I think I have fallen in love with Buenos Aires. A vibrant, contrasting city with a ridiculous amount of things to do – if it’s not on your radar then it really should be now!
But with all the options available to you in can be overwhelming discovering where to eat, drink and enjoy in Buenos Aires!
And that’s where this guide comes in..
We ate out every night in this glorious city and we never had a bad experience! It’s a great place to discover and explore little hole-in-the-wall joints and have fun with it. In the last 24 hours alone I have been wallowing in pure gluttony!
A 3-course dinner at Manolo San Telmo last night, amazing burgers and lemonade in the sun at OuiOui for lunch, a long relaxed coffee at the uber-cool Full City Coffee House and topping it off (for our third visit this week) with literally life-affirming Roquefort empanadas at El Mazacote. I’m in foodie heaven!
If you’re feeling even more adventurous or looking for something in a specific area check out food reviews at Guiaoleo and What’s Up Buenos Aires for up-to-the-minute events for the night. And prepare yourself with some fun facts about Argentina. People will be jealous of your insider local knowledge and be begging you for recommendations in no time!
However discovery has its limits, and some places you can only find if you’re in the know!
This is why loved Graffitimundo’s Insider Guide to where to eat, drink and enjoy in Buenos Aires. It was the best, most concise list of recommendations I have ever received for this city and I have shared them below for you.
I also loved their street art tours that they run – which I have reviewed here – so if you are looking for something a bit alternative and want to support arts in this city please check out our full review of our Graffitimundo tour in Buenos Aires then and go on one of their tours! It was a highlight of BA, and still stands out even amongst all the landmarks of Argentina and incredible day trips on offer.
So, now for their recommendations:
Argentina Insider: Where to Eat, Drink and Sleep in Buenos Aires
- Best Art Galleries In Buenos Aires
- Other Places To See Graffiti & Street Art In Buenos Aires
- Interesting Shops In Buenos Aires
- Best Restaurants And Cafes In Buenos Aires
- Best Bars In Buenos Aires
- Best Live Music In Buenos Aires
- Best Clubs In Buenos Aires
- Other Interesting Or Unusual Places In Buenos Aires
- The Best Places To Sleep In Buenos Aires
Best Art Galleries In Buenos Aires
- Hollywood in Cambodia – Thames 1885, Palermo Open Tuesday – Sunday, 6-9pm
- UNION – graf timundo’s own gallery
Costa Rica 5929, Palermo. Monday – Friday, 12 – 6pm
- Gachi Prieto – Uriate 1976, Palermo
- Patio del Liceo – collections of galleries and shops
Santa Fe 2729, Palermo
- Galeria Mar Dulce – Uriate 1490, Palermo
- Ruby – Céspedes 3065, Colegiales
- Club Albarellos – Artist’s atelier, shop and art gallery Albarellos 280, Tigre.
- Dinamica Galeria – Gorriti 5741, Palermo
Urban art gallery housed in Festival bar, open 8pm – 12pm
Other Places To See Graffiti & Street Art In Buenos Aires
- Carabobo & Puan stations – On Subte line A
- Independencia & San Jose, Montserrat – Mural by BLU
- The Wall of Fame – 15 blocks of graf ti on Donado, between General Paz & Congreso
- Angel Gallardo station – Murals by Nazza on Subte line
Interesting Shops In Buenos Aires
- Picnic – Nicaragua 6080, Palermo Beautiful interior design
- Doma – El Salvador 4792, Palermo Amazing leather jackets
- La Pasionaria – Godoy Cruz 1541, Palermo Warehouse lled with vintage 20th century objects
- Juana de Arco – El Salvador 4762, Palermo Unique, colourful women’s clothing using lace
- Local – Gorriti 5041, Palermo Clothes, bike, skate and tattoo shop
- Violraviol – El Salvador 5894, Palermo
Quaint homewares shop selling handmade fabrics
- Enseres Bazar – El Salvador 5986, Palermo Handcrafted kitchen and homewares shop
- Mercado de las Pulgas – Alvarez Thomas 71, Colegiales Flea market, antiques & jumble
- KOM – Conesa 600, Colegiales Cool babywear and printed bags
- Coucou – Ramón Freire 1302, Colegiales
Lots of lovely objects made by independent designers
- Cualquier Verdura – Humberto 1o 517, San Telmo A beautiful house where everything is for sale
- Walrus Books – Estados Unidos 617, San Telmo English bookshop with a great selection for travelers
Best Restaurants And Cafes In Buenos Aires
- Full City Coffee House – Thames 1535, Palermo. Great coffee $
- Fukuro Noodle Bar – Costa Rica 5514, Palermo. BA’s first noodle bar $$
- Don Julio – Guatemala 4691, Palermo. Parrilla $$
- Il Ballo del Mattone – Gorriti 5737, Palermo. Italian, great vibe, run by artists,decorated with art and photography $$
- Pain et Vin – Goritti 5132, Palermo. Delicious sandwiches and wine $
- El Trapiche – Paraguay 5099, Palermo Local, authentic parilla. Get the pepper crust steak $$
- Oui Oui – Nicaragua 6068 & 6099, Palermo. The original Palermo Brunch. Lunch, salads and lemonade,dulce de leche mousse $
- Artemisia – Gorriti 5996, Palermo. Tasty wholefoods café $$
- Cafe Tortoni – Avenida de Mayo 825, Microcentro. Historic porteño cafe. Great for afternoon tea $$
