Navigating the food and menus in Buenos Aires isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. Here is a list of some restaurants and food tips that I’ve come across while living here.
If you’re looking for the best parillas in BA, don’t bother with the main streets because the side streets are where you’ll find the best carne for the least amount of pesos. Pretty much every street in this city has little, hidden parillas and all you need to do is look for the smallest, oldest looking place with a big grill and giant slabs of meat. Set aside your “health code hesitations” because you will not be let down. My favorite parilla thus far is located on the corner of Tucuman and Suipacha.
To be completely honest, I don’t even know the name of it, but walk to the corner and you will literally see a hole in the wall. It is set up like an open-air bar, but with a giant display of meat sizzling on the grill. It’s filled with working-class, Argentine men and giant slabs of meat. I recommend the Vacio or the Choripan. It is inexpensive and delicious.
If you are in a hurry then you can always find a Freddo or Volta on a nearby street corner for a large helping of their drool-worthy Dulce de Leche or Tramontana, but if you have some time on a weekend afternoon you should wander over to Moratto on Riobamba 962.
They have a breath taking display of creamy helados naturales. Moratto also offers a wide variety of chocolates, coffees and teas, and baked goods.
The New York house scene has always been at the forefront of what is hot in the scene. John Creamer has been about for more then a decades and is one of the pioneers of the US progressive house scene. He has several accolades under his belt such as “Remixer of the Year – 2002” by Remix Magazine and his remix of Kosheen – Hide You’, which hit #6 in the UK top 10 in 2001, won the Remix of the Year at the 2001 Muzik Awards. John is by no means a small name.
John rose to fame with by producing catchy vocal trance and progressive house tracks. His mayor achievements, alongside his ‘Hide You’ remix, include the globally acclaimed hit ‘Ilo – Rapture’ (UK Top 10 #3) and his remix of Racheal Starr’s ‘Till There was You’ as well as the 2009 summer slammer Tom Geigner’s ‘One Day Can Change Your Life’. John Creamer: “I just love the vocal stuff, Good, big-room vocal tracks.”, which is clearly something he brings to his sets.
John has released records on the major global Dance Labels over the years such as Ultra, Ministry of Sound, Universal Recordings, Sony, Warner Brothers and Bedrock. He has also gained the support from the one and only British House Guru, Pete Tong and heavyweights in the industry such as John Digweed.
John has also been running his own Record Label NY Love Records since 2004 with his longtime partner Stephane K.
Buenos Aires is a city with history–and nowhere is its grandeur on fuller display than in its classic cafes.
From the touristy can’t-miss Cafe Tortoni (Avenida de Mayo 825) to the slick modernism of Florida Garden (Florida 899) and the intricate stained glass of Las Violetas (Rivadavia 3899), Buenos Aires’ best cafes are as much about ambiance as great coffee. But it’s hard to enjoy your visit if you don’t know how to order what you want. So here’s Once in Montion’s simple guide to making the most of Buenos Aires’ coolest cafes!
Have it Your Way.
Sure, the word for coffee in Spanish is “café,” but if you just ask for “un café,” you may be surprised to find yourself with a bitter black espresso shot and no room for milk. (Of course, if this is what you like, order ahead!). If you want a small espresso shot mixed with milk, ask for “un cortado,” and if you want a bigger one, say “un cortado en jarrito.” But a cortado is still pretty strong; if you’d like a weaker coffee, go with a “café con leche”–half coffee and half milk. And if you want just a hint of coffee and lots of milk, order “una lágrima.”
Cancel the Caffeine.
BA’s cafes aren’t just for coffee lovers. If you’re in the mood for tea (té), they’ve got you covered. Another specialty is called a “submarino”–a bar of chocolate submerged in warm milk. Stir it up to make something like hot chocolate. Finally, most cafes offer “licuados”–fruit shakes with a base of water or milk.
Take Advantage of Desayunos and Meriendas.
Most of BA’s classic cafes charge an awful lot for real food, so approach the steak or pasta with caution. But they’re the perfect place for a snack–especially if you take advantage of “desayuno” (breakfast) and “merienda” (snack) specials. Most cafes offer café con leche served with “medialunas de manteca” (sweet, sticky croissants) or “medialunas de grasa” (denser, savory ones). Many others will serve café con leche with “tostadas,” small pieces of toast accompanied by jam and cream cheese. These specials shouldn’t put you out more than 20 pesos or so, making them the most affordable way to dabble in BA’s café culture.