The best Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

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The best Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

It’s hard to write an introduction for a food city as Rio de Janeiro. There are many great options in every single neighborhood. And while a lot of them are good, we want to make sure that you have all of the best Rio de Janeiro restaurants on your radar. What are some of your favorite Rio de Janeiro restaurants? Let us know in the comments!

MEE

One of the first restaurants in South America to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star, take a seat and discover the most sophisticated pan-Asian cuisine in Rio. The vision of celebrity chef Ken Hom and led by Executive Chef Kazuo Harada, MEE takes you on an exotic gastronomic journey. Taste your way through countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. Among the exciting menu, Michelin recommends the spicy Thai salad with tangerine and quail egg sushi with truffle.

WHERE: Belmond Copacabana Palace / CUISINE: Pan-Asian

PÉRGULA

Overlooking the Copacabana’s legendary swimming pool, Pérgula Restaurant offers first class Brazilian and international cuisine in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. The casual poolside ambience is perfect. Don’t miss the Sunday ́s Brunch overlooking the beach. It is superb!

WHERE: Belmond Copacabana Palace / CUISINE: Brazilian-Mediterranean

APRAZÍVEL

Climb up an alley to the very top of Santa Teresa and you'll stumble across this family-run restaurant surrounded by a lush tropical garden. The solid timber tables are set at various levels and all boast views of the neighborhood itself and across to the city. The shady garden with its soothing birdsong provides a relaxing setting in which to sip one of the special cachaças and choose from a menu that offers a whole host of delicious dishes from right across Brazil.

WHERE: Santa Teresa / CUISINE: Brazilian

CIPRIANI

Known as one of the best restaurants in Rio, and named after the finest hotel in Venice, this award- winning restaurant offers exceptional Northern Italian cuisine. The vibrant menu combines the best in Brazilian and Italian ingredients. Innovative dishes sit alongside classic recipes that have been passed down for generations. Chef’s Table: Located in the heart of the Hotel Cipriani Restaurant’s kitchen, the Chef’s Table is one of the most exclusive fine-dining adventures in Rio. Guests to follow the chef as he prepares an array of dishes inspired by the day’s freshest ingredients. This special menu is paired with carefully selected wines. A 24-hour notice is required to reserve the Chef's Table.

WHERE: Belmond Copacabana Palace / CUISINE: Italian

ASSADOR RIO ́S

The barbecues served at Assador Rio ́s is prepared the traditional gaucho style by the Guanabara Bay with amazing view to Sugarloaf mountain. Among several delicious meat cuts we highlight tomahawk, chorizo steak and lamb shoulder. Side dishes are always fresh and varied.

WHERE: Botafogo / CUISINE: Brazilian barbecue

AZUR

The kitchen of Pedro de Artagão reached the seashore. Snacks or dishes, seafood or meats, have options for all palates. But if you accept a tip, try the prawn pie (ask for a spoon!) And the octopus with the vinaigrette, they are eating and praying. The oysters coming from Santa Catarina are also very fresh and combine with the kiosk atmosphere.

WHERE: Leblon beach / CUISINE: Mediterranean

BAGATELLE

Bagatelle is located on the Jockey Clube Brasileiro, offering a menu of French dishes with a Brazilian touch. The classic French dishes, Calamars à la Plancha and the Entrecôte Angus au Poivre, are the highlights of the menu. A change in the atmosphere happens after dinner, when the lights go dim and a DJ steps in, transforming the place into a dance floor.

WHERE: Gávea / CUISINE: French-Brazilian

BAZZAR

Creative and contemporary cooking in a modern and urban space. The menu features dishes made from Brazilian, as well as Eastern and European, ingredients, so dried meatballs with pumpkin and barbecue sauce compete with duck carpaccio with goat's cheese and thyme. Quick snacks are also available, such as soups, sandwiches and dishes to take away.

WHERE: Ipanema / CUISINE: contemporary

BRÁZ

Creative and contemporary cooking in a modern and urban space. The menu features dishes made from Brazilian, as well as Eastern and European, ingredients, so dried meatballs with pumpkin and barbecue sauce compete with duck carpaccio with goat's cheese and thyme. Quick snacks are also available, such as soups, sandwiches and dishes to take away.

Where: Ipanema/Cuisine: Contemporary

CHARBON ROUGE

Charbon Rouge located at Lagoa is a restaurant created for art and gastronomy lovers. The high celling lounge is finely decorated with natural and organic elements in great balance with the view to Lagoa. The speciality is meat and the menu is signed by chef Pedro Pecego.

WHERE: Lagoa / CUISINE: meat, contemporary

CORRIENTES 348

Located in the refurbished Marina da Glória with a pleasant atmosphere in the best porteño style, revealing an exquisite and tasty menu dedicated to Argentine barbecue. With a project signed by Zeh Arquitetura, the house has an air-conditioned wine cellar, a balcony overlooking the Guanabara Bay and wooden decoration.

WHERE: Glória / CUISINE: Argentinian

ELLA

Ella Pizzaria brings to Rio the authentic Neapolitan pizza, of natural fermentation, super light dough and made in the wood oven (handmade oven specially made for the pizzeria). The big star of the house is the edge of the pizza. The pizzas have high edges and "leopard spots" - small black dots around the edge, which, as the name implies, look like the leopard spots.

WHERE: Jardim Botânico / CUISINE: pizza

FOGO DE CHÃO

What makes the Botafogo branch special is its amazing view of the Guanabara Bay with its many colorful boats and the Sugar Loaf on the background. The steakhouse is usually sought after by those who wish to spend their leisure moments or event work a little in an exclusive restaurant with a view of the sea. The branches offer excellent meat cuts and the desserts are delicate and have amazing textures combined with flavors that are traditionally Brazilian.

WHERE: Botafogo / CUISINE: Brazilian barbecue

FORMIDABLE

Located in Leblon, the authentic bistro combines classic Parisian recipes with Brazilian touches by carioca chef Pedro de Artagão, chosen chef of the year in 2014 by Veja Rio Prêmio Comer & Beber awards. The menu is divided in four parts: pour partager – to share; las entrées – starters; le plats – main courses; and les desserts – desserts.

WHERE: Leblon / CUISINE: French

GIUSEPPE GRILL

Located in Leblon, the Giuseppe Grill is a classic steakhouse, complete with wood panelling and exposed brick. On the menu: fine cuts of beef including the Bife de chourizo, a flavorful picanha, the Filé Porterhouse and an Ojo de bife, served with basic sides that help to highlight the meat as the main attraction. For the less carnivore, there is also fresh seafood on ice and one the menu. Check out the extensive international wine list.

WHERE: Leblon / CUISINE: Brazilian, meat

IRAJÁ

One of the restaurants responsible for turning Botafogo into a gastronomy center, has been sweeping up prizes and customers. Born with the idea of creating a "new Brazilian cuisine". This old colonial house in Botafogo is one of the most sought after and busy restaurants in town.

WHERE: Botafogo / CUISINE: Brazilian-contemporary

LAGUIOLE

Occupying a vast room inside the MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna), Laguiole's personality comes from its black painted ceiling, its colourful armchairs and its interesting paintings by contemporary artists - making it a space within the museum worthy of a visit in its own right. Here, the young chef - who trained in some of the best restaurants in Rio and Paris - creates dishes with contemporary flair; these are accompanied by wines from one of the best cellars in Brazil. Opens from 12:00-5:00pm

WHERE: Flamengo / Cuisine: Contemporary

LASAI

The artisanal and technological cuisine inspired by the Basque Country gastronomy is run by chef Rafa Costa e Silva. Rustic local produce and also from its two gardens are used in the recipes that challenge the taste buds. The restaurant presents different menus to please all tastes.

WHERE: Botafogo / CUISINE: Contemporary

MARGUTTA

Located in the heart of Ipanema, one block from the beach, the colorado bordeaux house is an excellent choice for seafood lovers. While strolling down Avenida Henrique Dumont, one can observe the interior of the restaurant, elegant and at the same time bare and pleasant, through the charming windows. However, the menu super varied, does not leave aside the pastas, risottos and meats, these always differentiated since the sauces are made from fresh ingredients, using many herbs, mushrooms and vegetables in their preparation.

WHERE: Ipanema / CUISINE: seafood

NAM THAI

Nam Thai is one of the few to have the Thai government seal of approval – the Thai Select. After three successful years in Itaipava, chef David Zisman went down the Rio de Janeiro mountain range and chose Leblon to house the awarded establishment. The house makes some of their own ingredients, and import others to guarantee its authenticity.

WHERE: Leblon / CUISINE: Thai

OLYMPE

The restaurant chosen as one of the 50 best restaurants of Latin America has a Michelin Star. Through Claude Troisgros’ work done since 1983, Olympe marks the combination of the evolution of the Brazilian cuisine with French techniques, and proposes a new gastronomic experience led by Claude Troisgros. His contemporary vision reinterprets the Brazilian flavors, valuing products of the land and charming the customers.

WHERE: Jardim Botânico / CUISINE: French-Brazilian

ORO

The perfect partnership is formed between the chef, Felipe Bronze, and the sommelier - his wife, Cecilia Aldaz - and they will transform your visit into an event that will linger long in the memory. The modern, intimate space is embellished with designer details, while the contemporary Brazilian cuisine showcases fine textures and delicate flavours - it is presented as small portions or snacks.

WHERE: Leblon / Cuisine: contemporary

RANCHO PORTUGUÊS

The restaurant concept focus on bringing the essence and authenticity of the Portuguese cuisine to Rio with classic recipes passed from generation to generation and full of stories; in an ambient that reflects the culture that has long been part of the Brazilian history.

WHERE: Lagoa / CUISINE: Portuguese

RUBAIYAT

A gastronomic proposal of high quality, based on the concept "from farm to the plate", it is an experience, where you enjoy the best products, prepared with respect, in a rustic and cozy environment.

