Top 5 Chocolateries in Buenos Aires

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Chocolate seems to be everywhere lately, as the city prepares for Easter. If the sweet aroma of cacao tempts you, you will surely want to stop by one of the following places:

El Viejo Oso: This traditional chocolaterie had its origins in the early forties when Gustav Hermann landed in Argentina after studying patisserie in Switzerland. He began a small marzipan business that evolved into a chocolaterie. His son Claudio then went to study chocolate making in Germany. In the nineties, armed with new knowledge, Claudio turned the chocolaterie into what is now El Viejo Oso, specializing in truffles. The shop has since expanded and has six stores. For Easter they make spectacular eggs from top quality chocolate and since Pesaj is also around the corner they are offering chocolate covered matzá. More information on their facebook page.

Vasalissa: Although newer to the scene than El Viejo Oso, Vasalissa was born from a long tradition of Russian candy and chocolate makers. Founded by mother and daughter Dadi and Federica Marinucci, the chocolaterie combines a chocolate making legacy left behind by Abrascha Benski (Dadi´s father), a careful selection of top quality ingredients and an esthetic element from Dadi and Federica’s artistic backgrounds. The result; smooth, delicious chocolates presented in delicate wrappings that make delightful gifts.

Tikal: This unique chocolaterie combines artisanal processes with carefully selected ingredients from all over the world. Their unique procedure includes a 50-hour method using machines from the 19th century. Since they don’t use additives, they have a rotating menu where top quality seasonal ingredients are featured including cacao from Ghana, Ecuador, Venezuela and Trinidad.

Compañia de Chocolates: Chef Daniel Uria is behind this gourmet chocolaterie. His culinary formation in patisserie and later on his chocolate studies in Germany, New York and Valrhona, were a first step towards what would later be this chocolate lovers heaven. The Palermo and Recoleta stores feature a wide variety of chocolates of course, and also ice creams and baked goods.

Mamuschka:  This typical Bariloche chocolaterie is the favorite of many an Argentine from the south and has a branch in Buenos Aires for Porteños to delight in. Their marzipan is well known as is their “chocolate en rama” (chocolate branches), a typical local format that resembles tree bark.

Top 5 Places for Steak in BA

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Don Julio: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there’s no place like Don Julio for a mandatory sample of Argentine meat. A relaxed homey environment, good wine but most of all a great place to satiate your inner carnivore.  Guatemala 4691, Palermo. 4831-9564.

El Pobre Luis- Luis Acuña is the Uruguayan owner of this popular parrilla in the Belgrano area. Decorated with football shirts and offering some Uruguayan specialties as well as traditional Argentine asado cuts (which they cut themselves!) this is undoubtedly a meat eaters heaven. Arribeños 2393, Belgrano. 4780-5847.

Parrilla Rolaso: This neighborhood parrilla serves abundant portions of top quality meat cooked to perfection. The service is good, they have a good wine selection and their own refrigerated wine cave. Julián Alvarez 600, Villa Crespo. 4854-8411

El Obrero: This mythical restaurant in La Boca decorated with football paraphernalia and antique wooden furniture, is another great option for good quality asado although they also serve other great traditional meals. Definitely a place to try, although preferably during the day as the area is a little dodgy at night. Caffarena 64, La Boca. 4362-9912

Cabaña Las Lilas: Because they serve their own beef, this famous upscale Puerto Madero restaurant is a safe bet for a great quality dinner or lunch . Popular amongst tourists and generally crowded it is best to book in advance. Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Puerto Madero. 4313 1336.

Guests staying at our Terrace Suite can also make use of the grill. Instructions on how to make an asado are available here, or otherwise the front desk can arrange for an asador to come and make it for you!

Find a list of meat cuts with their translation on Landing PadBA´s  How to Order Coffee and Meat in Buenos Aires.