Discovering the savory and sweet flavors of Argentine street food through my own experiences
Buenos Aires has always been one of my favorite cities to visit, not only for its lively tango culture and rich history, but also for its mouthwatering street food. The unique blend of European and Latin American flavors never fails to excite my taste buds. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit this vibrant city multiple times, and with each visit, I’ve fallen more in love with the following street food items. Here’s my personal list of must-try street food that you simply can’t miss when in Buenos Aires.
My love affair with Choripán began during my very first trip to Buenos Aires. I still remember the incredible aroma of grilled chorizo sausage that lured me to a bustling food stall. The simple yet delicious combination of a juicy chorizo, tucked inside a fresh, crusty bread roll and topped with tangy chimichurri sauce, has since become my go-to comfort food. Every time I’m in Buenos Aires, I can’t resist having at least one (or maybe two!) of these scrumptious sandwiches.
Another Argentine classic that stole my heart is the empanada. Over the years, I’ve sampled countless varieties of these delightful pastries, but the ones from street vendors in Buenos Aires still hold a special place in my heart. I can never decide between the traditional beef empanadas, filled with tender meat, onions, peppers, and olives, and the creamy and indulgent ham and cheese empanadas. More often than not, I end up indulging in both.
- Milanesa al Pan:
On one of my late-night strolls through Buenos Aires, I stumbled upon a food stand selling Milanesa al Pan. The delicious aroma of breaded, deep-fried beef cutlets immediately caught my attention. When I took my first bite of this crispy, tender sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, I knew I had found a new favorite. Now, every time I visit, I make it a point to have at least one Milanesa al Pan.
As a self-confessed cheese enthusiast, I was over the moon when I discovered Provoleta on a sunny afternoon at a parrilla stand. The sight of grilled provolone cheese, slightly crispy on the outside and irresistibly gooey on the inside, was enough to make me weak at the knees. Seasoned with oregano and drizzled with olive oil, Provoleta has become one of my ultimate guilty pleasures in Buenos Aires.
My sweet tooth inevitably leads me to seek out the best pastries whenever I travel, and Buenos Aires did not disappoint. On my first morning in the city, I walked into a small bakery and was instantly captivated by the Medialunas. These buttery, crescent-shaped pastries quickly became my favorite morning indulgence. I adore both the flaky de grasa and the tender, sweet de manteca varieties. Paired with a strong cup of Argentine coffee, Medialunas make every morning in Buenos Aires feel like a dream.
My culinary adventures in Buenos Aires have been nothing short of amazing. The city’s street food scene never fails to surprise and delight me with its diverse range of dishes. From savory sandwiches to sweet pastries, there’s always something new to discover and enjoy. So, if you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Buenos Aires, be sure to indulge in these incredible treats that have captured my heart. I promise you, they’ll leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and create memories that will have you longing for your next visit to this vibrant city. Buenos Aires is a true culinary paradise, and I can’t wait to return for another round of unforgettable street food experiences.