Almagro: Places of Interest

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Anyone wanting to explore ‘the real Buenos Aires’ could easily spend a pleasant few hours wandering the streets of Almagro, an underrated middle-class neighborhood in the heart of the city.

Las Violetas Cafe

Almagro’s number one tourist attraction is the grand Las Violetas, a 125-year old confitería that instantly transports visitors to a more congenial time period.

Almagro has much more to offer than just afternoon tea though.

San Carlos Church & Basilica

The Basilica and Cathedral in the Almagro neighborhood.
The San Carlos Cathedral

A short walk from Las Violetas is the imposing Romanesque revival style Inglesía y Basílica San Carlos Borromeo. Completed in 1878, is considered one of most beautiful churches in Buenos Aires.

While there, stroll Pasaje San Carlos, a charming 50-meter footpath alongside the cathedral.

Plaza Almagro  & Sunday Book Fair

From there, head to the unimaginatively named square, Plaza Almagro the neighborhood’s only plaza. Here kids giggle on the merry-go-round, old men are engrossed in games of chess on the checkered tables and carnival troupes practice their dancing or drum beats.

On Saturday mornings in the plaza there is a food/second-hand goods market and on Sundays there’s a book fair.

A centerpiece in the plaza plays monument to the Argentine flag and a headstone represents Vicente San Lorenzo, author of the tango song named after the barrio, a favorite of crooner Carlos Gardel.

Tango in Almagro

A Fileteo sign for the 'Casa de Tango' Tango Hall in Almagro

Tango-lovers can dance the night away at the bohemian milonga La Catedral, or head to Lo de Roberto for some cramped authentic warbling. Serious tango aficionados may want to check out the Fundación Casa de Tango, founded by musician, Osvaldo Pugliese, for seminars, classes and shows.

Almagro Flower Market

Close to the main square along Acuña de Figeroa is the Almagro flower market, purported to be the largest in Latin America.

Argentina is the third biggest consumer of flowers in the world and Almagro’s market moves 400,000 baskets of flowers per year.

The shops are open 24 hours just in case you really need a bunch of roses at four in the morning to apologize for some tango-related disaster.

Rumors persist about the availability of illegal substances at the market, which helps to explain how it could be economically feasible to keep a flower stand open all night.

Murgas and Miscellaneous

Seasonal party-goers should take note that Almagro has one of the biggest corsos (parades) in the city during February’s carnival season.

Head to Corrientes and Medrano to see murga carnival dance groups dancing, singing and chanting and soak up the party atmosphere.

Though not really a tourist destination, Almagro is also home to Latin America’s first library for the blind.

Today the library offers an abundance of activities for the seeing-impaired and participates in the Buenos Aires’ largest yearly event, the Feria del Libro.

Another source of neighborhood pride is the famous and the very old school, Almagro Boxing Club.

This is the seat of the Argentine Boxing Federation and is where world champion Pedro Decima trained.

Much of Almagro’s pride is wrapped up in the home team, the San Lorenzo soccer club, considered one of the city’s top five teams.

The club undertook a long legal battle to try to reclaim their stadium in nearby Boedo.

They say they were forced to sell the stadium during Argentina’s brutal military dictatorship.

The problem is there is now a large supermarket on their beloved ground. Club members have been protesting about this issue for years.

In 2019 San Lorenzo was able to buy back the land that their stadium, Viejo Gasómetro is on and fans are anticipating the construction of a new stadium.

Getting to Almagro

Subte: Take the B line till Medrano, or the A line until Castro Barros.

Buses: 2, 5, 7, 8, 19, 24, 26, 36,  56, 65, 71, 75, 84, 85, 86, 88, 92, 96, 99,  103, 104, 105, 109,  115, 124, 127 128, 132, 141, 151, 160, 165, 168, 180, 181

San Carlos Church & Basilica
Quintino Bocayuva 144

Plaza Almagro
Sarmiento & Juan Domingo Perón

La Catedral
Sarmiento 4006

Bar de Roberto
Bulnes 331

Fundación Casa de Tango
Guardia Vieja 4049
Tel: 4863-0463

Almagro Flower Market
Acuña de Figeroa y Sarmiento

Almagro Boxing Club
Diaz Vélez 4422

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