Buenos Aires Food Guide: 10 Best Buenos Aires Foods You Want To Eat

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Waves of immigration, particularly the Italian influence, have shaped Buenos Aires foods.

The traditional flavors and local gastronomy go beyond steaks and Malbec wine.

While in South America exploring the local food specialties, we spent about 3 months in Argentina.

A significant part of that time was in the capital, exploring Buenos Aires traditional food.

Based on what we learned and discovered, we’re sharing our favorite Buenos Aires foods and places to eat.

From breakfast pastries, street foods, unique Buenos Aires pizzas, pastas and delectable desserts, there something for every traveler’s palate.

Use this Buenos Aires food guide to help you navigate the local food scene. Get ready for a tasting and deliciously filling experience.  

Here are our top 10 Buenos Aires foods you don’t want to miss. Let’s eat!

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Top Food in Buenos Aires And Places to Eat Them

1. Medialunas and Sweet Facturas or Croissants and Pastries For Breakfast

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Medialunas are irresistible

Facturas is the name given to pastries that can be found at the many panaderias or bakeries around Buenos Aires. 

These little pastries are covered with sugar and are usually stuffed or filled, but also available plain. 

Traditional fillings include with dulce de leche (sweet caramel milk paste), crema pastelera (custard) or dulce de membrillo (quince jam)

These breakfast treats are sold individually or by the dozen. It’s worth buying a dozen to sample the different types and it is more economical as well, giving you a good excuse to buy more.

For a local experience visit a panaderia for these much loved pastries. Since you’ll eat them in the morning, we recommend taking a long walk afterwards to burn off the calories.

Buenos Aires Bakeries To Try Medialunas and Facturas

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Buy your pastries by the dozen to get a couple for free

La Mantequeria

La Mantequeria literally means dairy in Spanish. It is a Buenos Aires favorite bread and pastry shop. It’s celebrated for its high quality pastries including organic options. You’ll find several locations in the Buenos Aires region with both dine-in and take-out options.

Address: Carlos Pellegrini 655, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hours: Open Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Price: Count about ARS 130 for a medialuna (approximately USD 1.12 )

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: One of the best ways to try delicious Buenos Aires foods is to take a food tour. With a local guide, you’ll dive into the local food culture and traditional flavors, See our review of a Buenos Aires Food Tour Review: How To Learn About Argentinian Food Culture

2. Argentinian Milanesa For Lunch

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Tantalizing milanesa the Argentine way

What is Argentinian Milanesa? These are delicious thin cuts of beef, chicken or veal covered with breadcrumbs. This is one of the most popular Buenos Aires foods.

In Argentina, you’ll quickly discover the multiple ways of serving Milanesa. The most typical is the Milanesa Napolitana. 

It’s a Milanesa covered with ham, tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. And, it is usually served with potato puree or patatas fritas or french fries. 

If you want to see how milanesa is commonly prepared head over the Mercado del Progresso. 

Watching the way the butchers carefully cut the meat, beating it up to make it as thin as possible and then adding the breadcrumbs is truly fascinating. 

Not far from Buenos Aires Mercado del Progresso is Don Ignacio. This is one of the best traditional and authentic restaurants that specializes in Milanesa. 

Try their speciality, the Milanesa Fugazetta Especial con Fritas. This incredible Milanesa comes topped with ham, melted mozzarella cheese, onion, olives with oregano and a side of thick cut fries. 

The decor needs a special mention. It is not a big fancy restaurant, but rather a local casual restaurant on a busy street. 

Once you walk in, you will find yourself surrounded by oldies music record albums from the 50s to the 80s, and the music that goes along with it. 

Other than the retro ambiance, this eatery is known for its amazing milanesa dishes, which are made with a variety of tasty meat cuts and served alongside a side dish of your choice. 

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST RECIPE: Argentine Milanesa Recipe: How To Make The Best Milanesa Argentina Style

Best Restaurant For Milanesa in Buenos Aires

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Claire and Rosemary enjoying their meal at Don Ignacio

Don Ignacio

Don Ignacio restaurant is a great option for good food in a pop culture setting. Choose between sweet or spicy accompaniment for your milanesa. If you want something a little more exotic, try adding some chili flakes or dried tomatoes to your dish for an extra burst of flavor. For the best Buenos Aires foods, Don Ignacio is definitely worth trying.

Address: Avenida Rivadavia 3439, Cabillito, Buenos Aires

Hours:  Open Tuesday to Saturday; 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm  and 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm;  Sundays from 12:00 pm  to 3:30 pm; Closed on Monday 

Price: About ARS 500 to ARS 900 for a milanesa dish (approximately USD 4.3 – USD 7.74)

3.  Argentinian Empanadas for Snacks

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These empanadas de Roquefort from Cumana were our most memorable

A trip to Buenos Aires would not be complete without trying the famous empanadas, a national favorite. 

