by: Maria Jose Noboa (cookie connoisseur)
Buenos Aires is one of those cities that you should visit more than once, because there are always new things to discover and experience. Even though is very famous for the quality of it’s meats, and the “asados” are the stars of the show, this city offers a wide variety of restaurants of local an international cuisine.
Buenos Aires from it’s beginnings a has received a wide variety of immigrants specially from Europe, which has definitely influenced the restaurant scene.
If you have visited Buenos Aires already, you know this city never sleeps. There is always something going on no matter the time of the day or the day of the week. There are always lots of people on the streets, forming lines outside of night clubs, restaurants and bars are opened early and closed late. Huge libraries you can get lost on, amazing museums and cultural activities, all year long, avenues filled with people, as well as theaters and cinemas. Parks, concerts every week and of course dogs, and more dogs everywhere. Dog walking is an institution here.
This unstoppable and permanent activity is also seen at the restaurant scene, bars, cafeterias, bakeries, there is one in each corner.
Here is a list of places that I highly recommend for you. All of them visited during my last visit to this amazing city.
Breakfast/Brunch in Buenos Aires:
- Confiterías La Argentina: “Facturas” (some sort of croissant) filled with butter cream, dulce de leche, jam. Enjoy them with coffee or tea (Cabildo 1191, Belgrano)
- Retamas Pâtisserie: Very cozzy place also great to enjoy plain or dulce de leche filled croissants (Arcos 1717, Belgrano)
- Tea Connection: Delicious food and beverages, made with fresh and prganic ingredients. Wide variety of teas to enjoy here or to go. My favorite dish was the Salmon Bagel. (Av. Federico Lacroze 2233, Belgrano)
- Ninina Bakery: This was my favorite place this time visiting Buenos Aires. The menu offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea and dinner. Family recipes made out of lots of fresh ingredients. The place is beautifully decorated, has an open kitchen, a display filled with dreamy desserts. The most famous cake is called Lola Mora, and has almonds, chocolate ganache and raspberries. Not to be missed! (Gorriti 4738, Palermo)
- Oui Oui: Great open space for breakfast or brunch. French menu with specialties like Croque Madame, wafles and eggs benedict. (Nicaragua 6068, Palermo)
- LAB: For the coffee aficionado, the best coffee in town, but the cookies are to die for: Chocolate Chip or White Chocolate and Raspeberries. The also offer barista classes there.(Humboldt 1542, Palermo)
- Mooi: By chef Jessica Lekerman and very trendy this days. You can have their pastries to go too. (Av. Libertador 3883. Paseo de la Infanta Local 11, Palermo)Hora del Té en Buenos Aires:
- Alvear Palace Hotel: A real luxurious experience is the afternoon Tea del Alvear Palace es The dessert menu is huge. Unlimited prosseco. Delicious sandwiches. It’s all served at “L’Orangerie” room. (Ayacucho y la Avenida Alvear, Recoleta)
Lunch/Diner in Buenos Aires:
La Cabrera: Extraordinary argentinean grill. Reservations suggested(Cabrera 5099, Palermo)
- Fukuro Noodle Bar: Steamed Dumplings and Buns, Ramen and Beer. Dishes are meant to be shared. For dessert try the popsicles. (Costa Rica 5514, Palermo) (Cash only)