Updated: January 2, 2017
Buenos Aires’ most jammed packed culinary neighborhood, Palermo Hollywood keeps on banging out so many quality cafés, restaurants and bars that it’s hard to pick just a top ten. This section of Palermo which spans from Juan B. Justo to Dorrego and Santa Fe to Cordoba is home to a great number of media and radio production companies. Palermo Hollywood has yet to fall victim to a lack of restaurant variety, with an abundance of options for all taste buds and wallet sizes.
Palermo Hollywood Restaurants:
Bar du Marché
Wine lovers look no further; this tiny Parisian bistro serves over 50 different types of wine by the glass – a rarity in this bottle serving Buenos Aires restaurant world. Breakfasts, lunch specials, cheese-charcuterie platters, salads and sandwiches – there’s even a closed door Japanese restaurant on the second level.
Monday – Saturday, 9am – 12am
Costa Rica 5514
Hello Kitty, more like Hello Ramen. Big bowls of high quality, hearty ramen coupled with unique steamed pork bun combinations, Fukuro is the Japanese pop art hipster king of Argentina. The wrap around bar seating can be challenging for groups, but the top notch service will be apparent in a city known for lame duck waiters. Craft beers on tap, dumplings galore and vegetarian options available for the PETA peeps. Don’t skip the “K-Pop buns”; smoked kimchi, roasted pork, popcorn and a touch of lemon jelly.
Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm – 12am
Probably one of the most famous chef personalities in Argentina, Italian-born Donato de Santis brings little Italy to Palermo Hollywood with his take on a true Italian café and imported Italian product gourmet shop, with a food counter to take away food to-go and a dining area for morning coffee and croissants, and fresh pasta lunch dishes.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm
Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862
A first class dining experience featuring nueva cocina Argentina (modern Argentine cuisine), along with Spanish sprinklings. The restaurant is known for their multi course tasting menus, offered every day for lunch and dinner. On weekends, crowds flock for quite the elaborate brunch.
Mon – Sun: 12:30pm – 12am
Fitz Roy 1795
You know a restaurant must be doing something right when there are people waiting for over an hour for a table. This modern parrilla (steakhouse) also serves regional food from Northern Argentina and a selection of porteño favorites, making it an ideal place for all different eaters. Service can be quite slow at this red-chaired bustling corner restaurant, but portions are massive (order Gran Bife Las Cabras which can feed 3) and prices extremely affordable.
Tues-Sun: 12pm – 1am
Hidden on a quiet corner this unassuming spot puts Argentine cuisine to a different level, rare to find in this city. Unique, inventive, impeccable service and a keen eye on presentation, celebrated chef Matias Kyriazis puts his spin on modern Argentine cuisine with this multiple course tasting menu.
Tues – Sat: 8pm – close; Sat & Sun: 1pm – 4pm
Siamo nel Forno
Costa Rica 5886
Hands down the best non-Argentine pizza in Buenos Aires, and arguably the best pie in the whole city, Siamo nel forno makes for the perfect pizza for all those Italian Neapolitan-style pizza lovers. This wood oven pizza, made with super high quality ingredients, is quickly cooked to perfection at over 800 degrees F. Order pizzas like the salami Margherita pizza, the house specialty topped with thin potato slices and Parmesan cheese, or the ultimate fresh spinach piled high with greens – and make sure you ask for their homemade spicy chili oil.
Tues-Sunday: 8pm – close
This Southeast Asian inspired corner spot is one of the only places in Palermo Hollywood to get your spicy food game on. Minimal décor, sleek, modern with a whole selection of fiery dishes, Sudestada also has one of the best lunch deals that doesn’t top 60 pesos.
Mon-Sat: 12pm – 4pm, 8pm – close
Palermo Hollywood Cafes:
Nicaragua 6068 & Nicaragua 6099
An OG of the brunch world, this cute French café has become a go-to breakfast, lunch and brunch spot for both eggs benedict craving locals and foreigners. Oui Oui also serves special promos, available all day long, and offers a killer bakery selection including their famous croissants.
Lab. Tostadores de Café
Can you say coffee obsessed? The Lab staff are the city’s experts in roasting beans supplying several of the city’s top cafes. A modern, chemistry-esque space in trendy Palermo Hollywood, you’ll find everyone from coffee snobs to government officials passing through for their caffeine fix. Lab will meet if not surpass international coffee standards serving up top notch espresso, lattes and the like. Don’t skip the chocolate chip cookies.
Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm; Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun: Closed
Don’t be fooled by the ultra girly décor, Pani serves up great breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, with an American twist. Think salads, sandwiches and a wonderful selection of baked goods, with specialties like cinnamon buns, BBQ pork sandwich, Chai tea and their massive brunch served on a three-tiered tray.
Wed-Monday: 9am – 9pm
Vive Cafe, Ocho Once (Closed door), On Tap
Top 3 Palermo Hollywood Bars:
El Salvador 5602
Now here’s the type of Multiple Choice test I’m sure you’d be more into: the Negroni Multiple Choice, giving serious drinkers their own chance to mix and match to make their own personalized cocktail: choose the alcohol base, the bitter, the vermouth and the garnish for your own modern spin on the classic Negroni.
Monday – Saturday, 12pm – close
Beer lovers rejoice, but foreigners frown at trying to pronounce this bar’s name. Birreria boasts both local craft and imported beers on tap with spacious indoor and outdoor seating. Thursday to Saturday expect big crowds after 10 pm.
Tues – Sun, 6pm – 2am/close
What do you get when you combine hot trendy hipsters, great eclectic blue-soul-funk-electropop music and great cocktails? This private bar, located in a gorgeous massive house, makes for the ideal Buenos Aires summer spot to drink and dance on the rooftop terrace.
Restaurant: Wed-Sat: 9.30pm – 12am; Bar: 12am – 4am