We Recommend: La Esperanza de los Ascurra

Hot summer days are perfect for tapas and beer and La Esperanza de los Ascurra is the perfect spot for it. Plus, the Villa Crespo hotspot has just opened a new venue in Palermo Hollywood, which makes it ideally located for hotel guests. If Spanish tortilla, cured ham, delicious burrata and cañitas sound like a treat to you, then head on down there. Plus, the ambience is great, there’s ladies night on Thursdays and happy hour everyday from 6.30pm to 8pm. On weekends book in advance because the place fills up fast! Aguirre 526, Villa Crespo / Fitz Roy 1818, Palermo Hollywood.

Light and Fresh Lunches in Buenos Aires

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Get ready for rooftop pooling and evening drinks outdoors because the Porteño summer is about to make its hot hot mark, and although meat may be the local staple, lunching on salads and juices might be a better option to remain fresh whilst visiting city attractions.  Below, our pick of places to stop by for something light and fresh.

Quimbombó: Overlooking Plaza Armenia in Palermo, this healthy restaurant offers vegetarian cuisine, fresh refreshing juices of all kinds and a lovely terrace to sit outside. Costa Rica 4652, Palermo.

Cusic: Wraps, salads and sandwiches are all perfect summer lunches and easy to enjoy at this hidden Palermo gem that serves homemade cuisine in a great setting including a lovely terrace-garden. El Salvador 6016, Palermo. 4139-9173.

 Salgado Alimentos: Set in Villa Crespo, near the outlets, this small and inviting Italian restaurant specializes in pasta, however they are also known for their savory salads with less common ingredients such as artichokes or passion fruit vinaigrette.  Ramírez de Velazco 401, Villa Crespo. 4854-1336.

I Central Market: Puerto Madero is definitely a summer hot spot and Central Market is the perfect place for sitting outdoors overlooking the river and eating a salad or a sandwich. Azucena Villaflor and Olga Cosentini, Puerto Madero.  5775-0330.

Hierbabuena– In San Telmo a great place for a light lunch is this restaurant that focuses on healthy eating and offers a nice spot outdoors to sit.  Av. Caseros 454, San Telmo.

Find a great list of BA salad suggestions here.

Looking for a fresh snack on the go? many neighborhood supermarkets and verdulerias (vegetable shops) sell ready made fruit salads.

Top secret bars in Buenos Aires

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The Speakeasy trend has become quite a big thing in the Buenos Aires bar scene and there are many hidden spots to discover. Some of the most reputed city bars follow this trend and are not so secret anymore, however, they are still very much worth visiting.

878– Having won international awards for its quality drinks and atmosphere, and reputed amongst the cities bartenders and sommeliers, this bar is hardly a secret anymore. It is one of BA`s most well established bars and is always buzzing despite its understated entrance.  Thames 878, Palermo.

Frank’s Bar– Also in Palermo is this mysterious and relative newcomer to the city scene that has become another star bar in Buenos Aires. To get it you have to decipher the weekly password through the clues they publish on their Facebook page. Arevalo 1445, Palermo.

Ferona Club Social- Another Palermo gem is this bar/restaurant with terrace that serves great drinks, great food and all to the sound of great music. It is currently closed until the 24th of January. Humboldt 1445, Palermo.

Puerta Uno– This bar is located in Belgrano in the heart of china town, chances are if you´ve been in the area that you´ve walked past it plenty of times and never imagined that behind the insignificant black door there was such a stunning atmosphere. Juramento 1667, Belgrano

The Clubhouse: This exclusive urban members club is located in a four story house in Palermo complete will pool, bar and comfortable areas to lounge in and socialize. Art exhibits, pool parties, films screenings and more take place in this Buenos Aires haven. To get in, contact them here for a day pass.

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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.