A compact small town nearly 70 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is in the heart of the Argentine Pampas region. It’s a great 1½-hour day trip by car or bus from Buenos Aires—or the perfect jumping-off point for those who choose to visit at a nearby estancia, or a traditional large rural ranch and estate. Major attractions here include the colonial sights of San Antonio de Areco itself, the Museum of the Gaucho (which celebrates Argentine cowboys), and a variety of estancias themselves, which are located within two hours of San Antonio de Areco. If you don’t feel like planning your own itinerary, several tour and travel companies will coordinate your visit and arrange your estancia stay.
Things to do in San Antonio de Areco
4 based on 472 reviews
Delightful corner café and bar with small patio and historic interior. Serves breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with local specialities. Reasonably priced and a great atmosphere with good service.
4.5 based on 253 reviews
Trading on the Italian heritage of de Areco, El batara could pass muster in Florence. It offers dine-in service on rustic wooden tables--seats about 16 total. The menu features a variety of cheeses and the Argentine version of Italian salamis, pancettas, prociuttos on fresh baguettes. It is available as a Sandwich (45 pesos) or as a meat-cheese variety platter that serves two for 75 pesos. Cold beer or soda available at reasonable prices. For an appetizer, don't miss the the home-made empanadas (12 pesos each). Great place for lunch where you can easily get out for less than US $5, empanada and soft drink included. Had lunch there twice during our visit to San Antonio de Areco.
4 based on 637 reviews
Wonderful food, reasonable prices, good service.
Very touristic place in a touristic village like San Antonio, food is OK, appetisers (blood pudding) was good, my roasted beef was just normal, matambre was very juicy and tasty, desserts were good and the general atmosphere was fine as expected in this old and traditional restaurant, I think there are more genuine places in this town but all in all a safe place for a good lunch.
4 based on 504 reviews
Located on the central plaza this charming old building is still very well preserved. Light breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are inexpensive. Popular with the locals especially for late afternoon drinks.
4.5 based on 703 reviews
I had read Tripadvisor suggestions before arriving to San Antonio de Areco so I knew I had to go to La Olla de Cobre.
I am a chocolate lover so I went at noon. They close between 1 and 3 PM.
There is always a line but staff is friendly and fast. NO credit card!!!
They sell wonderful alfajores and good chocolate in boxes.
It is a nice souvenir to take back home.
4.5 based on 267 reviews
The most genuine pulperia in the centre of town. Young crowd fills up the place until late hours. You feel like you are in the 19th century.
4 based on 174 reviews
We went to this restaurant for my birthday dinner and it was perfect. The menus was extensive, food was excellent, portions were generous, service was fast and efficient and the prices were lower than usual. I had the beef de lomo brochette and my partner had fish in a four cheeses sauce. The entrees, beverages, wine, cost only 300 pesos about us $20 including gratuity. Highly recommend for good food and service in San Antonio de Areco and it is located beside the river parkland.
4 based on 119 reviews
Love this ancient corner bolicho. Coffee, media lunas, sandwiches de migas, diarios, decent internet and regular neighbourhood clientele. Soda siphon theme is catchy, with some interesting pieces on the shelves. A comfort cafe.
4.5 based on 40 reviews
Average drinks in an old colonnial house. The place is really nice decorated and the staff is very kind. It's ideal for late drinks with couple or friends.
4.5 based on 168 reviews
if you want an excellent break from the estancia routine of beef and more beef, try this new little fusion restaurant in town. A starter of seared salmon with a spicy sweat-sour sauce makes a great change from chorizos, and there are an interesting range of pasta, fish and, of course, meat dishes. Let's hope this chic newcomer, one of the several signs of the recent gentrifying of the pueblo, can make a go of it in a town where empanadas and pizzas tend to dominate the menu.
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