By Olivia Amter
It’s no secret that the Argentine economy is, well, the opposite of flourishing. With government restrictions on buying dollars, an exchange rate that changes based on whether you are selling foreign currency at a banking institution or to your neighbor’s mom, and a black market rate that changes practically hourly, the money situation can be extremely confusing.
On a better note, Buenos Aires is a true gastronomic hub. The city has been getting more and more attention for its set of creative, young chefs (see what GAJO is up to, for example) that are taking Latin America by storm. Tasting menus, closed door restaurants and even bars with some of the best mixologists in the Americas (Florería Atlantico snagged a spot as one of the world’s 50 best bars and the best in LatAm) are churning out high quality stuff. It’s definitely a place to do some adventurous eating.
However, if you know how to work the system (not something we are advocating because, btw, it’s illegal) you can actually treat yourself to some outrageous meals without completely blowing your budget – a new concept for the savvy traveler. It is not unheard of to exchange coveted dollars and euros at the best rates the ever-changing black market has to offer ($13 pesos recently), pushing meal prices down to a conveniently laughable price. Whereas tasting menus in top U.S. restaurants may raid your wallet with prices that easily surpass $100, the best tasting menus in the city pretty much top out at around $70.
Actually, not only will you be eating merely great restaurants, but in fact at Latin America’s top eateries. Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants include 15 Buenos Aires spots that frequently receive top marks for some of the best grub around. For those who travel on their stomachs, this is the perfect opportunity to get a true taste of Argentina.
So even if it may be a little confusing to navigate the economic waters that no one really understands anyway, its still a great moment to be hungry in BA. Let us know if you have a favorite!
La Cabrera (#17)
Tomo 1 (#18)
Pura Tierra (#33)
Francis Mallman 1884 (#37, Mendoza)
El Baqueano (#39)
Paraje Arevalo (#44)
Casa Umare (#45)
Hernan Gipponi (#49)