WHERE: Jardim Botânico / Cuisine: Brazilian, meat

SATYRICON

For seafood-lovers the temptation begins the moment you enter this restaurant with its display of fresh fish and continues with the fish tanks containing lobsters, slipper lobsters and mollusks. The secret of this famous restaurant is its use of the best products to prepare simple, carefully- considered dishes. Try the Southern King Crab (shredded crab served with lemon and oil) and sea bream in salt.

WHERE: Ipanema / CUISINE: Mediterranean

SOHO

With a project signed by the architect Ivan Rezende, the new house occupies 490 square meters and offers 183 seats at the table. The menu, in addition to the classic dishes of Soho, is branded by award-winning chef Rafael Hidaka, owner of a star in the Michelin Guide. Founded in 1998 in the capital of Bahia, Soho incorporates the concept of fusion cuisine: it combines the best of Japanese cuisine with other Asian varieties.

WHERE: Glória / CUISINE: Japanese-Brazilian

TAJ MAHAL

The friendly Taj Mahal is set in a beautiful house in the Botanical Garden and brings together the colorful decoration of Indian culture with the aromas and flavors of gastronomy. The tip is to invest in the classic menu and taste from the breads, made in Tandoori to the samozas of vegetables or chicken accompanied by the lassi made in the shell of passion fruit.

WHERE: Jardim Botânico / CUISINE: Indian

TEVA

The name of the business means "nature" in Hebrew. Accommodated in the elegant Chicô Gouveia design room, examine the 100% vegetable menu of Daniel Biron, chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. Signed by Dionísio Chaves, the wine list brings only biodynamic, organic, natural and sustainable labels.

WHERE: Ipanema / CUISINE: vegetarian

XIAN

Designed in amphi-theater, this environment was created to fully integrate with nature in front of you. With a menu managed by chefs Daiske Takao, Fernando Vaz and Dianna Macedo, the flavors of modern Asia compose a vibrant setting. Drinks, sakes and wine menus harmonize the experience.

WHERE: Centro / CUISINE: Asian-Brazilian

ZUKA

The clean lines inside and out at the inviting, wood-panelled Zuka on Leblon’s foodie favorite Rua Dias Ferreira are echoed in the carefully prepared dishes emerging from chef Ludmilla Soeiro's kitchen. The focal point of the restaurant, amid its blonde-wood paneling, is the open grill where diners can catch a glimpse of the chef preparing, say, filet mignon with goat cheese risotto.

WHERE: Leblon / CUISINE: Contemporary

Best Jewish Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Best Jewish Restaurants in Buenos Aires

The Rosh Hashanah festivities are approaching and the Jewish community is already preparing the table with the best culinary delights. Some choose the privacy of their homes, while others choose to reserve a table in the best places that recreate the original recipes of their grandmothers. On the occasion of the arrival of the Jewish New Year 5782, we suggest the best places to eat Jewish food in Buenos Aires and to taste the flavors of the fascinating Jewish cuisine.

Mishiguene

Mishiguene, which means crazy in Yiddish, honors Argentina’s Jewish immigrant heritage by reinventing Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Israeli cooking. Here, nouvelle techniques are applied to old world recipes, using the highest-quality ingredients possible. Its most popular dishes include: varenikes, potato ravioli served with onion confit and schmaltz mit Gribenes (chicken skin rinds in butter with fried onion); pastrami; and gefilte fish in cold cooking broth, pickle salad, fish grabenes and carrot caviar.

Good to know: Every Friday night Mishiguene celebrates Shabbat, and the entire restaurant breaks out in song and dance, led by a klezmer band that plays live music. For the ultimate experience, request the special tasting menu and sit at the chef’s table inside the kitchen. **It is not a Kosher Restaurant **

* Dinner reservations are suggested at fine dining establishments, especially during high season and weekends.

Address: Lafinur 3368, Palermo, Buenos Aires
Phone #: +54 11 3969-0764
Website: www.mishiguene.com

Fayer

In Fayer, the owners unite the Argentine gastronomic culture and Israeli cuisine hand in hand with a careful culinary technique, through which they elaborate signature dishes where products and raw materials of the highest quality converge, such as organic pasture meat, fish of the day and seasonal vegetables from local producers.

The most popular dishes are the classic hummus, the white fish tiradito with both pineapple, labneh and sumac and the pastrami with bone, prepared with a pasture-fed rib of Pampa steer, cured for 10 days in a mixture of salt, sugar and 13 spices, cold-smoked for 8 hours and finally vacuum cooked at low temperature for 24 hours.

Good to know: Fayer entered the hot list 2021 of the prestigious travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler. Today it is one of the 10 best new restaurants in the world.

Address: Avenida Cerviño 4417, Palermo.
Phone #: +54 11 4774-3313
Website: www.fayer.com

Eretz Cantina Israeli

Eretz Cantina Israeli is a place that invites you to discover the culture of the Middle East through a look inspired by Israel. Its proposal is authentic and unforgettable, and diners enjoy being carried away by the original and exotic flavors that emerge from the open kitchen in full view of the guests and are combined with native music and a young and cosmopolitan atmosphere, full of talks and smiles.

Good to know: The 3 most requested dishes are Tel Aviv Falafel, shawarma and Turkish kebab.

Address: Malabia 1583, Palermo.
Phone #: +54 11 2062-3810

Al Galope

No trip to Buenos Aires is complete without visiting a parrilla that specializes in grilled meats. Every barrio has its favorite parrilla (steakhouse). Al Galope is the steakhouse of the Once neighborhood. Serious fans congregate at “Al Galope” for juicy kosher steaks, milanesas (schnitzel), and the house specialty parrillada especial al galope, a sizzling tray overflowing with sausages, sweetbreads, tripe, ribs, tenderloin, and chicken.

Good to know: Al Galope is a Kosher restaurant.

Address: Tucumán 2633, Once. Phone #: +54 11 4963-6888

A word about Once Neighborhood

The neighborhood has the highest concentration of synagogues in the country, including “El Gran Templo de Paso”, Congregación Israelita (commonly called ‘Libertad’) and the Sephardic temple, Yesod Hadath. In Abasto shopping mall is the only Kosher McDonalds outside of Israel.

Hola Jacoba

Many people agree that the best options to order in “Hola Jacoba” are pastrami and large “Picada Jacoba”*. You will be served good apple strudels, gelato and baklava. This place is also famous for delicious wine as well as coffee.

Good to know: “The picada Jacoba'', which is the star of the house, includes hummus, tabbouleh, aubergine pasta, kippes, lahmayin, knishes, sambusak and bohios. As a second option, the varenikes, and the third most requested is the pastrami with farfalej. Food delivery is an important benefit of Hola Jacoba.

Address: Thames 1801, Palermo.
Phone #: 54 11 2266-6404

Benaim

In this restaurant you can taste dishes such as pastrami, kebab, kippe, falafel, Israeli salad, musaka, chicken shawarma, among others.

Among the three dishes that come out the most are falafel, the pita sandwich with chickpea meatballs, hummus, tomato, tahini, cucumber, and cabbage; the chicken pita, grilled marinated chicken pita sandwich, aioli, tomato, greens and the hummus, a chickpea puree with tahini.

Address: Gorriti 4015, Palermo. Phone #: +54 11 2102-7003

Glitter

Under the supervision of the Great Rabbi Yosef Chehebar, Glitter is the first deluxe glatt kosher restaurant in Argentina. Glitter stands out for putting a modern spin on Argentine fine dining steakhouse classics, like merluza negra (Chilean sea bass) and iron-grilled ribeye with roasted potatoes and chimichurri sauce. *This restaurant is kosher.

As of August 2021 this restaurant is temporarily closed. Check the website of the Alvear Icon Hotel for news regarding the reopening of this fabulous restaurant.

Good to know: Besides Glitter, you will find a trendy kosher dairy bar called “Milk & Co” and a Kosher Sushi Bar located on the terrace of the hotel. (both open)

Address: Aimé Painé 1130, Puerto Madero
Glitter Restaurant: alvearicon.com

Restaurant Requirements in Buenos Aires:

As of August 2021, diners must continue to wear face coverings even while seated waiting for food. Restaurant staff and bartenders are also required to follow the mask mandate. The city's updated regulations also highlight that residents still need to abide by the six-foot rule.

Best Restaurants to eat in Lima

Best Restaurants to eat in Lima

Peruvian food, one of the most successful gastronomies in the world, confirmed that it is not just a fad. The Peruvian capital is the only one that has two gastronomic strongholds among the top 15 on the planet. In addition, it adds nine among the best half hundred in Latin America.

Thus, Lima is established as the main regional destination for lovers of good food. Central (ranked 4), Maido (13) and Astrid & Gastón (30) are the stars of this unstoppable ascent. It seems incredible, but until 2010 no Peruvian was on the list of the 50 best, chosen by almost a thousand experts from around the world. One of the keys has been experimentation with the country's generous biodiversity, testing and disseminating new Andean and Amazonian products.

Below you will find our suggested list of best restaurants in Lima. Keep in mind that all the restaurants mentioned by our team are exceptional. But it is important that you read our thoughts and comments since some restaurants are for people with a more adventurous palate and do not mind not being used to certain flavors while others are more traditional places with typical Peruvian dishes and familiar flavors.

What are some of your favorite Lima restaurants? Let us know in the comments!

Central

If you want to experience a truly evening of dining and if you have an adventurous flavor palette, you will appreciate Central. The flagship restaurant of Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martinez offers an innovative tasting menu that ranges between 11 to 17 courses ( estimated USD 160 per person – drinks pairing menu are available separately). Each course at Central corresponds to a specific altitude, highlighting the ingredients that are native to that area. From sea level in Lima to the high Andes of Cusco, the rage of ingredients is both intriguing and rewarding.

Tip: Central is world renowned and justifiably so. Please note that reservations only open up three months prior and fill up very quickly. For this reason, reservations for Central must be made far in advance.

