*Updated January 4, 2017*
Palermo Soho needs no long intro. It is the hot spot for all things food and drink related in Buenos Aires. Head to the mecca of Buenos Aires’ restaurant and nightlife scene to get a taste of both traditional and ground breaking Argentine cuisine.
Recommended Palermo Soho Restaurants
A cornerstone of the Buenos Aires parrillas, Don Julio serves up fantastic meats with great service. It doesn’t get much better than this authentic Palermo restaurant. Order the entraña, provoleta and bottle of Malbec, and you’ll land yourself in Argentina meat heaven. Be sure to arrive early (8:00 pm), no matter what day a line begins to form by 9:00 pm.
Mon-Sun: 12pm-4pm, 7pm-1am
Las Pizarras Bistro
Las Pizarras became a leader in the modern Argentine movement cooking up a limited menu of purely seasonal market fresh dishes. The young chef Rodrigo Castilla is a veteran in the porteño kitchen, and his small spot on Thames quickly became a favorite among travelers and locals alike. The chalk board walls list all the specials for the day and change regularly. Great wine selection, don’t skip the appetizers.
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Southeast Asia meets India meets the Middle East for a total love fest. Let’s give a big banging thank you to the genios at Gran Dabbang, because they definitely know what’s up when it comes to dishing out bold, interesting flavors presented in an excited way. Think small plates like lamb koftas with tabbouleh, grilled ricotta cheese topped with artichokes, garbonzos and tahini, a deconstructed pork bun drenched in a tamarind and miso sauce, and chicken curry that will make you want to lick your bowl naked. We all need more spots like Gran Dabbang in our lives, just remember to get there early or expect a long wait.
If NOLA’s fried chicken and beer got married and couldn’t conceive, I’d happily be the stand in surrogate baby mama. The simple concept is impossible not to like: perfectly cooked fried chicken sandwiches baked on fresh brioche buns and smothered in love sauce, craft beer, good music, affordable prices, a great happy hour and a fresh buena onda atmosphere. Once you go NOLA, you’ll never go back.
La Cabrera is hands down Buenos Aires’ most talked about steakhouse for a reason: this parrilla consistently slings out juicy steaks that totally awaken the meat senses. Recently voted the #2 best restaurant in Argentina, not only is the meat top notch, but each cut is served with an abundant family of side dishes. Warning, there’s almost always a long wait for a table.
Mon-Sun: 12:30pm-4:30pm, 8:30pm-1am
La Carniceria has become THE hot spot for steaks and anything grilled or smoked. Young chefs and hipster staff are experimenting with generous cuts of pork belly, sirloin, ribs with unique combinations of sauces and sides. Don’t skip the appetizers; the smoked sausage coupled with a sunny side up egg and peas is one of the best chorizos in the city. Tasty cocktails are using the locally made bathtub gin “Apostales”, their Buenos Aires born tonic water and a fresh mixture of herbs. Ojo! Carniceria is small so attention from staff is top notch, but there is always a wait (make a reservation or risk not being seated).
Contact for reservations
Tue-Sun: 8pm-12 am; Sat-Sun bonus lunch hours: 1pm–3:30pm
Pain et Vin
A tiny wine shop that serves a curated selection of Argentine wines by the glass, homemade sour dough bread, sandwiches and salads. It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon wine and cheese snack, or to take a crash curse in Argentine wines with an informal wine tasting.
Tues-Sat: 12pm-10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm
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You’ll eat what Guido serves you at this old school Italian cantina near Palermo’s Botanical Gardens. Come with a hefty appetite and just wait as round after round of Italian wonders come flying out of the kitchen.
You probably didn’t come to Argentina to eat a hamburger, but sometimes when that nostalgic craving hits, your body simply cannot reject the burger yearning. Don’t forget to order a batch of double fried French fries with spicy curry sauce. Major points? The kitschy and cool spot plays Seinfeld re-runs all day long.
Take a break from the steak-based diet and go on a mini Latin American trip to Peru. Known for their Peruvian and Nikkei specialties (Peruvian-Japanese fusion), tuck into beautiful fresh ceviches, tiraditos, Peruvian fusion sushi rolls and passion fruit pisco sours.
Tues-Sun: 7:30pm-12 am
Casa Cruz changed up their game to bring us porteño food reloaded all in a modern setting. Start with some tapas and a specialty house cocktail before getting down with a hunk of marinated entraña and mashed potatoes.
http://www.casacruz.com.ar/Mon-Sat: 7pm-12 am
Palermo Soho Cafes
The hunt for a good go-to morning coffee spot is over since all you have to do is stroll down Thames. The no non-sense cafe has no wifi, no kitchen, no magazines, just quality coffee that will please even the snobbiest of coffee snobs. Bonus on Sundays, Shiekob’s Bagels rolls up on his bike with a full basket, pops open a simple wooden table and serves up the best NY style cream cheese and salmon this city has seen to date.
Full City Coffee House
Grab a seat and stick around for a while. Colombian wife + English husband = great cafe. Serving a variety of breakfast dishes including the illusive Full English combined with meticulously roasted Colombian coffee Full City knows how to draw a crowd.
Felix Felicis & Co
José Antonio Cabrera 5002
With a cemented base of espresso and coffees Felix has regular special guests pass throughout the week serving everything from pastrami sandwiches to ham, egg and cheese bagels. A simple, modern cafe with cool clientele cutting through all day.
Palermo Soho Bars:
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Café by day, secret bar by night, Victoria Brown makes killer whimsical cocktails in a magical underground layer setting.
Solid drinks, live DJs, and a trendy twenty something crowd, Soria is almost always overflowing with hot Argies trying to get a piece. It’s definitely a summer bar, with a beautiful garden patio ideal for cocktail sipping and drunken hipster dancing. If the line at Soria is too long, pop across the street to Rey de Copas (Gorriti 5176) for a fancier cocktail.
One of the country’s most important craft beer producers, Antares is that dangerous modern pub where you go for one pint, and stay for five. The Barley Wine is especially good. For more craft beer bar suggestions in Buenos Aires.
Rey de Copas
Nooks and crannies galore, Indian themed rugs and mosaics create a unique, chic vibe at this late twenties to thirties crowd. Don’t skip the open air roof terrace and it will be hard to try all the quality cocktails in one night.
Steampunk design meets some of the best bartenders in city. Slightly off the beaten path of Palermo their cocktails will be worth the extra 5 blocks you travel. If you are a whisky lover then the Verne Smoked Fashion is a must try.
Sure this is probably a tourist haven, but everyone visiting Buenos Aires needs at least one Plaza Serrano type of night… which should go something like this: sit outside on the plaza throwing back a few liters of Quilmes before being approached by random Argies who take you to a second Plaza Serrano location. The Argies teach you how to drink Fernet with coke, you pretend to like it, but order another bad mixed drink. You are persuaded to move onto your third Plaza Serrano location, to the cumbia blasting boliche where you bought a shirt that afternoon made by a local artisan designer. You end up in the corner making out with a guy named Facundo who has a mullet-dreadlock-rat tail hair situation.