1. The Presentation of all things Food
Crisp white tablecloths without paper covers. The old-world charm of BA restaurants. And more recently, the beautifully arranged fruit and vegetable stands in every neighbourhood. Although the aesthetic can be homogeneous, there is something lovely about the Porteños’ eye for detail when it comes to food.

BA fruit and veg

2. Cake is sold by weight
In panaderias, smaller cakes, pastries and biscuits from medialunas (small croissants or ‘half moons’) factures to alfajores are often sold by weight rather than quantity. There’s something very decadent about ordering half a kilo of a combination of meringue, dulce de leche and sponge cake to take away.

cakes by weight

3. Fresh OJ
Fresh Orange juice is like running water here and not, in the words of Basil Fawlty, ‘rather sticky’. Cafés, restaurants and confiterias all make and serve it, as do some convenience stores and market stalls. It makes that breakfast of coffee and pastry seem a tad more balanced.

4. Garapiñadas
These sugar-coated nuts, usually peanuts or almonds, are cooked and sold by the side of the road in autumn and winter. In the mornings you can see the vendors wheeling their carts to their allocated spots for the day. It’s the kind of snack that is considered gourmet and is expensive where I come from, but here in Buenos Aires a small packet of garapiñadas costs only 2 or 3 pesos (about 50 Aussie cents). Freshly made and with fresh peanuts, they are more addictive than peanut butter. And since peanut butter doesn’t really exist here, they make a tasty substitute.

5. Delivery
One of the most fantastic things about this city, besides most restaurants being open until around 2:00 am is that practically anything you want can be delivered. You want empanadas at midnight? Done. A coffee and a medialuna at 10:00 am? No worries. Most shopfronts have their phone number displayed so that customer can ring up and order what they like. It’s not uncommon to see waiters with a covered tray in hand dodging traffic as they try not to spill coffee for someone a few doors down. There’s no minimum delivery and no delivery charge.

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6 Responses to 5 delicious things to love about Buenos Aires

  1. Gaby says:

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the trip! Another item that is sold by weight is ice cream, my husband used to have a 300gr serve for lunch when he lived there.

  2. Kat says:

    Point #5 sounds like the absolute bomb! Laziness for the win =)

  3. Fantastic update – beautiful photos and food, looks like you’re having an amazing time. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

  4. Maureen says:

    I SO envy your holiday!

    Buying cake by the pound sounds decadent. I can see me now. I’d like 30 pounds of cake.

  5. Amber says:

    What an interesting piece, Lauren. Makes me want to visit!

    Cake by weight would be a wonderful option. I’d probably eat less, but enjoy more variety. And, it looks as though I could have it delivered, right? Neat-o!

    Amber @wordsdonewrite

  6. Al says:

    The interesting thing is how do Argentinian girls keep fit and curvy with so much tempting food around? It’s actually simple if you have lived there long enough: Buenos Aires people eat just the necessary.

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