Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in San Martín de los Andes

Museo Primeros Pobladores

Regional archaeological and ethnographic items such as arrowheads, spear points, pottery and musical instruments are the focus of this museum, located two doors north of the tourist office, near Av Roca.
Top Choice Cafe in San Martín de los Andes

Corazón Contento

A cute little bakery-cafe serving up an excellent range of fresh and healthy snacks and meals. The salads are great and the freshly baked scones and muffins hit the spot.
Argentine in San Martín de los Andes

El Regional

A big atmospheric barn of a place, El Regional serves up some good trout dishes, but the specialty here are the tablas (sampler platters), featuring Patagonian classics such as boar, venison and trout in a variety o…
Argentine in San Martín de los Andes

Doña Quela

Carefully prepared, well-presented dishes served up in an antique-packed dining room. Patagonian dishes such as deer with wild mushroom sauce are the stars, but it's all good, and comes accompanied by an impressive…
Argentine in San Martín de los Andes


One of the widest menus in town, with each dish done nearly to perfection. There's a good range of seafood on offer, alongside the requisite pasta and meat dishes, and they take a decent stab at sushi if you're game…
Pizza in San Martín de los Andes

Pizza Cala

The local’s choice for pizza is this ever-expanding place near the plaza. All the classics are here, plus some ‘gourmet’ options such as smoked trout, spinach and eggplant.
Books in San Martín de los Andes


Good selection of books on Patagonia in Spanish; some Lonely Planet titles and novels in English. Carries the excellent Sendas y Bosques park trail maps (AR$160).
Parrilla in San Martín de los Andes


One reader claims this upmarket parrilla serves ‘the best meat in all of Argentina.’ We haven’t tried all the meat in Argentina (yet), so you be the judge.
Argentine in San Martín de los Andes

La Casona

The cozy atmosphere belies the wide menu, with some good twists on regional favorites. Try the boar stew in black-beer sauce or the lamb and wild mushroom risotto.
International in San Martín de los Andes

El Mesón

This cute little place has one of the most creative menus in town, with plenty of trout dishes, paella and a couple of vegetarian options.