Best Places to Eat on a Budget in Buenos Aires City

Dec 2015

Buenos Aires itself is a kitchen. You can find any type of food you can imagine: De Autor (gourmet), Bodegon (cantines), Parrilla (Bbq), Indian, Armenia, Peruvian and any other ethnic.

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Brie & Pumpkin Salad, Quinoa Risotto and Smoked Salmon Tartare – Le Pain Quotidien

Palermo Soho is the hip town where you can find ten restaurants in just one block! Off topic, everywhere you wander you’ll find fashion boutiques with top-brands and plenty of independent designers. Really cool stuff for shopping lovers.

To eat and drink there’s a lot of options. For craft beer check out Antares. For natural food: Le Pain Quotidian, a gorgeous bakery with a very cute patio offering many kinds of juices and a good variety in their menu.

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If you are looking for attentive service and excellent cuisine, we highly recommend T-Bone in Palermo (Botanic area – Armenia and Santa Fe Ave.). A great experience that won’t break your wallet. It offers all the fancy stuff: aperitif, the usual bread and dip, main course, desert and a treat (for around 200 pesos/p!). As food goes, we recommend the risottos, the Malbec sirloin, salmon in any kind and pretty much everything haha. If you have extra space don’t miss the Volcan De Chocolate… Delicious!

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Grilled Seed Crusted Salmon – T-Bone

For afternoon tea (a tradition in Argentina) there is a Café called Como En Casa (Like At Home) with a gorgeous patio in an old French building. Ideal to enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of cake next to the fountain.

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And last but not least, to explore some ethnic culture, we recommend Sarkis for arab-armenia cuisine. Good price with big portions. We loved the fact that we could do tapas style by ordering ½ portions of different dishes. The bill was no more than 120 pesos/p, including drinks and desert.

Make sure to check the bakeries for afternoon tea as well! They’re everywhere in Buenos Aires with delicious pastries such as Medialunas, Sandwitchitos de Miga (tea sandwiches) and other sweet treats.

Other restaurants we recommend:

  • Chan Chan (Microcentro): Peruvian food, excellent and very cheap.
  • La Fondue (Palermo Chico): Delicious cheese or chocolate fondue and BIG! Four people can share a 3 person one and it’s hard to finish. (Around 200 pesos/p with wine)
  • Las Cabras (Palermo Hollywood): Cheap and abundant. A variety of food.
  • Burger Joint: American style homemade hamburgers cooked to perfection. (95 pesos/p with fries)
  • Lucio (Palermo) and Cipriano (Retiro): For great empanadas.
  • Delhi Mahal (Microcentro): Authentic Indian food.
  • Freddo, Volta, Persico: Stuart’s favorite places.. Ice Cream! There are plenty of Heladerias (ice-cream shops) to try so just follow your instinct.
  • Guerrin, Las Cuartetas, El Cuartito: for cheesy pizza and delicious Faina.

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Do not leave Argentina without trying the world famous Parrilla with its Tira de Asado, Matambritos, Chorizo, Morcilla, Chinchulines, Mollejas, among others.

Bon apetit! Cheers! Chin Chin!

Keiki On Board

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