The Feira de Mataderos is one of the most traditional fairs in Buenos Aires, but because it takes place far from the center, most tourists do not visit it.
We decided to visit this place frequented only by locals and discover a little piece of the Argentine countryside right in the capital.
Read our tips for visiting the Feira de Mataderos independently and still spending little!
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How is the Feira de Mataderos in Buenos Aires?
18 kilometers away from Plaza de Mayo, in the neighborhood of Mataderos, Feria de las Artesanias y Tradiciones Populares Argentinas, meeting place between culture, art and country flavors with the Argentine metropolis.
Known only as Feira de Mataderos, as it takes place in front of the old cattle slaughterhouse, the fair brings residents and tourists numerous stalls with typical Argentine foods, handicrafts in leather, metal and wood, in addition to a lot of music and dance from Rio Grande do Sul.
The Feira de Mataderos had its first edition on June 8, 1986, thanks to the design of Sara Vinocur.
Currently, the 700 stalls sell everything a little of the gaucho culture, from gourds to drink mate to dulce de leche that you can’t find in supermarkets.
Visiting the Feira de Mataderos is a very different experience from San Telmo Fairfor example, the latter being more urban and focused on antiques.
In Mataderos, the focus is the gaucho culture in its many faces, the meeting between the countryside and the city.
For tourists from regions of Brazil with gaucho culture (which today is present from the north to the south of Brazil), the Feira de Mataderos is similar to a rodeo, but without the horses (sometimes there are horse races) and with lots of food and crafts, which makes the experience even more pleasant.
One of the highlights is the artistic performanceswith gaucho dances, songs and folkloric groups.
As we visited the fair on Flag Day (by sheer luck), the party had a homeland theme, but musical performances also took place.
Visiting this fair is a great opportunity to buy souvenirs, whether decorative objects, leather items, ponchos, patero wine, homemade dulce de leche and many others.
We think the prices are very good, after all, these products have residents as consumers and not tourists.
Of course, most of the budget goes towards typical food, like the richly stuffed empanadas, the locro criollo, the Choripan and lots of meatsomething that is not lacking on the gaucho’s Sunday, regardless of the country.
How to get to the Feira de Mataderos?
The Feira de Mataderos takes place every Sunday and national holidays from 11 am to 8 pm.
During the summer (January and February), the fair takes place on Saturday after 6pm.
How to get?
The Fair is far from downtown Buenos Aires. Bus 92 is one of the best to get to the place. He passes through Av. do Libertador, Recoleta and Palermo.
Address: Between Avenida de los Corrales and Lisandro de la Torre. Use this address in Google Maps and not Feira de Mataderos, because there is an error in the Google Maps locator.
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