Private Cooking Class & Historic Market


Private Cooking Class & Historic Market

Private: US$ 280, up to 4 people
(ask for larger groups)

Guided 1-hour visit to a 130-year old gastronomic market ("Mercado del Progreso").
Learn to cook empanadas (dough and fillings from scratch) and Argentinian pancakes in a local's home. Experience the culture and culinary traditions.
Taste mate, alfajores, and malbec red wine.
Tue to Fri, 10am - 4pm (6 hours).

Weekends available on demand (25% fee).
Option to customize the menu and date/time.
Closed group.

Cooking Class & Historic Market

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Cooking Class & Historic Market

Starting at US$ 70 per person

Guided 1-hour visit to a 130-year old gastronomic market ("Mercado del Progreso").
Learn to cook empanadas (dough and fillings from scratch) and Argentinian pancakes in a local's home. Experience the culture and culinary traditions.
Taste mate, alfajores, and malbec red wine.
Tue to Fri, 10am - 4pm (6 hours)

Open group - small groups guaranteed.

Cooking Class


Cooking Class

Starting at US$ 60 per person

Learn to cook empanadas (dough and fillings from scratch) and Argentinian pancakes in a local's home. Experience the culture and culinary traditions.
Taste mate, alfajores, and malbec red wine.
Tue to Fri, start at 10am or 3pm (4h 30min)

Open group - small groups guaranteed.


  • The experience with Shirly was a delight. She has a huge lot of knowledge about the people and the food culture of Argentina. Shirly is a natural host, but she goes out of the way to make her home a welcoming, comfortable space, definitely suited to the task at hand - cooking! I highly recommend this experience with Shirly.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking This class with Shirly was definitely a trip highlight for me and my boyfriend! Shirly is so sweet and so easy to talk to. We had a great time not only learning from her — we made two types of empanadas and dulce de leche pancakes — but also chatting with her about Argentinian culture. We also shared a bottle of wine and a cheese plate while we waited for the dough to set in the fridge. And had mate with alfajores when we first walked in! Perfection.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking A cooking class with Shir is something you will never forget... learned so much about Argentina and the cuisine. But more impressive and unforgettable is Shir and what a fun and wonderful person she is. The class in her beautiful apartment is an experience of a lifetime. She is an outstanding teacher and blends everything you do with an explanation of the history and customs of what you're drinking and cooking. If you want to learn about cooking in Buenos Aires and have an amazing evening with a fun and interesting person, go to this class.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking An amazing time. First time doing something like this and I'm very glad I did it. It was quite an experience and very educational on a lot of things. Great start to your trip as Shirly can help you find some local things to do in Buenos Airies.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking We chose this class because it included making the dough and because reviews sounded like it is well done. It did not disappoint!!! It was fun, interactive, well-structured, instructional, and we all got the chance to practice each step. We even got help learning how to practice pancake-flipping skills! In addition, sitting around the table consuming the empanadas we made was an opportunity to have a conversation that covered all kinds of topics about Argentina! Shirly, thank you so much!
  • 5 Argentina Cooking As with any vacation, a good amount of time was spent looking up “cooking classes in Buenos Aires” before arrival. Really good reviews for Shirly so decided to go with her. What a wonderful experience! She was so warm and friendly. The cooking experience was relaxed and fun. The empanadas that we made were delicious. She really made it seem like a visit to an old friend’s home. Would STRONGLY recommend this to my friends and family visiting BA.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking Argentina Cooking with Shirly was phenomenal. The day was filled with lessons in authentic cooking to Argentinian culture to local hidden gems, all delivered with extreme warmth and enthusiasm. We made various empanadas and warm pancakes with artisanal dulce de leche. Shirly and her partner made us feel so welcome and comfortable in their lovely home. It was an experience which my entire family will cherish for many years. I give it a 10/10!
Shirly - Argentina Cooking


I’m a passionate teacher and food enthusiast, I love both eating and cooking great food and I enjoy traveling, learning new things and meeting new people.

I think getting a grasp on traditional cuisine is a unique way to get to know the history and the culture of a place and its people. I want you to have an experience that is fun and where you can learn about Argentine's customs from a local's point of view.

My work experience is in the education field, I have a degree in Social Communication and I’m a professor. I’ve decided to combine my love for teaching and cooking by making my kitchen the classroom. Ever since I was little I loved watching grownups cook, that’s why most of the recipes I’ll teach you I learnt from my parents and my grandma. I invite you into my home to share a delicious and typical Argentinian meal.

~ Shir

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Cooking Class & Historical Market

Argentina Cooking

We'll We'll start by visiting the Market of Progress, a 130-year old historic gastronomic market, where we'll pick fresh and organic ingredients for our meal, and try Argentinian treats. After that, we’ll make a brief stop in the English District to contemplate its architecture, and finally we will arrive at my home for the cooking class.

Once at home, you will taste and learn the rituals surrounding our famous hot beverage "mate", together with alfajores. Then we’ll start off with the cooking class: you'll make meat and corn empanadas, both the dough and the fillings from scratch. We'll make a short break where you'll get to try a typical picada, consisting of a salami and cheese platter. Then you'll learn how to make (and flip!) Argentine style dulce de leche pancakes, which we'll enjoy for dessert.

Finally, once we've finished with the cooking, we’ll sit around the table to enjoy the meal you’ve made, paired with Argentinian red wine and great conversation.

I'll accompany you on each and every step of the way, showing you the proper techniques and explaining a little bit of the history of the dishes and the different culinary traditions in the country. A fully hands-on experience!

What's included
Mate & AlfajoresSalami and cheese PicadaMeat and corn EmpanadasDulce de leche PancakesMalbec red wineBottled waterCoffee/TeaCookware
What to bring
✓ Desire to get your hands dirty
✓ Empty stomach
✓ Be ready to enjoy yourself

Additional information
✓ The class is limited to 5 people, so it’s always a small group.
✓ For private classes I may be able to accommodate more than 5 people, please ask me using the booking form.

Meeting point
Av. Rivadavia & Cachimayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
You can easily get here by metro (line A or E), bus, or Uber/Taxi.

Price - Full Experience
1 person: US$ 802-5 people: U$S 70 eachPremium: U$S 280, up to 4 people. Additional people at U$$ 70 each.
The Premium experience includes the option to customize the menu and custom date/time. Weekends are available on demand with an additional 25% fee.

Price - Cooking Class Only (no market tour)
1 person: US$ 702-5 people: U$S 60 eachPrivate: U$S 240, up to 4 people. Additional people at U$$ 60 each.

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Note: Because of the COVID-19, all classes are suspended at the moment. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience!

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~ Shir