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The Best Puerto Madero, Retiro and Centro Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Allie Lazar

By | September 24, 2013 | Leave a comment

What are the best restaurants in Buenos Aires? Tips on the best bars, restaurants and cafes in the Puerto Madero, Retiro and Centro neighborhoods by the “Queen of all that is edible” Allie Lazar.


Neighborhoods: Retiro, Microcentro, Puerto Madero


Basavilbaso 1328


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BASA keeps Buenos Aires classy with a new take on a trendy restaurant and lounge. Great food, drinks and hot people – kinda my idea of a perfect night. If only your basement at home was this cool.

Mon – Fri: 12pm – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – close, Sat – Sun: 8pm – close



Café Paulín

Sarmiento 635



An old school sandwich shop legend, hop up to the bar and choose from a number of traditional Argentine sandwiches. It’s one of the most crowded restaurants in Buenos Aires for a reason: fresh ingredients, massive portions and cheap prices.

Monday – Saturday, 7am – 8pm




San Martin 941


This small bar and restaurant might only have a handful of tables, but it has continued to serve great food (and even better cocktails) for years. The eclectic menu features anything from pasta to salads to meat dishes, with the bife de lomo a force to be reckoned with.

Mon – Sat, 8am – close



Arroyo 900


A great café for a quick breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch.

Mon – Sat: 8am – 8pm


San Martin 975


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A downtown Buenos Aires favorite, Filo’s your spot for the overall food, ambiance, quirky restaurant experience tri-fecta. It’s a casual yet popping place for pizza-pasta-salad-cocktails and great wine.

Mon – Sun: 12pm – 2am



Florería Atlántico

Arroyo 872


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What do a flower shop, record store, vinoteca, parrilla (barbecue grill) and an underground bar all have in common? Florería Atlántico, flawlessly swoon-worthy Retiro spot. While on the top level you can buy beautiful flower bouquets, wines and even records, once you open the meatpacking refrigerator door and dip downstairs to the nautical themed bar, prepare yourself for killer cocktails and an impressive selection of tapas, all cooked on a grill.

Mon – Sat: 7pm – 3am



Juana M

Carlos Pellegrini 1535


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There aren’t many Buenos Aires parrillas (steakhouses) that serve a great steak AND salad, but this spot makes both meat and vegetable lovers happy. In addition to their meat-based menu, Juana M also offers an unlimited salad bar that is bound to please even the snobbiest of salad eaters.

Mon – Sun: 12pm – 4pm, 8pm – close



Latino Sandwich

Tacuarí 185


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You might not think twice when you walk by the plain, nondescript sandwich shop in Centro. Minimalistic decor, there are only about 4 tables, a few bar stools perched against the window and a counter pimping out a sexy sandwich toaster-press and enticing sandwiches that put your stupid old miga-milanesa-milanga to shame. Latino Sandwich is helping to reinvent the way the porteños lunch, offering a variety of affordable, inventive and flavorful food, packed with a whole lotta onda.

Mon – Sat: 7:30am – 7:30pm



Le Grill

Alicia Moreau de Justo 876


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The best parrilla on the Puerto Madero strip, in the world of modern first class steakhouses, Le Grill gets a bunch of gold stars. The kitchen bangs out killer juicy steaks, cooked textbook, while impeccably trained waiters serve remarkable wines (from an even more remarkable wine cellar).

Sun – Fri: 12:30pm – 3pm, Mon – Sat: 7pm – 12am




Pasaje Ricardo Rojas 451



With Peruvian fusion trending big in the food world, Mullu brings a super creative and insanely delicious take on Nikkei Peruvian-Japanese flavors. It’s a modern space featuring a U shape bar and open kitchen to watch the Peruvian chefs work their magic. The innovative presentation also makes for a feast of the eyes.

Monday – Sat: 12pm – 4pm, 8pm – 12am



Moreneta de Montserrat

Moreno 477


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Catering to the downtown breakfast and lunch crowd by day, serving up molecular gastronomy multi-course tasting menus on special nights, this little gem certainly bangs out homemade culinary surprises in the kitchen.

Monday – Fri: 8am – 7pm, Fridays: 8:30pm – 12am



Bonus Bars:


The Sensi

Tucuman 422


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Formally known as Le Bar, this hip three level bar mixes up great cocktails while blasting awesome jazzy, funky and soulful tunes.

Tues – Fri: 6pm – close, Sat: 8pm – close

La Cigale

25 de Mayo 597


French bar that has been a microcentro top spot for quite some time with a mix of locals and foreigners. Don’t be surprised if you pop in on a pub quiz night or live band jamming away.

Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 3am


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