It’s a dog’s life, don’t you think? Well, if you can look past Argentina’s skyrocketing inflation, currency crisis, and all-out downward spiral toward insanity, sure. Which is why we need the company of our four-legged friends now more than ever. Seriously, everyone living in Argentina should be assigned an emotional support dog as soon as their DNI is printed. Wouldn’t that be a great idea? No? Anyone? Bueller?
For decades now, Argentines have been lovers of their mascotas. According to a 2018 survey carried out by consulting firm GfK Group, 80 percent of the population lives with at least one domestic animal; 66 percent of that group has a dog, because dogs are the best and that is a fact. Sorry, cats. There’s even a pet-friendly beach in Mar del Plata, YES Playa Canina (wtf is that name though), which opened in 2015.
However, there’s not necessarily an abundance of truly pet friendly places in Buenos Aires where porteños can bring their doggos. OK, there are tons of eateries that have sidewalk seating, but that’s basically a half-measure. Just because some laconic waiter will bring me a bowl of dubious-looking water for my pup Pocho – after an unexplained wait of at least 15 minutes, claro – doesn’t mean that place is passionate about perris. Therefore, I decided to dive a little deeper and put together a no-fail guide to the city’s friendliest outposts.
When you take dog-obsessed locals and combine it with a strong café culture, a penchant for social gatherings, and an ever-growing food and drink scene, what do you get? This list of ten pet friendly spots in Buenos Aires where you and your pooch will be welcomed with open arms – and paws – before sitting down to a snack, coffee, or even a cocktail.
It goes without saying that if you’re going to bring your dog around town with you, don’t be an asshole. Be a responsible pet parent! Pick up after your dog (seriously, if you don’t I hope you burn in the fiery pits of Hell), keep them on leash, and be realistic about how they behave in new, crowded, or smaller spaces. Sometimes it’s best to just leave them at home so they can keep the couch warm for your return, mkay?
Have you ever sat down to a steaming bowl of Pho and said to yourself, “I really wish my dog were with me right now”? Well, I have, and multiple times to boot. Luckily we’ve got Sagión on our side. Both locations – the original San Telmo outpost and its newer locale in Retiro – are 100 percent dog-obsessed. Yep, that means you can head on in with your pupper and snack on some spring rolls, noodle bowls, and craft beer in the best of company. Note that the San Telmo location gets rather crowded, so it’s best to avoid it at peak hours; the Retiro space has more room to move around, ensuring everyone’s tail will be wagging by the end of the meal.
Bolívar 986, San Telmo – Tuesday – Thursday 7 PM-12 AM; Friday – Sunday 12 – 5 PM, 7 PM – 12 AM | Marcelo T. de Alvear 818, Retiro – Monday – Saturday 12 PM – 4 PM, 6 PM – 12 AM | Instagram
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What’s better than kicking off the weekend with a fresh bagel, the newspapers, and your trusty canine companion? Nothing. Seriously. Which is why we love Sheikob’s, which keeps us high on carbs and buena onda come rain or shine. There are a few tables and benches on the sidewalk outside, but even better is the patio located inside which is ready to receive you and your dog nearly every day of the week. Start things off with a coffee and babka or just dive right in to your lox and cream cheese; if the mood moves you, use the upright piano to dedicate a ballad to your boo (your dog, obviously).
Uriarte 1386 | Tuesday – Friday 9 AM – 7 PM; Saturday – Sunday 10:30 AM – 5 PM | Instagram | Tel: 4776 4358
416 Snack Bar
Not all dogs are morning people. Sometimes they too want to hit the town, have a few drinks, and soak up the Buenos Aires nightlife. Enter 416 Snack Bar, Palermo Hollywood’s one-stop-shop for some of the most delicious small plates and cocktails around. Anyone and everyone is welcome here, from the tiniest of Dachshunds to the boofiest of Maremma Sheepdogs. Come hungry – though maybe don’t give your dog any of the extra-spicy (yet so damn delicious) KFC – and enjoy a few glasses of wine or a Cynar cocktail six nights a week. If your pup gets skittish around loud noises, check Snack Bar’s Instagram to make sure there isn’t a big DJ set happening that night. Otherwise, groove on.
