Best Street Food Markets in Buenos Aires
Food trucks are serving up increasingly gourmet food in Buenos Aires | © Scott Madore/Unsplash
Buenos Aires is a bit tricky when it comes to street food unless you’re looking for the ubiquitous empanada. The city isn’t exactly bustling with street food trucks, partly because that’s not Argentine food culture. For the most part, Argentines prefer to grill meat for hours someplace more intimate and chat. The good news is, the markets that do have street food have particularly good street food. Here’s where it’s at…
The pop-up Buenos Aires Market has something for everyone – freshly-baked artisanal breads, veggie burgers, ice cream, raw food, you name it. Amid the maze of food stands you’ll also find farm-to-table purveyors and a variety of other foodstuffs on offer. If you buy in bulk here, you’ll often get a good deal. Held every few weeks, the market changes neighborhood every time. Check the website to see where it’s at.
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3. Mercado del Progreso
A grand old Buenos Aires establishment, the Mercado del Progreso is chock-full of food stands (a disproportionate number of them butchers to meet the demand of the beef-loving locals). Here you can also find unusual meats, such as rabbit and turkey, as well as speciality cheeses, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, and, randomly, an orchid seller. The offerings may inspire you to put together a picnic — pack a basket and hit the park or plan a cool day trip outside the city.
Avenida Rivadavia 5430, Buenos Aires
Open Monday-Friday 7.30am-1pm; 5pm-8.30pm, Saturdays 7.30am-2pm; 5pm-8.30pm. Closed Sundays.
4. Mercado Andino de Liniers
This one’s a bit of a trek, but if you’re looking for exotic food and a full-on cultural experience, then head out to Buenos Aires’ Bolivian neighborhood of Liniers. Located in city’s southwest, it can take several hours to reach by public transit, so plan accordingly. Once there, you’ll find street food stands selling juices and Bolivian specialities – including empanadas reportedly twice the size of the Argentine ones. You can also browse through an astonishing variety of dried beans, spices, speciality flours, and so forth. Viva Bolivia – because, aside from putting together a fun market in Buenos Aires, Bolivians really know how to party.
The 100 block of José León Suárez, at Rivadavia, Buenos Aires.
Open daily 9am-7pm.
While waiting for food truck markets to become more of a thing in Buenos Aires, keep tabs on the popular food truck Pura Sabrosura (‘Pure Tastiness’). Specializing in Caribbean and Latin American food, your mouth will start watering as soon as you’re within smelling distance. The truck tends to park its delicious self around other yummy foodie events, so it’s worth following around.