These Argentine staples are small puff pastry folded pies stuffed with different fillings, mostly savory. The best empanadas are baked and these are ones you want to indulge in. 

For the best empanadas in Buenos Aires, Cumana Restaurant in the Recoleta neighborhood is the place to go.

This tiny little spot offers a great selection of empanadas to choose from. Try the specialties; lomo picante (spicy, chopped tenderloin), jamon y queso (ham and cheese) and Roquefort cheese empanada. 

While all the empanadas are excellent, there was just something about the Roquefort cheese puff pastry. The oozing cheese took us right to empanada heaven. At Cumana, don’t miss this savory snack.

Best Places to Eat Empanadas in Buenos Aires

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Cumana is very popular with locals and tourist alike

Cumana Horno Argentino

This popular rustic restaurant with walls awash in vibrant red welcome you at Cumana restaurant. While it is known for the empanadas, the menu offers much more. You can dine in or take away empanadas with a variety of fillings such as pork, chicken, or vegetables. 

And sweet empanada options include sweet corn or sweet potato jam called empanadas de Camote filing typical of Argentina. Pizza and other traditional Argentine dishes are also available.

Address: Rodríguez Peña 1149, Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Price: About ARS 110 – ARS 200 for an empanada (approximately USD 0.95 to USD 1.70)

La Cocina

This downhome cooking joint is famed for its empanadas. These savory puff pastry folded little bites come both baked or fried with traditional flavors. The baked ones are our personal favorites, though you’ll not go wrong with the options available.

Address: Av. Pueyrredón 1508, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; 6:00 pm to 12:00 am; Sundays 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Price: ARS 200 per empanada (approximately USD 1.70) 

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: Looking for a unique culinary experience in Buenos Aires? Check The Argentine Experience. You will taste empanadas, learn to fold them, drink yerba mate and eat other favorite Argentine fares in a friendly dinner settings. It’s fun culinary activity to share with food lovers.

4. Argentinian Steak For Dinner

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Tender and juicy steak at Desnivel

You can’t go to Argentina and not try the beef. Famous for having some of the best steaks in the world, you want to try one at a parilla or grill/steak house.

A local Argentina meat experience cannot be missed for a couple of reason. First, the opportunity to try different cuts of beef than you typically find in the U.S. 

Secondly, the beef is high quality as the cows are grass-fed and free of antibiotics. 

And finally, the asado cooking technique which seals in the flavors and cooks without the flames touching the beef.

With parillas at every street corner we recommend two for authentic local experiences. Las Cabras in the Palermo neighborhood is a popular and solid choice which is also budget friendly. 

Here you want to get the gran bife Las Cabras. This is a huge piece of beef and a ridiculous amount of sides.  

The serving comes with thick cut fries topped with fried eggs, pumpkin puree, grilled onion, vegetables with rice and a delicious spicy cheese. 

El Desnivel, located in the historic San Telmo neighborhood is our second recommendation. It’s a casual not fancy eatery, filled with locals. 

Here, you want to get Chorizo de Bife. This is a delicious thick cut of pure meat goodness. Be sure to order it jugoso, which means red and juicy.

Best Parrillas For Buenos Aires Steak

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As you enter Desnivel, you are welcomed by the smell from the grill

El Desnivel

For a delicious and hearty meal in Buenos Aires, you simply can’t go wrong with El Desnivel. The menu is full of plump, juicy Argentinian steak and other classic South American dishes. 

The bife de lomo or tenderloin is notable, just like the ribeye.  And of course, no Argentine meal would be complete without some crispy papas fritas on the side.

Address: Defensa 855, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Price: ARS 1000 – ARS 2000 for a meat dish (approx. USD 8.60 – USD 17.20)

Las Cabras

This local gem has been a favorite among locals for years. The inviting dine-in setting and beautiful outdoor patio is perfect for any season. 

What makes this restaurant stand out is its grill offer at an affordable price. You find a generous selection of Buenos Aires steak and a variety of meat cuts cooked over hot coals on an open-flame grill.

Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or an elaborate dinner, Las Cabras offers truly authentic Argentine flavors. 

Address: Fitz Roy 1795, Palermo, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 12:00 pm  to 12:00 am 

Price: ARS 1900 – ARS 3000 for the main steak dishes (approx. USD 16.00  – USD 25.20)

Don Julio Palermo

Don Julio, a classic steakhouse is another highly recommended parilla. Its rustic old European bistro appeal with exposed brick walls, low lighting, and ambient music is ideal for a special night out. The menu features classic Argentine meat cuts, slowly cooked to perfection. In addition you’ll find a variety of delicious local dishes like tender seafood stews and rich, savory braised meats. 

