In the suburb of Recoleta, home to one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, Antigua Carpinacci caters for the local empanada demand six days a week. It’s a far cry from the tourist hotspots on Calle Florida and a notable walk from the Cementerio de la Recoleta. This is the place to go to experience high-quality empanadas in a truly authentic Argentinian atmosphere. Ham and cheese, chicken, vegetarian, traditional beef, and seasonal empanadas can all be found at Antigua Carpinacci. When looking to experience the real Buenos Aires, this is an excellent spot in which to relax and practice Spanish with the locals.
Take a walk through the beautiful neighborhood of Belgrano and pop in to Mon Ame for a delicious lunch or dinner. At first glance, Mon Ame is a traditional French bistro. However, this institution creates some of the best empanadas in the city. As with many restaurants in Belgrano, the interior is small and cozy, with a few tables and chairs peppering the pavement. The intimate nature of this dining experience and the theme of the decor transports customers back to the time. It showcases a time when Italian immigrants first arrived in the port city, bringing with them a distinctly European attitude to architecture, art, and dining. Empanadas at Mon Ame come in an unusual triangle shape. They are just as delicious, flaky, and transportable as the more traditional half-moons.
Mon Ame, Zabala, C.P 1426 Buenos Aires, Argentina, + 54 11 4780 2302
Ña Serapia is one of Palermo’s best kept secrets. The restaurant is small – in keeping with the area – but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in high-quality cuisine, service and ambiance. Offering local favorites and delicious, expertly prepared Argentinian flavors, the menu is not unlike neighboring restaurants in Palermo. But what makes this institution so popular, is the quality of the ingredients and the skilled, highly experienced staff. The empanadas at Serapia are never anything short of perfect. They always arrive ideally seasoned with a neat repulgue – the braided edge that seals the empanada closed. From knowing exactly where the ingredients were sourced to the exact time the most recent batch of empanadas came out of the oven, the young and sharp servers exude enough local knowledge to rival their five-star counterparts.
La Morada, located just outside of the Plaza de Mayo, is nestled in one of the most historically rich districts of Buenos Aires. From the procession of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo in front of the Casa Rosada on Thursdays to the San Telmo farmers market on Sundays, the neighborhood is vibrant. Its rituals are seeped in history. La Morada is the ideal place to retreat from the crowds and recharge the system in time for more walking and sightseeing. The location is enviably central. Plus, the atmosphere akin to having dinner with an entire Italian family. What is truly special about La Morada however, is the selection of empanadas. Morada serve two different types of beef empanada – one spicy, one lightly seasoned. They also serve seasoned chicken, ham, cheese. There’s also an ever-changing variety of specialty empanadas, all encased in their homemade dough.
La Morada, Hipólito Yrigoyen 778, Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4343-3003
Located close to the Obelisco de Buenos Aires, Pizzeria Guerrin has a formidable reputation for producing the best empanadas in the city. This family-owned restaurant celebrated 80 years in business in 2012. It continuously draws in enormous crowds to partake of its hearty Argentinian fare. In the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, this reasonably priced, local institution is a great place for families and couples. It has a friendly, fun-loving ambience. Set across three floors, the inevitable queue moves very quickly. Meanwhile, the food is consistently hot, fresh, and delivered with impressive speed. Stop here to enjoy a casual and leisurely meal with friends or even if you are simply swinging by on the way to the next destination. Sampling empanadas at Pizzeria Guerrin is a must.