Oui Oui

Having reached almost cult levels with locals, Oui Oui is undoubtedly a pioneer in the Buenos Aires brunch scene. Its set lunch menu pays homage to a porteño tradition with a dish of the day, dessert and espresso for a fixed price. Try the eggs benedict with lemony potato wedges and fluffy waffles with dulce de leche for dessert. Visit an hour before closing and pick up discounted loaves of bread.

Bilbo Café

Tucked away in a residential street of the up-and-coming Villa Crespo neighbourhood, Bilbo is a no-frills, inviting café. The pastel-coloured space is perfect for a slow morning of newspaper-reading and sipping on a strong iced americano alongside locals. There’s an excellent coworking space in the basement with comfy chairs and great WiFi, ideal for studying or meetings. Try the bagels.

  • +54 11 2115 2016
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  • Dr. Luis Beláustegui 802
    Villa Crespo

Cafe Lattente

Phenomenal coffee and Colombian food can be found at this Palermo spot. It’s within walking distance of all the popular food and shopping in Palermo.

Ninina

Named after the owners’ grandmother, Ninina serves cakes and pastries, alongside a top-notch brunch menu. The cool and stylish space is carefully designed with attention to detail – a glass wall offers a peak into a busy kitchen, and there’s a chef’s table where you can be a part of the action. Its menu caters for every patron, including exceptional coffee and teas, cold infusions and smoothies, as well as a select wine, craft beer and cocktail list.

Barrio Cafetero

A tiny hole-in-the-wall café, Barrio Cafetero is a well-established name in the coffee world of Buenos Aires. Make a quick stop at the bar for a strong coffee fix.

The Shelter Coffee

The perfect pick-me-up stop when you find yourself exploring the downtown, The Shelter Coffee serves an exceptional Colombian blend, as well as cocktails. Do not miss the “Patric Shelter”, a whisky cocktail with espresso, ginger ale and pink grapefruit.

Zavalía by Café Z

A true labour of love for owner Charlie Zavalia, this small establishment offers the single coffee variety which made him fall in love with coffee, roasted in house and served by Charlie himself. This place is great for coffee aficionados who enjoy a friendly chat.

Coffee Town

At the heart of San Telmo market, Coffee Town was established as the first specialty coffee house in Buenos Aires. Its market stall is ideal to get your coffee fix while exploring the San Telmo area, and the staff will be happy to answer all your questions regarding coffee and beyond.

Full City Coffee House

One of the first coffee shops to bring quality coffee to Buenos Aires in 2012, Full City is today staffed with knowledgeable baristas who take the time to craft your beverages to your preference. Owned by a Colombian-UK couple, this spot takes pride in sourcing the best beans and offering high quality in a city with a strong coffee-culture and surprising below-par offerings.

LAB New American Cuisine

From the folks behind LAB Tostadores de Café, this Belgrano coffee shop offers exceptional coffee alongside a killer American-style brunch menu. If you need a break from the pastry-heavy Buenos Aires breakfasts, stop by for avocado toast, scrambled eggs and yoghurt and granola. Its lunch offerings are fun and fresh too.

ÖSS Kaffe

Architect owner Fernando Iglesias Molli reimagined his garage a cosy café, opening ÖSS Kaffe as a minimalist space with window service and sidewalk seating, serving quality drinks inspired by the Nordic coffee culture. A must-try is the “Öss Ten” – cold drip from Nicaragua with ginger ale, lemon, ice and sea salt.

Salvaje Bakery

Set in an old car garage, Salvaje Bakery steps up the city’s bread game with a rotating menu of sourdough and pastries every day. Order the sampling bread basket accompanied with butter, jams and exceptional olive oil. This spot is ideal for people-watching; carb up before stopping by the flea market across the street.

Feria Masticar

With the support of the city’s government, Masticar is a giant yearly food fair that celebrates Argentina’s diverse culinary scene, produce and ingredients. With dozens of stands and food trucks, a wine tasting area, cocktails from all the hip bars and a huge indoor market with the best local and seasonal produce, this is a great one-stop to sample lots of dishes from renowned restaurants, celebrity chefs and exciting new offerings. It also hosts workshops and cooking classes. Check online for the latest dates and location.

