Following Netflix's Street Food: A Culinary Journey Through Latin America
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Netflix's Street Food is back with a bang, seeing us head to the vibrant and vivacious street markets of Latin America. With sizzling dishes bursting with flavour, this series gives a unique insight into the culinary scenes of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, showing us some of the continent's most delicious local cuisines and dishes.
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

I can't wait to head to Latin America to try some of these mouthwatering dishes for myself!

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital and largest city of Argentina, Buenos Aires combines European elegance with South American ebullience, where vivid architecture meets Italian-style palaces, and the impassioned sounds of Tango music emblazen the nighttime streets. 

Buenos Aires' diverse history is well-reflected in its food, something that Street Food sets out to highlight as it showcases some of the city's unique dish amalgamations. From Pato Rodríguez's cheesy Tortilla de Papas to Francisco Ibáñez's Fugazzeta (a gorgeous Argentine Stuffed Pizza), it is clear that Buenos Aires is alive with the rich aromas of sizzling street food. I was particularly drawn to Rubén Batalla's chorizo sandwich, properly known as Choripán, which looked (and I'm sure tasted) delicious! 

After exploring Buenos Aires through its food, make sure to take the time to visit the city's top attractions too, including the iconic Recoleta Cemetery and the 19th-Century Plaza de Mayo. 

Where to Stay?

For 5-star luxury, we recommend you stay at the elegant Four Seasons Buenos Aires, set within an ornate early-20th century mansion and offering magnificent views across the Álzaga Unzué palace. With its own outdoor pool, three restaurants and bars, and a spa, this is the perfect place for you to unwind on your Buenos Aires holiday. 

Salvador, Brazil

There's more to Brazil than Rio de Janeiro, something that Salvador is keen to prove to its visitors. Situated in Brazil's steaming north, Salvador delightfully fuses colonial Portuguese architecture with its distinct Afro-Brazilian culture, and is characterised by quaint cobbled streets lined with brightly-coloured buildings, its dazzling tropical beaches just a stone's throw away.

Food is at the heart of the city, with Salvador proudly exhibiting some of Brazil's finest flavours. Famous to the region are Martinha Rodrigues' Acarajé, indulgent fritters derived from West Africa and made from deep-fried cowpeas. Perhaps the most famous dish, however, is Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil and one of my personal favourites! Known as 'black bean stew', "Kabaça" Clementino certainly took this to another level, the simmering meats and beans simply mouthwatering to watch! 

Whilst in Salvador make sure to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Salvador - it's like something straight out of a fairytale - and the bustling Porto da Barra Beach for a taste of Brazil's vibrant beach spirit. 

Where to Stay?

We recommend you stay at Hotel Fasono Salvador, its stylish rooftop pool overlooking the ocean perfect for feeling refreshed after a day spent exploring the city's streets. As well as this, the hotel's restaurant serves a delicious selection of gastronomic Italian cuisine and local Bahian dishes that certainly aren't to be missed!

Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca is little-known to the rest of the world, though Street Food has most certainly put it on the map! A stronghold for indigenous culture, Oaxaca is Mexico's gastronomical hub, a historic city defined architecturally by its colonial buildings and culturally through its rich Zapotec Heritage. 

Mexican cuisine has rightly made its way across the globe, but it was fascinating in the series to learn in more detail about dishes other than the much-loved Burrito or Taco! Sandra Ortiz's Memelas (toasted corn cakes) looked divine, though I was particularly drawn to Doña Brígida Manzano's Tlayudas, a thin, partially-fried tortilla covered in an array of ingredients, including an oozing Oaxacan cheese!

A visit to Oaxaca definitely gives you an authentic taste of Mexico; immerse yourself in the culture and visit Templo de Santo Domingo (a former monastery), the bustling Mercado Benito Juárez market and Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, a botanical garden boasting an array of native plants. 

Where to Stay?

For a truly unique stay, head to Quinta Real Oaxacaa boutique hotel set within the restored 16th Century Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena in Oaxaca. With an aesthetic akin to that of a Mediterranean villa, you'll be transported back in time as you wander through the manicured gardens, take a dip in the glorious outdoor pool and dine in a romantic courtyard setting. 

