Las Cañitas is a small area located within the larger district of Palermo, just north-west of the centre of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city. The neighborhood is quiet during the day but lively at night, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely lunch or sophisticated dinner before heading out to the area’s bars and clubs. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Las Cañitas.
Restaurant, Argentina, Vegetarian, $$$
Las Cañitas | Ⓒ Roger Schultz/Flickr
Novecento is a sophisticated restaurant serving a range of international cuisines. The menu offers a number of options for all tastes, such as risotto, grilled chicken, or fish of the day. The interior is classy and modern, with the option to sit at the bar or on the outside patio as well as indoors. It’s not a large place, so has an intimate and romantic atmosphere, especially in the evenings when the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit. It is in a convenient location on Calle Báez, at the centre of the Las Cañitas neighbourhood, which makes it a good choice for dinner before heading out to the bars.
Northern Buenos Aires | Ⓒ Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr
Located on the bustling central street Báez is Campo Bravo, a classic Argentinian parrilla restaurant. One of the most popular parrillas in the neighborhood, it offers various cuts of tender and juicy steaks, all prepared in the traditional manner. Additionally, for non-meat eaters there are also vegetarian options such as grilled vegetables or pastas, a rare find in the city. Campo Bravo is a more sophisticated parrilla than the usual, with an elegant interior and modern décor, and with outside seating ideal for people-watching in this wealthy neighborhood.
Restaurant, American, Dessert, Steakhouse, South American, Argentina, $$$
Buenos Aires | Ⓒ Alex Proimos/Flickr
Kansas is an American grill restaurant, offering classic American favourites in a surprisingly sophisticated setting. The menu offers items such as barbecued chicken, barbecue ribs, or cheesecake, plus a range of options suitable for vegetarians. The establishment is huge, with plenty of tables and a modern and stylish bar area where visitors can enjoy a drink before being seated. In keeping with the American theme, the portions are also enormous.
It may seem that not much else can be done to the classic Argentinian favourite, the milanesa (breaded meat). However, at El Club de la Milanesa, there is an enticing variety of combinations for visitors to try; while the average milanesa is usually plain chicken or beef, El Club de la Milanesa offers a fish version, pancetta topping, creamy mushroom sauce, caprese, and much more. For visitors tired of steak but still wanting to eat some of the local cuisine, a tasty milanesa has to be on the list. Arevalo 2870, Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Just at the edge of the Las Cañitas neighbourhood, and close to Palermo proper, is El Trapiche, a fantastic parrilla restaurant. It is best known for delicious tenderloin cut, perfect when accompanied by one of their many Malbec wines. It is unassuming from the exterior, but inside has a great family atmosphere and is usually filled with locals, which is always the sign of a good restaurant. In addition to their meats, they also offer a wide range of sides, such as mashed potato or potato gratin, a welcome change from the usual fries.
Restaurant, Argentina, Steakhouse, South American, $$$
Las Cholas offers dishes that are typical to northern Argentina: while steak is (unsurprisingly) still the main ingredient, at this restaurant the dishes have an Andean twist. The meat is served with more vegetables than usual, and other items include humitas, meat stews, and rice-based dishes. The vibe is trendy so is well suited to the Palermo neighbourhood, and it is a popular spot for locals. A great spot for a cheap but tasty meal, with slightly different flavours than the usual Argentinian grill.