Where to eat good, nice and cheap at lunchtime in Buenos Aires

In a city as cosmopolitan as Buenos Aires you can find food from all over the world, but there is no doubt that the locals with traditional cuisine or typically porteo dishes are the best and even the cheapest.

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Each neighborhood houses some local of this type with traditional and cheap food in a family atmosphere. Here you can try dishes such as milanese on horseback (with fried egg), pork ribs, squid rings or ravioli bolognese.


The Sanjuanino

One of the best places in Buenos Aires to try genuine Argentine regional food, that is empanadas of all kinds, tamales, stews based on meat and corn, native sweets in An unassuming and inexpensive place.

They have more than fifty years in the market for typical Argentine products such as empanadas, locro, humita, tamales. They are original from the Province of San Juan. They have several locations, we can go to the Branch in Recoleta, which is the most central.

For dessert, you have to order the quesillo con dulce de alcayota or one of their homemade cakes or alfajores. It is located on Calle Posadas at 1515 in the Recoleta neighborhood.

follow the cow

A restaurant chain founded in 1993 that continues to offer fast but quality dishes. They have two types of premises, the “traditional” or the “express”. In the traditional places there is a free buffet at a fixed price, which are a little more expensive but you can eat as much as you want and repeat.

The express stores instead they have a la carte sticks or combinations of menu but they are not free buffet, so they are cheaper. The Siga la Vaca menu has a host of Argentine specialties such as “matambre” the grill has a variety of cuts of beef, chicken and pork (you can request the cooking point according to your preference).

They have a choice of grill with specialties that includes pork carr with mustard, brochettes, sirloin, among others.

still life

Bodegones are tavern-type establishments, family restaurants where neighbors get together and where it is still possible to eat deliciously and cheaply.

Originally these places were stores that started selling drinks and then they ended up becoming restaurants. Some classics are those of the Bellagamba chain.


Bellagamba is a chain of bodegones in Buenos Aires that have a Mixed customer service and self-service. We find hot dishes and a large buffet with all kinds of options, with an emphasis on typical portean food.

Among some of the dishes we can find milanese with french fries, empanadas, various cakes, homemade matambre, cannelloni, pasta…a bit of everything in a family atmosphere with generous portions and good prices. It is located on Avenida Rivadavia at 2138 in Congreso and is open 24 hours a day.


The history of Ocho Esquinas dates back to October 30, 1939, when the final inspection certificate was issued for the property located at 1192/94 Forest Street, according to its old number. Since then this still life has become a favorite of the public, who usually choose, among all the abundant dishes, the incredible picadasa good milanese or some exquisite squid rings, and for dessert, as usual, a perfect homemade flan with dulce de leche.

Ocho Esquinas is located at Av. Forest at 1186, Colegiales. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm; and from Friday to Saturday from 8 to 24.

To visit this incredible place you have to make a reservation, sending an email to the following address: info@ochoesquinas.com.ar.


Lying in the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the most classic and picturesque of Argentine culture, El Hipoptamo is one of the oldest and most recognized still lifes in Buenos Aires, having been born in 1909, when it was a warehouse and drinks office. As usual the portions are plentifuland among the highlights are the ravioli and milanese, and for dessert a classic custard.

The Hipoptamos is located on Avenida Brasil at 401 and its opening hours are from Monday to Thursday from 7:30 to 2am; and Fridays and Saturdays until 3am.