Address: Av. Pedro de Osma 301, Barranco. Phone: (+51 1) 242-8515

Kjolle

Owned by Pia León, the best chef in Latin America, Kjolle is considered one of the best restaurants of Lima. It is possible to eat à la carte, but we recommend that you go for the eight-course tasting menu, which mainly showcases ingredients from the Peruvian Amazon. In the tasting menu, find ingredients such as olluco ( a tuber similar to a potato), kiwicha (similar to quinoa) and tumbo (banana passionfruit). If you order à la carte, try the paiche, an Amazonian fish with yuca, cocona (an Amazon fruit) and mishkina (Amazonian spices).

Tip: Like Central, this is a restaurant that is excellent for people who have an adventurous palette, have an appreciation for art and design and want to experience a truly unique dinning experience. This restaurant is not a good option for you if you are expecting familiar flavors and if you have a small appetite.

Address: Av. Pedro de Osma 301, Barranco, Phone: (+51 1) 242-8575

Maido (Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food)

For a multi-sensory dining experience, Maido (by acclaimed chef Mitsuharu Tsumura) is an excellent choice. Maido makes use of the fresh ingredients from the sea using Japanese techniques and Peruvian flavors. Peru has the second-largest Japanese group in the diaspora located in South America, which is why Japanese food and culinary techniques have strongly influenced the traditional Peruvian cooking style.

A very popular dish at Maido, tiradito, is a favorite for Lima’s residents. While the main ingredients are quite simple — thinly sliced fish — Maido sauce makes this dish exquisite. Adventurous eaters can also try the tasting menu for a wide variety of Peruvian and Japanese flavors. Nigiris, seafood stew, guinea pig and leche de tigre are some of the possible bites on the tasting menu.

Tip: You don’t need to order the full Nikkei tasting experience. Reservations open two months prior and we recommend booking as early as possible.

Address: San Martin 399, Miraflores. Phone: (+51 1) 313-5100

Astrid & Gaston

Astrid & Gaston, is among Lima’s top dining options. Peruvian chefs Astrid Gutsche and Gaston Acurio. Acurio left law school in his third year of study to pursue his real passion: food. He and Astrid met while he was studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and they moved to Peru to open a French restaurant.

The menu offered at Astrid & Gaston changes every six months, presenting innovative contrasts and compliments of colors, flavors and textures. Try their famous cuy pekines (Pekinese guinea pig) and Punch A&G, one of Lima’s best Pisco Punch cocktails.

Address: Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro. Phone: (+51 1) 442-2777

Mayta

Since 2008, Mayta has evolved into a top restaurant in Lima. The name Mayta comes from the indigenous language, Aymara, meaning “noble land”. An homage to Peru and its incredible biodiversity, Mayta represents the best of Peruvian cuisine.

Led by chef Jaime Pesaque, the menu covers some traditional Peruvian dishes like ceviche, but also expands into international territories. Besides ceviche, try the arroz con pato, rice with duck, a staple of Northern Peru, or risotto de chupe, a risotto with flavoring of an Arequipa favorite, spicy shrimp stew.

Mayta also has one of the best pisco bars in Lima. Try the classic pisco sour, a chilcano or any number of specialties of the house.

Address: Av. La Mar 1285, Miraflores, Phone: (+51) 937-220-734 and (+51 1) 422-6708

Isolina

Isolina is one of the best restaurants in Barranco, Lima’s bohemian neighborhood. One of the best traditional Peruvian restaurants, Isolina revives techniques and flavors long lost to time.

Best known for their stews, chilcanos and old tavern feel, Isolina’s chef, José del Castillo, followed in his mother’s footsteps to create his own restaurant. His mother, Isolina Vargas, was the proud restaurateur of La Red, a staple of Lima’s culinary scene from 1981 to 2009. Castillo opened Isolina in her honor, reviving recipes of Lima’s past.

Dishes like cau cau con sangrecita, a tripe and potato stew with blood sausage, and guiso de mollejas, a chicken sweetbread stew, are among the unique options at Isolina. Fans of more typical food options can try their version of lomo saltado, a beef stir-fry, or seco de asado de tira, a cilantro and beef stew. Keep in mind the main dishes are massive, with plenty to share between 3 people.

Address: Av. San Martín 101, Barranco. Phone: (+51 1) 247 5075

La Mar

Gaston Acurio's cebichería is one of the most popular lunch spots in Lima. Decor is minimal, but the menu offers a wide selection of delicious seafood dishes. Start with a ceviche tasting (various types of fish or shellfish marinated in lemon juice) or a chalana de causa (various appetizers of mashed potatoes filled with seafood and mayonnaise). Then try the spicy seafood (seafood sauteed in a spicy cream sauce) or one of the catch of the day.

Tip: The portions are large and can be shared. The place does not accept reservations, it is first come first serve.

Address: Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, Phone: (+51 1) 421-3365.

Cala

Cala is one of the few dining options facing the sea in Lima with a privileged view. The kitchen offers an innovative selection of Peruvian nouveau cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Signature dishes include grilled grouper served with olive gazpacho, lamb ravioli with pumpkin confit, and grilled tuna over polenta. The desserts are also excellent; try the lucuma tiramisu made with a fruit found only in Peru.

Address: Playa Barranquito, Circuito de Playas, Barranco. Phone: (+51-01) 477-2020.

Maras

Piqueras' flagship restaurant was named after the famous Maras salt mines, near Cusco. It is located inside the Westin Hotel in the ritzy neighborhood of San Isidro. The restaurant's design is contemporary and the bar area, open terrace, main dining room, or dining privately at the chef's table are worth visiting.

Delight in the menu of Arroces y Pastas and try the delicate but impressive black rice, a juicy black rice with squid and grilled clams garnished with hints of saffron and smoked sweet paprika. Alternatively, try the famous oxtail, oxtail cylinders with sautéed spinach, mashed potatoes and vegetables with lemon verbena essence.

Address: Calle Amador Merino Reyna 589, San Isidro. Phone: (+51 1) 201-5023

El Bodegon

This restaurant is a small but mighty contender on this list of best restaurants in Lima. Big portions of classic dishes make this restaurant in Miraflores district, a great option for a hearty meal. Start with a pastel de choclo (a sweet corn pie), or causa con cangrejo (a spicy crab and mashed potato casserole). Classic entrees at El Bodegon are: aji de gallina ( a spicy chicken stew), and el lomito al jugo el Bodegon ( a beef stir-fry). For dessert order the chocolate cake or mille-feuille, two of the best desserts in Lima.

Address: Av. Tarapaca 197, Miraflores. Phone: (+51 1) 444-4704.

Best Restaurants in Santiago de Chile

Best Restaurants in Santiago de Chile

Like their South American counterparts, popular restaurants in Santiago de Chile source fresh local ingredients. Here, you can savor Chilean specialties and seafood stews made with freshly caught fish from the Pacific Ocean. Or you can enjoy meat-focused meals, such as pastel de choclo (a pie with chicken or ground beef, plus hard-boiled eggs, olives, and corn).

To eat like a local, head to the Bellavista and Vitacura areas, where restaurants serve authentic dishes like caldillo de congrio (a fish stew filled with tomatoes and potatoes) and ceviche made with fresh sea bass or scallops. Among our favorites, we especially recommend Borago, Boca Nariz and 040 restaurant.

What are some of your favorite Santiago restaurants? Let us know in the comments!

Ambrosia

Ambrosía is not only one of the best restaurants in Chile, but also number 30 on the list of the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. An internationally renowned list of the 50 Best Restaurants in the region.

Another important milestone of this Restaurant is to have the Carolina Bazán seal, better known as "La China" and the Best Latin American Chef of the moment.

Located in the heart of Vitacura, it is a very romantic and elegant place to celebrate birthdays, special occasions such as weddings or anniversaries with the couple. Among its most iconic dishes we have the "Strogonoff", a plane originating in Russia that in Ambrosia is prepared with a base of different exotic mushrooms.

Phone: +56 9 5639 7877
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.

Boragó (Sustainable Chilean gastronomy)

Chef Rodolfo Guzmán brings the best Chilean resources to the table, from local fishermen and butchers, to working with the best Chilean vineyards to combine their dishes exceptionally. He has become famous for his experimentation with food, the use of local ingredients and indigenous plants, and the recreation of ancient techniques and ancestral Patagonian recipes. Boragó was ranked fourth in the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America in 2016, so enjoy a sublime night of dining out.

Phone: +56 2 2953 8893
Address: Av. San José María Escrivá de Balaguer 5970, Vitacura, Santiago, 7640804
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.

Peumayen Ancestral Food

Celebrating pre-colonial cuisine, Peumayen Ancestral Food will introduce you to the wide range of Chilean ingredients. A deeply ingrained cultural project, this restaurant is an authentic find in Santiago. Using rare and original ingredients, and exposing old cooking techniques, Peumayen Ancestral Food investigates the roots of Chilean cuisine.

Phone: +56-2-4262303
Address: 136 Constitucion, Santiago, Chile
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.

Boca Nariz

Bocanariz has been consistently praised by Wine Spectator for having one of the best wine lists in the world, with nearly 400 varieties. Bocanariz is a 'Meeting Place' for tourists and locals who love wine. Boca Nariz is located in the heart of Lastarria district, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the city. Bocanariz is a wine bar and at the same time an innovative restaurant, where gastronomy has been designed to enhance the pairing with an extensive selection of wines.

The atmosphere is warm and casual, where the magic of an old restored house and the technology necessary to deliver an excellent service. Their team of sommeliers is oriented to guide you in an 'Experience around wine', telling you the story behind each label and its perfect combination with the flavors of the cuisine.

