On our first visit to the city we randomly chose the San Telmo neighborhood as our base for exploring. Little did we know it would we would be sampling some of the best food in Buenos Aires! The San Telmo food scene is unique, flavorful, and had us drooling at every turn. From bustling morning cafes to the popular San Telmo Market food, we’ll take you to all the great spots we found in this part of Buenos Aires. Here’s the best restaurants in San Telmo, and what to order when you get there!
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Best Restaurants in San Telmo
Breakfast at La Poesia
Where: La Poesía
Order: Set Breakfast of Choice
Location: Chile 502, C1098AAL CABA
Cost: $180-250 Pesos
La Poesía was our go to breakfast spot with their set morning menus and great prices. There is a traditional flair with wine bottles filling the walls, and different kinds of chorizo hanging from the ceiling. When you step foot into La Poesía you feel like you’re walking into the REAL Argentina.
The daily morning rush packs the tables, and the simple yet delicious San Telmo food is served to hungry patrons. For just a few dollars you can have a latte, fresh orange juice, toast with butter and jam, as well as an omelet with ham and cheese! Without a doubt, this is one of the best restaurants in San Telmo.
Lunch at Guena Yunta Resto Bar
Where: Güena Yunta Resto Bar
Order: Bife de Chorizo
Location: Chile 369, C1098AAG CABA
Cost: $300-500 Pesos
Coming off of a 30 hour travel day, we randomly wandered into Güena Yunta Resto Bar looking to get our first taste of Argentina. We ordered the special on the chalkboard and it would not be the last Bife de Chorizo that we would eat in the city!
The seating outside is within viewing distance of the Mafelda cartoon display which is also a popular attraction in Buenos Aires. This ended up being a place we’d remember in the San Telmo food scene, and somewhere we highly recommend for an afternoon lunch.
Street Snack at El Desnivel
Where: El Desnivel
Location: Calle Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO
Cost: $100 Pesos
Upon entering this San Telmo staple you’ll immediately notice the massive grill filled with mixed meats sizzling to perfection. El Desnivel feels like an upscale restaurant but with a relaxed street food mix.
If you want to sit down you can sample almost any cut of meat, from a classic steak cuts to sweetbreads. In all honesty we went to dinner here and it was great.
Still, while we were eating we saw something that made us realize they had some of the best food in Buenos Aires! Local after local come in to order meat straight from the grill to go.
So the next day when we were hungry again we had to come back for lunch. Then for $100 pesos (roughly $1.50 USD) we had one of the most mouthwatering Choripan’s in Argentina!
Dinner at the Best Restaurants in San Telmo Market
Where: San Telmo Market
Location: Bolívar 970 Buenos Aires
For dinner it’s time to head to the amazing San Telmo Market in Buenos Aires. Not to be confused with the colorful Sunday Market, this indoor space is full of everything from fresh produce and clothing to many great restaurant options.
The San Telmo Market in Buenos Aires truly has something for everyone! With all different San Telmo food stalls we recommend spending the evening eating and drinking your way around.
Start off with Drinks… and Dessert?
We know dessert before dinner doesn’t make sense, but when you’re presented with some of the best food in Buenos Aires it’s hard to resist! For a pre-dinner snack and drinks head to El Hornero which boasts an amazing selection of empanadas. One side serves strictly craft beer and food while the main section with the oven has wine available.
The cups of wine here are enormous and cheap, but obviously we had no complaints about that! Try this delicious San Telmo Market food with a beverage and watch the maze of people file through the market. If you feel like having something sweet before dinner then make sure to taste the flan as well.
A Steak That You’ll Want Again and Again
Okay, time for the grand finale! With so many incredible steak options in Buenos Aires, you may be surprised to know one of the best we had was inside San Telmo Market. At Carancheria (a small stall located near El Hornero) they only have a few menu options, but they do them insanely well.
We ordered the flank steak with marinated eggplant and it was unreal. So good that we went back for this San Telmo Market food again and again! Directly behind Carancheria is also a very good sandwich place called La Choripaneria which is worth a try.
Have any questions on San Telmo Market food or want to share more of the best food in Buenos Aires? Feel free to comment below!
Brigitte & Jake
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Ultra Luxury – Alvear Palace Hotel- Leading Hotels of the World – This 5 Star hotel has large beautiful rooms set in a French style decor. Recoleta is an upscale area to base yourself in, and one of the many popular areas of the city. At the Alvear Palace you’ll also find a large indoor swimming pool with a spa and fitness center to enjoy.
Fun Vacation – AQ Tailored Suites – AQ Tailored Suites is also set in the gorgeous Recoleta neighborhood! Here they offer large suites with balconies overlooking the Buenos Aires streets from above. In the warmer months make sure to take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool as well.
Travel Couple – Selina Palermo – Selina Palermo is a mix of an upscale hostel with a unique co-working vibe. Rooms have fun decorations and this hotel is the perfect place to get some work done after exploring. Make sure not to miss the beautiful views of the city from the rooftop terrace!
Hostel Life – America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires – This popular hostel is located in the San Telmo district which is a great area to explore Buenos Aires from. The hostel has private and mixed dorms, lots of common spaces, and staff who are super helpful with tips on the city. The market and some of the best restaurants in San Telmo are just blocks away from here.
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