Buenos Aires’ most jammed pack 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 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.
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
Boteco do Brasil
Get a solid dose of Brazil on a plate at this eclectic cozy cantina-style restaurant and bar. It’s all you ever wanted in a Brazilian hole-in-the-wall (minus the thong bikini Brazilian babes), with authentic Brazilian food and caipirinhas that will transport you to the booty-ful beaches of Rio. Don’t miss live music on the weekends.
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 3pm, 8pm – 12am; Sunday: 12pm – 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
El Nono Amigo
If you live in the area, you’ve probably already walked by a number of times before giving it a second glance. But this popular and affordable barrio cured meat haven serves up massive picada (cheese and meat platters), salads, sandwiches and empanada flavors that steer clear of the norm (order both eggplant and artichoke empanadas). There’s also an impressive craft beer selection, served in an ice-chilled glass giving it that extra special touch.
Mon – Thurs: 8am – 12am; Fr & Sat: 8am – 1am
Hernán Gipponi Restaurant
Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862
One of the top chefs in Argentina, Hernán Gipponi takes over the boutique hotel Fierro’s restaurant for 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 while on Monday nights they offer a special One Table dinner where the chef cooks at a communal table.
Mon – Sun: 12:30pm – 12am
Honor y Causa
Brought to us by an up-and-coming chef couple, the love for food is evident in all the details of this romantic restaurant. True, the service can be a bit on the slow side, but it’s made up for in the beautifully presented modern Argentine dishes that change seasonally.
Tues – Sat: 8pm – 12am
In Bocca al Lupo caffé
There are some cafés that happen to be so perfect, you easily find yourself becoming a regular just after one visit. A beautiful Italian-style café with a fantastic patio, In Bocca al Lupo serves wonderful options for breakfast and lunch, including nutella smothered cornettis (croissants), salads, sandwiches and pastas. In addition to making all the food in-house, these Italians must put some secret ingredient into the coffee to make it in the top five of the whole city.
Tues – Fri: 9am – 8pm; Sat & Sun: 9:30am – 8pm
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
From the owners of modern Argentine power-restaurant Paraje Arévalo, Local offers a more relaxed, homey dishes featuring rustic, simple food featuring seasonality and high quality local products. The wood oven roasted chicken and crispy pork belly are top contenders for the best dishes in the city.
Tues- Sun: 8:30pm – close; Sat & Sun: 12:30pm – 4pm
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.
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
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
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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
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
Niceto Vega 5507
The only bar in the city dedicated to the retro-Tiki cocktail trend, El Tiki serves great cocktails and has a killer rooftop patio.
Tues-Fri: 7pm – 4am, Sat: 9pm – 5am