What to do in Chacarita, all the details of a not very touristy neighborhood but with many activities to enjoy!
Hotbed of culture, bars, bookstores and cafes, it is a neighborhood to which tourism has not quite reached.
Despite this, it has many spaces so you can have a day of walking through its cobblestone streets.
Here, we want to tell you everything about what to do in Chacarita.
When the City of Buenos Aires was founded, Chacarita was owned by the Jesuits, who had huge cultivated fields. In the 19th century, before the yellow fever epidemic, these fields were used for the construction of a Cemetery, later replaced by the current Chacarita Cemetery. It is estimated that the plague took 8% of the city with it, so the Recoleta Cemetery was not enough to house so many people, so that of Chacarita was of the utmost importance to combat this time. With the largest cemetery in South America, the area began its change with the arrival of the railroad, the flower shops around the cemetery, the cafes and pizzerias, and later theaters, production companies and large estates were added.
Let’s see the attractions of this beautiful and quiet Buenos Aires neighborhood:
It is a bookstore with beautiful features. Its facade is a simple brick house located in an old corner. Outside you will only see some posters and on the side of a small door, a sign of lights that will indicate if it is open or closed. When you ring the doorbell, they will make way for you to a beautiful living room, where you will want to settle in the armchairs next to the fireplace to enjoy the copies that this beautiful bookstore has. It has a patio, where you can taste a wine or tea, depending on the season of the year in which you come. Back, you will find more books, and, surely, you will end up taking one as a souvenir to return at another time for more!
THE PIZZA EMPIRE
In this case, it is a fixed meeting place, which is open 24 hours a day! Here you will have the best coffee with milk in the city, which you can accompany with warm homemade croissants!
The service is provided by great professional waiters, and you will see some interesting character, a regular in the place.
Located a few steps from the Chacarita Cemetery, you can enjoy the best pizza in the neighborhood to continue or end your tour.
As you may have seen, the Recoleta Cemetery is visited by tourists and locals, given its impressive architecture and the designs of its mausoleums. This Cemetery is not far behind, being one of the largest in South America.
As in Recoleta, there are several well-known figures here, such as Carlos Gardel, a famous tango singer who died in 1935. In turn, there are Osvaldo Pugliese and Aníbal Troilo, as well as the painter Quinquela Martín and the poet Alfonsina Storni. Here, too, was the tomb of former president Juan Domingo Perón, from which his hands were stolen in 1987.
THE ANDES PARK
Formerly, it was where the Cemetery was located. Today, it is a park divided into two sections, one more gloomy, a consequence of the time of mortality due to yellow fever; and another has a triangular shape.
It has huge jacaranda trees, which in spring, bloom and fill the landscape with a fresh violet scent, as well as a huge number of Tipas that will amaze you with their yellow flowers.
Here, you can enjoy a picnic time and take a little walk in the fresh air.
If you are interested in organic and agroecological products, you can take advantage of and visit this fair of various products. They open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located next to the train tracks, they have farm products, dairy products, orchards, pasta, condiments, nuts, cleaning products and a variety of drinks. In turn, it has a restaurant-bar that has a daily organic menu with a very accessible price. If it is a sunny day, it also has a patio set up to enjoy.
VERMUTERÍA LA FUERZA
Considered one of the places that you cannot miss to visit. A bar that was created by a group of friends, with the characteristic of highlighting the attractiveness of vermouth.
Here, they craft vermouth with local strains. Vermouth is an original drink from Spain, which has attracted great fans in Buenos Aires.
This bar managed to win the attention of the most demanding porteños.
The hours are from Monday to Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sundays and holidays from 12 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. They have the “Vermouth Hour” which is from Monday to Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and do not have a reservation system. Given the current regulations for the COVID-19 situation, the maximum people per table is 8 outdoors and 6 indoors.
Also, they have an online store for you to buy their products!