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A guide to local favorites in Almagro

Customers inside Guarda la Vieja.
  • By Abel Escudero Zadrayec
  • Photos by Erica Canepa
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This artistic, bohemian area, near the Medrano (Line B) and Castro Barros (Line A) metro stations, barely registers the bustle of its noisy neighbor, Palermo. In Almagro, you’ll see why Buenos Aires is considered the capital of indie theater in Latin America. Enjoy live music, a range of cuisines and a place to tango, if you dare.

Meet Abel Escudero Zadrayec

After spending seven years in Buenos Aires in the '90s and early 2000s, Abel moved back in 2016. He’s proudly “bahiense” — that is, from Bahía Blanca, the home of former NBA star Manu Ginobili and Nobel Prize winner César Milstein. Abel loves fútbol, asado, IPAs and traveling.

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Almagro

El Imaginario Cultural Bar
Past the ornate facade is a bunker for artists that has live performances, movies, wine, craft beer and pizza (the provolone is great).
El Imaginario Cultural Bar, Guardia Vieja 3799. Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Camarín de las Musas
“The dressing room of the Muses” hosts stage plays, art workshops and a pleasantly quiet restaurant serving light fare.
El Camarín de las Musas, Mario Bravo 960. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Espacio Callejón
Go through the alley and experience independent theater. Before or after (or both), grab a drink in its radiant bar.
Espacio Callejón, Humahuaca 3759. Buenos Aires, Argentina
DNI Tango
Want to learn to dance? Ask for a free lesson. You can buy tango clothes here, too.
DNI Tango, Bulnes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Los Orientales
Be patient — this inexpensive, diner-style eatery of quintessential Argentine food tends to be full, probably because it sells the best milanesas (breaded meats) in town. It’s closed Sundays.
Los Orientales, Av. Rivadavia 3981. Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Cantina de Pierino
At this Italian restaurant, run by the same family for generations, eat great pasta, followed by the tiramisu. On Sundays, it’s best to book a table.
La Cantina de Pierino, Lavalle 3499. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guarda La Vieja
Indulge in unforgettable pizzas and picadas (finger foods) in a cool environment surrounded by art. There’s a nice patio, too.
Guarda La Vieja, Billinghurst 699. Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Abel Escudero Zadrayec
After spending seven years in Buenos Aires in the '90s and early 2000s, Abel moved back in 2016. He’s proudly “bahiense” — that is, from Bahía Blanca, the home of former NBA star Manu Ginobili and Nobel Prize winner César Milstein. Abel loves fútbol, asado, IPAs and traveling.
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Erica Canepa
Erica is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Buenos Aires.
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