El Abasto

El Abasto information

Location
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Address
cnr Avs Corrientes & Anchorena
Telephone
+54 4959 3400
Getting there
Underground Rail: Línea B Carlos Gardel
More information
www.abasto-shopping.com.ar
Opening hours
10am-10pm
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The bustling barrios of Abasto and Once, while a little dodgy at night, are part of the ‘real’ Buenos Aires that’s largely unaffected by the tourist trade. Walk west from Congreso along Av Corrientes, or take a quick taxi or Subte ride, to reach this cultural melting pot and commercial district crammed with colorful fabric shops and family-run Jewish and Peruvian eateries. The neighborhood’s centerpiece is the historic Mercado de Abasto, previously a massive fresh produce market and now a beautifully restored structure that houses the shopping mall called simply El Abasto . Nearby, on a gentrified street off Av Anchorena is the former home of tango legend Carlos Gardel – now the small but fascinating Museo Casa Carlos Gardel . The small tasting cellar at 0800-Vino is just a stone’s throw from the tango legend’s homestead, and one of the city’s premiere alternative theater spaces and cultural centers, the bohemian Ciudad Cultural Konex , is housed in a renovated factory a few blocks away.