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Argentine food is very much a product of its diverse population: throughout most of the 20th century, there were massive waves from different parts of the world, from surrounding South American nations to the Middle East, Asia and mostly Europe. They all brought their flavors and techniques in, and years later, it’s a country of great wines, fantastic meat and a very varied food scene – and Buenos Aires is definitely a city for foodies! Do not miss our Ultimate Buenos Aires Travel Guide & our Buenos Aires Travel Story!

Cafés, pizzerias, barbecue places and bakeries with delicious pastries are the most common eateries in the city, but there are plenty of options for food lovers of all sorts. Here are our favorite joints in town!

A Pink Heaven with Delicious Ice Cream
A Pink Heaven with Delicious Ice Cream

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Sottovoce – The Italian Star in the Puerto Madre

Given the big Italian community in Bueons Aires, you will find a lot of delicious pizza & past in this town. If you are up for some delicious Italian food and vibe, Sottovoce is for sure a must!

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 4

Also growing beyond its first location, Sottovoce now has two restaurants; we made reservations at the Puerto Madero one. An Italian restaurant with an imitable view of the newest side of town, right next to the river and the upscale hotels and major office buildings, the food was really amazing.

We loved the mixed audience here, old and hyoug and a lot of people from the local community. It’s always a good sign to have Italians eating at the Italian place of your choosing!

Sottovoce
The best view over the river

Casa Cruz – The Jet Set Culinary Experience

1. Food: 5

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 3

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Located in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo, which hosts many of the most iconic bars and restaurants of Buenos Aires, Casa Cruz is surrounded by beautiful urban art and Art Deco houses – just a few blocks away from the center of the porteño nightlife. It’s one of the spots where the local jet-set crowd dines out, and between the classic decoration and beautifully presented dishes, we understand why!

If you want to continue the night with the cool ones, just go next door to Bar Isabel. A cool upscale bar with gret drinks!

Trendy Palermo Hoods
Trendy Palermo Hoods
Casa Cruz
Casa Cruz

Barbacoa Parrilla

1. Food: 5

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 4

Located in an enchanting little picturesque street in Recoleta, this local barbecue place quickly became one of our favorite eateries. While the design was simple and nothing to write home about, the relaxed, warm and friendly vibe really did the trick for us. The restaurant hosts an open oven and some truly amazing food: as one would expect from Argentina, the beef and Malbec were outstanding, and the house chimichurri was also really delicious. This felt like a truly authentic Buenos Aires experience, away from the noise of this at times very touristic town.

I still dream about Barbacoa Parrilla’s flavors!

Time for a meal at Barbacoa
Time for a meal at Barbacoa

Taco Box – The Romantic Mexican in Recoleta

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 3

3. Atmosphere: 3

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 3

A local and Mexican-inspired restaurant, this laid back little taco place was just around the corner from our Airbnb apartment. The food is pretty good, although not necessarily super authentic (Taco Box is more Tex Mex than anything), and it really lights up in the evenings as one of the more popular choices in the Recoleta area; it attracts a pretty fun crowd every day, and it tends to be full of people. Their romantic terrace is a perfect spot for a relaxed dinner, particularly during the warmer months.

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Le Blé – The French Brunch & People Watching Spot

1. Food: 3

2. Drinks: 3

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 3

A growing breakfast, brunch and lunch place, Le Blé has a number of locations in some of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. We visited one of their Recoleta locations, in a fairly quiet street near major Santa Fe Avenue, where we ended up doing some serious people-watching!

Le Blé is a bakery first of all, and they offer a great number of bread types, which you can combine with different options, from sweet versions with chocolate for breakfast to yummy sandwiches for later in the day. They also serve picadas, little wooden plates for sharing and including cheeses, hams, salami, olives and other delicious appetizers.

The place’s design is pretty simple and a little boho chic in nature, and it’s a pretty great place to spend a lazy Sunday morning and enjoy some good food and drinks.

Le Blé
The perfect place for brunch
Time for brunch

Café Tortoni – The Famous One with a Long Queue

1. Food: 3

2. Drinks: 3

3. Atmosphere: 3

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 3

One of the city’s heritage Historic Cafés, Café Tortoni’s history goes all the way back to the 1850s, when it was founded by a French immigrant, who modeled it after the fashionable Parisian cafés of that time. Much like those places, Tortoni has a long history as host to the intellectuals and artists living in Buenos Aires or passing through in their travels, and it’s now one of the most visited touristic spots in the city.

Very classic in design, the café is large and comfortable, and nowadays its patrons are mostly tourists. Still, the upscale ambiance from its time as a Bohemian hideout remains, and it’s definitely a must-visit in the Argentine capital.

To be honest, this place was very touristic with average food and service so you should go here more to tick the box and I recommend to just have a cup of coffee!

The classic design at Cafe Tortoni
The classic design at Cafe Tortoni
Very artistic

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