Argentina is a mecca for meat lovers and Argentine beef is simply divine. The basic diet centres around meat and potatoes, either french fries, mashed potato or a local speciality called 'papes sufle' which are tasty deep fried potatoes that expand like balloons. A traditional Argentine grill (parrilla) can consist of slabs of juicy prime steak or more unusual local specialities such as morcilla (blood sausage) and chinchulines (intestines).
Pasta and pizza is also very popular in Argentina due to the large Italian population and in larger cities most types of food are readily available. Unfortunately if you're a vegetarian there is a distinct lack of variety in this meat-loving country, especially in smaller towns and remote areas. Nevertheless our tour leaders and guides will do their best to help you to find the tastiest vegetarian options or recommend suitable places to eat.
Argentina is famous for its wine, particularly its Malbec from Mendoza and Pinot Noir from Patagonia. Or if you're a white wine lover, try their tasty Torrontes. The local wine is extremely cheap and can cost from just $1 a bottle. Argentina also has some of the world's best coffee which is the perfect way to start the day.
Safe eating while travelling in Argentina
Argentineans are well used to preparing meat thanks to their flesh-filled cuisine so, generally speaking, meat will be safe to eat and cooked properly. Salads and fruit are fine to eat, even if they have been washed, but only in big cities. In more remote places, avoid anything that could have been washed as the water here isn’t drinkable. As always, if food doesn’t look or smell right, or might have been left out in the sun for too long then stay away from it.