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Barrio Chino


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While Buenos Aires isn’t known for its diversity, it does have a fair amount of different populations within the city, and one of the largest immigrant populations is that of the Chinese. Thus, the city-like many major world cities-is also home to a thriving Chinatown, or Barrio Chino, as it is known locally.

This neighborhood isn’t officially recognized by the City of Buenos Aires, but as any local about it and you will quickly be pointed in the right direction. The area technically sits within the neighborhood of Belgrano, towards the northern end of the city. It may not be as expansive as some of the most famous Chinatowns, such as that of San Francisco, but it definitely serves its purpose.

While hot sauce, Dijon mustard and tofu may be hard to find throughout the city, Barrio Chino comes through on all counts. Argentine food, while delectable, often lacks the complex flavors found in many other parts of the world, but culinary enthusiasts can delight in the options found in this small corner of Belgrano. Most of the top chefs in the city shop here, as it is the best place to find exotic and fresh ingredients.

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Sushi rolls can also be found here, which is a bit misleading considering sushi is traditionally Japanese. It’s doubtful that you’ll find anyone arguing with presence of this commodity, though. And for true Chinese food, this neighborhood is a gold mine.

Other Chinese restaurants may be sprinkled throughout the city, but if you’re a true fan, a trip to Barrio Chino is definitely in order. Here, you will find inexpensive, traditional Chinese dishes, complete with fresh seafood, vegetarian options, and some delicious teas. This Buenos Aires Travel Guide has more information on the various neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

Besides all the culinary offerings, the area is also home to many stores carrying a variety of Chinese products, such as paper lanterns, small statues, accessories and knick-knacks. While they may not be what you were expecting to find in Latin America, it is still an important part of the city, and worth a gander, at least.

Cultural programs are also offered from time to time, as is oriental medicine. The Chinese New Year is celebrated with great enthusiasm, with the entire neighborhood decked out in red and yellow. Dragon Dances and chariots are staple events, and Chinese music fills the air. Many come out to see the celebration, and to participate in the lucky Dragon Dance, as well.

The area is relatively small, but still bustling. It is generally commercial, as most of the Chinese population lives in other parts of the city. There are several busses that go to the area, as well as the D-line of the subway.

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