Travel through time: six restaurants with over 100 years of history


Travel through time: six restaurants with over 100 years of history

Nov 23, 2015


Giving back Carlos Gardel Tango, one might say "100 years is nothing." But it would not be true. That´s why so few centenary restaurants and cafes can survive. Anyway, do not feel discouraged and let´s explore the streets and neighborhoods seeking gastronomic Buenos Aires from another time.

1- La confitería París

Horses, horse racings, adrenaline. Hipódromo de Buenos Aires (Racecourse) merits a visit by itself; it is one of the funniest and local tours in the city. Also, within the premises of Palermo you will find an architectural gem with over 100 years: the confitería Paris. Built in 1912 on the rise of neoclassicism, it keeps its French style spirit (it was remodeled for its centennial). The menu, which can be from loin of lamb with potatoes bouchon to bouef bourguignon, is cooked by Jean Paul Bondoux, one of the best chefs in Buenos Aires.

info: Libertador 4101, Palermo

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2- El Federal

"Since 1864," warns the sign of El Federal, perhaps the most traditional and busy bar of San Telmo, always full of foreigners. When the streets of Buenos Aires were still dirt, it was a grocery store, then a store and finally a bar (in 2001 was named outstanding bar). It specializes in sandwiches, in particular the special turkey that can be ordered in different breads and served with pickled. Drinking tip: they have their own black craft beer, pale lager, bitter or stout.

info: Perú y Carlos Calvo, San Telmo

3- El imparcial

Historians agree that it is the oldest remaining restaurant in Buenos Aires and it was the first that had toilets in its facilities (a novelty in the nineteenth century). It is located just meters from Avenida de Mayo and some of its waiters have worked there for over 40 years. Food? Of Spanish ancestry. Seafood and shellfish, Valencian paella, octopus or shrimp scampi.

info: Hipólito Irigoyen 1201, Centro

4- El Globo

Located just opposite the El imparcial, it is another of centenarians restaurants in Buenos Aires (formerly was the home of the aristocratic family Sanchez de Bustamante). It is famous for its stews, a typical stew of Rio de la Plata which usually brings meat, caracú, chicken, vegetables and legumes, and that it is shared among several people. It is also recommended for its roast suckling pig and seafood casserole. For dessert, pancakes with dulce de leche. 100 percent Buenos Aires tavern spirit.

info: Hipólito Irigoyen 1199, Centro

5- El Grill del Hotel Plaza

It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and remains almost untouched since its opening. Dutch ceramics, Tudor style home, Pakistan bordeaux fans (which formerly connected with a system of ice bars, which ran as air conditioning). At the beginning it was a restaurant for upper-class men only, but today the audience is more diverse. The menu remains true to itself, Creole and French: press duck; eggs Parisky Po (Peron's favorite), loin Eduardo VII and pickled quail among other delights of the Belle Epoque.

info: Florida 1005, Retiro

6- El palacio español

It's cute from its facade, an imposing ornate front on Bernardo de Irigoyen Street. Inside lies one of the first Spanish clubs in town (dating from 1911), with high ceilings and decorated with tapestries and sculptures. Among its illustrious guests were the kings of Spain. It is the place to eat dishes like pork of Segovia, paella or Catalan cream.

info: Bernardo de Irigoyen 180, Centro




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