The Best Buenos Aires Food Tours: Eat Like a Local

Asados, empanadas, ice cream, pasta, and street meat…

You’re going to want to come to Buenos Aires hungry.

And with food playing such a major part in the Argentine way of life, there are some aspects of it that you really can’t access or understand properly without a tour.

Argentine culture is relationship centered, family and friends are everything, and food is in the center of all of it.

Asados, a typical weekly family event, for example, are nearly impossible to experience without a local to invite you in.

Ready to dive in?

This guide of my favorite Buenos Aires food tours will help you find the perfect tours and unique dining experience to perfect your itinerary.

Eat your way through the city on one of these Buenos Aires food tours, like this Palermo tour with Sherpa Food Tours.

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The Best Buenos Aires Food Tours

Below are the best food tours in Buenos Aires, but while you’re at it, prepare for your gluttony.

Here are some of my other posts all about food in Buenos Aires from pizza to ice cream.

All of the links will open in a new tab for you to indulge in (pun intended) later.

What pairs best with a food tour? A cooking class!
Learn how to make all the tempting dishes you’re about to taste.
My favorite is Criolla Cooking & Wine, click here for my review or here to book.

1. The Asado Adventure

Whenever friends visit I always prepare them an authentic asado.

Ok, I always ask my husband to prepare an asado and then I invite my friends.

It’s always a hit.

Asados are the Argentine versions of a barbecue and while they’re an incredible, authentic experience, they’re nearly impossible to access unless you’re friends with a local.

If you want to learn how to grill like an Argentine or you simply want to pig out like one, then the Asado Adventure is the Buenos Aires food tour for you.

I loved my experience on this tour and wrote a whole post about it, read it here.

You’ll learn how to make chimichurri, how to prepare the grill (nothing like the gas grills up north), and how to prepare the meat.

The day even includes a tour of the neighborhood as you go pick up the meat, wine, and veg.

This is a truly local experience from start to finish.

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2. Asado Adventure’s Food Tours

Parks, Hidden Restaurants, and History in Palermo

Frank at Asado Adventure (described above) also offers unique food and walking tours.

The most complete is of his home neighborhood, Palermo Viejo.

It’s a full day tour but if you reach out to them they can adapt it to a half-day if you’re on a tight schedule.

In 6 hours we covered a lot of ground, starting with coffee and pastry for breakfast before trying Argentine staples like choripan while wandering through local parks and dive bars only found with a local.

His tours offer the option to add on a craft beer tasting or wine tasting.

On our tour we had a wine tasting, trying wines from around the country.

And if craft beer perked your ears up, he also has a dedicated craft beer tour where you can try some of the city’s best brews.

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I loved our food tour with Asado Adventure because I learned a TON about the history of Argentina, the meaning of many of the area’s murals, and more that I didn’t know even after living here for over a decade.

Pizza Tour with Asado Adventure

Asado Adventure debuted a new tour this season highlighting downtown’s infamous pizzerias.

I’m partial to this city’s pizzas, particularly because of their frozen in time restaurants that haven’t changed in decades.

This tour is one I really love, you would never go into these restaurants without a guide to point them out.

With it starting at 6:30 pm you also get to sneak in an early (meat-free!) dinner, two rarities in Buenos Aires.

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3. Unique Tours with DeTour BA

DeTour BA was created when three family members, including a professional chef and restauranteur, a marketing manager, and a sociologist decided to pour their love for food, travel and culture into a business idea.”

DeTour BA offers unique spins on the classic foods tours of Buenos Aires.

First, I went on their Tango with the locals tour and finally experienced my first milonga.

If you’re looking to experience tango like a local, this the tour.

But this is a food tour post, so don’t worry, we ate our weight in milanesa, empandas, and plenty of wine.

Their other tours include options like a Peron themed history food tour, a tour of the upcoming foodie neighborhood Chacarita, and a historic cafe tour.

