3 Foods Most Locals Love to Have With a Mate Drink in Argentina

When we think of the mate drink in Argentina, lots of words come to mind: la bombilla, la pava, el termo, la ronda, el cebador…

All these words are related to “el mate,” South America’s most popular drink. In a previous blog post, we discussed 11 crucial words to have fluent conversations with your mate-drinking friends! 

Today we’re going to focus on the delicious treats that pair perfectly well with mate. 

The Perfect Pairings for a Mate Drink

Mate con Facturas

Facturas are a staple in Argentinian culture, especially when it comes to enjoying them alongside mate drink in Argentina. 

These delectable pastries come in various shapes and flavors, ranging from sugary medialunas to flaky puff pastries filled with dulce de leche. We usually order them by the dozen or half a dozen. 

Dame una docena de facturas, por favor.

The light sweetness of facturas balances the bitterness of mate, creating a delightful contrast of flavors that locals adore.

Bizcochitos (Mis favoritos)

Another beloved accompaniment to mate is bizcochitos, traditional Argentinian biscuits that are often enjoyed during mate gatherings. 

These buttery, crumbly cookies are dry and savory. Their simplicity enhances the mate-drinking experience, allowing the rich flavors of the beverage to shine through.

The most famous bizcochitos in Argentina come in a sealed package from the brands Don Satur or 9 de oro. However, you can also get bizcochitos at a bakery.

Pizza Fría con Matecitos

Even though mate and pizza sounds like a strange combination, I hear more and more Argentines say they absolutely love it. Argentinians have a unique way of enjoying pizza alongside their mate. The best pizza for mate is cold pizza or, as we call it, “pizza fría.”

The savory flavors of a delicious cold pizza complement the herbal notes of mate, making it a preferred snack among some locals.

Mates con pizza fría: ¿va o no va?


In Argentina, sharing mate with friends and family is not just a daily ritual but a cherished tradition that fosters social connections and strengthens bonds. 

Whether enjoying a leisurely afternoon in the park or gathering around the kitchen table, the combination of mate and these delicious foods creates memorable moments filled with warmth and camaraderie. 

So, the next time you find yourself sipping mate, consider indulging in these Argentinean treats for an authentic and satisfying experience!

¿Cuáles son tus acompañamientos de mate preferidos?  Dejame un comentario abajo. 

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