- Cocina Sunae -Roseti 1474, Villa Ortuzar.South East Asian food $$
- La Prometida – Delgado 1189, Colegiales. Lovely old house turned café and restaurant Veggie options and home made bread $$
- Le Ble – Avenida Alvarez Thomas 899, Colegiales. $$
- Nola – Gorriti 4389, Villa Crespo
. Gastropub with craft beers and cajun cooking $
- Malvon – Serrano 789, Villa Crespo
. Beautiful building with very popular brunches $$
- Sarkis – Thames 1101, Villa Crespo
. Great Middle Eastern food, authentic & cheap $
- La Esperanza – Aguirre 526, Villa Crespo. Relaxed vermouth bar with tasty tapas $$
- Chan Chan – Hipolito Yrigoyen 1390, Congreso. Cheap & cheerful Peruvian $
- El Federal – Carlos Calvo 599, San Telmo. Traditional porteño cafe with authentic ambience $$
- Parilla 1880 – Defensa 1665, San Telmo. A local institution. Old school, authentic parilla & cheap $
- Doppelganger – Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo. Classic Martini bar with fabulous cocktails and decent food $$
- El Banco Rojo – Bolivar 914, San Telmo. Kebabs, soul food and delicious eats $
- Caseros – Av Caseros 486, San Telmo. Locally sourced food, lovely décor $$
- Musetta Caffe – Billinghurst 894, Barrio Norte. Nice French café $
- Las Violetas – Rivadavia 3899, Almagro. Classic cafe with old school charm $$$
Best Bars In Buenos Aires
- Post Bar (Hollywood in Cambodia) 1885 Thames Palermo – open every day from 6pm
- Verne Club – Medrano 1475, Palermo
- Festival – Gorriti 5741, Palermo
- Guarda La Vieja – Billinghurst 699, Barrio Norte
- Floreria Atlantico – Arroyo 872, Recoleta
- Levitar – Godoy Cruz 1715, Palermo
- Home Hotel bar – Honduras 5860, Palermo. Great on a Friday evening in summer
- Rey De Copas – Gorriti 5176, Palermo. Great cocktail bar with incredible art
- 878 – Thames 878, Villa Crespo. Legendary former speakeasy near Sarkis restaurant
- Esquina Libertad – Uriarte 1501, Palermo
- Milion – Paraná 1084, Recoleta. Choose drinks over food at this beautiful mansion house
- Bar Seddon – Defensa 695, San Telmo. Atmospheric with live music at weekends
Best Live Music In Buenos Aires
- La Bomba de Tiempo @ Konex – Sarmiento 3131. Legendary party with carnval style drumming group. Every Monday from 7pm
- La Catedral – Sarmiento y Medrano. Atmospheric milonga, watch while eating veggie food or get there at 8.30pm or 9.30pm on Tuesday for a class
- La Oreja Negra – Uriarte 1271, Palermo. Mention Graffitimundo for 2 for 1 tickets
- Naranja Verde – Santa Fe 1284, Recoleta. Intimate live music venue with quirky art gallery
- La Peña del Colorado – Güemes 3657, Palermo. Argentine folklore music. Stay after midnight to eat empanadas, drink wine and watch the local jam begin!
Best Clubs In Buenos Aires
- Bahrein (drum & bass on Tuesday) Lavalle 345
- Cocoliche – Rivadavia 878 (Techno)
- Basement Club Shamrock – Rodriguez Pena 1220
- Crobar (Fridays) Av.Libertador 3881
- Dengue Dancing (Thursdays) – Gong – Cordoba 634
Other Interesting Or Unusual Places In Buenos Aires
- Tierra Santa – Out on the Costanera near Jorge Newbery airport lies a bizarre religious theme park. It’s different.
- Ancient San Telmo Tunnels -Defensa 755, San Telmo.
- San Antonio De Areco – A lovely day trip out of the city.
Cycle around before seeing the gauchos at an estancia.
- La Casa Brandon – Luis MaríaDrago 236, Villa Crespo. Arts & culture space which aims to raise awareness, love, respect and visibility for the city’s GLBTQ community.
- Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249, Villa Crespo. Cultural centre showing exhibitions, with music venue and outdoor terrace.
- Tigre – Area on the river delta 1 hour north of the city, perfect for a day trip. Go to Puerto de Frutos and take a boat ride around the islands.
The Best Places To Sleep In Buenos Aires
- Caravan BA | Hostel Boutique – Uriarte 1642. The cities best hostel by far. Outdoor pool, activities, bike hire and chic modern design. The best budget option for social travellers. Book here.
- King’s Hotel – Av. Corrientes 623. Cheap, basic and clean. The best hotel option for those on a budget with a super-central location in a vibrant cultural hub. Everything you need, and not a penny more. Book here.
- Mine Hotel –Gorriti 4770. Great mid-range option. Found in the chic Palermo Soho district filled with street art and eateries, Mine Hotel is an award winning designer hotel featuring a pool by the garden and a courtyard with a water fountain. Book here.
- Alvear Icon Hotel –Aimé Painé 1130. Rub shoulders with the fabulous and stylish in the waterfront Puerto Madero neighbourhood A onsite spa center and fitness center complete with modern hotel, which attracts those who value design and location. Book here.
- Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires –Posadas 1086/88. Undisputedly one of the best buenos aires hotels downtown (or anywhere else!) this is the perfect place for a splurge. Spacious luxury suites, marble bathrooms, charming gardens and swanky gourmet restaurants and bars. Oh and an outdoor swimming pool to get away from it all! Book here.
Further Things To Consider Before Any Adventure
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