El Claustro Santa Catalina
Why you would want to be in Buenos Aires’ Microcentro during a hot day is anybody’s guess. But if you disobeyed our shopping advice and walked down Florida street as many concierges will advise you, then El Claustro Santa Catalina is your ‘little slice of peace’ in the city’s bustling undergrowth.
El Claustro was built in 1745 and was the home to the Santa Catalina Nuns who spent their lives knitting, praying and studying within the confines of Santa Catalina’s walls.
Fortunately the menu has changed since the veil-and-straw-shoes days. Chef Rolando Benitez Cuella has fortified his menu with exquisite salmon, beef and pasta main courses to go alongside his rabbit, chicken and sardine starters.
You can dine in the old refectory, but a table in the courtyard under the palm trees is hard to beat, particularly in this part of town – the fumes and breakneck pace of Buenos Aires seem a million miles away.