Argentina Food & Drink
In 4* superior and 5-star hotels, you can expect eggs and other hot dishes served at breakfast. In all hotels, expect coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, pastries, toast, fruit, and cereal. Afternoon tea is common in Argentina, as many gather to drink mate with a pastry or toasted sandwich on the side. All meals in Argentina, start later in the day compared to the United States and Europe. Usually, lunch is served around 1 pm or later and dinner is served around 9 pm.
Buenos Aires is a city that takes dining seriously, and meals can easily last for hours. Argentina is renowned for steak, and there are several parrilla steak houses in the city, where you can find asado – barbecued beef, of excellent quality. Pair an asado with a glass of red wine for the ultimate dining delight.
A typical Argentine barbecue will also include “chimichurri”, a green salsa made of parsley, organ, onion and chili pepper; “provoleta” or grilled cheese; and for starters, a traditional “empanada” the most common pastry, usually filled with red meat and onions. Also, the “choripan” is Argentina’s most famous sandwich or snack, with a barbecue or more specifically, before a football match.
Some great steak houses are Don Julio, La Cabrera, La Brigada, and Calden del Soho.
Due to Italian immigration in the early 1900s, pasta and pizza are very popular. There are many Italian restaurants, and most typical Argentine restaurants or old school “bodegones” or canteens serving no-frills dishes, base their food in Italian influenced recipes. Pizza has its own style in Argentina, and for a typical BA pizza, head to Corrientes Avenue and try the thick dough-super cheesy delicacy (Guerrin, Banchero and Palacio de la Pizza are good examples)
Italians also contributed to the Argentine passion for ice cream, and you can try some of the world’s best gelato in the different shops that populate the country. Some great places to visit are Chungo, Freddo, Papa Nui and Luccianno’s.
You can’t leave Argentina, let alone a meal, without trying their national desserts. The national desserts consist of dulce de leche, a sweet confection of milk jelly, and the alfajores cookie. An alfajores is a cookie sandwich filled with dulce de leche. They can be found in Spain, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil.
Over the last few years, Argentina has experienced a gastronomy boom, so there are also great restaurants specializing in modern, groundbreaking cuisine, mixing Argentine and Latin American food, in a brand new way. Some good examples are I Latina, Tegui, Aramburu, Chila
More restaurants in Buenos Aires:
- La Cabrera: If you’re looking for steak, La Cabrera has top-quality steaks that are slow-cooked and bring out the flavor of Argentine grass-fed beef.
- Don Julio: Located in Palermo, this family-owned parrilla offers excellent food, great wines, and friendly staff that’ll make you come back for more.
- The Argentine Experience: If you are looking for a cultural experience where you can indulge in traditional Argentine cuisine, spend an evening cooking delicious dishes at the Argentine Experience.
- Hierba Buena: A healthy alternative to the steak houses in Buenos Aires with salads, fresh fruit smoothies, fish and vegetarian plates, and more.
- i Latina: This popular restaurant is a Buenos Aires’ best closed-door restaurant that serves the flavors of Latin America in a unique and sophisticated way.