Recently I was able to attend their Evita Flavorful Tribute tour and learned so much about the political legends.

And of course, we at plenty of delicious food in restaurants that double as shrines to Evita and Peron (photos below).

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I loved the small group with Sherpa, by the end of the night felt like a bunch of friends out for dinner together

4. Evening in Palermo with Sherpa Food Tours

Join the popular Sherpa Food Tours that take small groups of max 10 people around Palermo Soho and San Telmo.

Their Palermo tour starts at 5:30 pm and ends at 9:30.

That’s perfect for any Americans out there struggling to adjust to Argentina’s late dinners.

The timing also makes this Buenos Aires food tour an easy add-on to an otherwise full day of touring or a good start to a night out in Palermo.

But pro tip from me to you, go with an empty stomach and elastic pants (think your Thanksgiving pants).

One thing I have to say about Sherpa’s tours is that they don’t offer context to the dishes you are trying.

I found the variety of dishes offered to be a great representation of Argentine cuisine from empanadas and escabeche to even Spanish tortilla and milanesa. However, you won’t learn much about the dishes from the guide.

It was more of a social event versus an informative tour. The restaurants were excellent and we tried a lot of delicious food.

I’d recommend the tour to anyone looking for a night out to make friends and have a night out but culture seekers may be disappointed.

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5. The Parrilla Tour (for Meatlovers)

A rack of ribs on a grill with other cuts of meat

Steak is the biggest pillar of Argentine food so it’s easy to see why The Parrilla Tour is one of the top Buenos Aires food tours.

I took my parents on their San Telmo tour years ago and had a great time. They also have a Palermo tour.

If I had to pick, I’d say you can’t beat the history of the locations in San Telmo, but the food will be incredible on both.

The afternoon includes a full three course meal, spaced out across three authentic restaurants in your barrio of choice.

If you’re a major carnivore and want to see a bit of the city along with your food experience, this is the tour for you.

6. The Argentine Experience & Fogón Asado

Diners eat a communal table
The Argentine Experience is a social, communal dining experience

The Argentine Experience and Fogón Asado aren’t tours but they are two dining experiences that encompass Argentine cuisine.

They both take the traditional asado and turn it on its head to create a tasting menu.

But they’re completely different experiences, which one is right for you?

The Argentine Experience is one of the most popular activities in Buenos Aires.

You’re seated at a table with fellow diners family style.

It really encouraged all of us to talk and make friends with everyone at the table.

There was an empanada making competition and a lot of explanations about Argentine culture throughout the night.

It was a bit fast paced (there was a lot packed into those few hours) but it was a very fun night.

I highly recommend the Argentine Experience for solo travelers, friends, or couples wanting to make friends and be social (our whole table went out for drinks together after).

Fogón Asado is another dining experience owned by the same operators but is more upscale than the Argentine Experience.

It even made the cut to be included in the newly announced Michelin Guide for Argentina.

The dining situation is a large bar facing an open kitchen, with the grill in the center of the room.

I loved our meal here. Everything was impeccable from the service to the quality of the steak.

This is a more refined dining experience, ideal for couples or friends looking for a nice meal out.

If I had to choose one, my favorite was Fogón Asado for the quality of the food (that steak…), but both were great nights out with delicious steak.

7. Yerba Mate Master Class

Learn how to prepare your own mate like a local

Yerba Mate is a major facet of Argentine life.

You’ll see groups of friends passing mate around in a circle at the park. Or a couple on a bench passing the gourd back and forth as they catch up between sips.

Every desk in an office isn’t complete without a thermos, bag of yerba, and a mate gourd sitting atop it.

If you want to learn how to prepare your mate and drink it like a local, take this yerba mate experience tour.

It is nowhere as simple as dumping the tea into the cup with some hot water and jamming a straw in. There is a method and every step matters.

This is a great tour for those looking for meat alternatives or are short on time, as this tour is shorter (just an hour and a half).

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