The Mataderos street market is located in the western part of the city in the barrio of the same name. It’s a great place to enjoy handicrafts, delicious local food and traditional folk music. It’s full of tradition that makes you feel like you’ve been taken back to the time of the gaucho. Unlike other markets in the center of Buenos Aires, it’s full of Argentine tradition with live music and traditional dance that create a great atmosphere in the central square of the Mataderos market. Surrounded by big parillas (Argentine barbecues) and over a 100 craft stalls, there is plenty to see and to try. If you’re lucky, there might even be a gaucho horseback competition right in the middle of the square! Normally the competition starts around 3:00 pm on the main street. Beside watching the horseback competition and the traditional music acts, also give yourself time to discover all the food that is sold at and around the square. You might want to try tasting some dulce de leche, artisanal cheese, salami or some homemade licuados or wine. Everything sold here is homemade and sold at reasonable prices. The vendors are super friendly and willing to tell you everything about the products they sell. If all this tasting made you hungry, it’s time to head back to the square for some traditional lunch. There is a huge offering of typical Argentine food like empanadas, locro (traditional soup), choripan (bread with a chorizo sausage) or tamales (a mix of sweet potato and meat in corn leaves). Be sure to try the empanadas and the choripan, Mataderos is one of the best places to eat those! Had enough food? Take a walk around the handicraft stalls, you might want to buy a souvenir to bring back home. Can’t wait to visit this spectacular market? Take a quick look at the Mataderos website to see what the program is for this week. It’s quite a bus ride to get to Mataderos, expect to be on the bus for about an hour, buses that go there are: 36, 55, 63, 80, 92, 97, 103, 117, 141, 155, 180 and 185.