The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Caballito, Buenos Aires

Photo of Madeleine Bazil
9 February 2017

Caballito, a neighbourhood located in the geographical center of Buenos Aires, is a bundle of delightful contradictions. Historically, it was a weekend escape for the wealthy denizens of the city, whose glorious mansions still stand. Today, it’s also the site of the University of Buenos Aires’ Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, the students injecting liveliness to the neighborhood. Caballito, often overlooked, has much to offer; read on for ten of the best things to do and see there.

Caballito, Buenos Aires | © Beatrice Murch/Flickr

Explore Parque Centenario

Constructed in 1910, this large urban park fell into neglect in the mid to late 20th century, a Juan Perón-built amphitheatre destroyed by arson in 1959, a Perlotti sculpture stolen in 1989, and the entire park suffering from decay. Fortunately, the park was restored several years ago, ending in 2009, and it has been restored to its original glory. Take some time out of a busy day to relax by the swan lake or check out the new amphitheatre, which has seen performances by the City Tango Orchestra.

Parque Centenario, Angel Av. Y Marechal, Leopoldo s/n, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Check out the market at Parque Rivadavia

Parque Rivadavia
Parque Rivadavia | © Roberto Fiadone/WikiCommons
Another beautiful urban green space in Caballito, Parque Rivadavia plays host to a market where keen collectors can find vintage records, old books, and more. On Sundays, the amphitheatre puts on free shows for children, who also have the option of taking a spin on the carousel. All shopped out? Don’t leave the park before getting a glimpse of the impressive white marble monument to Simon Bolivar, which stands eleven meters tall and twenty-two wide.

Admire the English District

Caballito’s historic mansions, primarily built in Fin de Siècle style, remain impeccably preserved to this day. Take a stroll along the verdant streets of the barrio to get a good look at the gorgeous architecture. One particularly notable home is the mansion of wine baron Ambrosio Plácido de Lezica, on Avenida Rivadavia.

Barrio Inglés | © OneEuropeanHeart/WikiCommons

Catch a match at Locos por el Fútbol

This sports-themed resto-bar on Caballito’s main thoroughfare is the prime location to take in a big football match; things get lively, and when the match is over, the bar transforms into a popular disco. Seem incongruous? Perhaps. But it’s fun.

Locos por el Fútbol, Rivadavia 4751, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4901-3310

Have a beer at The Oldest

Whilst most likely not actually the oldest pub in the city, The Oldest has been around for a while. With good food, beer on tap as well as a selection of cocktails, and a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere, this is a perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring.

The Oldest, Juan B. Ambrosetti 31, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4902-3188

Do a food shop at Mercado del Progreso

A walk through this indoor market feels like a blast from the past; originally built in 1889 as an open-air market, it was given art deco-style roofing in the 1930s but otherwise has not changed a bit. Many of the stands hawking produce and meat have been family-owned since the market’s inception. The market is such a draw that it brings in shoppers from all corners of the city who are keen to snag fresh and tasty groceries.

Opening times: Monday-Saturday 7.30 am-2 pm and 5 pm-8.30 pm, closed Sundays.

Mercado del Progreso, Av. Rivadavia 5430, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4901-3038

Get cultured at Cobra Libros

More than just a bookshop, Cobra Libros does indeed offer a well-curated selection of local and independent books which can be bought or even rented, but it also serves as an art space, offering everything from exhibits to workshops to film screenings and concerts. In the summertime, they even offer a bike rental service.

Opening times: Monday-Saturday 2 pm-8 pm, Sundays 4 pm-8 pm

Cobra Libros, Aranguren 150, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Grab a bite to eat at Panaderia Franck Dauffouis

The owner of this small corner bakery was born and raised in France, and his creations fuse his heritage with that of his adopted country’s. For a break from typical Argentine cuisine, stop by to pick up a homemade croissant, scone, or one of his renowned pain au chocolats to takeaway.

Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 7.30 am-7.30 pm

Panaderia Franck Dauffouis, Juan B. Ambrosetti 901, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4982-1967

Learn about science at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales

Head over to the western edge of Parque Centenario to visit this museum, open since 1937, which houses exhibits on various species of plants and animals that currently and historically have lived in Argentina— but the highlight, of course, are the dinosaurs. Schedule in advance to book an English guided tour.

Opening times: 2 pm-7 pm

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Ángel Gallardo 490, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4982-6670

By Madeleine Bazil

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