Here in Salta, as with most Andean and northern Argentinean territories, hearty meals are a staple of the traditional diet. Lorco stews, alpaca and llama steaks, and a type of corn dumpling known as a “humita” are just a few of the offerings you’re likely to find at local eateries around the city. But bear in mind that this is a metropolis of over 400,000, so selection and international influence are available. We’re not saying you should expect Michelin star dining, mind you, but you won’t be limited to eating soup from wooden bowls, either (unless you want to, of course).
It’s good to remember that dining in Salta is much like dancing in Salta, meaning that if you’re in the market for it, you’d be wise to start your search on the centrally located Calle Balcarce. Here you’ll encounter a fairly wide selection of restaurants and traditional peñas (eateries that combine local food and drinks with cultural entertainment) to satisfy your appetite. Venture westward from Balcarce along Caseros, especially surrounding Plaza 9 de Julio, and the dispersion continues, with a variety of cool cafes available at which to sit, relax and take in the tastes and textures of the city.
Care for something a little less prescribed? Then head on over to the corner of Calles Florida and San Martin and take a stroll through Salta’s Mercado Central (Central Market). Here you can fashion yourself a delicious meal on the cheap using fresh, local ingredients, topping off the occasion with an expertly made pizza, empanada, or other such local delicacy. It definitely adds an air of authenticity to the Salta dining experience, which, overall, has the ability to surprise for such a moderately sized city.