Nuestra Parrilla

An absolute must-visit for Argentina’s infamous street food choripán, a grilled sausage sandwich topped with chimichurri. This father-and-son hole in the wall has been a staple of the San Telmo market for about 20 years, and keeps all its charm with football memorabilia on the walls and locals gathered around an old TV set drinking beer. Not the place for a fine dining experience, but for the most authentic street food in the city.

  • Carlos Calvo 471
    San Telmo

Bar de Cao

This off-the-beaten-path café has been an icon of the San Cristóbal neighbourhood for over 100 years. Don’t expect to find many (if any) tourists here. Order its famous “Picada Gran Cao”, a traditional charcuterie board comprised of a selection of cured meats and cheeses, olives and other preserves, and the softest warm country bread. Take this chance to try classic digestif Hesperidina, made from bitter and sweet orange peels; order it on ice or with soda water and lemon, the porteño way.

  • +54 11 4942 0920
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  • Avenida Independencia 2400
    San Cristóbal

Bodegon El Obrero

Traditional bodegones are outposts of history and character in the city’s restaurant scene of the city, and an ideal taste of the real porteño life. Bodegon El Obrero is in the neighbourhood of La Boca, a popular area with tourists for its rich history and the Boca Juniors football stadium. Its menu features a selection of traditional Argentinian dishes such as escabeche-style aubergine, Spanish tortilla and dulce de leche flan.

Sarkis

While there is no shortage of great Armenian food in the city, Sarkis comes top of the list. Crowds gather outside before it opens for lunch at midday, so come early. The lamb kofta in yogurt sauce is truly exceptional and big enough to share, as is the selection of hot and cold appetisers – order the dip made of red peppers and nuts, served with bottomless fresh pittas.

  • +54 11 47724911
  • Thames 1101
    Villa Crespo

Camping

Inspired by camping and outdoor gatherings, this restaurant is set on the gardens of the Buenos Aires Design Mall, and offers a great place to meet friends for casual food and live music. It’s a great option for warm evenings.

416 Snack Bar

More cool hang-out spot than classic restaurant, 416 is the project of Canadian expat Mike Scrimshaw, who decided to replicate his existing Toronto bar in Buenos Aires. With a menu adapted to the Argentine palette, this is the place to go to for sharing tapas-style dishes designed to be eaten by hand. Hip crowds pack this spot in the evenings. Order the steak tartare and the “Amelia Earhart” cocktail – a twist on the classic aviation with gin and rose water.

Caseros Restaurante

Located on one of the most picturesque streets of the city, Caseros is surrounded by a green boulevard and plenty of elegant buildings. The setting is classic and clean, and its fix-price lunch menu makes this the perfect lunch stop when exploring the surrounding San Telmo and Barracas neighbourhoods.

  • +54 11 4307 4729
  • Avenue Caseros 486
    Barracas

Palitos

There are great choices for food in Chinatown, and Palitos is among the best, serving traditional mandarin dishes. A highlight of the menu is the “three aromas chicken”, strongly flavoured with ginger, garlic and basil. Lunch hour sees a rush of locals and service is quick. Dinner offers a more relaxed atmosphere in an inviting setting, perfect for big groups looking to sample the extensive menu.

Cantina Don Chicho

You’ll likely not find this hidden-gem Italian restaurant in any travel guides. Ramp up your appetite as you watch fresh pasta being made before ordering fusilli “al fierrito”, rolled the traditional way over iron sticks called just before cooking. This is a family-run restaurant which is cosy and classic, and its meatballs are to die for.

Bestia

The go-to place for quality Argentinian barbecue in a refined, contemporary setting. The emphasis is cast on steak, and ingredients are smoked in-house for hours over quebracho wood. Must-order dishes include traditional sweetbreads with garlic purée and, of course, their dry aged beef, served with kimchi.

Nola

This Cajun-style restaurant is the brainchild of New Orleans-born Liza Puglia. Come for the city’s best fried chicken, stay for the traditional Nola dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and beignets. It gets busy in the evenings, with crowds spilling over sidewalk tables and the beer flowing. This is a fun spot not to be missed.