Address: Guatemala 4691, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm  to 1:00 am

Price: ARS 3000 – ARS 5000 for the main meat dishes (approx. USD 25.80 – USD 43)

RELATED: Las Cabras Restaurant: One of The Most Popular Parrillas in Palermo Buenos Aires

5. Alfajores con Dulce de Leche For A Treat

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Homemade alfajores sold at the market in Buenos Aires

Alfajores are emblematic sweets of Argentina and a national favorite. You can’t visit Argentina without succumbing to the temptation to devour several.

An Alfajor is a type of cookie that is made of two sweet cornstarch biscuits joined together with dulce de leche. This is a sweet caramel milk paset with a lovely dark brown consistency.

Argentines eat copious amounts in the form of alfajores or even as an ice cream flavour.

Alfajores are coated with dark or white chocolate, or simply covered with coconut or sugar powder. 

They are eaten for breakfast, as a dessert at lunch or dinner. Or as an afternoon snack to accompany tea, coffee or yerba mate, the traditional drink of South America. 

For an authentic foodie experience, we recommend indulging in alfajores for their long history that dates back to the 16th century and for the unique recipes found in different cities in Argentina.

You will find alfajores sold at many bakeries or panaderias throughout the city. You’ll also find them at specialty stores like Havana, which have some of the best in Argentina. 

While these dulce de leche filled alfajores are sweet, they are not overwhelmingly sugary. 

However, be careful, as it’s easy to fall into the habit of eating one every single day.

Best Places in Buenos Aires to Eat Alfajores

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Havanna is one of the most popular alfajores shop in Argentina

Dulce de Leche and Co.

If you’re looking to try this decadent Buenos Aires traditional food, look no further than Dulce de Leche and Co. 

Their epic alfajores with homemade dulce de leche are the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. With locations all across the city, you are never too far from this tempting Argentinian sweet.

Address: José A. Cabrera 5061, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Price: ARS150  – ARS 250 per alfajor (approximately USD 1.30 – USD 2.15 ) 


Havana Cafe an eclectic and inviting coffee shop is one of the best Buenos Aires places to eat alfajores. While they offer different kinds of sweet treats, the crowning glory of their dessert menu is their wide selection of alfajores. 

From straightforward dulce de leche flavors to adventurous fruit fillings, Havana Cafe is sure to satisfy all your cravings. 

This sweet shop can be found at nearly every corner of Buenos Aires.

Address: Armenia 1788, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to  8:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am  to 8:00 pm

Price: ARS 100 to ARS 200 for an alfajor (approximately USD 0.90 to USD 1.80)

RELATED: Top 7 Most Authentic Desserts in Argentina

6. Fresh Pasta For Home Cooking

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Fresh ravioles in Buenos Aires are a savory and delightful treat

The Italian influence is strong in Argentina. With that pasta has become a Buenos Aires traditional food especially in the capital.

If you want a break from beef or are looking for a simple and easy meal to prepare, make your own fresh pasta. 

One striking observation you’ll make is the many specialty pasta stores around Buenos Aires. 

L’Artisan Taller de Pasta offers the best pasta in Buenos Aires. You can find different gourmet kinds of pasta like the classic linguini, gnocchi, cannelloni and the most sought after, the raviol (ravioli). 

Their focus is fresh handmade pastas with no additives or preservatives made in their own “workshops”.

In general, the pasta is sold by the kilo at very affordable prices. The raviolis are sold by the plancha or board, with 48 individual raviol, more than enough for two people. 

Simply boil the pasta in hot water for 5 mins and relish the Italian influence in one of the most traditional Buenos Aires foods.

Best Place to Shop And Eat Pasta in Buenos Aires

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Fresh pasta are made in front of you in the stores

Surprisingly, we found many more fresh pasta stores in Buenos Aires than in Italy. Here are a few of our favorites.

L’ Artisan Taller de Pasta

With humble origins, this family owned corner shop has become quickly famous for its pasta. The 100% handmade pasta is high quality with innovative fillings. From savory meat ragu filling to creamy mushroom, parmesan and pumpkin flavors, the flavors are amazing. Don’t miss the olive oil sauces for delicious complementary flavors. 

Address: Rodríguez Peña 1771, Buenos Aires.

Hours: Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Price: ARS 1400 – ARS 1600 to the kilo (approximately USD 12.00  to USD 14.00)

Belgrano Pasta Artesanales

Belgrano Pasta Artesanales is another of the best Buenos Aires places to shop for pasta. You’ll find fresh pasta made daily and a wide selection of sauces and fillings. 

