Buenos Aires – Our favorite restaurants in the Palermo neighborhood (+ vegetarian and vegan options)
Yummy! Our trip to Buenos Aires ended up being a culinary experience like no other before. We ate so much food, drank such good wine as well as cocktails. We’ve put together a list of the best places we went to for your next food tour in Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires.
Psst! Do not worry, there’s food for everyone in Buenos Aires. The culinary scene changed quite a bit in the past few years and there’s now a wide variety of restaurants in the city to please everyone. Keep reading if you’re vegetarian or vegan; we made sure to find a few options for you too!
**Vegan | * Vegetarian option
Costa Rica 6038, C1414 CABA, Argentina
We sit down, order a couple of dishes, eat the first, then the second and then we are faced with the truth, we had no idea we were in a vegan restaurant.The kimchi wontons were melting in our mouth, the cashew burrata tricked us with its perfect texture and its side of fresh garden tomatoes. Without mentioning the mezze bowl, a huge salad loaded with falafels, cauliflower couscous, hummus and much more. What a delight, it paired perfectly with our glass of rosé!
Arévalo 2024, C1414 CABA, Argentina
It never occurred to me that we would eat such fresh fish during our trip to Argentina. All we hear about is Argentina’s steak! While in reality, Buenos Aires’ culinary scene is vibrant and has much more to offer. At La Mar, it’s all about fresh fish and seafood. Our favorite dishes were the ceviche trio (their specialty), calamari fritters served in a lemon sauce and its side of raw fish. Our favorite dessert was the chocolate mousse. Served with their lemon or passion fruit Pisco sour, it’s like a piece of heaven! Of course, we had a glass of wine… Or two!
Thames 2317, C1425FIG CABA, Argentina
This is why you go to Argentina. For their massive piece of steak, as I have rarely seen before, grilled on the open fire right before your eyes. If you are not a vegetarian, it’s THE place to be! We tested a couple of first courses such as crunchy sweetbreads served on cornbread and homemade chorizo sausage. For the main course, we ate the steak – the only one on the menu– which was an enormous, tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked T-bone. We rolled our way out of there… we ate so much meat that we took a vegetarian cure for the next following days! What an experience!!
Aráoz 1676, C1414 CABA, Argentina
This restaurant is something else! It has an underground vibe with its unfinished decoration, its kitchen in the middle of the dining room and its bare, sign-free entrance. Shout out to Google map for finding the entrance for us! Their refined menu features mostly fresh tapas made with seasonal ingredients. It was so delicious! We ate a fresh tomato and marinated honeydew salad, broccoli and calamari grilled on the flames, and aged beef carpaccio that was so good it melted in our mouth. We highly recommend their mouth-watering dulce de leche custard! Last but not least, their wine card offers a wide selection of Argentina’s best wines.
Guatemala 4699, C1425 CABA, Argentina
It took me a while to figure out if I would recommend that one. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with that restaurant. It has to do with the fact that we ate there still “hungover” from our meat feast. Let’s say that I wasn’t in the mood for a big steak… which is the reason why you choose to eat there. I decided to eat a vegetarian plate so that my husband could enjoy another steak. But my pasta plate wasn’t really tasty. However, it’s the perfect place if you want to try different pieces of meat grilled on an open fire. My husband really enjoyed his piece of meat. As I said, it’s better if you eat meat at this restaurant – forget the veggie options!
PUBS & COFFEE SHOPS
Costa Rica 5901, C1414BTK CABA, Argentine
It’s the perfect place for a latte, an espresso or a breakfast snack. I highly recommend it! We were charmed by the soothing atmosphere and their huge sofas inviting you to slowly enjoy your morning.
Costa Rica 5527, C1414BTC CABA, Argentina
The main reason why you go there is for their huge selection of local beer and their pub-style bites. And of course, if you ask me, their Aperol Spritz. Cool fact, if you enter their Wi-Fi code, you receive a free beer! Now that’s a mouth-watering offer!
Gorriti 4389, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A little restaurant that seems ordinary from the outside, but that offers the perfect menu if you like craft beer. Their terrace is the perfect place to enjoy their excellent rosé sangria! They offer generous plates inspired New Orleans’ culinary food scene. You must try their homemade popcorn chicken. We also had a taste of their tender and delicious cornbread.
FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH
Nicaragua 6000, C1414BWL CABA, Argentina
Did you say dulce de leche? Guess what! IT’S EVERYWHERE! They have a huge selection of dulce de leche deserts. I would’ve loved having a calorie budget of 50 000 calories during that day! That way I could’ve tasted everything. They also offer takeout meals and lots of empanadas if you want to grab a quick lunch. If you’re not in a hurry, you can take your time and eat there.
Gorriti 4702 Palermo Esquina Cabrera, Buenos Aires 1065 Argentina
You can already tell that there is a recurrent topic here! It starts with dulce and ends with leche. But seriously, their super dulce de leche ice cream is a slice of heaven! The dulce de leche flavored ice cream is topped with a drizzle of dulce the leche and there are little crunchy caramel bites. What a delight! If you don’t like dulce de leche – in that case, we’re not friends anymore – they also have several homemade ice creams!
The food was so good during our trip that I gained 7 pounds! I’m not that upset about it; they were well invested. You don’t get to enjoy Argentina’s delights… and dulce de leche twice in a lifetime! Like they say: you only live once! Also, our Canadian dollar goes a long way in Argentina, therefore you get to eat in fancy restaurants pretty much every night, the kind you would only visit once or twice a year in Canada. I can’t wait to go back and enjoy all these dishes again!
Enjoy your food tour, foodies of this world!
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