Phone: +56 2 2638 9893
Address: Jose Victorino Lastarria 276 , Lastarrias, Santiago

De Patio

Asian inspiration, European training and Chilean ingredients are setting Santiago’s food scene alight thanks to dynamic young chef Benjamín Nast at De Patio – named as one of the five most exciting Latin American restaurants to watch in 2019. The sophisticated décor of wood tables, plenty of glass and low dark ceilings reflects the fresh and elegant tasting menu, which comes in 5, 8 or 11 courses. Star dishes include confit sea bass with tapioca, and cuttlefish with apple.

Good to know: Choose a seat at the chef’s table bar for close-ups of the kitchen team in action.

Phone: +56 2 3245 0340
Address: Av. Vitacura 3520, Vitacura, Santiago, 7630000

Restaurant 040 (Avant-garde Chilean)

A smart establishment hidden away in an anonymous hotel in Santiago’s Bellavista neighborhood. Sergio Barroso Urbano takes inspiration from his Spanish motherland and adopted home at this Latin America’s 50 Best regular. His avant-garde techniques – picked up during time spent with the Adrià brothers at the legendary El Bulli – match the sophisticated ambience and, in keeping, the dress code is formal. Top bites from the 12-course tasting menu include sous-vide egg yolk, rich broth and bacon foam, and paella rice onigiri and Béarnaise butter. Ask to see Room 09 after dinner for access to the rooftop speakeasy bar located behind a secret door.

Phone: +56 2 2732 9214
Address: Antonia López de Bello 40, Recoleta, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Osaka (Chile’s Nikkei flavors)

Peruvian and Japanese (known as Nikkei cuisine) flavours seamlessly fuse together with Chile’s finest fish and seafood at the Santiago branch of Osaka, a regular on Latin America's 50 Best list. Helmed by Ciro Watanabe, the stylish restaurant, which moved premises to Vitacura in 2017, serves up sophisticated dishes. Sushi is creative – think braised beef tongue with cured egg yolk ceviche – while must-eats include smoked pork belly and tacu tacu (the Peruvian version of refried beans and rice) straight from the wok. Finish off with yuzu cheesecake.

Phone: +56 2 2381 9070
Address: Av. Nueva Costanera 3736B, Vitacura, Santiago, 7630428

Siete Negronis

Siete Negronis is part cult cocktail lounge and part restaurant. It’s where locals and travelers alike come to enjoy some of the best drink creations Santiago de Chile has to offer. As the name suggests, there is a large selection of inventive Negronis, but the bartenders here push the envelope out further, with South American flavours playing a dramatic part in changing up the usual profiles of the drinks. Add in the tasty dishes – think croquettes and langoustines on the grill – and it’s no wonder that this venue has top-tier status in the city.

Phone: +56 9 5408 8251
Address: Mallinkrodt 180, Bellavista, Santiago, 7530217

99 Restaurante

The hipster ambiance clashes nicely with sophisticated dishes created by young chef Kurt Schmidt at 99, a regular on Latin America’s 50 Best list. Reserve a seat at the counter to watch the kitchen team prepare the tasting menus. Simple sounding dishes such as ‘razor clams’, ‘grilled octopus’ and ‘pantrucas [a traditional Chilean soup] and rabbit’ are elevated to another level by elegant presentation and smart cooking. But the desserts are, arguably, the real stars of the show. Expect the unexpected from Gustavo Saez, Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016. A six-course menu is available at lunch for a wallet-friendly $30.

Phone: +56 2 2335 3327
Address: Andrés de Fuenzalida 99, Providencia, Santiago.

Best restaurants in Mendoza

Best restaurants in Mendoza

Mendoza, the wine-production capital of Latin America and one of the ten great wine capitals of the world, has evolved into a world-class tourism destination. A desert oasis resting in the Argentinean foothills of the Andes mountain range, Mendoza is bursting with over a thousand wineries growing Mendoza’s famous Malbec grape. You’ll also find internationally acclaimed chefs pairing top-quality wines with unmatched gastronomic experiences. Most chefs work at the restaurants located inside topnotch wineries.

Take a look at our list of recommended restaurants and don't miss the chance to explore the wineries and eat at some of these excellent restaurants of Mendoza. Note that in Mendoza, in order to visit the wineries and be part of wine tastings you need an appointment well in advance. You cannot walk-in directly.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.

IN MENDOOZA CITY
La Marchigiana

“La Marchigiana” is a traditional Italian restaurant with tables inside and on the patio. The dishes are abundant and of excellent quality, among which all the varieties of pasta and sauces stand out, some really innovative. Some of the star dishes are “lasagna ai quattro formaggi, “pasta di ceppia” with seafood cream, “paglia e fieno a la papalina”, “capelletti Caruso”, “gnocchi all'uso nostro” and agnellotti with cream.

A private cellar also offers the possibility of carrying out different events and activities such as wine tastings, workshops, courses, thematic talks, private meetings, birthdays, commercial presentations and other events.

Phone: : +54 261 423-0751
Address: Patricias Mendocinas 1550, M5500 EAV, Mendoza, Argentina

La Barra

This is the best steakhouse in town. La Barra grill stands out for the delicious “bife de chorizo” (recommended: ask for it juicy). In addition, you will be able to find all Argentine cuts of meat such as the asado strip, entraña, ribs, achuras, loin and rump tail. You can also find other typical Argentine foods such as locro and fried empanadas. To enhance the flavor of the meats, you can try the recommended house cabernets which are worth trying.

Phone: +54 261 654-1950
Address: Avenida Belgrano 1086

1884

1884 was the first fine dining restaurant to open in Mendoza, back in 1999, and has been one of the hottest dates in the city ever since — as the flagship restaurant of renowned Argentine chef Francis Mallmann. With a penchant for the open flame, Mallmann’s cuisine is typically flame-grilled with a focus on native ingredients and flavors from around Argentina. 1884 wasn’t only a pioneer of fine dining in Mendoza, but this was also the first restaurant to have a serious cellar — with over 300 labels on the menu making it a favorite of winemakers and wine lovers too.

Good to know: As of August 2021 the restaurant is temporarily closed for the prevention of covid-19. Francis Malmann (acclaimed Chef and owner of the restaurant) said he hopes to reopen soon.

Phone: +54 261 424-3336
Address: Belgrano 1188

IN THE WINE COUNTRY
Brindillas, Lujan de Cuyo

This intimate restaurant is the creation of a young chef Mariano Gallego and sommelier Florencia D'Amico. Their refined menu and wine selection reflects their own evolving tastes having spent a few years living in Spain and Japan before resettling in Argentina.

The restaurant is open five nights a week, only admits 18 people in each service, prior reservation, and structures its proposal around two tasting menus that change entirely with the seasons of the year. Among the star dishes, we recommend that you try the artichokes with prawns, accompanied by rice with mushrooms, reinforced by a pine mushroom bonbon.

Another delicacy of the place is the trout with a brilliant sauce, the product of a champagne and lemon reduction accompanied by sautéed and sweet and sour vegetables. All dishes can be accompanied by the great variety of red and white wines from the outstanding Brindillas wine cellar.

Phone: +54 9 2615598684
Address: Guardia Vieja 2898, Luján de Cuyo

Terruño (Located at Club Tapiz Winery)

The restaurant was distinguished in 2007 and 2008 by Great Wine Capitals as one of the best in Mendoza. Located in Club Tapiz, Terruño is located just 30 minutes from Ezeiza Airport. The restaurant reflects the essence of regional food with an international touch. It offers dishes made with local products such as goat, rabbit, trout and greens from our organic garden are paired with the best Mendoza wines. The extensive wine list not only offers the wines produced by Bodega Tapiz but also that of the main wineries in the area.

Phone: +54 261 4299962
Address: Pedro Molina S/n - Ruta 60 Club Tapiz, Km 2.5, Mendoza 5514 Argentina.

La Bourgogne ( Located inside Carlos Pulenta Winery in Vistalba)

The native criollo architecture of the Carlos Pulenta winery in Argentina (an elegant mix of lofty ceilings and natural stone) is upstaged by the spectacular location. Nestled at the base of the Cordon del Plata range of the Andes, the winery, built in 2002, was one of the first to establish Mendoza as a prime wine tourism area. The French restaurant La Bourgogne is widely considered one of the region’s best—with mountain views to match. Don’t want to leave? Book a room at La Posada, the winery’s lodge.

Good to know: Only open for lunch; Definitely ask to take a tour of this winery.
Phone: +54 261 498-9400
Address: Roque Sáenz Peña 3531, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Andeluna (at Andeluna winery)

The gastronomic proposal of the Andeluna restaurant is born from Argentine Cuisine, with regional ingredients, emphasizing the perception of the mountain in every detail. The products used are mostly organic, coming from a garden in the area and carefully selected. It is for this reason that the menu changes with the passing of the seasons. The entire team participates in each new proposal, from the chef to the winemaker, to achieve the best, as in each vintage.

Phone: +54 9 261 508-9525
Address: RP89, M5561 Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina

Cavas Wine Lodge Restaurant

This Relais & Chateaux restaurant is located at Cavas Wine Lodge, one of the first luxury lodges in Mendoza. The hotel has an unparalleled location right in the middle of a vineyard filled with old vines. The intimate restaurant is equally as charming and the wine cellar may well be one of Mendoza’s best kept secrets as sommelier Martin Krawczyk keeps 500 labels in stock, all served alongside the organic cuisine.

Good to know: Guests of the hotel can cook with chef Lucas Gonzalez and learn how to make empanadas and other traditional Argentine recipes such as chimichurri and humitas.

Phone: +54 9 261 533-5205
Address: Costaflores, Cobos s/n, M5507 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Zuccardi

It was chosen in 2019 as the best winery in the world. The Zuccardi family rises to the top spot in the "The World’s Best Vineyards" category. Tradition, innovation and a visionary spirit are the ingredients of a project that began more than 50 years ago (1963), with the engineer Alberto Zuccardi planting the first hectares of vines in Maipú, Mendoza.

