While San Antonio is a popular destination for day trips out of Buenos Aires, it’s worth hanging around as there are some lovely places to stay, including some elegant, family-run guesthouses in the town itself and historic estancias (ranches) nearby. Book ahead on weekends, when prices go up.
As you might expect in a town that is the epicenter of gaucho culture, in San Antonio de Areco the parrilla (grill) is king – you'll find quality grilled meat at the town's traditional Argentine restaurants. Also worth trying here is a picada (a selection of cold cuts and cheeses).
Drinking & Nightlife
The town's relaxed pace of life can be appreciated while sipping a cold beer at one of the many old-time bars, where the outdoor tables are good for gaucho-spotting. There is often traditional live music at weekends; ask at the tourist office to find out what's on.
Even on the shortest stroll around town you can't miss the silversmith workshops and stores lining the streets of San Antonio de Areco. Local artisans are known throughout the country – mate paraphernalia, rastras (silver-studded belts), knives and leather goods are the most traditional items to buy.