Read what SaltShaker Wrote when Dan came to Adrogue: Town Plazas in Adrogue
Situated in Almirante Brown county ("El Partido"), Adrogue is a beautiful area of Gran Buenos Aires, the southern tip of Argentina's cosmopolitan and vibrant capital. In the 1800s, Adrogue was a picturesque rural town on the countryside, a destination for the country's elite and wealthy, who spent their summers at their beautiful estancias.
Today, with nearly 30,000 residents, Adrogue stands out as a posh residential neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets, leafy trees and thriving financial sector, which numerous businesses, banking institutions and gourmet restaurants call home. Adrogue is an enclave where modernity and heritage coexist harmoniously. The neighborhood's architectural juxtapositions are apparent everywhere – from the now buildings that have sprouted in recent years to the older, carefully preserved sites that give Adrogue its undeniable charm. Life here is relaxed and friendly, due largely in part to the town's amicable locals and shop and restaurant owners. There's plenty of variety when it comes to shopping thanks to retailers who offer items not found anywhere else in the city of Buenos Aires.
Visitors looking for a true taste of Argentine life can't go wrong with Adrogue's historic and cultural leisure options.
What To See & Where To Go in Adrogue
For architecture buffs, a stroll through Adrogue's tree-lined roads and boulevards is a must. Quaint cafes, restaurants, parks and squares abound. Some of the most charming houses are on Segui Street. The area's main square is Plaza Brown with the neighborhood's Town Hall, Saint Gabriel Church and the Colegio del Carmen located nearby. Other must-see sites include the Bynnon, Espora and Cerreti and Bouchard squares, as well as Plaza San Martin, next to the train station. For art fans, the Casa de La Cultura (House of Culture) offers various expositions featuring varied work by local artists.
Edificio Histórico "La Cucaracha"
Named in reference to its flat and long shape, "La Cucaracha" (Spanish for cockroach) is an historic gem whose silhouette mimics the Swiss architectural styles of the late 1800s. The building was built for the daughter of Adrogue's founder. Today, it's home to government offices for culture and education efforts. "La Cucaracha": Diagonal Brown 1836 y Avenida Espora. Tel: 4214-1268. Open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located on prominent Rosales Street, the Castelforte is a centenary building with Medieval influences and subterranean tunnels ripe with history and past anecdotes. The edifice was built in 1879 by Jose Canale, a well-known and respected Buenos Aires architect. Castelforte: Rosales 1521. Tel: 4294-5291. Open free to the public on Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m.
Stop by Bar Brown for a taste of Argentine history and stay for a drink. A 1800s building with its original façade intact, this "pulperia" or wine bar offers multiple labels from Argentina's wineries in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Where to eat in Adrogue
"Adrogue is a town for big appetites and people who are passionate about their next meal"
Adrogue offers a wide selection of restaurants ranging from traditional food like "Parrillas" (BBQ houses) to world-class gourmet cuisine. All of them offer good service, good-quality food and fair prices (prices are much lower than in trendy restaurants in downtown Buenos Aires).
The most exciting dining experience you can have in Adrogue is trying a "restaurante en casa" – chefs opening their homes in a restaurant-like setting (usually beautiful Spanish Colonial-style houses). Offering delicious and innovative dishes in a cozy atmosphere with personalized attention.
Restaurants we recommend:
Try for example, La Tasca, Spanish and mediterranean cuisine with an impressive wine selection. Fresh meats, seafood, poultry and daily pasta specials are created. Another great house-restaurant is La Zorra, the pasta served is one of the best you can get in town! Also, make sure you pay a visit to el bar de Billy restaurant, an old Spanish-Colonial house completely restructed conserving their original facade and interiors, with a unique charm due to his very friendly owner Billy, who will make sure your dining experience is as speial as his dishes. Billy serves mostly Spanish cuisine. La Salustiana is another excellent choice where the owner herself has created every dish to accommodate the most cuisine-curious guests.
Enjoy elegant surroundings and spectacular dining in at NEXT restaurant. When staying at Teresita B&B you can not miss this amazing restaurant located one block from our place. Argentinian elegant house with brick walls and contemporary Argentine decor. The menu is contemporary Argentina food, excellent pastas, and best parrilla in town. The owners will give a 10% discount to all Teresita B&B's guests, now – that's nice!
Empanadas de la Abuela, prepares the finest homemade empanadas (traditional argentinian pastry) in the region and some other traditional dishes.
Riviera, both bar and icecream parlor, is one the most important companies in the region. They produce high-quality icecream, desserts and chocolate at competitive prices. They are open all through the year (except for the chocolate shop, which closes during the summer). Locals usually get together for an icecream. The flavor dulce de leche granizado is a must.
Sandwichería Espora, prepares the finest "sandwiches de miga" in town.
Trote bar & restaurant, is one of the oldest restaurants in Adrogué, and is sorrounded by a beautiful garden serving Argentine-Italian food.
María Bonita, pizza and restaurant, very affordable, comfortable and popular place.
Sur/A Resto-Bar, (previously known as Soviet) another popular place in one of Adrogué's traditional houses. The interior has been preserved for many years now.
Los Álamos restaurant, Spanish tapas and winery, a beautiful place
Aire Sureño, Patagonian cuisine, this place is somewhat hard to spot at first, but has a very nice ambiance and exotic dishes.
Enzo, a very popular place with a good chef.
Cordero y Nother, wonderful homemade food at very affordable prices