The building in front of the vine plantations was built by the architect Fernando Raganato. It was made from materials such as iron, sand and stone, with a metal dome that reflects the sunlight and with principles of sustainability.

The route is through the vineyards, the different spaces and the ‘Piedra Infinita’ restaurant. There they offer up to 50 diners a 4-course menu made with regional products, paired with Zuccardi wines and with unparalleled views of the mountains.

Good to know: The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday, it is advisable to book in advance.
Phone: +54 261 441-0010
Address: RP33, M5531 Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina

Casa Uco, Uco Valley

This luxury hotel and restaurant en-route to the Manzano Historico in the Uco Valley is also a boutique winery and vineyard estate. But it isn’t only the wines of Casa de Uco that you can taste at the contemporary restaurant, but also a smart selection of Uco Valley wines and some choices from further afield. Overlooking the vineyards and estate, the airy and bright restaurant serves up a fantastic lunch and dinner menu and the service is some of the best in the Uco Valley. The owner is an architect, so you can expect expertly choreographed interior design too.

Phone: +54 261 476 9831
Address: Ruta Provincial 94 km 14.55 5565 Tunuyán, Mendoza,

7 Fuegos at The Vines of Mendoza (Uco Valley)

Siete Fuegos, or “seven fires,” describes Francis Mallmann’s honed collection of open-flame cooking techniques, inspired by Argentine gauchos and European migrations, and refined through hundreds of years of history.

Flavor the rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits, and more, paired with award-winning boutique wines. The restaurant also has fabulous options for kosher guests as well as vegetarians and vegans.

Dine indoors or out, or enjoy a front row seat in the open kitchen where you can watch our artisans of fire create impassioned Argentine fare.

Good to know: Make reservations in advance. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.
Phone: +54 261 461-3910
Address: Ruta Provincial 94, km 11, Tunuyán, Uco Valley, Mendoza.

Best Restaurants in Cusco

Best Restaurants in Cusco

Peru has one of the most exquisite and varied cuisines in the world. Chefs have had success adapting various varieties of indigenous ingredients while keeping the possibility of outside food influences open.
The cuisine of Peru is an invitation to discover fragrant flavors and smells that are as authentic as they are ancient. Andean cuisine is heated in a wood oven, the mud from the highlands brings together the smells and flavors associated with it. Meats, tubers, grains, and herbs are used in a wide variety of simple but delicious dishes.
Cusco food is characterized not only by its flavor and the masterful combination of typical Andean products of the region, but also by being one of the living expressions of Peruvian culture.

Pachapapa

The Pachapapa Restaurant in the city of Cusco is located in the Plazoleta de San Blas, a bohemian and very popular neighborhood in the historic capital of the Inca Empire. This busy place offers traditional flavors of Cusco regional food without losing the traditional touch, that is why the food is cooked in clay pots and wood-fired stone ovens.
There are different rooms, from the charming interior spaces and its large outdoor terrace, you have the opportunity to enjoy delicious dishes such as Pachamanca, Causa Stuffed with smoked trout, which arrives covered in avocado, tomato and bathed in mayonnaise between layers of seasoned yellow potatoes with chili. Occasionally, you might be surprised by a live Peruvian band playing traditional music for a treat.

Good to know: One of the best dish of Pachapapa is the Anticucho de Alpaca. It consists of small pieces of meat (the richest are from the heart), seasoned with chili, skewered by a straw and then roasted over charcoal. The word anticucho comes from Quechua language: Kucho is cutting, cutting, art and action of cutting.

Pachapapa: Traditional Peruvian Cuisine.
Address: Plazoleta San Blas 120, Cusco
Reservations: +51 84 241318
Good to know: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.

MAP CAFÉ

The MAP Café menu covers a gastronomic itinerary of ancient indigenous products, such as quinoa, kiwicha or the incomparable Andean potatoes, reinterpreted in creations that, without neglecting their Andean roots, take on a cosmopolitan and innovative sense. You can't miss the grilled alpaca loin, served with Andean tuber cake, grilled asparagus, fresh asparagus salad ; or the sealed lamb steak with creamy green bean puree, citrus-braised onions, liquid corn croquettes, feta cheese and confit cherry tomato.
Good to know: Our team strongly recommends all who visit Cusco to visit this gem and heritage of the Imperial City: The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. The MAP offers its visitors a complete trip, which includes not only the Inca cultural legacy but also a first class gastronomic experience.

MAP CAFÉ: International New-Andean Style Haute Cuisine;
Reservations: +51 84 242476
Address: Nazarenas 231, Cusco
Good to know: As of September 2021 the restaurant is temporarily closed for the prevention of covid-19.

LIMO

Limo enjoys one of the best locations of any restaurant in Cusco, on the upper floor of an ancient colonial building overlooking the gorgeous Plaza de Armas itself. Inside is divided into a Pisco bar, main restaurant and balcony area, all sharing relaxing and tasteful décor.

Good to know: The ceviche is fresh, and the small plates are simply excellent.

Limo – Novo Andino (Peruvian- Japanese fusion);
Reservations: +51 (0)84 424 068
Address: 2nd Floor, 236 Portal de Carnes, Plaza de Arma, Cusco

Organika

Located in the historic center five minutes from the Plaza de Armas, Organica is an organic and healthy restaurant that serves fresh food prepared with products harvested from its own farm located in Urubamba, the Sacred Valley. It's a cozy little restaurant that's always busy (and for good reason). Organica is a must see when venturing through Cusco.

Good to Know: Bear in mind that not all dishes are vegetarian, meat and fish options are also available. We really like: vegetarian lasagna, organic salad, fettuccine pesto, and healthy plant extracts.

Peruvian and International, Healthy Eating.
Address: Ataud 154, Cusco
Reservations: +51 84 772448

Chicha

Chicha is about regional food: the produce, traditions and culture from each location elevated with good culinary techniques, working with responsibility and by the hand of the local producers. The restaurant is located only one block from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco and it is also another great spot for vegetarians and for those who love cocktails.

The menu is mostly Peruvian with staples such as causa – mashed native potatoes topped with trout, avocado, quail’s egg and hot red pepper; ceviche; adobo – a rich meat stew; and, of course, guinea pig. Even the more cosmopolitan pizza includes alpaca in its topping. I can recommend the grilled octopus with pickled radish and micro herbs and the pork chicharron with native potato fries, “giant corn” and fresh herb huacatay sauce. It is a huge, well-cooked portion that would satisfy even the healthiest of appetites.

Good to know: This is one of the most reasonable restaurants of legendary Gaston Acurio.
Phone: +51 (0)84 240 520/240 717
Address: 261 Plaza Regocijo, 2nd floor, Cusco

Uchu

Ucho is located near the beautiful Plaza Nazarenas, home to four of the most charming, luxurious and exclusive hotels in Cusco. If you are lucky enough to stay here, take a short walk down the hill from the plaza and slide into the modest courtyard that leads to this "steakhouse".

Don't expect to run into great steaks. The food is primarily Peruvian - entrees include causes, as well as a variety of classic ceviche dishes. All delicious. The main attraction is the generous entrees of various types of fish, meat and seafood, served on heavy slabs of volcanic stone.

Good to know: Very reasonable prices and generous servings.
Address: 135 Calle Palacio, Cusco
Opening Hours: daily from 12:30pm to 11pm
Reservations: +51 (0)84 246 598; uchu@cuzcodining.com

Morena Peruvian Cuisine

Morena stands out among the best restaurants in Cusco as one that specializes in authentic Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant serves delicious and nutritious food from all over Peru, showcasing the diversity of Peruvian cuisine. Morena’s menu will take you on a culinary journey from the coast to the Amazon and up to the Andes.

Good to know: There are many vegetarian options.

Reservations: +51 84 265409
Address: 348-B Calle Plateros Cusco

Kion Peruvian Chinese

Thanks to the enormous wave of Chinese immigrants that came to Peru at the beginning of the XX century, today we can enjoy this unique food that combines the best flavors of both Chinese and Peruvian cuisine, which is so popular among local Peruvians and tourists alike. The best restaurant in Cusco to try this fusion is Kion. Impressive food presentation, beautiful interior, and flavors you will remember long after your trip.

Good to know: order several dishes to share.
Reservations: +51 84 431862; kion@cuscorestaurants.com
Address: : Calle Triunfo 370, 2nd floor, Cusco

Before you travel to Cuzco

Cuzco is 11,154 feet above sea level. If you are arriving from Lima, which is at sea level, it is recommended that you refrain from eating highly spicy foods *, as this can be a factor in the feeling of altitude sickness or "soroche". It is also recommended to drink only bottled water. The main restaurants in Cuzco can prepare typical or traditional meals with a low content of seasonings and fats at the request of tourists. Given the height of the city, the digestion of food may take longer than normal.

* The first day you arrive in Cusco we recommend that you avoid alcohol and big heavy meals. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. * Spend a couple of days in Cuzco to settle in and prepare for your trip to Machu Picchu.

Best 10 Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Best 10 Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Even while in a pandemic, Buenos Aires restaurants rallied to not only keep their doors open and staff paid but supplied locals with unforgettable meals. We’ve eaten at hundreds of establishments, and we have identified the best restaurants in Buenos Aires. In addition to the spots we already know and love (mentioned in former posts), here are 10 best restaurants to incorporate into your dining or take-out repertoire.

Don Julio

This buzzy steakhouse, located in the heart of Palermo district, is worth the hype. All the meat at Don Julio comes from grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle raised in the fields outside of Buenos Aires. It is stored in a climate controlled refrigerator for at least 21 days to reach optimum maturity. Then, the grill master Bienvenido 'Pepe' Sotelo cooks all the meat on a traditional iron grill in the shape of a "V”.

What to order: The owner Pablo Rivero recommends ordering bife de cuadril (tenderloin steak) and entraña (skirt steak). As a starter, he opts for the deep-fried veal patties and crispy sweetbreads, which are lightly seasoned with just lemon juice and salt. Most plates are shareable and they can be paired with their excellent wine list.

