I came to Buenos Aires expecting every street corner to have a lamb leaning over a fire and a gaucho sipping mate. Silly me… ignoring the fact that it was the capital city and full of 12+ million people! Instead, I found what you see in many capital cities- bars and restaurants on every corner, museums you could spend a whole day in, more public art than you could explore in a year and people moving in every direction at every hour of the day.
In hindsight, I stayed close to the apartment for too long. We were stationed right in the heart of Palermo which has become the cool new spot to be, complete with a themed bar and barbershop on every block. In a 20 block square I had nearly everything I needed, except for good groceries, but more on that further down. I quickly found my spots-
Overall when it comes to food in Buenos Aires, don’t get your hopes up for great food outside of meat and empanadas. Seafood is surprisingly missing and even though the fresh produce is all pretty tasty the variety is narrow. Even a good grilled chicken spot seems hard to find in Palermo at least. Set your sights on enjoying some great beef, pork and sausages and then plan a week or more of vegetarian diet to follow. Really, and all of the locals seem to agree, the best way to experience food in Buenos Aires is at a proper asado with some new friends, so you should find locals quickly and get your invite to a Sunday afternoon feast!