If you’re just looking to rest your feet, stop at a café. (And don’t worry, you can still order sandwiches de miga, and they’ll even toast them for you!) While the best bakeries rarely have seating, cafés invite you to stay for hours, no matter how many hungry porteños are eyeing your table. Argentines will never rush you out of a café—but that also means you can’t complain when your café con leche takes 15 minutes to arrive at your table. Relax! You’re an Argentine now.
Stacks of fashion magazines invite shoppers to pause for a break in this prim and proper tea-time café in Palermo (whose name means “the last kiss”). more >Nicaragua 4880 at Thames, in Palermo, 54-11-4832-7711. It’s pricey—high tea will cost about AR$25 per person—so just stop by for a drink and cookie. A meal will put you out AR$70. Official site > Guía Óleo reviews > Check out Concierge.com’s 40-second video slideshow > Google Maps >
You might take a look at the outside and cringe. It’s dirty, the service is notoriously horrendous and it will always be that way. Just go in… more >Corrientes 1453 at Uruguay, in Microcentro, 54-11-4371-3846. Cash only. You’ll spend around AR$20. Guía Óleo reviews > A blog post I did for Condé Nast Traveler on chocolate con churros here > Google Maps >
I want to say this place is overrated because of all the tourists and tango shows, but I can’t. Besides the history it has (comedians, politicians like Juan B. Justo, and famous tango dancers… more >Rivadavia 2100 at Rincón, in Microcentro, 54-11-4952-2320. Cards accepted. Expect to spend AR$30. Official site > Guía Óleo reviews > A blog post I did for Condé Nast Traveler on chocolate con churros here > Google Maps >
This touristy spot actually is overrated. It offers the same items as Café de Los Angelitos, but at a higher price and lower quality. Yes, like Café de Los Angelitos, it has a lot of history… more >Av. de Mayo 825 at Uruguay, in Microcentro, 54-11-4342-4328. Cards accepted. You’ll spend AR$55. Official site > Guía Óleo reviews > A blog post I did for Condé Nast Traveler on chocolate con churros here > Wikipedia explains Café Tortoni’s history > Google Maps >
This café may seem a little cheesy, but only in the best way. Among its accolades: It’s been named a Sitio de Interés Cultural (Site of Cultural Interest or Importance) by the… more >Av. Callao 892 at Paraguay, in Recoleta, 54-11-4812-8707. Credit cards accepted. Take note: It closes at 3 p.m.
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Order any smoothie on the menu and you will be so happy you will wonder why you have a flight back to the U.S. Tolón rarely gets crowded, probably because it’s not a traditional Argentinean café. more >Av. Santa Fe 3200 at Coronel Diaz, in Palermo, 54-11-4822-6134. Sorry, no official site or Guía Óleo!
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