The 10 tastiest types of street food in Buenos Aires
Food is a major thing in Argentina. However -at first glance- street food in Buenos Aires doesn’t seem to be so embedded in every-day life as in other South American cities.
It’s a mix of regulation issues (street vendors and road carts must have special permits to sell food on public spaces) and local culture: rather than eating on-the-go, they prefer to take their time to enjoy food.
But it’s all about finding the right places. Parks, markets and weekend fairs are by far the best spots in town to try street food.
The food-stalls (‘carritos’) that border the river in Costanera Norte (in front of the domestic airport) and Costanera Sur (looking to an ecological reserve behind the luxurious Puerto Madero) top the list.
Another highlight is San Telmo fair, nestled in the oldest neighbourhood in the city and also the most touristy. On Sundays, Defensa street packes out with a bustling spectacle of tourists and street vendors selling crafts, antiques and typical Argentinian food to have on the go.
Mataderos fair -at a 1-hour bus ride from the city- is another hot spot to try typical food from every Argentinian region.
To explore the hipster venue of the city you’d better hit Palermo and relax at the big green spaces of ‘Bosques de Palermo’ and ‘El Rosedal’.
You should also pay attention to the festivals and fairs that are regularly held in the city, most of them have a free entrance and are a great opportunity to try delicious food. Food trucks in Buenos Aires city are only allowed in these special events and offer gourmet versions of South American typical food.
Are you traveling to Buenos Aires soon? Get a taste of the city’s most authentic flavours with this list of the top 10 tastiest street food in Buenos Aires:
This sandwich made of Argentinian sausage is on the podium of street food in Buenos Aires. It only takes a grill (‘parrilla’) to cook it and ‘porteños’ -as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called- certainly know how to quickly improvise one. ‘Choripanes’ and a cold beer are a classic at the entrance of every football match, as well as in many other massive events in town.
San Telmo offers many options to eat a ‘chori’ (as ‘porteños’ call it, with true affection). For instance, an anodyne parking lot in the corner of Mexico and Defensa streets turns into a lively eating spot on Sundays. A grill full of Argentinian sausages and cuts of meat is all you need for an awesome Buenos Aires experience. If you add a band playing rock music and some beers, the result will be even better.
If you’re seeking a local vibe, head to ‘Costanera Norte’ or ‘Costanera Sur’ (this last one is easy to reach from San Telmo neighbourhood). Pick one of the food carts and make your choice (you’ll find lower prices here than in the most touristic areas).
Don’t forget to add the usual seasoning of ‘chimichurri’ (a mix of garlic, dried oregano, parsley, hot pepper, vinegar and olive oil) or ‘salsa criolla’ (tomato, onion, red pepper, parsley, vinegar and oil).
2. Meat sandwiches.
Argentina is known for its first-class meat and Buenos Aires makes a great cult of this. Usually, the same spots where you find a ‘choripan’ also offer other meat sandwiches. ‘Bondiola de cerdo’ (pork bondiola), ‘bife de chorizo’ (a juicy steak, similar to sirloin) and ‘vacío’ (flank steak) are the usual meat cuts you may come upon with.
Eating a meat sandwich in Costanera Norte while looking to the ‘Río de la Plata’, the widest river in the world- makes a perfect lunch-time plan.
This stuffed pastry is a classic in many South American countries and finds one of its finest versions in Argentina. ‘Empanadas’ can be cooked in the oven or fried. The most popular fillings are meat, ham and cheese, chicken and ‘humita’ (sweet corn with white sauce).
You can find them almost everywhere: on the street, markets, bakeries and take-out shops.
4. Pizza ‘al corte’.
Honouring its deep Italian heritage, Buenos Aires city boasts a large tradition of pizza makers (and eaters!). What makes pizza unique here is that it has a thick dough and lots of mozzarella cheese melting on the borders.
Corrientes Avenue is Buenos Aires kingdom of pizza. You can find some of the most traditional ‘pizzerías’ (pizza restaurants) here. Some of them, allow clients to buy pizza by the slice (known as ‘’) and eat it while standing and leaning on high tables. This very popular custom among ‘porteños’ is the reason why pizza made it into this street-food list!
There’s a never-ending argument about which are the best pizzerías in the city and every neighbourhood has their own, so you’d better stroll the city and discover your own favorite.
‘Milanesa’ is another Italian-rooted dish loved by Argentinians. It’s a slice of breaded beef or chicken which can be fried or cooked in the oven. Eating a ‘milanesa’ sandwich is a classic, that usually includes tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise. A ‘complete’ version may include ham and cheese. You can find it everywhere, from kiosks to train stations.
This is more like a snack, that consists on crunchy caramelized peanuts. Leaving a sweet vanilla smell in the air, ‘garrapiñadas’ are prepared on a hot pot inside a small cart and can be found almost everywhere in the city.
7. ‘Churros’ filled with ‘dulce de leche’.
A typical piece of pastry you can find in bakeries and many times on the street. ‘Churros’ are a crunchy fried-dough, of Spanish and Portuguese tradition. In Buenos Aires, ‘churros’ are filled with ‘dulce de leche’ (Argentinian sublime preparation of sweet milk) and sometimes they bathe in chocolate, creating a delicious combination.
Artisanal ice-cream (‘helado artesanal’) is a must if you are in Buenos Aires. The classic ‘heladerías’ in town were founded by Italian immigrants and every neighbour has its typical spot. Flavours have a local twist where ‘dulce de leche’ (and its thousand varieties) stands proudly as the undisputed king.
This sweet cookie is part of the local identity. It brings back childhood memories (alfajores are typically eaten at school) and it’s the gift that travellers bring to their loved ones when they travel around Argentina.
Although usually stuffed with ‘dulce de leche’, ‘alfajores’ come in different varieties. Stop at a kiosk and pick one: you won’t regret it.
10. ‘Miga’ sandwiches
There’s no bakery in town not selling this typical sandwiches made of thin white bread (without the outside crust). While they are a classic at birthday parties,also work perfect for a quick meal in the street.
The most common version of them are stuffed with ham and cheese, tomato and cheese, tuna and a long list of varieties.