Palermo, the largest barrio
(neighborhood) in Buenos Aires
, is the place to see and be seen. Read on for a list of the best restaurants to hit up in Palermo.
For artfully rendered Mediterranean-Argentinian fusion food, look no further than Social Paraíso. Here, chef Federico Simoes serves up dishes like lemon risotto with lamb, melon gazpacho and more. This place has a well-curated wine list, a welcoming staff, and reasonable prices (try the two-course fixed price lunch option). This Palermo Soho venue is a definite yes in our book.
Social Paraíso, Honduras 5182, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4831-4556
Lelé de Troya
A longtime mainstay in Palermo Viejo, Lelé de Troya is housed in what was formerly a manor house. Impressively, it offers a rooftop dining terrace with a view of the city. Don’t miss the Italian-inspired delicacies like spinach and ricotta ravioli. Or go for something more Middle-Eastern inspired. Top off the meal with a cocktail such as the sweet basil daiquiri or the strawberry caipiroska.
Lelé de Troya, Costa Rica 4901, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4832-2726
Burge Joint has walls covered in graffiti, a youthful clientele, and a tip jar with the inscription ‘Funds for Justin Bieber’s Hitman’. This might be the hippest burger place you will ever visit. And fear not, the food does not disappoint. The LeBleu burger is a standout, featuring blue cheese, rocket, sun-dried tomato, mushrooms, and caramelized onions. Burger, fries, and a beer for a cheap price — it doesn’t get better than that.
Burger Joint, Jorge Luis Borges 1776, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4833-5151
Isabel Bar and Restaurant
Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Need a hiatus from Argentinian food? Green Bamboo serves up excellent Vietnamese fare including a mouthwatering pho. There’s also a funky ambiance and good cocktails, in the heart of happening Palermo Hollywood. Save room for dessert. Whether you spring for a bitter chocolate parfait with cardamom, a coconut and mango crêpe, or the lychee and tangerine salad with tangerine sorbet and lemongrass emulsion, you can’t go wrong.
Green Bamboo, Costa Rica 5802, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4775-7050
Empanadas can be found almost anywhere in Argentina, but truly exemplary ones are a rare treat. La Cupertina offers a myriad types. Owner and chef Cecilia Hermann’s rustic and cozy restaurant churns out the delicious pastries in savory and sweet forms. A highlight is the empanada de humita y cebolla y queso, or corn, onion, and cheese. At remarkably cheap prices, stock up on as many varieties as they have.
La Cupertina, José Antonio Cabrera 5300, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4777-3711
Don’t let the unmarked entrance and 16-foot brass doors put you off. Once inside, Casa Cruz is a delightfully cool dining hot-spot featuring candles, fresh flowers, and even leopard-print carpeting. Popular with the Buenos Aires jet-set and with visiting celebrities, the restaurant isn’t just hot air, though. It’s popular for a reason, namely the flavorful menu and the extensive list of wines. The latter of which are housed in a glass wine cellar.
Casa Cruz, Uriarte 1658, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4833-1112
Parrilla La Dorita
Get the classic parrilla, or steakhouse experience at La Dorita. Warm, inviting and unpretentious, the restaurant serves steaks and sausages. It also offers salads and sides such as empanadas with beef or cheese and onion. Good portions, good atmosphere and good food set this parrilla a cut above the rest.
Parrilla La Dorita, Humboldt 1892, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4776-5653
Delicious Armenian food in huge quantities for low prices— it’s no wonder there is always a queue out the door at Sarkis. The food here is worth the inevitable wait, however. For those uninitiated in Armenian cuisine, which resembles a mix of Greek, Arabic, and Turkish food, the helpful waitstaff is happy to guide. Cap off the Mediterranean meal with a cup of good Armenian coffee. This will fuel you for a long night of Palermo partying.
Sarkis, 1100 Thames, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4772-4911