Things to do in Belgrano that are NOT Chinatown: 3 hidden gems

When we talk about Belgrano, the first thing that comes to mind is Chinatown, and although this famous portage place is beautiful to spend the day, there is also much to visit in its surroundings. That’s why TikTok user @revistapopurri recommends three places that are unmissable to visit in Belgrano, and in El Cronista we tell you a little about each of them.

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Willy’s Window

In Av. Oath 1202, For more than forty-five years, one of the best kept secrets in the Belgrano neighborhood has been found on that corner of Juramento and Artilleros. The dark green sign with the yellow and white sign anticipates the sweet tooth: “making cakes and ice cream”.

The neighbors of the neighborhood surely already discovered that it is “Willy’s Window”, whose history began neither more nor less from a small window in the 70’s. They set up the place on the street so quickly that when they opened the doors they still hadn’t named it. The name was representative since they knocked on the window of Willy, its owner, to buy from him.

Inside the bakery are: the alfajores “Chatos” made with a saber type dough (9cm in diameter), filled with dulce de leche and topped with powdered sugar, became famous in the neighborhood and surroundings.

The “Chocolate Biscuit”, As its name indicates, it is a sponge cake filled with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate. The cold pasta, ricotta cake, apple cake or chocolate mousse are also unmissable. One of Willy’s favorites is the Chaj of strawberries

Years later ice cream arrived. Willy learned from the hand of an Italian ice cream master, he bought a small machine and with practice he created his own recipes.

Sando of America

The sando (with their salty fillings and also sweet ones, such as fruit and cream) are imposed here and in the world, that is why “Sando de América” ​​will soon have European replicas. Pure street food, these Japanese sandwiches They are also part of the Japanese repertoire for a different lunch or snack.

Inspired by these Japanese sandwiches -‘sando’, in Japanese- “Sando de América” ​​was born in Pasaje Echeverra de Belgrano. This Asian-Latin sandwich shop is one of the protagonists of the effervescent Pasaje Echeverra, inaugurated in the Chinatown of Belgrano, after the platform of the Belgrano C station was raised.

The bet comes from the hand of the famous bartender Tato Giovannoni and has several options outside the traditional, such as the ice cream sando, a homemade brioche bread with ice cream. Another recommended is the egg sando, with Huancana sauce, olive powder and corn on Kustom Kalis sliced ​​bread.

There its so fashionable Katsu, Sando comes out with a homemade pineapple tonkatsu sauce and Tamago (egg) with huancana sauce, negi and Sriracha. When it comes to a good sandwich, the bread matters a lot, they make it homemade. The house sauces are essential: They have Sriracha Mayo Hoisin, Ginger Aioli or Sando Mustard which makes everything inside the sandwich work.

Hours and location

  • Echeverra 1677
  • Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 23:30
  • no reservations
  • Instagram: @sandodeamerica

Larreta Museum

It was the residence of Argentine writer Enrique Larreta and after his death, the Municipality of the city of Buenos Aires bought it to allocate it to a Museum of Spanish Art. The original front of the house was inspired by the model of the Italian Renaissance, while the interior, with open patios, responded to that of the Mediterranean country house.

Built around 1886 by the architect Ernesto Bungethe property located in the center of the Belgrano neighborhood, was later acquired by Mercedes Castellanos de Anchorena, who left it as an inheritance to his daughter Josefina Anchorena, wife of the intellectual.

Around 1916, when the building became the permanent residence of the family. Larreta implemented a series of changes: he transformed the exterior into a facade of white walls, barred windows and tiled roofs, and the interior into a space that recreates the spirit of the Spanish Renaissance.

Perhaps the greatest attraction of the place is the Andalusian gardena labyrinthine green space created by Larreta which for more than twenty years has been transformed into a space for contemporary art with the cycle of exhibitions Sculptures in the garden.

Hours and location

  • Oath Avenue 2291

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Admission is $50 and $250 for non-resident foreigners.

  • After visiting the place, you can eat or drink at the Croque Madame branch that is located there and is open every day from 10 to 00.