Lima, Peru

Lima is a melting pot of cultures, a fusion of Spanish colonial influence and the country's pre-Columbian heritage. The largest city in Peru, Lima is fun, vibrant and full of life, exuding an alluring charm that seems to permeate every facet of the city.

Street Food uncovers the jewels of Lima's local cuisine, its chefs producing some of the most delectable street food dishes on the programme. For seafood lovers, Tómas Matsufuji's Ceviche, raw fish marinated in lemon juice, is perfected in such a way that I don't think anyone could resist! If you've got more of a sweet tooth, then I'm sure your mouth will be watering when you see Pablo Valverde's Picarones, delicious ring-shaped doughnuts infused with an anise syrup.

To really immerse yourself in the city, make sure to visit the ancient ceremonial centre of Huaca Pucllana and the mighty Lima Cathedral. 

Where to Stay?

For contemporary luxury and Pacific Ocean views, we recommend staying at AC Hotel Lima Miraflores, its prime location along the city's coastline and in the popular Malecon de la Reserva area meaning you're never far from scenic views and top restaurants. We particularly love the hotel's rooftop bar, offering a chic and stylish ambiance. 

Bogotá, Colombia

Colombia is having a revival; once infamous for the drug lord Pablo Escobar, Colombia is now one of South America's most budding destinations, something that is also true for the country's vibrant capital, Bogotá. Cradled by the Andes, Bogotá combines contemporary urbanity with colonial elegance, its cobbled, historic La Candelaria district the cultural hub of the city.

Street Food highlights how Bogotá is seeking to create a new legacy for itself through its food, its diversity as a city reflected in the unique street food dishes and flavours. This is seen clearly in the kitchen of Luz Dary, who serves both a traditional Bogotán soup - Ajicao - as well as the distinct Caribbean Cheese Mote Soup. Perhaps the most iconic dish of Colombia is Arepas, grilled maize bread, which chef Doña Bertha Segura creates using hominy corn and cheese - simply delicious!

Embrace the upbeat spirit of Bogotá during your stay and make sure to visit the historic Bolivar Square and Monserrate, a mountain in the city centre featuring a grandiose church.

Where to Stay?

If you're in Bogotá for the first time, you simply must stay at in the unique Click Clack Hotel Bogotáits quirky, modern design and floor-to-ceiling windows really immersing you the cityscape and distant Andean mountains. Head to the stylish rooftop bar for delectable beverage choices, American-comic themed burgers and panoramic city views. 

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is a photographer's dream, an urban jungle high up in the Andes with the mighty Mount Illimani a sublime backdrop. Although Bolivia is still somewhat of an enigma to the outsider, La Paz takes its fame from being the highest administrative capital in the world, resting at an impressive 3,500 metres above sea level.

Street Food effortlessly brings the rich culinary scene of La Paz to life, its distinctly Bolivian dishes showcasing the region's strong street food presence. Cristina Zurita's Sándwich de chola (pork leg sandwich) is certainly not for the faint-hearted, though clearly oozes with flavour and looks delicious! What most intrigued me, however, was Mery Costas' Cinnamon Sorbet (Helado de Canela), a flavour I would never have associated with sorbet but I'm sure is refreshing nonetheless!

If you've got some free time in La Paz, make sure to visit the iconic Witches' Market, the unique rock formations of Valle de la Luna and Calle Jaen, a bright alley featuring quaint cafes and museums. We recommend you stay at Atix Hotel for contemporary luxury and scenic views. 

Where to Stay?

If you're looking for 5-star luxury in La Paz, there is nowhere better to stay than the Atix HotelA member of the prestigious Design Hotels™, this contemporary hotel is an architectural masterpiece, its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and sparkling infinity pool attracting those with a passion for art and culture. 

Feeling Hungry?

If you can't wait to head to Latin America to try some of these exquisite street food dishes for yourself, simply get in touch with our Luxury Travel Specialists and we will take care of the rest. 

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