Address: Guatemala 4699, Palermo,Buenos Aires.
Phone #: +54 11 4832-6058

Fervor

Fervor is a classic restaurant in the ritzy old-world Recoleta neighborhood. Frequented by locals as well as tourists, it serves excellent meats and fish accompanied by exceptional service. Chefs dry age all meat, allowing enzymes to break down, resulting in melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and a more concentrated flavor. The fillets are then charcoal-grilled for a smoky flavor and thick crust that pairs nicely with a robust glass of Malbec.

What to order: The "star" cut of meat is undoubtedly the tender loin with rosemary and garlic, and barbecue of vegetables for four people. If you fancy fish, we strongly recommend the “parrillada de mar” which is also a barbecue of fish and seafood, and brochettes of prawns and squid.

Address: Posadas 1519
Phone #: +54 11 4804-4944

Fayer

The Fayer experience is based on modern Israeli cuisine, with a strong Mediterranean influence, using the best seasonal products from Argentina. Creative dishes such as beet root hummus, super home cooked bread and even the fries had a very original taste with home-made tomato sauce

What to order: Their pastrami with bone, unique in its way of preparation, is not to be missed.

Address: Cerviño 4417, Buenos Aires
Phone #: +541147743313

Roux

This quaint corner bistro ( only 30-seats) specializes in locally sourced seafood. Seasonal, market-fresh, young, contemporary, the Mediterranean-inspired menu consists of artistic plates that don't lose taste to texture and color. Some favorites: the shrimp risotto, llama carpaccio, couscous salad with seafood, ossobuco ravioli, Patagonian trout.

What to order: Try options like prawns with grilled melon, bok choy and almond sauce, or stick with the classics, which still come with a twist: ossobuco ravioli, for example, or chimichurri-seasoned basmati rice.

Address: Peña 2300 Phone #: +54 11 4805-6794

Casa Cavia

This immaculately restored 1927 mansion is the ideal place for breakfast, lunch, or a pre-dinner aperitif. Designed by London-based architecture studio Kallos Turin, it features white marble with green accents, antique mirrors, and mid-century Bertoia chairs; it all feels like you are a guest in a very elegant home. The mansion is a kind of store concept: the various rooms house a bookstore, a perfumery, a florist, a cocktail bar and a restaurant, La Cocina. It also serves as a social club - you'll see locals networking over coffee or mingling at independent film screenings and literary gatherings.

What to order: Grilled prawn sandwich, grilled flank steak and leek (with chorizo crumbs and caramelized onions) and Dulce de leche ice-cream, salted nuts and lemon. Drinks are varied and really good.

Address: Cavia 2985
Phone #: +54 11 4809-8600

Chila

Argentine gastronomy has found its highest representative in front of the docks of the port of Buenos Aires. Chila. Chef Pedro Bargero is responsible for innovation in the kitchen. His task begins by going to the Central Market to select the best products and producers, an absolute guarantee of the taste exploration of this vast country. The menus, both the tasting and the vegetarian, change every month. The key to success: traceability. Choosing between refined dishes will seem easy when they are presented in a way that is as wise as it is original: leeks, wild papaya or hake with pataca.

Address: Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, C1107 AAT
Phone #: 54 11 4343 6067

Aramburu

Hidden away on a gritty, graffiti-covered street is one of the most beautiful, intimate, and romantic restaurants in the city. Night after night Gonzalo Aramburu turns out his exquisite 12-course tasting menu of seasonal dishes, each reinterpreted through the lens of what here is called cocina vanguardia, or cutting-edge cooking. Aramburu is the undisputed star of the nascent local molecular gastronomy scene.

Address: Salta 1050
Phone #: 11-4305–0439

Elena

Finally, last week Elena returned, the most successful hotel restaurant in recent times. When something works, you don't have to change too much, so the proposal continues to have the same concept.

Under the paradigm "from farm to table", this emblematic restaurant in the downtown area offers charcuterie and cheese tables - a tribute to the Argentine picada - within its extensive menu, which come from different producers, selected from the best of the country. The beef, part of the main spirit of the menu, uses the ancestral dry aged method, it is aged to concentrate its flavors and achieve the perfect texture.

Address: Posadas 1086, Buenos Aires. (Inside Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires).
Phone #: +54 11 4321-1200

Tegui

Its owner is Germán Martitegui, former Master Chef jury. It is one of the most expensive places in Buenos Aires. The proposal consists of choosing between two menus, one with 5 steps and the other with 10 steps. The way of treating vegetables is one of the strengths of Tegui: raw, in juice, pureed, among others. The way they are made is the purpose: to preserve the natural potential of vegetables on the table.

Address: Costa Rica 5852
Phone #: +54 11 4770-9500

Niño Gordo

The bar is one of the best places to sit, as it allows you to witness the show that takes place in the kitchen on the front line. From here come Asian delicacies inspired by Vietnam, Japan, China, Thailand and Korea, but with a Buenos Aires touch. Its star dishes include prawns with bacon, cauliflower and coconut, although the sweetbreads are also tempting. In addition, the menu can be washed down with an elegant cocktail served in peculiar glasses, including one with the face of a panda bear. There is no shortage of liquors and distillates from Asia such as Sake, Soshu, liquor with bamboo extract, Ginseng root distillate, makgeolli and Japanese whiskey.

Address: Thames 1810, Buenos Aires
Phone #: 54 11 2129-5028

Places to visit in Uruguay

Places to visit in Uruguay

Uruguay ranks third among the smallest states in South America. However, a European country like Belgium fits six times in its territory and Portugal, two.
If you travel beyond the cities of Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento, you’ll discover beautiful beaches, breathtaking countryside and wildlife in their natural habitat. It is a fantastic destination for couples as well as family with kids.

Below you will find the most beautiful places that you should take into account on your trip to Uruguay.

Montevideo

Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and it is located only 1 hour by plane from Buenos Aires. It is very common for both Argentines and foreigners to fly to Montevideo from Buenos Aires and spend a full day touring the city.

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, combines modernity and tradition. La Rambla (River Walk), which gives access to more than 30 km of coastline, is one of the main attractions of Montevideo and an unforgettable walk for its inhabitants who frequently come to drink mate and go for long walks. In addition, the large number of green spaces, parks and gardens also provide numerous outdoor options. Montevideo also has an extensive cultural scene. For example, its theatrical productions are remarkably extensive and varied, including classic, modern, and alternative shows. In its museums, cultural centers and exhibition halls it is possible to appreciate the art of a wide range of internationally recognized artists.

Montevideo also has some excellent open-air markets selling everything from books to jewelry and the occasional antique. The capital also has some excellent art stores displaying the country's vibrant art scene.

TIP: For lunch, head to Mercado del Puerto, (old maket opened in 1868), which is full of restaurants specializing in meats and fish. Try Uruguay’s national sandwich Chivito (Anthony Bourdain’s favorite sandwich). At its core, the chivito contains cheese, a thin steak, and ham on toasted bread. But the sandwich can include all sorts of ingredients, like bacon, lettuce, tomato, and olives. It can now also be ordered without the bun or even without meat.

Punta del Este (The Uruguayan Riviera)

Punta del Este is the epicenter of Uruguay’s beach scene. The city comprises 40 kilometers of coastline, from Portezuelo to Jose Ignacio. The main attraction of Punta del Este are the beautiful beaches, upscale resorts and restaurants with a laid-back vibe and locally sourced menus.

Gorlero Avenue is a shopping street famous for designer label and haute couture fashion. One of the most interesting attractions in Punta del Este is the sculpture in the shape of a hand. It is a landmark in the town and is a mandatory stop to take a selfie and meet friendly locals.

If you seek pristine beaches and good surfing conditions, head to Playa Brava, one of Punta de Este's finest shoreline attractions.

Jose Ignacio

The town of José Ignacio is a sleepy fishing enclave reborn as South American Hamptons. It only has around 200 permanent residents, however, during the summer months (December to early March) this small town comes alive. People come from far and wide to organize parties, enjoy the carnival and see concerts in the lighthouse. However, relaxation is always a priority and many argue that there is no better place in Uruguay to relax.

The most popular restaurant in the area is La Huella. Designed to look and feel like a boathouse, it’s also the hardest table to score in the busy months of January and February. And the best beachfront resort and spa to stay in Jose Ignacio is Playa Vik.

Time magazine chose Jose Ignacio as one of the 100 best destinations of 2021.

Laguna Garzon

On the Uruguayan Atlantic coast and on the border between the departments of Rocha and Maldonado is Laguna Garzón. A place with sandy beaches, wetlands, native forests, minor lagoons and grasslands.

In the past, Uruguay’s interior meant sheep, cows, and very little else. In recent years, however, wealthy Argentines and Brazilians, along with the odd Uruguayan and American, have hired local and international architectural firms to build boxy, Brutalist-inspired dachas with panoramic views overlooking Garzon Lagoon.

You can enjoy good surfing and even kitesurfing at Laguna Garzon. It is also an attractive place to visit during the winter months between July and the end of October, as the weather remains mild. You will share this little paradise with a lot less people and also right whales, which rest on the way to the peninsula of Valdes in Argentina.

Colonia del Sacramento

Just an hour from Buenos Aires by ferry, and two hours from Montevideo by road, the charming Colonia del Sacramento makes for a perfect day trip.

Originally founded by the Portuguese in the 1600s, the city passed between Portuguese and Spanish rule for decades, and the influence of both nations is apparent in the resulting colonial architecture and vibrant streetscapes. Today, visitors come to explore the cobblestone streets of the historic district which is now under UNESCO protection, ensuring it retains its old-world charm.

La Paloma

For its beauty and popularity La Paloma is one of the most emblematic seaside resorts in the department of Rocha. Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean, its main attractions are its magnificent beaches.