A highly recommended spot by portenos or Buenos Aires locals, Belgrano never disappoints. 

Address: Av. Belgrano 1201, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Price: ARS 800  – ARS 1200 to the kilo  (approximately USD 6.80 to USD 10.30)

Quotidiano Bar de Pastas Recoleta 

Unlike most restaurants, Quotidiano Bar de Pastas in Recoleta specializes in pasta, though the menu has expanded recently. The wide selection of delicious pasta dishes includes favorites like penne all’arrabbiata and creative combinations like tagliatelle with burrata and other vegetables. 

Gluten free pasta options are also available, But that’s not all: Quotidiano also has a great selection of mouthwatering burgers and pizzas, making it the perfect spot for casual dining among Argentine families.

Address: Av. Callao 1299, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am. to 12:00 am

Price: ARS 950 – ARS 1400 per pasta dishes (approximately USD 8.00  to USD 12.00)

RELATED: Argentina Food Guide – Top 15 Authentic Food You Must Try

7. Fugazzeta Pizza with Faina

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Faina, on the left, is made with chickpea flour and typically served with pizza

One of the most unique dishes in Buenos Aires is the Fugazzeta pizza. This classic pizza, along with the Milanesa, have been listed by the government as foods under “patrimonial value.” 

This over 100 year old pizza comes from Genoa, Italy with the Italians that settled largely in the Buenos Aires area.

One of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires is El Cuartito, the first restaurant that started selling it.

Be prepared to wait in line at this legendary eatery. It’s a huge restaurant with plenty of seating. The long line outside is just an indication of its popularity but it moves quite fast.

Standing outside though gives you time to appreciate the ambiance and to look over the menu.

One thing we liked best is the option for pizza by the slice. This allows you to sample many different types of pizza instead of ordering just one kind. 

Interestingly, most of the pizza is accompanied with Faina. This is a flat pancake-like bread made with garbanzo beans.

It is delicious and has the side benefit of filling you up with your protein intake. For food lovers, this is an experience not to miss out on while in Argentina’s capital city.

Best Pizza in Buenos Aires

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El Cuartito, an iconic pizza joint in Buenos Aires

El Cuartito

Whether you’re a pizza aficionado or just looking for something new, El Cuartito Pizza is the place to go. The classic fugazzeta comes with a wide range of vegetable options for toppings. Variations span spinach, mushroom, and roasted red pepper toppings to pesto, black olive, and artichoke spreads. Be sure to add El Cuartito to your list. It’s Buenos Aires’s best place to get a proper porteño pizza!

Address: Talcahuano 937, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hours: Open Sunday to Thursday, from 12:30 pm to 1:00 am; Friday and Saturday, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 am

Price: ARS 100 – ARS 200 for a pizza slice (approximately USD 0.8 to USD 1.7)

RELATED: 5 Amazing Italian Argentinian Food That Would Make Italian Envious

8. Tostadas For Media Tarde or Afternoon Snack

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Tostadas are a welcome snack before the late Argentinian dinners

Argentines eat dinner quite late, starting at around 9:00 pm or later. To help tide you over after a day of sightseeing, take advantage of the culinary tradition called media tarde or merienda.  

The most typical experience is to order a cafe de leche con medialunas. The coffee with milk comes served with a glass of sparkling water. And, it is traditionally served with a small sweet cake. 

Another alternative is to have the cafe de leche con tostadas. The most common is the the tostadas con Jamon y Queso. This comes with four delicious toasted ham and cheese sandwiches, and it was our favorite.

If you choose to order a beer, you have the choice of artisanal beer. Choose from light to dark the Rubia, Colorada or Negra. You automatically get peanuts with your beer without having to ask. 

The best Buenos Aires to enjoy your media tarde or merienda is at a Bar Notable. These are bars with historical or cultural significance. 

There are 73 Bars Notables and they are an official part of the heritage of Buenos Aires. 

In the Recoleta neighborhood, you have La Biela located across Recoleta cemetery. You can tour the magnificent cemetery and see where Eva Peron was buried. 

Inside La Biela, you can seat next to the statue of Jorge Luis Borges the famous Argentinian poet. 

If you are near the San Telmo area, visit Bar El Federal, the second oldest bar notable in Buenos Aires. 

Best Bar Notables For Merienda

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La Poesia, in San Telmo, is another Bar Notables we loved to frequent

La Biela

Opened by Italian immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, La Biela is a favorite among locals and visitors to Buenos Aires. 

It has a beautiful art-deco interior, elegant atmosphere, and delicious menu options filled with local specialties.

La Biela embodies everything that is luxurious about Argentine culinary traditions. From light snacks to full-fledged meals, La Biela offers some of the best food in Buenos Aires.