Narda Comedor

Owned by arguably the biggest celebrity chef in Argentina, Narda Lepes, Narda Comedor is a bright and inviting space, bathed with light and green plants, with a veg-forward menu designed to challenge the status quo of Argentine eating. All produce and meats are sourced with care, and the restaurant employs a training program for women over 60 to lead front of house during lunch service.

  • +54 911 6131 0664
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  • Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre 664
    Belgrano

Gran Dabbang

With a small menu designed to share, Gran Dabbang serves South Asian-inspired dishes within a no frills setting. Chef Mariano Ramón, an alumni of famed Francis Mallmann, curates a daily changing menu, with stand-out dishes such as crispy vegetable pakoras and Argentinian classic fainá, a chickpea flatbread served with spiced aubergine and burrata.

Casa Cavia

Film director Lupe Garcia brought together a team of local tastemakers to restore this 1927 mansion that overlooks the charming Plaza Alemania. This concept boutique, restaurant and cultural destination is an oasis of architecture, books, food and flowers. Seasonal menus take cue from different themes – books, music – and draw a hip crowd for breakfast, brunch, lunch, merienda (tea time) and dinner gazing over the garden.

Farinelli

With a seasonal menu ideal for lunch and brunch, Farinelli offers a selection of salads, sandwiches and daily dishes that revolve around the freshest ingredients. Tuck in at this cute Palermo outpost or take away for a picnic on one of the many surrounding green spaces.

Osaka

A Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant with two spectacular locations in Puerto Madero and Palermo Viejo. Palermo Viejo is particularly impressive, with a vast terrace perfect for after-dinner drinks. If fruity cocktails are your thing, don’t miss their classic “berry nice” cocktail.

Dadá

A classic spot for the young cool porteño crowd, Dadá is the ideal place to go with friends and get a feeling for the local scene. Away from the regular tourist circuit, it is a vibrant yet relaxed sidewalk bar; a meeting place in Microcentro. Sometimes a lucky few enjoy an “after-hours closing party”, when bartenders close the curtains and partygoers dance on the bar top.

  • +54 11 4314 4787
  • San Martin 941
    El Centro

Tegui

Don’t be fooled by its simple black door and graffitied wall, this is one of the best (and most expensive) restaurants in Palermo Viejo. Admire the contemporary architecture and décor while working your way through the chef’s menu: red tuna and Camembert soufflé are firm favourites. Book in advance.

  • +54 11 4770 9500
  • 5852 Costa Rica
    Palermo

Casa Coupage

This closed-door restaurant was started by a couple as the result of a successful supper club, and some say it serves the best food and wine in the whole of Buenos Aires. Go for the tasting menu and let them know if you have any dietary requirements beforehand; they are happy to accommodate. It’s simple fare perfectly done and the atmosphere is fantastic. Be sure to chat to the owners; they are fountains of knowledge and tell wonderful stories.

El Obrero

A typical cantina, this restaurant is considered a landmark in the historic La Boca neighbourhood. It opens at noon so make sure you arrive before 1pm for lunch, or make a reservation so you can try their amazing Spanish tortilla.

  • +54 11 4362 9912
  • Agustin R. Caffarena 64
    La Boca

Chan Chan

A classic choice for porteños in the market for Peruvian food, this place serves top-knotch ceviche. Neither pretentious nor overly fashionable, it’s all about the food here. As a result, it’s always rammed with loud groups gathered around sharing plates, even on Sunday nights. If you’re unable to get a table, try El Perlado just next door.

  • +54 11 4382 8492
  • Hipolito Yrigoyen 1390
    Monserrat

Aldo's Vinoteca

With over 600 varieties of wine, Aldo’s is the perfect spot for oenophiles and jazz aficionados in San Telmo. Unknown to many, Aldo’s is connected by a staircase to the Bepob Jazz Club, where you can have a glass of wine after dinner (or directly head to the club) to enjoy some smooth melodies.

Nuestro Secreto

Located in a beautiful Buenos Aires mansion that is part of the Four Seasons Hotel, this grill has an atmosphere that is unparalleled in the city. Tables are positioned in a secret garden or under a glass roof. On Wednesdays and Thursday nights be sure to check out the hotel’s Ponyline Bar – one of the best after-office watering holes.

