Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, offers a wide-range of culinary experiences to food-lovers exploring this sprawling metropolis. Argentina, with its vast cattle population, is one of the world’s most prolific producers of beef so it should come as no surprise that the capital of the Latin American country has many excellent steakhouses. Besides prime-quality beef discerning diners can sample a range of different cuisines while imbibing New World wine.
Argentina is famous for its parrillas, or steakhouses, of which Buenos Aires has its fair share and which provide one of the most obvious gastronomic experiences to those visiting the city. La Brigada, located in the capital’s San Telmo district, has an impressive selection of steaks and other beef dishes as well a well-stocked wine cellar with wines sourced from Argentinian vineyards.
Italian immigration into Argentina during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries had a profound influence on Argentinian culture, including on the national cuisine. Pizza became an important aspect of the former Spanish colony’s cuisine and El Cuartito, located in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires and established in the 1930s, offers some of the best pizza in the country amidst a backdrop of pop culture and sporting memorabilia.
La Esperanza de los Ascurra
No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without sampling the tapas, that is appetizers of cheese, cured meat, seafood and olives, and washing it down with some cocktails. La Esperanza de los Ascurra, situated in the capital’s Villa Crespo district, has a wide selection of tapas to choose from and a generous offering of cocktails including the negroni which consists of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari poured over ice with an orange peel garnish.
The Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires
Chan Chan, located in the Congreso district of Buenos Aires, provides the opportunity to experience fine Peruvian cuisine in the Argentinian capital at a reasonable price. Food-lovers wishing to try something different during their stay in the city can indulge in ceviche, a seafood dish seasoned with spices and marinaded in citrus juice, enjoy a pot of rabbit stew and finish with a desert of tres leches cake or chocolate mousse.
Don Julio, situated in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, is one of the best parrillas in the capital and combines the Argentinian love of meat and wine. Walk the Palermo streets and observe the street art for which the capital has become well-known, an activity that is free of charge and for which tours are available, before heading off to this fantastic restaurant and enjoy a succulent grilled steak, a side of thick-cut chips and a glass or two of vintage red.
Coverage in case of emergencies
Food-lovers visiting Buenos Aires should remember that all expeditions abroad harbour risks and take care to protect themselves from misfortune. In the event of running into trouble while oversees those journeying to Argentina should purchase annual travel insurance before embarking so that they will be covered during emergencies.
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