These days, you don't need a white linen restaurant to have the best food of your life. In fact, you can have it, all, on the street. Street food is authentic, cheap, and usually what the locals are eating. But how do you know what's good? We're here to help! We're rounding up some of the most popular street food in Argentina, found in bakeries, pizzerias, and more. So while you're walking the wide boulevards or finding your way through back alleys on your jaunts, pick up some of these bites. Enjoy!
These delicious stuffed pastries are a go-to food staple for the Argentine on the run (or one that is too lazy to prepare dinner). The most classic flavors are minced meat or ham and cheese. If you want to go a bit crazy, opt for the humita (corn), tuna, or cheese and onion fillings. These mini calzones are offered at any local pizza shop and are a classic delivery option loved by locals, seeing how you can easily mix and match different flavors in one order.
The first rule of the choripan club is to never, ever ask what’s in a chorizo. Once you’ve made peace with that little tidbit, you’ll be ready to enjoy a juicy and greasy sausage, a chorizo, served between a bread roll, hence turning into a chori-pan. The flavor blast of this slow-grilled sausage is already enough to get a party started in your mouth, but if you crave more, do like the Argentines do and throw in some chimichurri into the mix.
You don’t know pizza until you tried Argentine pizza. And there’s a reason pizza here is so mouthwateringly delicious: a good part of the country traces its roots to Italian immigrants. They brought over traits that were seamlessly incorporated into Argentine society: heavy bureaucracy, corruption, lots of hand gesticulation, and mad pizza-making skills. What’s more, you can see the motherland’s footprints of basically every national dish in Argentina. Locals love pizza so much that there’s plenty of pizza places open 24 hours in the capital.
If you crave sweets on the run, then step into your closest panaderia (bakery) for this local treat. And don’t call it a croissant! A medialuna, half-moon, might look like its French counterpart, but the texture and flavor is quite different but delectable, nonetheless.
OK, Italian migration brought one more thing: creamy, velvety gelato. There’s a reason Ben & Jerry’s is not available in Argentina: they wouldn’t be able to handle the competition. The best part? More flavors than Baskin Robin’s and in every color of the rainbow. You’ll be sure to find your heart’s desire, be it dulce de leche and white chocolate or mango creme, pistachio, and even lavender.