Angel J. Carranza 1940 | Monday – Wednesday 7 PM – 1 AM; Thursday 7 PM – 2 AM; Friday – Saturday 7 PM – 3 AM | Instagram
La Flor de Barracas
Your dog is probably interested in visiting culturally and historically relevant places in Buenos Aires as well, you know? Move beyond Palermo and visit La Flor de Barracas, one of the city’s bares notables that dates back more than 100 years. It was lovingly restored to its former glory by the Cantini family and is now acts as a café, restaurant, bar, and community center for the entire neighborhood. The Patio Arolas is ready for you and your dog to chow down on the kitchen’s delicious home-cooked food – empanada de huevo, anyone? – either at the big communal area or one of the individual tables. If you’re extra lucky, you’ll be greeted by resident pooch Rita, so keep your eyes peeled.
When I close my eyes and think of my dream home life, it involves a lot of really cool antique curiosities and multiple dogs. I’m certainly not alone in this fantasy, because Napolés is pretty much the embodiment of this vision. Located along San Telmo’s picture-perfect boulevard Caseros (so lovely it’s often used as a film set for both local and international productions), this bar-restaurant-antique shop-art gallery-vintage clothing shop created by the masterminds at Gabriel del Campo Anticuario is a massive space that’s filled to the brim with a collection of objects, furniture, and quirky odds and ends that will have both you and your pup salivating (well, only if your dog is an interior designer?). Stage a little photo shoot with one of the antique race cars or go straight to the aperitivo hour and sip on an Aperol Spritz. If you think one of the objects is moving, fear not: you might spot an old greyhound or two roaming the premises, moving from couch to couch in search of ultimate comfort.
Caseros 449 | Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 12:30 AM; Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM | Instagram
The patio at the Museo Evita is one of the OG dog-friendly spots in Buenos Aires. Leafy green Palermo Botánico seems to come with a higher density of dogs per square meter than other barrios around town, so it only makes sense that such an iconic landmark welcome them into the fold. You obviously won’t be able to take your on the tour of Evita’s gowns (*cries in Spanish*), but that doesn’t mean the restaurant isn’t worth visiting on its town. With its checkerboard tiled floor and lush plants scattered about, you’ll be tucked away from the hustle and bustle of BA life and can enjoy anything from a simple cortado to a hearty lunch or early evening glass of wine. I still think it would be fantastic to include a photo-op where you and your dog can re-create the infamous balcony scene together, but hey, a girl can dream.
Juan María Guiterrez 3926 | Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 12 AM; Sunday 9 AM – 7 PM | Facebook
PL Deli & Café
Walk past PL Deli on the far corner of Palermo Hollywood and you’d never guess that it’s got a massive, wide open back patio perfect for any meal from sunrise to sunset. There’s plenty of room for your dog to spread out and take a snooze while you dive into any one of the delicious salads or sandwiches on offer. PL is an ideal meeting place for your fellow dog moms and dads, so why not make a day out of it and host a group brunch? We’re pretty sure no one will notice you sneaking your pup a little piece of medialuna. Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s even better, since the space tends to heat up quickly in the summer months. Fun fact: PL Deli has even been known to create dog-friendly sweet treats, like carrot cake, to ensure no one feels left out of the fun.
De Los Frutos
Not every dog enjoys a life of leisure; sometimes they’re hardworking employees doing their best to climb up the corporate ladder. De Los Frutos is a ray of sunshine on the downtown Retiro lunch circuit, serving fresh-made sandwiches, salads, and wraps with a smile every day of the work week. Most of the customers are regulars and are treated like family; what’s more, resident pup Clover is often spotted sunning himself outside on nice days (or cozying up, Harry Potter style, under the stairs) when it’s cooler out. It’s a team full of dog lovers who won’t bat an eye whether you pop in for a quick lunch (there’s limited but spacious seating at the back) or fly by for something on the go.
Pain et Vin
Being with my dog chills me out. Having a nice glass of wine also chills me out. So why not combine the two and enjoy a glass of wine while I hang out with my dog? Voilá. Pain et Vin is one of the most beloved wine bars in Buenos Aires, offering high-quality vinos in a laid-back environment. There’s a communal table available for interactive tastings, individual seating if you’re keen to just hang with your pals, and a nice little back patio where you’ll often spot the owners’ sweet toddler bopping around and being generally adorable. Open pretty much always, Pain et Vin comes to the rescue no matter the time of day. Since your dog has a spectacular sense of smell, don’t be shy about asking for her tasting notes.
With several locations all over Palermo, San Telmo, and even La Boca, Adorado is popping up everywhere. Its signature red and white awning will beckon you and your dog when you’re in need of a quick caffeine fix or avocado toast top-up. It’s a little dose of Brooklyn right here in Buenos Aires, an ideal spot to catch up on some work emails in between meetings or trips to the park. Inside it always tends to be a bit of a squeeze, so if you’ve got an XL Shepherd or rowdy mutt on your hands, try to stick to one of the outdoor tables.