Almagro is positioned west of Buenos Aires’ business district (Microcentro) just past Balvanera (which is far more generally recognized by its 3 districts Abasto, Congreso and Once). It lies between Av. Independencia and Av. Cordoba and straddles Av. Rivadavia.
Almagro has always been a special district as so a lot of different elements of life in Buenos Aires come together in this neighborhood (barrio). Nation homes (quintas) boarding homes (conventillos), schools, factories, churches, clubs, tango, poetry, political figures and more all come collectively in peaceful coexistence in this distinctive location.
There has been some discussion concerning the origin of the name of this barrio. Some say it was named for an 18th century Spanish barrister who owned much of the region, Don Juan Maria Almagro y de la Torre, whilst other individuals attribute the name to his son and inheritor of the lands, Don Juan M. Almagro.
The Almagro family members bought this land, originally element of the San Jose de Flores barrio, in 1839 and set up their quinta on the corner of Av. Rivadavia and Medrano. These days at that very corner you can discover Las Violetas, one of the most distinguished coffee homes in Buenos Aires.
The very first people to live in Almagro have been the Basoues (Indo-Europeans whose origins lie in the southwest of France and north of Spain) and were later followed by the Italians. Conventillos (boarding houses) rapidly sprung up around the region to accommodate the influx of immigrants, many of which became well-known such as La Cueva Negra, exactly where colored individuals lived and Maria la Luna, noted for its fights amongst its many neighbors.
For the duration of the 18th century, Juan Maria de Almagro and Carlos de los Santos Valente, a Portuguese merchant owned most of Almagro and had been fiercely opposed to urban improvement and Almagro remained a center for dairy farming throughout that period.
With the development of the west line of the train technique, over the course of the 19th century, Almagro became and crucial industrial center and residence to a series of hotels, warehouses and brick creating factories.
By the turn of the 20th century, Almagro started to blossom into the barrio we know it as right now with the introduction of a tramway. By the 1930´s the neighborhood gained popularity for its proximity to the farmer market (the Abasto, now a modern day buying mall) exactly where Carlos Gardel became well-known (he even composed a tango entitled Almagro).
Almagro These days
These days Almagro is a sort of crossroads of Buenos Aires with cars, buses and a subway (subte) passing by means of this location on their way into (or out of) the center of town (Microcentro). A busy commercial center with all the hustle and bustle of high-rise apartments, modern Almagro is much more authentically porteno than other nearby neighborhoods such as Palermo and Recoleta.
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Almagro shares Parque Centenario along with the barrios of Caballito and Villa Crespo. With its winding paths surrounding a massive fountain and its weekend marketplace, this park attracts several visitors, particularly on sunny afternoons.
As noted above, in Almagro you can find Las Violetas, one particular of the most distinguished coffee homes in Buenos Aires, located at the corner of Medrano and Av. Rivadavia.
Almagro is also residence to a single of the world´s largest flower markets positioned at Acuña de Figeroa street.
Plaza Almagro park, positioned on Sarmiento street attributes a book fair on Sundays and a popular children’s playground.
Positioned just outdoors Almagro in the Abasto district (which it shares with Balvanera) one can locate a a lot more touristy region with wealthy roots in tango. Here you will locate the Carlos Gardel Museum (positioned at Jean Jaures 735), a lot of tango shops and restaurants, and lots of colorful houses with portraits of Gardel.
Just outdoors Almagro you will also discover the Abasto Shopping Center, initially a farmers´market, which has been converted into a contemporary shopping mall with four floors of trendy shops, a big movie theater, a children´s museum and an indoor amusement park.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Almagro has a select quantity of choices for restaurants and nightlife that you can enjoy. Right here are a handful of to get you started:
Los Sabios (Corrientes 3733): an all-you-can-consume buffet of vegetarian cuisine run by a group of Buddhists. It a rather plain hunting establishment but a fantastic deal for the price range conscious lover of meals.
Bar de Roberto (Bulnes 331): a bohemian dive bar that characteristics some excellent reside music.
La Catedral (Sarmiento 4006): a quite hip tango establishment catering primarily to the younger crowd. Get there at 8pm and you can take pleasure in taking some tango classes.
On the 28 of September falls the yearly Día del Barrio de Almagro or ” Almagro Neighborhood Day which is marked by celebrations across the primary points of the barrio.
Pros and Cons
If you want to really feel authentic porteno Buenos Aires, Almagro is a wonderful place to go. Ideally located subsequent to Palermo and just a couple of blocks from Recoleta, Almagro is a wonderful place and quite affordable.
On the other hand with its industrial nature Almagro does not supply as numerous entertainment alternatives as locations like Palermo, Recoleta and San Telmo do.
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