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Top Choice Historic Building in Bahía Blanca

Museo Taller Ferrowhite

Grandiose and ghostly, Ferrowhite is the kind of landmark you see from far away and think 'what in the world is that?' The castle-like power plant, built by Italians in the 1930s, sits beside massive grain elevators…
Top Choice Parrilla in Bahía Blanca

El Mundo de la Parrilla

Locals agree that this busy and casually elegant parrilla is one of the best dining options in town. In addition to gourmet empanadas, succulent lechón (roasted suckling pig) and practically every cut of steak imagi…
Top Choice Port in Mar del Plata

Puerto Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is one of Argentina’s most important fishing centers. Its port area, 8km south of the city center, is worth a visit, though public access to the jetty – and its graveyard of ruined ships, half-sunken a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Mar del Plata

Torreón del Monje

Grand and castle-like, positioned on a cliff over the ocean, Torreón del Monje is hard to miss – look for the red domes and the stone footbridge straddling the oceanfront road. This classic landmark is a throwback t…
Top Choice International in Pinamar

Tante

This elegant tearoom, restaurant and bar – a few blocks in from the beach, just off Av Bunge – was once the home of a well-known 1950s soprano. Nowadays it serves up German, French and alpine specialties such as fon…
Top Choice Bar in Mar del Plata

Almacén Estación Central

This hip corner bar in a quaint and thoughtfully restored antique building – an old corner store where the former president of Argentina, Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, reportedly did his shopping – gets packed with lo…
Top Choice Seafood in Mar del Plata

Sur

The hype around Sur creates high expectations: many locals consider it the best seafood restaurant in town. Brick walls hung with nautical-themed prints form a cozy backdrop; specials all revolve around fresh fish a…
Museum in Bahía Blanca

Museo del Puerto

Housed in a colorfully painted former customs building, this small but engaging museum is a tribute to the region’s immigrants. The rooms include archives and photographs, and mock-ups of an old peluquería (barber s…
Argentine in Bahía Blanca

Gambrinus

This traditional restaurant, located in a lovely corner building on a side street a few blocks south of the main plaza, dates from the 19th century. The menu features Spanish- and Italian-inspired Argentinian classi…
Empanadas in Villa Gesell

Rancho Hambre

This main street hot-spot features 36 varieties of empanadas, from the humble (minced beef) to the more elaborate (arugula, parmesan and walnuts, or bacon with mozzarella and muscat-infused prunes). Pick up a dozen …