Address: Av. Quintana 600, Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 7.00 am to 2.00 am

Price: About ARS 950 for tostadas and coffee (approximately USD 8.00)

El Federal

Here’s our travel tips -El Federal, is one of the oldest and most beloved bars in Buenos Aires.

It’s been in operation since the 19th century with a surge of Italian immigrants. It has a warm, inviting atmosphere and a rustic antique-like decor.

El Federal is known for its enticing merienda offerings, including warm tostadas topped with savory fillings like grilled fish or refried beans. 

The selection of beers on tap is also quite impressive. From lagers to ciders and Argentinian wine, you’ll not be disappointed by the offering.

El Federal, which we frequented often, is a spot you must eat in Buenos Aires. 

Address: Carlos Calvo 599, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am to  2:00 pm

Price: About ARS 800 for tostadas and coffee (approximately USD 6.90)

RELATED: Argentina Drinks Guide: 9 of The Most Popular Beverages You Should Try

9. Creamy Helado or Argentinian Ice Cream

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Tantalizing ice-cream at Cadore

Helado is ice-cream in Spanish, and Argentinians have mastered the art of making of it. 

Many have said that the ice cream in Buenos Aires is better than Italian gelato, and we have to admit it’s just as good.

The ice cream is made with whole milk and is very creamy and thick. The quality is very high using all natural products and very little artificial flavors or preservatives. 

All over Buenos Aires, you’ll find artisanal stores and well-known chains serving the very best ice cream dessert.

One thing that surprised us is finding ice cream served by the Kilo. While you can get your traditional cones or cups, the 1 or 2 kilo ice cream dessert tubs are quite a treat.

Where to Eat The Best Ice Cream in Buenos Aires

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Cadore is one of the best ice cream shops in the world


Many bakeries and coffee shops offer ice cream, but for an authentic experience, try the artisanal helado at Cadore.

This is one of the oldest heladeria’s or ice cream parlors established in Buenos Aires in 1957. 

Today, it is notably distinguished as a landmark by the Cultural Administration. And it has been named one of the 10 best ice cream parlors in the world by National Geographic.

This ice cream was first made in Italy before the family moved to Buenos Aires with its highly guarded recipes. 

Address: Avenida Corrientes 1695, Centro, Buenos Aires

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Price: About ARS 550 for a cone (approx. USD 4.70)

10. Choripan Sandwich and Argentinian Street Food Favorite

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Choripan, a favorite sandwich in Buenos Aires

Choripan is a popular Argentinian street food made with chori, a type of pork sausage.

The chori sausage is typically grilled and served on a piece of bread. Topping it with a flavorful chimichurri light sauce.

The sandwich is simple but delicious, and it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular snack in Buenos Aires.

In fact, the choripan is so beloved that there’s even an annual festival dedicated to this Buenos Aires food!

You will find choripan served for lunch at food trucks, coffee shops, and sometimes restaurants.

One of the travel tips we got from locals, for the best choripan, is on Costanera Sur near the Jorge Newbery airport.

Visit any one of the food stands and order this popular sausage sandwich. You’re guaranteed to love the chori as we did, especially the simplicity of preparation and delicious flavors. 

This is one of the best traditional Buenos Aires foods not to miss on your visit.

Where to Eat The Best Choripan in Buenos Aires

Nuestra Parrilla

This Argentinian restaurant is known for its delicious chori sandwiches with spicy pork sausages. Besides choripan, you’ll also find other cuts of meat transformed into sandwiches. Try the morcipan, which is blood sausage as a sandwich. Or, the vaciopan which is a cut of meat in a sandwich bun.

The menu at Nuestra Parrilla offers is quite local and it is one of the best places for Buenos Aires traditional food.

Address: Bolívar 950, San Telmo Buenos Aires

Hours: Open everyday, 1:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Price: About ARS 280 for a choripan (USD 2.40)

La Parrillita – Lo de fredy’s

La Parrillita – Lo de fredy’s is another great place for chori lovers. The pork sausage is cooked on the asado and grilled to perfection. The round steak and mixed grill plates are other tasty options. Served with a side of chimichurri sauce you’ll savor the slowly cooked meat cuts. 

Address: Carlos Calvo 471, San Buenos Aires

Hours: Open everyday; 1:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Price: About ARS 300 for a choripan (USD 2.60)

RELATED: 10 Popular Argentinian Street Food To Feast On

Map of Where to Eat in Buenos Aires

For the best restaurants and places to eat in Buenos Aires, use this map below to guide you through the city.

Note that the prices provided in this Buenos Aires food guide are only for guidance. In Argentina, the local currency is highly volatile and the latest prices might not correspond to the ones provided in this guide.

