Let’s start walking, free from all worries. 

So, where are we going today?

Copyright © 2012. Violeta Deyapa, web: bydstudio.com