Start the day the porteño way with a coffee to wake you up and a selection of croissant-like medialunas. Order yours smeared in dulce de leche or filled with quince for the complete experience. If you are breakfasting on the move then grab some pastries at one of the billion bakeries in the city.
Empanadas are joyous little handheld pies that are a mainstay of the food scene and can be eaten for lunch, dinner and as an anytime snack. They are cheap, versatile - fillings range from beef to caprese and creamed corn - and available everywhere. Pizza too is a big favorite and often smothered in copious amounts of cheese. Stroll along Avenida Corrientes and you’ll find some of the most historic pizzerias serving from noon until the early hours. Get your hands on a fugazzeta, cheese-stuffed pizza topped with caramelized onions invented in the city by a Genoese baker in 1893.
Nothing says Buenos Aires more than the ubiquitous parrilla, which is the name used for both a steakhouse and the grill itself. It’s a meat-lovers rite of passage to dive face-first into a juicy slab of bife de chorizo (sirloin), lomo (tenderloin) or ojo de bife (rib-eye). Parrillas range from fine-dining restaurants to hole-in-the-wall establishments; wherever you go we dare you to not drool as the waiter cuts the meat with a spoon. Perhaps the only way to surpass this is to get invited to an asado (barbecue). Spending the afternoon on a friend’s terrace, drinking wine and waiting patiently for them to serve you chorizo, molleja (sweetbread), morcilla (black pudding), provoleta (grilled cheese), meat, meat and more meat is gastronomic bliss.
Looking for more tradition? Then check out the city’s bodegones. These atmospheric taverna-style and family friendly restaurants have certain characteristics in common: Abundant portions, Italian and Spanish influences, accessible prices and waiters that look like they have been waiters for centuries and memorize dozens of orders in their
heads. This bodegon guide will point you in the right direction.