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In Summary

In Argentina’s capital traveling through food is a delicious experience. Going beyond beef and Malbec to discover “what else” brings you closer to the local culture and culinary traditions. 

While this list of the best food in Buenos Aires is not exhaustive, it gets you started with the best traditional flavors.

No matter the time of year you visit Buenos Aires, these specialty foods will delight. Seek them out and mingle with the portenos. 

There’s much to love about Buenos Aires food.

Have you ever tried any of these Buenos Aires foods before? Please let us know in the comments which Buenos Aires food intrigues you the most? 

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  2. For a unique foodie experience check out Cumana Restaurant in Recoleta. This local spot offers a great selection of empanadas. Try the specialties;

  3. Hi Claire and Rosemary,

    I haven’t visited Buenos Aires but sharing your experience in those 2 blog posts, it definitely makes me want to visit. Empanadas look really interesting, I would love to try them. Keep it up with the great posts on your blog!


    • Thanks so much Zaria for your comments. So glad you enjoyed reading the posts. We really had a great time in South America and would love to inspire people to travel there though food 🙂 Yes, the empanadas are some of the best we’ve ever had. See if you can visit an Argentina restaurant in your area and experience the empanadas for yourself 🙂 Cheers!

  4. Nice photos and also the map. Will definitely try the pizza because Im a pizza person. Everywhere I place I travel to, I always look for a pizza place 🙂

    • Thanks Carla, so glad you liked reading about the fugazetta and the delicious faina that goes along with it. This is a very interesting pizza and one that you would very much devour. Hope you get to Buenos Aires soon and taste it for yourself. Thanks for your comments.

  5. We are absolutely feigning for Buenos Aires! We’d planned to go there for our honeymoon, but ended up in Sri Lanka/Maldives instead. Now, looking at your photos and descriptions, we are salivating! We can’t wait to visit, plus we love Argentinian wine, and dancing Tango! Fab post!

    • Hi Eulanda, congrats on your wedding and I’m sure you had a great time in the Maldives. It’s actually a good thing you didn’t go to Buenos Aires earlier, because you would not have had this list 🙂 So glad you enjoyed reading the post, the food and Malbec wine is outstanding. Hope you get to make it there soon 🙂 Please do let us know when you get there. Thanks for your comments.

    • Hi Serina, you will find yourself wanting more and more that dulce de leche ice cream. It is so thick and delicious. Glad you enjoyed reading about all the authentic foodie places in Buenos Aires. Thanks for your comments!

  6. Ooooh big claim that ice cream in Buenos Aires is better than in Italy!! I spent two weeks in Italy and came back having devoured so much gelato haha!! Will have to get to Buenos Aires to verify that one personally 😀

    • Love it…we are off to a great debate…who makes the better gelato, Italy or Argentina. The best would be to swap…you go to Argentina and we go to Italy and then reconvene 🙂 Let’s figure out how to settle this question. Cheers!

  7. This is absolutely amazing. The food looks wonderful. I want to travel more. I’m ready to go back to Guatemala, I traveled there for a few months years ago. I think with my appreciation of food that I have now, I’d appreciate it more

  8. Koooooool…. I was right about enjoying Media Tarde. 🙂
    I love your mission, and now as a regular reader of your blog I do feel totally inspired to travel through food, and authentic food. You guys are amazing.

    • Hi Tammi, actually the sparkling water just comes in addition to the coffee. It’s a nice thing to have to “clean” the mouth after coffee. The best part is that it is sparkling water. It’s nice added touch 🙂 Thanks for your comments.

  9. The food looks amazing I must say go Argentina. The Chorizo de Bife looks amazing for us meat eaters but pastries also look great. Stuff it just order me one of everything

    • Thanks Mark, you would be delighted with all the delicious food in Argentina. From snacks, to meals, to dessert and of course meat. Lot’s to choose from and enjoy. Do let us know if you make it to Argentina!

  10. That oozing bit of cheese!! I could have those every day. Cheese has to be one of my favourite foods to indulge in, along with some ice cream. I had gelato every day in Italy, would love to see how Helado compares!

    • Hi Mar, it’s been too long since we were in Italy to remember how the gelato tastes and compare that with helados. What we do know is that the Argentines claim it is better than Italian gelato. This could be country pride 🙂 The history of helados come with the high Italian population in Argentina, so I would venture to say the taste is probably very similar. You will be able to continue to your love for cheese in Argentina 🙂 Thanks for your comments!

  11. That food looks so delicious! Funnily enough I was watching a movie last night that mentioned Malbec as being the main type of wine served in Buenos Aires. Looks like a great place to visit.

    • Hi Elissa, that’s great the timing between you watching the movie and reading the post. Malbec is indeed Argentina’s main wine and we did visit Mendoza as well. We wrote about the experience and will be publishing a mini-guide soon. Buenos Aires and Argentina in general is a fun place to visit!!