The reason is that beaches in La Paloma cater to all tastes, from the calm waters of the small bay, to the great waves of La Balconada, La Aguada or La Pedrera beaches. Inlets, rocky tips, large extensions of white and fine sand, high dunes, plain or deep waters and an endless natural diversity provide a place of preference for everyone in La Paloma.

Piriapolis

It is a seaside town, its main characteristic is that it was founded by an Italo-Uruguayan, the entrepreneur Francesco Piria, in fact it is precisely from this that its name derives. In addition to having founded it, Piria has been able to manage it with great success, for example by building the huge Hotel de los Argentinos with 1,200 beds and the railway that connects Piriápolis to Montevideo, thus making it the best seaside getaway.

There are basically two beaches, Playa San Francisco and Playa de Piriápolis. Both long, white and very lively, flanked by the Rambla, or the promenade, great for walking or cycling.

Also, there are hills that can be reached by panoramic chairlift to admire the entire coastline. Not to be missed in Piriápolis, is the home of Francesco Piria, a majestic Renaissance castle in which the museum dedicated to him has been built.

Hot Springs

Hot Springs in Uruguay are very popular among lovers of relaxation and well-being who can pamper themselves in large natural pools. The most popular thermal springs are the hot springs of Salto, Dayman, Arapey and the Horacio Quiroga Water Park.

As for precious stones, on the other hand, they can be found in every shape and color even walking through the streets of Salto, from amethyst to rose quartz.

National Park Cabo Polonio (Protected Area)

Cabo Polonio National Park is an area of great natural beauty which still retains typical features of the Uruguayan Atlantic coast from prior to the transformation process that began in the mid-twentieth century due to the expansion of the traditional urban tourism model.

This coastal marine area possesses a great diversity of natural environments that include sandy beaches, dunes, native coastal forest, small wetlands and islands. The most prominent feature –for its uniqueness- is the Cabo Polonio dune system, which is the most extensive remainder of a sandy strip that once stretched along our coast.

The Cabo Polonio National Park is home to several species which are priorities for the National System of Protected Areas, including endangered and threatened species.

It also includes sites which are key for the annual cycle of crustaceans of commercial interest (such as pink shrimp, marine shrimp and prawns), and for the breeding and feeding of over 47 species of fish. On its islands you can find almost half of the fur seal and sea lion populations of Uruguay, and its areas are used for the breeding of these species. The rocky area of Cabo Polonio is home to the country’s only continental settlement of fur seal and presents a unique opportunity to observe these animals up close.

Punta del Diablo (Protected Area)

This beach spot in Rocha is ideal for family holidays. Its beaches cater both for relaxation and recreation, as well as fishing or the most varied water sports.

Its main beach is usually known as the Desplayado and is a great center of attraction during the summer months. On the south beach, visitors can see the last vestiges of the fishing vessel Cathay, stranded in 1971. Further south the Barrancas de la Pedrera offers the walker an amazing combination of nature’s textures and colors.

La Rambla is the perfect place to share a fascinating full moon landscape or to observe the incredible procession of the whales in the winter months.

Laguna de Rocha

This lagoon is an extraordinary ecosystem that is home to fish, birds and mammals in a beautiful natural setting.

It is located along the northern stretch of the Uruguayan coast where it extends for 70 kilometers separated from the sea by a one kilometer wide strip of sand, but its peculiarity is the low depth of the seabed. It has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

The lagoon is always open and the visit is free, unless you want to buy a guided tour which is still preferable if you want to know more about what you are visiting. One of the most popular activities to practice in the Laguna de Rocha is bird watching!

Bear in mind that If you are thinking of traveling during the high season, you need to start booking your trip with at least 10-8 months in advance.

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Places to visit in Chile

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Places to visit in Chile

With one of the most diverse landscapes on the planet, Chile has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years, especially among nature lovers and adventure seekers. Here in this long and narrow nation on the west coast of South America, travelers will find a variety of impressive travel opportunities, from the high peaks of the Andes and endless beaches to lush temperate forests, ancient volcanoes and a spectacular coastline such as that. found at Cape Horn.

Chile also has magnificent national parks and conservation areas, which are ideal destinations for those who love hiking and trekking, as well as those who enjoy adventurous activities such as climbing, rafting, biking. mountain and horseback riding. .

To make sure you see the best points of interest in this incredible South American country, be sure to read our list of the best things to do in Chile.

Torres del Paine National Park

In this moment, Torres del Paine National park is an extremely popular destination. Located more than 62 miles north of the city of Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia, this area of incredible beauty encompasses mountains, glaciers and countless lakes and rivers.

The most important region of the park is the Cordillera del Paine, an area that marks the transition from the Patagonian steppe to the northern subpolar forests. Perhaps most notable of its many wonderful features are the 9,350 feet-high granite peaks of the Macizo Paine, which dominate this already impressive landscape.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the park, with numerous well-marked trails, many of which offer overnight shelters with the basics needed for longer walks around the mountains. If you are planning more than just a day of hiking, professional guides are recommended and in some areas are a must.

One of the best guided treks of the park is the five-day W Trek, one of the best treks in Patagonia. This 45-mile route includes some of Patagonia's main landmarks, including the massive Gray Glacier and the Paine Grande Mountains.

Adventure Trips

The Atacama Desert and the Moon Valley

Some notable features of the Atacama Desert are the numerous caverns in the region, some with evidence of pictographs created by primitive man and where some of the oldest mummies in the world were found, preserved by the aridity of the area. The most famous of them, the Chinchorro mummies, are now exhibited in the archaeological museum of San Miguel de Azapa.

Also of interest is the Laguna Cejar sinkhole, famous for its turquoise waters.

The Valley of the Moon is located 8 miles west of San Pedro de Atacama in the extreme north of the country, near the border with Bolivia.

This rugged and inhospitable landscape in the heart of the Atacama Desert draws many visitors for its uncanny resemblance to the surface of the moon, an effect caused by the erosion of its sand and stone features by wind and water over countless millennia. Yet despite its remoteness, this strikingly beautiful landscape has sustained life for centuries, both human and numerous species of flora and fauna.

Among its most interesting features are the dry lake beds which are dazzling white from deposited salt and prone to producing fascinating natural saline outcrops.

Easter Island and Rapa Nui National Park

Despite being more than 2,174 miles from mainland Chile, this fascinating island with its remarkable stone sculptures remains the most recognizable attraction in the country.

Over 880 of these statues have been identified, known as Moai, created by the island's first Rapa Nui population, most of them now protected by the National Park National Park. The Island was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site.

In Rapa Nui there are the country’s best beaches including Anakena, a beautiful yet short stretch of white coral sand that's the perfect spot for a break from hiking.

Santiago: Chile's Cultural Capital

Santiago is not only the financial and business capital of Chile, it also serves as the country's cultural and entertainment center and is home to endless fun things to do, including its museums and art galleries, along with excellent shopping and dining.

Centrally located and the country's main transportation hub, Santiago is where most visitors begin their Chilean travels before heading to the Andes or other areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as Easter Island. The smartest travelers, though, will make time in their Chile travel itinerary to get to know Santiago.

Chilean Lake district

Stretching over 330 kilometers from Temuco to Puerto Montt, Chile's Lake District is worth exploring. This beautiful region of the Andean foothills boasts rich farmland at the base of its many snow-capped volcanoes, surrounded by thick forests and pristine lakes.

For adventure lovers, a typical Chilean Lake District itinerary includes endless possibilities for hiking and biking, fishing along with other fun activities like climbing a volcano; whitewater rafting; kayaking, canoeing; horse trips; and, if you visit during winter, skiing. Road trips to the region are also very popular and spectacular.

Valparaíso

Chile's third largest city, Valparaíso, sits between the sea and the coastal mountain range. It is a perfect city to visit from Santiago de Chile since they are 1 hour-drive away from each other. Valparaiso is popular due to its cobble stone streets, colorful houses, colonial architecture, its harbor and beaches.

Lauca National Park

Located in the extreme north of Chile, just 140 kilometers east of the city of Arica, Lauca National Park (Parque Nacional Lauca) covers an area of 1,300 square kilometers and made of of high plains and mountain ranges with an important presence of volcanoes.

Highlights include hikes around its many unspoiled mountain lakes, such as Cotacotani and Chungara, which reflect the surrounding landscape to stunning effect.

The park also features several important archaeological sites, as well as evidence of early European settlers who left their mark on the many old colonial buildings and churches in the region.

This national park is a dream destination for people who enjoy bird watching.

Pumalín Park

Pumalín Park has become one of the most important and popular conservation areas in Chile. Covering a vast area of more than 988,000 acres stretching from the Andes to the Pacific, the area boasts some of the most pristine coastlines and forests in the country and stands out for being almost entirely untouched by human development.

In addition to protecting the area's rich flora and fauna, including the Larch, the world's oldest tree species, the park, owned and operated by the US-based Conservation Land Trust, is easily accessible to visitors and offers one of the best experiences in the nature of the country.

Thanks to its extensive network of trails, campgrounds, and visitor facilities, Pumalín Park is a pleasure to explore, whether for a short nature hike or as part of a longer ecotourism adventure that includes a stay in cabin-style accommodations.

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument

As its name suggests, the monument is home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Chile, consisting of some 60,000 breeding pairs of Magellanic penguins. Accessible only by guided boat tours, the islands of Marta and Magdalena are also home to large colonies of seals and sea lions. Another of Chile's important natural monuments is El Morado, an easy drive from Santiago and the site of the San Francisco Glacier and the 4,674-meter-high Cerro El Morado mountain.

The Humberstone and Santa Laura nitrate works

Situated near the northern port city of Iquique in the remote Pampa desert and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, this fascinating ghost town was once home to a bustling community.

For more than 60 years beginning in 1880, thousands of Chilean, Bolivian, and Peruvian workers worked in the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeters (Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeters), a hostile environment that included some 200 saltpeter mines. In the process, these workers formed a distinct culture and way of life that has been preserved here.