Guido's

A pure and simple Italian in Palermo, Guido’s shows is an all-time favourite. Order nibbles during the daily happy hour – a perfect equaliser if you go overboard on the red.

  • +54 11 4802 2391
  • Republica de la India 2843
    Palermo

Caseros

An ideal lunch spot after a walk round the San Telmo antique market on Sundays, this place is cosy, affordable and has very good food.

  • +54 11 4307 4729
  • Caseros 486
    San Telmo

El Cuartito

Walking distance from the Colón Theater in the city centre, El Cuartito is a lively pizza spot for the post-theatre crowd. There are both seating and standing (cheaper) options, as well as takeaway if you don’t want to queue. Their cheese and onion “fugazzeta” pizza is legendary.

  • +54 11 4816 1758
  • Talcahuano 937
    El Centro

Boca A Boca

This corner house next to the Usina de las Artes in La Boca has a lovely, colourful patio for lunch and dinner. There is tango music in the evenings, and occasionally lessons are offered in an adjacent wooden-floor room.  Go for Argentinian wine and local cuts of meat.

  • +54 11 4300 0003
  • Benito Pérez Galdos 207

Proper

A wood-fired oven grabs the attention in this restaurant’s open kitchen, allowing Proper to established itself as a favourite within the gastronomic community. Behind an unmarked door of a former car-repair garage, you’ll find a small seasonal menu featuring locally sourced ingredients of the best quality. Stand-out bites are the whipped butter with local anchovies, aged beef carpaccio served with capers, and its fresh sourdough bread.

Mishiguene

Roughly translating as “lovably crazy,” Mishiguene is fanatic about its produce. Inspired by traditional Jewish cuisine, with influences from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the menu is reflective of the global threads that make up the tapestry of Jewish cuisine. Highlights include the pastrami and white salmon.

Cosi Mi Piace

For a Latin American capital with a strong Italian heritage, pizza is always a popular choice. In a city teaming with options, Cosi Mi Piace stands out for its thin and crispy base. With a focus on sustainability, all ingredients are organically sourced from local farms. Grab a side table or sit at the L-shaped marble bar that divides the restaurant –one side chefs, the other diners. Antipasti and daily specials are also available.

  • +54 11 4831 7176
  • El Salvador 4618

Nola

A casual spot for Cajun food and craft beer, this Palermo haunt serves some of the best fried chicken in Buenos Aires. The New Orleans-inspired menu fuses French, Spanish and Caribbean flavours; typical plates of seafood, pork and rice are flavoured with cayenne pepper and classics include cornbreads and gumbo soup, with a fish or sausage base.

Patagonia Sur

Renowned Argentine chef Francis Mallman’s restaurant in La Boca has limited tables, a set menu, top-notch food and stellar wine. The space is cosy, with an eclectic collector’s charm about it as plates, picture frames and other oddities are displayed in overlapping sequences across walls. The gnocchi and the steak are both sublime.

Fervor

A great steak and seafood joint in Recoleta, sit at the high bar for an aperitif before heading to your table, where you’ll be surrounded by mostly local clientele. Dark wood and high ceilings making for pleasant surroundings, supplemented by an extensive menu.

La Cabrera

One of the capital’s greatest grills, this is an extremely popular spot among locals and there are now several branches around town. Portions are huge so take heed from the waiters’ suggestions. Do not miss the chocolate volcano to finish.

Tegui

Incongruously hidden behind a graffitied wall, Tegui is the brainchild of much-lauded Argentine chef, German Martitegui. Inside, elegant interiors take second billing to the food. The 10-course tasting menu includes oysters, deer and seafood. Try the twists on typical local fare, like mate custard and mate soufflé.

Farinelli

Osaka

Dadá

Tegui

Casa Coupage

Olsen

El Obrero

Chan Chan

Aldo's Vinoteca

Nuestro Secreto

Guido's

Caseros

El Cuartito

Proper

Mishiguene

Cosi Mi Piace

Nola

Patagonia Sur

Fervor

La Cabrera

Tegui

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