Size (Sq Km): 4.1
Measured on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low, 10 = high)
|Safety Factor, Day: 7.5||Tourism: 6.5|
|Safety Factor, Night: 5.5||Traffic: 8|
|Abasto Tourism: 8.5||Nightlife: 6|
|Average Prices: 6|
*Careful around Abasto at night; Plaza Once borders this subsection and can be a bit seedy, to say the least.
Transportation: Buses: 15 (to and from Palermo), 168 (to and from Belgrano), 36 (to and from Plaza Italia) and many more
Subway: A-line: Castro Barros (Rivadavia 4000), B-line: Medrano (Corrientes 4000), Carlos Gardel (Corrientes 3300)
La Onda (The Vibe):
The crossroads of Buenos Aires, cars and buses frequently pass through this area to venture into, out of, or through the center of town. There are parts of this barrio or neighborhood that are quiet and you’ll find that Almagro is more authentically Porteño (representative of Buenos Aires) than some of the other wealthier neighborhoods.
Attractions: Along with neighborhoods Caballito and Villa Crespo, Almagro is the home of a slice of Parque Centenario, which lies at the intersection of each of these three neighborhoods. With winding paths that coalesce at a large fountain, this park attracts many a friendly visitor on a sunny day. On weekends, it hosts a large flea market that wraps around the fringe of this park.
Almagro is also home to one of the largest flower markets in the world. Just a few blocks from its plaza you’ll find row after row of flower shops, which collectively produce a total of 400,000 bouquets annually, the third-largest producer in the world. At first glance, this floral market may not appear as colossal as its statistics indicate, but nevertheless, this fair promises to pleasure the senses.
As a frequently visited area of Buenos Aires, the Abasto subsection of Almagro—lying between Almargo and Balvanera—clings heavily to its tango roots. Here, you can find the Carlos Gardel Museum (Jean Jaures 735), the famous Esquina de Carlos Gardel Tango Show and plenty of colorful houses where every other garage has been proudly branded with the legendary Gardel portrait. Also many tango schools and milongas line the street Anchorena and dot the area.
The large and in-charge Abasto shopping mall boasts 4 floors of trendy shops and houses one of Buenos Aires’ largest movie theatres. Be sure to swing by on the weekend to observe the collection of adolescents that gather on the steps of the Agüero side of the mall. The 80’s are back, radical! …and so is hip hop, EMO and a mixture of other extremely trendy styles that we cannot define.
History: During the 18th century, most of Almagro was owned by two wealthy men of status: Carlos de los Santos Valente, a Portuguese merchant, and Juan María de Almagro y de la Torre, a Spanish barrister. Both opposed urban development and Almagro was a center for dairy farming. Over the course of the 19th century, however, this barrio became an industrial center and the home to a series of factories producing brick.
At the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood really began to blossom with the introduction of a tramway, followed by a massive influx of Basque and Italian immigrants. By the 1930’s, Almagro had gained popularity for its proximity to the Abasto market where Carlos Gardel made his name and even composed the tango Almagro.
Random Fact(s): September 28th is Almagro Day.
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*Complete Guide to Almagro