      • I can’t wait to read your post about Mendoza! I just posted about our trip but there was so much to take in that more will have to follow! The biggest takeaway was that 4 days was not enough, so I’m dying to go back. Any recommendations on non-spluge spots to stay in Valle de Uco or Chacras de Coria? Thehighwayisgreen.WordPress.com

        • Hi Courtney, so happy to hear you had a great time in Mendoza. Agree with you 100% 4 days is not enough. We were there for about 6 days and felt the same way as well. So much to see and discover. In terms of non splurge spots, we always like staying with locals via airbnb. This is a great way to get to know the favorite spots from the local perspective. Feel free to use the discount code for Airbnb on our site. We have several posts about Mendoza, and this one is about the area and Maipu valley. https://www.authenticfoodquest.com/discovering-mendoza-and-the-wines/ Did you visit any of these wineries?

  12. It is certainly a place I could easily eat my way around. I love empanada’s, but think they would be even better in Buenos Aires. This is certainly a very authentic food quest, and I have loved reading these. I think I will use this as a starting point when we eventually visit; it will be our go-to food guide, and makes it easy. Thanks ladies for such helpful information. Now I must eat 🙂

    • Thanks so much Paula. Glad you are enjoying reading about our quest. Our goal is to make it easier for you when you visit Buenos Aires and we appreciate knowing that it is helpful. Let us know when you get to Argentina. Cheers to eating!!

  13. I shouldn’t be reading this early in the morning for breakfast, wow so yummy. I really need to visit this amazing country and try some of these delicious places your recommended.

    • Hi Noel, there is never a good time to reading about food, don’t you think? So glad you learned about the delicious dishes in Buenos Aires. It’s a great foodie destination and worth visiting. Please let us know when you get there. Thanks for your comments!

  14. What a delicious post! Here it is dinner time and I am actually drooling by looking at those pics.

    Argentina has been on my list and I know it has some amazing food to relish. Empanadas and pizza look great. I am so looking forward to tasting them.

    • When are you planning on traveling to Argentina? If you spend time in Buenos Aires, be sure to check out the restaurants and places we have highlighted. You will be blown away by food. Please let us know what you think after your trip. Thanks for your comments!

  15. I lived in BsAs for quite some time last year and whenever people asked why I stayed, I always pointed out that food is AWESOME! Buenos Aires is so diverse when it comes to food and everything can be delivered at your doorstep (including ice cream!) Your dulce de leche photo brings back a lot of memories in BsAs! Thanks for sharing, Claire! Xx

    • That’s so wonderful to hear Trisha that the post reminded you of your stay in Buenos Aires. Truly there is so much amazing food in Buenos Aires that people don’t know much about. Missing the ice cream big time. Did you ever make it to Cadore? Thanks for your comments.

    • Hi Karla, you are so funny. There is plenty of room in “empanada heaven.” With baked empanadas made from beef, chicken, pork, quinoa, lamb, cheese and more we will all be happy campers. Thanks for your comments!

  16. Hmm, I really wanted to be able to say, “Wow, I’d love to try X” but the truth is I’m a closet foodie and would smash any of these! Seriously, they all look amazing that I don’t know if I could just choose one to pick from. I have heard so many amazing things about food in Argentina. I love trying local foods when traveling, it looks like Argentina just may be a “food trip” for me!!!

    • You are so right LeAnna, all these experiences are amazing and it’s difficult to pick a favorite. The food in Argentina is truly amazing and for a closet foodie, your “stomach” would have a great time 🙂 Thanks for your comments!

    • Hi Dannielle, truly the late afternoon snack or media tarde is an event that must be experienced. It is incredibly popular and the options are so good. Hope you make it to Buenos Aires soon to try it out for yourself 🙂

    • Hi Amanda, the good news is that there are a few vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires. Also, there are many vegetarian options of popular food items like empanadas. You will also find food stores called “Dietitica” which cater to vegetarians/vegans. One other bonus is the large number of organic farmers markets. Please let us know if you have specific questions, but we would say there are several options for vegetarians. Cheers!

    • Hi Brittany, you will enjoy Argentina when you get there. In Patagonia be sure to eat the Patagonia lamb which is legendary. In Ushuaia, the gateway to Antartica, we wrote about the seafod food to have. Please let us know what you think when you visit 🙂 Cheers!

    • Hi Tandy, you would have a blast in Buenos Aires visiting all the panaderias and tasting or “sampling” all the different types of facturas. If you already enjoy Malbec’s, venture out and try the ones from Argentina, you will find them very delicious as well. Lot’s of pasta in Buenos Aires…you would not be disappointed 🙂 Thanks for your comments.

