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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 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 Seafood in Mar del Plata


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…
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…
International in Mar del Plata

El Jamón

There’s little atmosphere at this neighborhood favorite, with plastic plants swinging from the beams. It’s still full of locals, however, all enjoying the roasted vacio (flank steak), shrimp kebab or mussels provenc…
Parrilla in Mar del Plata

El Palacio del Bife

A recommended, classy parrilla with a massive menu. Come hungry and come wanting meat, although the homemade pastas are also worth a try. There’s also seafood, milanesas (breaded cutlets) and rice dishes. Not cheap,…
Bar in Mar del Plata


The cool microbrewery mini-chain has several locations in Mar del Plata; this one, in Barrio Los Troncos is arguably the most popular. Come for a variety of craft beers on tap, plus excellent pub food and a lively l…
Bar in Mar del Plata

La Bodeguita del Medio

Come for the famously delicious mojitos, the Cuban-inspired food and the live music at this atmospheric and art-filled cocktail bar, named after one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts in Havana.
Church in Mar del Plata

Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia

Facing the leafy Plaza San Martín, this neo-Gothic building features gorgeous stained glass, an impressive central chandelier from France, English tiled floors and occasional choral concerts.
Cultural Center in Mar del Plata

Centro Cultural Villa Victoria

Victoria Ocampo, founder of the literary journal Sur, hosted literary salons with prominent intellectuals from around the world – Borges, Le Corbusier, and Rabindranath Tagore were among more distinguished guests – …