While San Telmo gets much of the attention as the center of tango culture in the Argentine capital, the neighborhood of Abasto has equally deep roots. It was in this barrio just outside the city center where Carlos Gardel, the nation’s most famous tango star of the 1920s and 1930s, lived. While off the typical tourist track, present day Abasto is home to many milongas where visitors can come practice the tango, as well as Casa Carlos Gardel, a small museum dedicated to the singer.
If you don’t come for the tango, come for the shopping. Barrio del Abasto is anchored by the Abasto Shopping Center, one of the biggest and best commercial centers. Formerly a produce market, the mall within the brilliantly restored historic building now features top local and international brands, as well as a cinema.
Barrio del Abasto is also home of the largest Jewish population in Buenos Aires. Scattered throughout the neighborhood visitors will find temples and restaurants, including the only kosher McDonalds outside Israel.
The easiest way to reach Barrio del Abasto is to take subway Line B to Carlos Gardel station.