Angela Merkel marked the conclusion of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday by visiting the Don Julio grill, a famous local steakhouse known for its authentic Argentinian cuisine.
Social media users captured Merkel posing for a photograph with the restaurant's chefs, and walking out into the street to a cheering crowd of onlookers shouting "Angela! Angela!" something Die Welt pointed out isn't too common any more in many places in her native Germany.
To the surprise of patrons, the restaurant remained open during Merkel's visit, with people able to approach the grill's windows to try to get a peek at the high-profile guest.
[Ahora]— Un Hombre Alado…✈🏁 (@Vbluesciudadano) 2 декабря 2018 г.
La Sra canciller, Angela Merkel y su comitiva #G20Argentina
en local de gastronomía "Don Julio"
Lo dije: noche hermosa, fresca, apacible.
Esto aún no termino 😉👌🏽#G20Summit2018
Cc @herlombardi @MinSeg @PFAOficial pic.twitter.com/XozahSzXZX
Earlier, Twitter users posted pictures of Merkel boarding an ordinary Iberian Airlines Madrid-Buenos Aires flight as she flew to the G20 summit.
Merkel and her entourage took the train to Spain from Germany after a "serious malfunction" grounded her government plane in Cologne, prompting her to take a bus to Bonn, where she spent the night in a hotel.
The close call prompted Merkel to arrive late at the summit, and gave her the opportunity to let off some steam in Buenos Aires. Due to her late arrival and her replacement plane pilots' need to rest before the trip back to Germany, Merkel had an extra half-day in the Argentinian capital Saturday afternoon and evening. Along with the restaurant visit, Merkel went for a walk in the city's posh Recoleta district, and visited a local church.