    • You are so right Claire, and many people do not think Buenos Aires has lots to offer in the foodie scene. So glad that you now have a different opinion. The second part will be coming out shortly and will have even more places to check out. All good things end with sweet facturas 🙂 Thanks for your comments.

  17. I love traveling through food, especially if I can learn about them and make my own! That cheesy speciality looks out of this world, would travel across the world just to try that. I’ll probably end my day off with a bakery run!

    • That’s interesting Mark about the European Schnitzel. Not very familiar with it, but do keep in mind that the Milanesa has Italian heritage so there may indeed be a historical connection. Thanks for your comments.

  18. What an incredibly handy guide you compiled there! I’m actually travelling to South-America in a few months and Argentina will be on the list of places to visit and since food is one of my passions, I’m SO bookmarking this 🙂 And I’ll probably devour a factura every day – especially the ones with dulce de membrillo which is what I grew up with being half-Portuguese ( we are as obsessed about Quince jelly & paste) as, it seems, the Argentinians 🙂

    • Hi Tess, that’s so great to hear that you enjoyed this post and are traveling to Argentina soon. Yes, please save this list and wait for the part 2 that is coming out soon. That way you will have the complete soon. It is easy to devour a factura everyday. Plan on doing lots of walking to burn the calories 🙂 Plan for a great time and be sure to tell us what you discover. Cheers and thanks for your comments!

    • Thanks Joanna for your comments. So glad that you are planning on going to Buenos Aires sometime soon. Wait for part 2 of this post and save it for your trip. Would love to know what you are most interested in trying 🙂

  19. I loved Buenos Aires for food. But I loved steaks so much that I had problems deciding on anything else. I guess I’d love to see the pasta place, but then would I decide to eat pasta instead of a steak? Hm…

    • Hi Monik, completely understand what you mean by having to make a choice between eating steak and something else. The good news is that you can always find Pasta that’s stuffed with “carne” or meat as well 🙂 So glad to have connected with another Buenos Aires foodie. Cheers 🙂

  20. When I think of Argentina I can only see meat and steaks! Great food places that you’ve uncovered. Unfortunately, I don’t have any plans to visit Argentina any time soon, but this will definitely be on my list when I do.


  21. Wow, didn’t imagine there was so much food diversity in BA! And so many different kinds of fresh pasta! By the way I’m mostly attracted by those sweets!!! yummy! Thank you for sharing and making me hungry!

  22. Wow – all of that food is making me HUNGRY! I love to find restaurants that do one local specialty really really well. It sounds like Bodegon is a great example of that. And I had no idea that breaded meat was a think in BA. For some reason, in my mind it’s all just steak, steak and more steak. Maybe with frites and plenty of red wine. Looks like I gotta get out more!

    • Hi Julie, So happy to hear that you enjoyed learning that Buenos Aires has more to offer than steaks and red wine. It’s true the bodegon’s are the best place to experience local specialities and they do exist everywhere. The Milanesa is one of those unknown delicacies with Italian heritage. Hope you can get to Argentina and Buenos Aires soon. Cheers 🙂

  23. I didnt imagine Buenos Aires is a foodie haven. Steak and Malbec wine itself is enticing already. I love visiting local markets and trying new and local authentic food. Im intrigue with the alfajor would like to try one day.

    • Thanks Anne for your comments. Argentina does indeed have more to offer than beef and great wine. We agree, the farmers markets are the best places to discover what is local 🙂 Don’t miss the opportunity to try an alfajores:) Glad you learned a little more about Buenos Aires and hope you can visit soon 🙂 Cheers!

  24. Those are all great ideas! I didn’t run into much fresh pasta in Buenos Aires, but I would have really liked to take the pasta course. We loved the Milanese at Don Ignatio. And we also did a Malbec wine tasting course there that we loved

    • Hi Laura, Yay…so happy you got to experience Don Ignatio as well. It’s quite something, don’t you think?. What kind of Milanesa did you have? You did get to enjoy the best of both worlds…great food and delicious Malbec. Thanks for your comments and happy travels!

  25. You are right, I often do associate Argentina with good steak, but like most places, obviously they have more to offer. I wish I could have picked one that looked the best, but honestly, they all sounds awesome! Although at 40 weeks preggo, I’m a little partial to the sound of those Alfajors! I Love discovering new foods in new locations; all apart of the cultural experience of a land!!!

    • Thanks LeAnna for your comments. Indeed Argentina offers much more than steaks and our hope is that travelers experience all the other delicious options. One of the beauty’s of traveling is discovering the local delights..like alfajores. Congrats on your baby and hope you can visit Argentina soon. Cheers!


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