Nevertheless, one of the most significant events was the expulsion of British troops who occupied Buenos Aires. The area was called “Campo de la Gloria” in honor to this. The General San Martín Granaderos a Caballo corps established its barracks here. It was in 1878 that the square got its definite name honoring San Martín´s hundredth birthdate.
Magnificent buildings which house today elegant hotels and government offices rise around plaza San Martín. International clothes brands coexist on Florida street with retail stores offering exclusive products of Argentine manufacture. Further ahead, on streets Reconquista and San Martín, a flourishing bar district specializing in beer is the perfect choice for the early evening, when two drinks for the price of one is an excellent argument to meet new people. Arroyo street concentrates art galleries exposing the work of well known contemporary artists.