Four of our favourite Cafés and Panaderías in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has a vibrant café culture; as well as being great places to sit and soak in porteño life, many of these cafés and panaderías are part of the city´s cultural heritage. Here is our pick of some of the best spots to grab a delicious cup of coffee and a medialuna.
Las Violetas on Avenida Rivadavia retains its old world charm with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows and elegantly attired waiters. When the Café was opened in 1884, even the Argentinian President at the time was in attendance! It is also the birthplace of the famous Leguisamo cake (not for any non-pudding fans), which consists of a biscuit dough base, dulce de leche, meringue, marron glace, almond cream and puff pastry, with chocolate and fondant icing!
Although not strictly a quintissential Argentine Café, Ninina bakery in Palermo definitely deserves a mention. Technically more of a boulangerie than a panadería, Ninina serves delicious coffee and exquisite cakes in sleek, rustic surroundings. Ninina is not only for those with a sweet tooth though. The café serves scrummy homemade salads, soup, sandwiches and more throughout the day and into the night. Plus, the fresh juices and mint lemonade are seriously refreshing.
Nestled within the hustle and bustle of San Telmo market, Café Town is the perfect sanctuary for coffee lovers, or, in fact anyone wanting to rest their weary legs. Professional baristas whip up cafes with beans from all over the world (Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico, the list goes on…) accompanied by to-die-for chocolate chip cookies and medialunas. A fantastic place to perch and watch the goings on of a Buenos Aires market.
Although Café Tortoni was the feature of one of our recent blogs, a list of Buenos Aires´s cafes cannot be completed without its inclusion. Famous faces of Argentina´s past line the walls of this palatial building, casting a watchful eye over sleek waiters dressed in black tie who whisk cortados from one table to another.