Travel blogger and adventurous food blogger Sinead Delahunty takes us on a sweet tour of Buenos Aires.
Argentina is a country famed for tango and most importantly steak and wine, where you literally cannot leave without tasting its famous and delicious exports.
The capital, Buenos Aires, is a steamy melting pot of culture, energy and food. From the winding streets of La Boca to the opulent tree-lined boulevards of Recoleta and Palermo, it’s a city with something for everyone’s taste.
You’d imagine that a country renowned for its charcuterie would be a place vegetarians should avoid but no, I’m a lover of all food and tasted some of the best vegetarian friendly food during my visit.
Buenos Aires - the places to eat
Let me take you on a whirlwind trip of my favourite places to eat when in Buenos Aires.
Coffee is the typical breakfast in Argentina. This is simply because you need something to stay awake after the late night tango club, plus white bread rolls slathered in dulce de leche.
Dulce de leche is something you’ll see and hear a lot of in Argentina. It originated in Patagonia from combining sugar with milk and features in many forms including drinks, spreads, ice-cream flavours and every imaginable pastry.
My favourite place for a relaxing brunch is Mooi restaurant. They have 3 outlets throughout Buenos Aires but my pick is The Rose Garden. It’s perfect for a wholesome feast after a morning spent exploring the local area on bike or foot.
Mooi takes its inspiration from middle-eastern cuisine and its influence is also evident in the décor. I highly recommend trying the yoghurt pots: the natural un-sweetened yoghurt is nearly impossible to find in Argentina. That said, if you love yoghurt to start your day, then this is the place for you.
Rapa Nui Ice-cream is an institution in Argentina. There are only 2 outlets in the whole country, one in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, and the other further south in Bariloche.
Just mention the name to any local and you’ll be rewarded with a gasp and a smile!
The flavour list is endless and you won’t be disappointed with any choice. You can even bring home a 1kg tub if you want to tuck into more in your hotel room.
It’s the perfect antidote to a hot day of sight-seeing. If you don’t like ice-cream, they also do chocolate. The chocolate dipped freeze-dried raspberries shouldn’t be missed.
Alfajores is the national pastry or biscuit of Argentina, and is available in every street corner kiosk and bakery. These little delights are 2 shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with dulce de leche and then rolled in desiccated coconut.
There are countless varieties with some coated in chocolate or rolled in nuts. As always, quality varies with mass production, so try one from the local bakery, as they’ll more than likely be handmade and fresh from the oven. Alfajores should come with a warning however, as they’re highly addictive!
Sweet and savoury
Most restaurants aren’t famed for their desserts as the main courses, and meat in particular takes centre stage.
However, the neighbourhood of Palermo is a laid-back area with something for every palate. La Rose Panaderia is a café that serves up delectable sweet treats as well as savoury filled crepes. Be prepared to queue however, as it’s a very popular café, particularly at weekends when Palermo is filled with locals.
Empanadas are a popular savoury treat that can be baked or deep-fried but either way, are finger-licking good. There are countless filling combinations but the traditional one is minced beef with half a boiled egg. My favourite is Caprese, which is filled with mozzarella, herbs and roasted tomatoes.