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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Buenos Aires is complete without tasting the traditional Buenos Aires food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Buenos Aires to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses

  • Argentine Corn Pie: corn tart with a filling of milk, cornstarch, butter and spices.
  • Asado: beef and various other meats, cooked on a grill or open fire.
  • Black Beans a la Olla: beans with spices and tomato sauce.
  • Carbonada: beef stew with onion, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, ears corn and dried fruits, prepared inside a whole pumpkin.
  • Estofado: beef and potato stew.
  • Humita: dish prepared with fresh corn, sautéed onions and spices.
  • Locro: hearty thick stew, made with corn, meat and vegetables.
  • Milanesa napolitana: breaded slice of beef, or sometimes chicken or veal.
  • Matambre: rolled flank steak filled with vegetables, eggs and herbs that is then boiled or oven-roasted.
  • Pascualina: pie filled with chard (sometimes with spinach) and eggs.
  • Provoleta: barbecued cheese.
  • Tamales: masa (a starchy dough, often corn-based), steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper.
  • Tortilla Espanola: thick egg omelette made with potatoes and fried in olive oil.


  • Alfajor: confection, consists of two layers of cake, and a filling in between.
  • Argentine Mandioca: dish prepared with yuca, sugar, shredded coconut, grated cheese.
  • Bara Brith: a yeast bread enriched with dried fruit.
  • Bread Pudding: is a bread-based dessert.
  • Dulce de batata: sweet potato paste.
  • Dulce de leche: thick, caramel-like milk-based sauce or spread.
  • Dulce de membrillo: delicious sweet spread or a dessert, made of quince fruit, sugar and water, cooked over a slow fire.
  • Flan: popular dessert made with melted sugar, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.
  • Fruit Salad with Dulce de Leche: oranges, mandarins, peaches, sweet apples and bananas, topped with dulce de leche.
  • Milhojas: cake prepared with several puff pastry layers with Dulche de Leche in between.
  • Palmeritas: heart shaped cookies.

Fast food

  • Choripan: type of sandwich with chorizo invented in Argentina.
  • Pizza: oven-baked, flat, disc-shaped bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Mate: infused drink, prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate.
  • Mate cocido: mate consumed with milk and sweetened
  • Submarino: melted chocolate dissolved in hot milk.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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