Although abandoned since 1960, the site offers a fascinating glimpse into the harsh conditions these "pampinos" face, with many of the site's largest structures still standing and ready to be explored. Professional guides are recommended given the remoteness of the area and the severe climate.

Chiloé Island and Chiloé National Park

Located on the island of Chiloé, the second largest island in the country, the Chiloé National Park is worth adding to your travel itinerary. While not as rugged as most of the country's most impressive landscapes, the island of Chiloé is quite unique. Chiloé National Park itself has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. The highlight of a visit to this area of exceptional natural beauty is the opportunity to observe wildlife as diverse as blue whales and dolphins (tourist excursions are available), and the large penguin farms at the nearby Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument. Available adventures include sea kayaking, hiking, and ecotourism.

Valle Nevado

Once a well-kept secret, the fact that Chile is home to some of the best skiing in the world is now common knowledge among skiers. By far the most popular ski area in South America, the tourist region of Valle Nevado (Valle Nevado) in the foothills of El Plomo de los Andes is well served by public transportation from the country's capital, Santiago, located just 46 kilometers west of the slopes. .

With mostly clear skies and heavy snow thanks to its high elevation (it's 3,000 meters above sea level and you can ski 112 days a year), the resort has 37 trails and 11 lifts, and is so popular with families as well as experienced skiers and snowboarders.

In addition to its three hotels, a variety of rental chalets and condos are available, suitable for short and long stays, and the resort also has eight restaurants. There is a snow school on-site, along with a ski shop and a tour company offering heli-skiing adventures. Other notable Chilean ski resorts close to Santiago include La Parva and El Colorado.

Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

As popular with tourists as with nature lovers, the Cueva del Milodon Natural Monument (Cueva del Milodon Natural Monument) is located in the heart of Chile's Patagonia area, a short distance from Puerto Natales.

The highlights of this fascinating natural wonder, part of the popular End of the World Scenic Walk, include a series of easily accessible caves located around a formidable rock formation known as the Silla del Diablo (Devil's Chair).

The main cave, known as the Cave of the Milodon, was where, in 1895, the well-preserved remains of a prehistoric Mylodon were discovered (a tall statue of this extinct creature marks the site where the discovery was made), along with the remains of other ancient animals and even human bones.

This impressive cave is about 200 meters deep and is fun to explore. If you have time, take the signposted path that leads to the top of the cave, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the nearby Eberhard Fjord.

Other fun things to do include exploring the park's many other hiking trails, which include a series of raised tree-lined sections that are fun to hike.

Cochamó Valley

Known as the "Yosemite of Chile", Chile's beautiful Cochamó Valley region is a delightful area to explore. Located in the Los Lagos de los Andes region and named after the Cochamó River, is a region that, like Yosemite, has become extremely popular with hikers and climbers, the latter drawn here by the opportunity to tackle its many 1,000-meter granite walls.

Hikers, meanwhile, can choose from a variety of trails of varying degrees of difficulty, most of which lead directly to popular tourist spots, including the beautiful waterfalls that dot the region.

Besides the varied flora and fauna here, people are also drawn to great fly fishing.

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park sits in the heart of Chile's Lake District. Easily accessible from the city of Puerto Montt, the great tourist attraction here is the spectacular Saltos del Petrohué (Petrohué Falls).

Here, the fast-flowing Petrohué River plummets down a volcanic rock slide into Todos los Santos Lake, an especially impressive sight during the rainy season. After descending the falls and rapids, the water is deposited into the crystal clear lake, a popular spot for fishing and bird watching.

The area is also known for its diverse wildlife, including deer and cougars, as well as its hot springs. Add to this picture-perfect location a backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes, and you've got the perfect selfie spot for that memory of your Chile vacation.

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Places to visit in Buenos Aires

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Places to visit in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a walking city and it’s great to explore on foot. The places to visit in Buenos Aires that we mention below are adored by adults and children alike. Let’s venture into Buenos Aires' diverse neighborhoods and its essential attractions.

Monserrat

The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Monserrat was the site of the first Spanish settlers in 1580. Around the Plaza de Mayo lies important public buildings, churches, museums and the headquarters of the National government, Casa Rosada. Its famous balcony is where Juan and “Evita” Perón addressed the masses during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

A must-visit is the Casa Rosada Museum which stands on the spot occupied by the original colonial fort of Buenos Aires. It explores the history of Argentina, from colonial times to the present, and houses the remains of the original walls of the former customs house, as well as an acclaimed mural created by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siquieros. The museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, and on public holidays, 10am - 6pm (last entry at 5,30pm). Free Entry.

A definite must is a visit to the famous “Grand Café Tortoni” on Avenida de Mayo. Order the churros and hot chocolate or just coffee.

La Boca

In the mid-nineteenth century, port activity grew and La Boca became a maritime district. Later, artists and bohemians came to live here, giving rise to this picturesque neighborhood, immortalized in the works of the artist Benito Quinquela Martín. The places to visit in La Boca are:

Caminito Street: Take a stroll through Buenos Aires' famously colorful street museum. Fundacion Proa: a contemporary art gallery which puts on exhibitions, concerts and seminars. On Proa’s terrace there is a very nice cafe (breakfast and lunch every day) with a panoramic view of the neighborhood.

Club Atletico Boca Juniors Stadium. Boca Juniors Museum invites visitors to relive the passion and success of the historic club through a multimedia tour, together with souvenirs and trophies.

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San Telmo

San Telmo is the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon admiring its colonial architecture, visiting art galleries, digging for treasures in an antique shop or watching locals dance tango.

Every Sunday, hundreds of stalls are set up along Calle Defensa and Plaza Dorrego. You can find bargains such as costume jewelry, handmade lace or copper pots. The stands spill out onto neighboring streets, so keep an eye out for a souvenir or two to take home.

MACBA ( Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires) Opened in 2012, this is one of the newest museums in the city. It has an important collection of works from national and international contemporary artists. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum organizes special exhibitions, events and educational workshops.

San Nicolas

Often known as El Centro, San Nicolás is home to a large part of Buenos Aires' financial district. With important streets such as Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Corrientes and Florida running through it, San Nicolas is a constantly lively neighborhood and offers many interesting attractions for visitors.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN THIS NEIGBORHOOD:

Colon Opera House: It is considered one of the best opera houses in the world and is renowned for its acoustics and architecture. There are daily tours and you need the tickets in advance.

Corrientes Avenue Along this avenue are the largest number of bookstores, theaters, pizzerias and cafes in the city. Many of the cafés have been officially named ‘notable bars’, given their history, architecture or local significance, forming part of the city’s cultural heritage. Come to Calle Corrientes and order a slice of pizza at Pizzeria Guerrin. It is regarded as one of the best traditional Pizzerias in Buenos Aires, and definitely lives up to its reputation. Other great pizzerias of the neighborhood are Las Cuartetas, Los Inmortales, El Cuartito and Pizza Piola.

TIP: If you have time, visit both sides of the National Park. Over the Brazilian side you will enjoy jaw-dropping panoramic views of the falls. While on the Argentine side, you can literally walk into the heart of the falls and have the best frontal view of the “Devil’s Throat”, the largest jump in the Iguazu Falls.

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero is the revived warehouse district and one of the most popular and expensive neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Its red-brick docks, formerly warehouses, are now modern offices, hotel and residences which contrast to the architecture of the angular and fluid high-rise buildings across the waterway. Running the entire length of the four docks, this is one of the most exclusive dining scenes, in a unique setting along the city’s waterfront.

Te best place in Puerto Madero to visit is the 864-acre ecological reserve that sits between the high rises in Puerto Madero and the Rio de la Plata. It’s a very popular weekend spot for birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists. Very well-maintained trails wend their way through the reserve and lead eventually to the waterfront.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN PUERTO MADERO ARE:

• Puente de la Mujer ( Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava)
• Micaela Bastidas Park
• Ecological Reserve
• Fortabat Art Collection

Visit Kayla restaurant located on the 31st floor of the exclusive Alvear Icon Hotel for contemporary Argentine cuisine and for dazzling views of the capital’s skyline.

Palermo

Palermo is the largest neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Informally it is divided into several areas and for this reason you will hear about Palermo Soho, Hollywood, Palermo Chico, Palermo Parks or others. Two good ways to get around them are on foot or by bicycle.

Parks you should not miss are: “3 de Febrero Park” and “the Rose Garden”, “the Botanical Garden”, “the Japanese Garden” and “the Ecopark”. There is no better place in the city for lovers of the green and the outdoors. All the parks can be covered in one day and are very close to each other.

OTHER PLACES TO VISIT IN PALERMO ARE:

• MALBA Museum
(Large collection of Modern Latin American Art)
• Evita Museum
• Galileo Galilei Planetarium
• Plaza Cortazar
• Palermo Soho:
for street art, murals, graffitis and shopping.
• Palermo Polo Fields: Polo lovers will be instantly delighted when they arrive at The Cathedral of Polo which hosts the best polo in the world. The highlight of the year is the annual Argentine Open polo tournament, which takes place in late spring (November - December).

Recoleta

Recoleta is my favorite neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Recoleta concentrates large palaces and mansions of European styles, historic buildings, luxury hotels, restaurants and beautiful parks that make this area one of the most sophisticated and beautiful districts in the city. Architecture lovers, particularly of neoclassicism and Art Nouveau, will not want to miss this neighborhood.

PLACES TO VISIT IN RECOLETA

• Alvear Avenue
• National Museum of Fine Arts
• Plaza Francia
• Recoleta Cemetery
Enjoy lunch or just a coffee at La Biela café, the favorite meeting place for Portenos (Buenos Aires citizens). The outdoor cafe fills with locals and tourists alike, and it a great place to enjoy the good weather and watch the people go by. A must!!

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