For a time, it felt like everything new was happening in Palermo. That hot restaurant? Palermo. The art opening you're dying to see? Palermo. That concert everyone in town is talking about? Palermo. But if neighborhoods like Chacarita have anything to say about it, Palermo might have to hand over its trendsetter crown. Resting just south of Palermo Hollywood, this traditionally residential neighborhood is becoming the new host to a slew of restaurants, bars and galleries that sit comfortably alongside the area's old charms. Here is our shortlist of the best of Chacarita.

JT and Yeite

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Expect to feel a little lost; it’s normal. Across the street from a B League football stadium isn’t exactly the setting you’d expect for the crisp avant-garde garments of high-end fashion brand JT. The converted factory used to be the work space of designer Jessica Trosman’s grandfather, and the new incarnation is a big, airy space that feels as fresh as the designs themselves. And if you’re fixing for a snack, pop next door for coffee and pastries at Yeite, the small bistro of celebrity pastry chef Pamela Villar, whose little space is decorated (or maybe not) to look like one of the neighborhood’s countless mechanic shops. 

Where: Humboldt 291
More info: +54 11 4857 6009;

Humboldt 293
When: Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: +54 11 4855 6777; Facebook


La Fábrica de Churros

Photo by Jessica Diamond via Flickr

In a city that eats late and dances until the sun starts to creep back over the horizon, you'd think it'd be easy to find 24-hour diner-style restaurants for a late-night feed. Think again. Although it’s impossible to locate a greasy burger at 4 a.m., if you’re in Chacarita (or are crazy enough to make a detour), a fresh churro will more than suffice. This small, family-run churro factory has been around for nearly 50 years; today it’s run by the three grandsons of the original owner. Churros are made fresh to order and delivered hot and crunchy. Don’t think twice about ordering them stuffed with dulce de leche. 

Where: Olleros 4169
When: Daily, 4 a.m.-8 p.m.
More info: +54 11 4553 2669



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The falena (moth) is a nocturnal butterfly cousin seduced by light. And just as a caterpillar transforms into a moth, this old brick house has metamorphosed into a fresh new space that feels like the home we always wanted. So much so that for a moment you might just think you've actually stepped into someone’s living room. Jungle-esque foliage dips over the terrace above and down the facade of this rustic portal to a simpler time. Past the old wood door awaits a cozy sun-spotted space filled with two of our favorite things: bookshelves and bottles of wine. Grab a seat on the couch by the old fireplace, and for the serious wine-drinking bibliophile, check out the book discussions paired with vino. 

Where: Charlone 201
When: Mon.-Sat., noon-8 p.m.
More info: +54 11 4556 1640; Facebook


Santos 4040

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Where to take a spontaneous (read: indecisive) porteño? A cultural center — the wonderful Buenos Aires hybrid of a bar, restaurant, art gallery, theater, concert hall, and in the case of Santos 4040, a ping-pong spot. Since opening two years ago, Santos has kept its finger on the pulse of the alternative theater and music scene with a solid roundup of nightly shows. It is also one of the only reliable spots on a dependably dreary Tuesday night, when it hosts La Grande, an improvised concert that invites a special guest to jam each week. Our other favorite thing? It shares a wall with our go-to modern cantina in case you’d like to grab some tapas before your show. 

Where: Santos Dumont 4040
When: Tues.-Sun., 7 p.m.-close
More info: +54 11 4554 6353; Facebook



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Silvina Troulih wasn’t exactly on the lookout to open a new restaurant. After selling her share of her first eatery, the innovative Caseros Restaurant on the border of San Telmo and La Boca, she began looking casually, noncommittally, at different spaces. And we’re glad she found this one. While many Buenos Aires restaurants focus on dinner service, Rita is zoomed in on simple breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. The decor is a hodgepodge of vintage furniture and antique dishware tied together with a calming blue color palette that make us want to hang out all day. Be on the lookout for special evenings when the seasoned chef invites her friends to host pop-ups.

Where: Olleros 3891
When: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. & 8 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 8 p.m.-midnight
More info: +54 11 4554 4555; Facebook


El Imperio de la Pizza

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The name says it all. This infallible pizza joint has been a neighborhood favorite for nearly seven decades. And after all these years, it's no wonder that it was recently crowned the best slice of mozzarella in town by the hundreds of hungry pizza fanatics who participated in the “Muzza Run,” a marathon that cuts across 50 city blocks to find the city’s best slice of pie. If you really want to feel like a local, grab a spot at the bar and order your pizza topped with a piece of fainá, a thin and savory garbanzo pancake, along with a glass of moscato, the traditional, sweet Italian aperitif.  

Where: Av. Corrientes 6899
When: Daily, 5 a.m.-midnight
More info: +54 11 4553 0875; Facebook

By Kevin Vaughn

When Kevin isn't writing about Buenos Aires food and culture, he's guiding travelers to Buenos Aires with his intimate arts and lifestyle tours via Buenos Aires Art Tours. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.