Summer has come to Buenos Aires, and now is the perfect time to dine al fresco, out in the sun. The city really takes advantage of the hotter seasons, and as such there are hoards of restaurants with outdoor seating areas and terraces that welcome diners into their leafy bosoms. Here are some of the best restaurants to grab a bite outside in Buenos Aires.
La Mar really made a splash when it came on the scene a few years ago, offering high class Peruvian cuisine in a stylish setting. One of the biggest draws of this popular restaurant is its huge corner patio, taking up a swathe of prime real estate in the happening neighbourhood of Palermo Hollywood. Come to see and be seen by the city’s movers and shakers, and chow down on the delicious ceviche and world class pisco sours on offer.
A firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, Las Cabras is well known for its vibrant outdoor seating area, which sees queues nightly as people wait in line to get their mouths around some tasty yet affordable meat. One of the most coveted spots in Palermo Hollywood, Las Cabras doesn’t disappoint when it comes to atmosphere, and is great for large get togethers with friends or family.
This restaurant and wine bar has a new location in the prestigious Palermo Hollywood development that is also home to La Mar. This is the brand’s newest property and, considering the patch of land that it has managed to secure, you can be sure that its stock is rising. The outdoor patio area is adjacent to that of its neighbour, La Mar, so you get double the vibe for half the commitment.
This hotel restaurant inside Palermo Hollywood’s Fierro Hotel has a pretty garden terrace and patio area to the rear of the property. Diners can escape into this leafy oasis and enjoy a delicious meal from the much-lauded kitchen of this beloved boutique hotel. Head to Uco for their famous bruch, the best time to enjoy their idyllic patio.
This hidden treasure of a steak house reveals little from the outside, but inside it oozes local character as well as the juiciest cuts of meat around. Head upstairs to the covered terrace, which is decidedly no frills but provides diners with a great escape from the noise and heat of the room downstairs. The terrace is great for bigger groups, so make sure and reserve a spot if you are heading out en masse.
If there’s one place you must go to try Argentina’s famous steak, it’s Don Julio. Something of a national treasure, this truly Argentine restaurant is a protagonist on the beef scene, and everything in the restaurant reiterates that, from the mouthwatering cuts that come off the grill to the leather placemats and signature cutlery. Sit outside at one of the tables that hug the corner of this Palermo Soho institution for the real Buenos Aires meat experience.
Relax in what could well be considered one of Buenos Aires’ most luxurious settings. The Alvear Palace Hotel is possibly the most decadent hotel in the city, and it recently got a 21st century boost with the overhaul of its rooftop bar. Enjoy some delicious bar snacks with a panoramic view out over the Rio de la Plata and pat yourself on the back for living the good life.
This rooftop bar in the Hotel Pulitzer in downtown Buenos Aires wins all the prizes for an outdoor that embodies the good-time spirit and boundless energy that the city has. A popular spot for an after work drink with the office crowd, this bar is located on the 13th floor and offers unparalleled views out over the city that really make you feel part of the metropolis. Best visited for drinks, as the food here is not the main event.
Fancy a bit of history with your al fresco dining experience? Look no further than the stunning patio of the Evita Museum, located in Palermo Chico near the botanical gardens and the city’s embassies and landscaped Palermo parks. The outdoor eating area is an impressive patio with black and white diamond-patterned flagstones flanked by overhanging trees to create something of an urban oasis against the backdrop of the eclectic building in which the museum is housed.
Head down to Recoleta for some seriously sophisticated outdoor dining on Milion’s charming patio. The patio evokes all the decadence of Argentina’s Golden Era in the 1930s, and the true grandeur of the city’s architecture is revealed in the rear wall of this beautiful mansion which towers over the patio. A great spot for a boozy weekend brunch.