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Top Choice Empanadas in Cafayate

Casa de las Empanadas

Decorated with the scrawls of contented customers, this no-frills place has a wide selection of empanadas that are all absolutely delicious. Local wine in ceramic jugs, and humitas (stuffed corn dough, resembling Me…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Cafayate

Chato’s Wine Bar

Run by a cordial English-speaker, the only proper wine bar in Cafayate serves a long list of wines by the glass and is great for a tasting session (five-wine flights from AR$100), a drink in friendly surroundings or…
Top Choice Argentine in Cafayate


A lovely indoor-outdoor setting overlooking picture-perfect vineyards at this upmarket winery 5km from Cafayate makes a fine lunch stop; the sophisticated food doesn't disappoint. A range of international influences…
Argentine in Cafayate


Crammed full of rustic decorations, and with work by local artists on the walls, this is one of the most popular spots in town and certainly offers plenty of character. It serves up variations on Argentine standards…
Northwest Argentine in Cafayate

El Rancho

A cut above the string of hit-and-miss places around the plaza, this has a short, simple menu of local dishes, including locro, plus decent meat and chicken plates. The house specialty is rabbit. It appeals on winte…
Ice Cream in Cafayate

Heladería Miranda

A frequent dilemma in Argentina is whether to go for a rich red cabernet or a dry white torrontés, but it doesn’t usually occur in ice-cream parlors. It does here: the Miranda’s wine sorbets are Cafayate’s pride and…
Winery in Cafayate

Bodega de las Nubes

Five kilometers west of Cafayate along the road to Río Colorado (it’s signposted ‘Mounier’), this small, organic and friendly winery has a fabulous position at the foot of the jagged hills. It also does tasty deli p…
Winery in Cafayate

Bodega El Esteco

This corporate affair on the northern edge of town is a smart and attractive winery producing some of the region’s best wines.
Winery in Cafayate

Bodega Nanni

The half-hourly tour and tastings of four young wines are short and bright here at this small, central winery with a lovely grass patio. Wines are organic, uncomplicated and drinkable. There's a good on-site restaur…
Museum in Cafayate

Museo Arqueológico

This private museum’s collection was left by enthusiastic archaeologist Rodolfo Bravo and merits a visit. Sourced mostly from grave sites within a 30km radius from Cafayate, the excellent array of ceramics, from the…