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Farinelli

Buenos Aires’ version of London’s Ottolenghi, Farinelli has two locations, in Palermo and in Recoleta, both perfect for brunch and lunch (but closed for dinner). Food is made fresh with a different menu each day – their passion fruit cheesecake is a must.

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.

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.

Olsen

This Nordic-style restaurant has one of the best gardens in Palermo Viejo. A lush environment of trees and modern sculptures provides an inimitable backdrop for a meal at any time of day, though it’s particularly good for Sunday brunch or a romantic dinner. The menu includes over 40 different vodkas from around the world.

  • +54 11 4776 7677
  • Gorriti 5870
    C1414BKJ CABA

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.

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.

Proper

Housed in a converted mechanic’s garage, this quirky restaurant offers a vegetable-laden escape from the city’s carnivore-dominated menus. Most dishes are cooked in a wood-fire oven and the open kitchen adds to the lively atmosphere. Don’t miss the shishito peppers or calamari.

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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