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Top Choice International in Esquel

Legua 50

Considered Esquel's best restaurant, Legua 50 is certainly the city's most elegant address, with ivory leather booths, cascading lights and stained glass in the bar. Extraordinary rib-eye steak, green salads and moi…
Italian in Esquel

Don Chiquino

Of course, pasta is no novelty in Argentina, but the owner-magician performing tricks while you wait for your meal here is. The ambience is happy-cluttered and dishes such as sorrentinos with arugula prove satisfyin…
Argentine in Esquel

La Esquina

This busy restobar with leather banquettes and checkered tile has all the airs of a Buenos Aires cafe, serving everything from beer on tap to cafe con leche with medialunas, salads and heartier fare. It's also a goo…
Vegetarian in Esquel


Serving organic pizza, pastas, fresh lemonade and artisan beer, Quillen might be more at home in Palermo, Buenos Aires, than the Andean foothills, but here it is. The light vegan and vegetarian options are a godsend…
Microbrewery in Esquel


This tiny home bar can get pretty crowded. Simplicity is the name of the game – it serves a variety of decent beers made on-site (we liked the IPA), with meat and cheese boards. Large picture windows give views into…
Cafe in Esquel

Charla Cafe

This stylish cafe does real coffee with scones, homemade cakes and alfajores (cookie-type sandwiches usually stuffed with milk caramel) for those in the mood for a pick-me-up.There are outdoor tables, too.
Bakery in Esquel


Overboard adorable, this pastel cafe serves big salads, baked goods and sandwiches with three kinds of homemade bread on mismatched china. There's both beer and barista drinks in a cheerful, casual atmosphere.
Cultural in Esquel

Semana de Esquel

A week-long event that celebrates the city’s 1906 founding.
Museum in Esquel

Museo del Tren

Just outside town, this train museum is in the Roca train station where La Trochita, Argentina’s famous narrow-gauge steam train, stops. In summer several tour agencies sell tickets for roundtrip rides on the antiqu…
Bar in Esquel

El Bodegón

El Bodegón is a comfortable brick restobar with sidewalk tables and big, cold beers made for splitting. There are live performances daily in summer and weekly in low season, ranging from Argentine rock to blues and …