Carnivores, local food fanatics and daring taste adventures rejoice, as Latin America is about to become your new favourite food experience. From massive juicy cuts of the world’s best steaks, to truly local specialities such as sheep head soup and fried guinea pig, the food of this multicultural continent is varied, enticing, and often downright weird, but that’s why we love it! Foodies prepare, here’s your ultimate guide to chowing down in Latin America:
Cusco – Peru
Welcome to the world of the weird and the wonderful. First stop in Cusco – the innards market, aka the place to leave your food inhibitions behind. Try local delicacies such as sheep’s head soup (head left in), toad juice, fried guinea pig and pretty much any kind of animal’s brain. If you’re still hungry, hunt down some tasty local ceviche. This is basically raw fish marinated in Citrus juice but is SUPER tasty. We suggest trying the very ambient Limo - the fish simply melts on your tongue and is best washed down with a tart pisco sour.
Limo, Portal de Carnes 236
Buenos Aires – Argentina
Prepare for the meat sweats and carnivore bloat, as you’ve just entered steak city. Argentina is famed for its incredible cuts of steak and gaucho BBQ’s, so if you’re coming to BA, chances are you’re going to experience Asado (this terms refers both to the barbequing technique and the social event itself). La Cabrera restaurant comes highly recommended.
La Cabrera, José Antonio Cabrera 5099, C1414BGQ Buenos Aires
Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Sweet tooth sufferers will have an absolute nightmare in Brazil, a country famed for its ridiculously tasty desserts and snacks. Brigadeiro (chocolate truffles covered in sprinkles), Mousse de Maracujá (passion fruit mousse) and Bolinho de Chuva (fried dough balls sprinkled in sugar and cinnamon) are all local delicacies and can be found at any good local patisserie. For fans of Brazil’s iconic feijoada (black bean and pork stew) try out Casa de Feijoada. This local dish is traditionally just served on a Saturday, but here you can eat it all week long.
Casa de Feijoada, Prudente de Morais 10B
San Jose – Costa Rica
Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart, and they’re what you’re going to eat in Costa Rica. Together with rice, black beans are a huge staple of the Costa Rican diet, so perhaps it’s advisable to opt for a single room during your stay. We suggest trying out the Mercado Central, an awesome market filled with a variety of stalls serving casados (the traditional dish), tamales, seafood and everything in between. Everything’s cheap as chips so eat your hearts out!
Mercado Central, Avs Central & 1 between Calles 6 & 8
Mexico City – Mexico
Enchiladas, gorditas, quesadillas, tacos, CHURROS – Mexican food is indeed delicious, and fortunately for us, the best food comes direct from the street sellers so it’s really cheap but uber tasty. To experience it all, put aside a day dedicated specifically to tasting everything, wander around Mexico City and just enjoy! If you’re looking for somewhere to rest your feet after a long day of exploring, head to Café de Tacuba. A fantasy of coloured tiles, brass lamps and oil paintings, this little café has been serving its tortilla based snacks since 1912 so put simply, it knows its shit!
Café de Tacuba, Tacuba 28
Ready to discover the weird and wonderful tastes of Latin America? Our Latin America trips cover Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. Book today and kick start your taste adventure!