Following our stormy and drawn-out relationship with winter this year, it’s time for a breakup. We can show the cold season it’s officially over with a delicious exit strategy: dining outdoors. Lucky for us, Buenos Aires is stacked with terrace cafes, restaurants and bars to spend the whole day eating al fresco. So grab your sunglasses and don your pañuelo, my friends, because it’s nearly time to meet spring.
La Editorial Bistró | Honduras 5574
Living up to its name, literary-minded La Editorial opens its doors to neighboring bookstore Eterna Cadencia and becomes the ideal spot to sip a latte and read a book outdoors. You can share the open-air rooftop terrace with fellow bookophiles or keep the space all to yourself by reserving it for your next private event. The kitchen cooks up rotating lunch specials, homemade baked goods and – if coffee’s not cutting it – a full lineup of cocktails. Ojo!: Cash only.
Sans | Serrano 1595
Google dubs Sans a “snack bar,” but I call it the best place to soak up the sol in the expat hub formerly known as Plaza Serrano. Simple and relaxed, the café is best for its muffins, cakes and sandwiches made with fresh bread. For your lunchtime sub, choose among seven breads like herb focaccia, pita, and Parmesan cheese and basil.
Chipper | Humboldt 1893
If you find yourself craving fish and chips, Chipper offers your choice catch and, toward the end of the month, a reopened rooftop terrace and happy hour. Currently, the restaurant features a promo of fish and chips plus a pint of 7 Colores craft beer for AR $180. For those after a Monster Munch (due credit goes to Chipper for the top-notch title), the restaurant also serves a picada of fried treats including pea fritters and battered sausage for AR $345. Come for the terrace, stay for the curry fries.
Camping | Pueyrredón 2501
Entirely outdoors, Camping evokes the relaxed, warm environment of gathering around a bonfire. Its seasonal menu includes small plates, beer and wine, all self-served at picnic tables encircling a candlelit hub. Here’s the best part: The music – modeled after a campfire sing-along – compiles a collaborative playlist that patrons select from the restaurant’s website via its WiFi. Hours extend for the warm season beginning Sept. 21, and on full moon nights, Camping welcomes different acoustic musicians to perform live. Now entering its third summer, this place is officially on fire.
Upscale and Tipsy
Milion | Paraná 1048
Established in 1999, Recoleta’s go-to bar recreates the vibe of its French-style, townhouse lineage with an elegant dining room, outdoor terrace and lush garden. Milion’s menu features tapas and Argentine fare, plus a full cocktail list. I recommend Bien Criollo, a gin and tonic concoction localized with yerba mate and pomelo juice. Bring a date for some serious cheto romance under the stars.