As cliché as it sounds, we would agree that the best souvenir from any trip is good memories and a fun time, however sometimes it’s nice to bring home something meaningful to remember the trip or to give to friends and family. Since Buenos Aires has a rich food and wine culture there are several culinary inspired souvenirs to bring back!
Dulce de leche – DDL is ever-present in this country. Argentines put it on toast, in cakes and cookies, and our personal favorite in panqueques, aka crepes. All supermarkets have a section devoted to the caramel sauce. We recommend the La Serenisima Estilo Colonial version.
Mate – No trip to Argentina is complete without trying the tea-like drink mate. You can get kits with the mate, bombilla, and tea at many street markets, or buy each item separately. Supermarkets have a large selection of loose yerba mate.
Chimichurri – On our food tours here in Buenos Aires you’ll get to try and learn about the flavorful Chimichurri sauce. It is always served at parrilla restaurants to accompany steak. Both dried and liquid versions are available.
Fernet – This local liquor is a must try when in the country. You’ll most likely hate it the first time, but it grows on you! Many wine shops sell miniature versions of the full sized bottles. The classic brand is Fernet Branca.
Wine – If you visit the country, you’re surely going to taste some of Argentina’s delicious wine, especially the Malbec varietal. We recommend you take back a couple bottles of wines from local boutique wineries that you can’t find at home.
Alfajores – If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love alfajores, a local chocolate and dulce de leche filled cookie. Most locals would tell you that the alfajores from Havana and Cachafaz are the best.
Gaucho fork and knife set – Meat is extremely engrained in local culture, and no more so than with the gauchos. Craftsmen in the Pampas region make beautiful handmade knifes and forks with unique designs. A good place to get them is at our favorite weekend market, the Feria de Mataderos.