This is one of the top places to go in Salta for an empanada, which is saying a lot, given that Salta claims to be the home of this delicious pastry snack that is found all across South America. While it doesn’t serve a lot else other than empanadas, La Tacita is highly rated by locals. It is found just off the main square, Plaza 9 de Julio, and, given its humble exterior, it could be easily missed, so its central location is a great benefit. There is the option to take away as well as eat in, although eating in is recommended, as on each table diners will find works by local authors.
Caseros 396, Salta, Argentina, +54 387 431 8289
This small café offers a quiet environment away from the busy central Plaza, but, at the same time, is only a couple of blocks away. The interior is music-themed and colorful, but not to the extent that it is over-the-top and off-putting to potential customers. It has a small and shady outside terrace, and the inside is equally light and open due to its large windows. Friendly service and homemade dishes make this café a good option for a slow start to the day.
Rivadavia 774, Salta, Argentina, +54 9 387 407 1717
This café has managed to grab arguably the best spot on the Plaza. The café itself is in a beautiful, curved, old colonial building, and diners sitting on the outdoor tables get views of the cathedral, the central park and the old cabildo (the colonial government building), which is the next building along. Again, the menu is basic but extensive, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy, especially the wide range of empanadas. A perfect spot to people-watch and take some time out from touring.
Caseros 602, Salta, Argentina, +54 387 431 7567