Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is a veritable paradise for coffee connoisseurs. The city abounds in cafes catering to all tastes. In fact, it is often said that life in this vibrant, bustling city would come to a grinding halt without caffeine. The residents of the city just can’t live without their usual morning café con leche. The cafes in the city mean much more to the people. Apart from relishing a cup of coffee, it’s a place where you can simply gossip with your friends, browse through the freebie newspapers, and take time off from your official chores in the afternoon and just relax.
Before we take a look at some of the best cafes in Buenos Aires, here are some of the etiquettes that you need to know. Remember that while you once enter in a café, you have plenty of leisure time to linger without anyone bothering you, as the cafés here have no waiters. The local Argentinians prefer to keep their coffee quite simple. Most of them like to drink it short, with ample quantity of sugar, and black. Recently, smoking has been banned in the city’s cafes and they are now treated as smoke-free zones.
Some of the best cafes that are a must visit in Buenos Aires include Florencio, Tea Connection, Las Violetas, La Nueva, Croque Madame, Ateneo Grand Splendid, Mark's Deli, Mama Racha and Oui Oui. An insight into some of these popular cafes is essential so that you may get a feel about them prior to your visit to this beautiful city.
Florencio is situated in Recoleta, opposite the iconic cemetery in Francisco de Vittorio neighborhood. It’s a cozy hideaway on the sloping, narrow streets of La Isla or The Island. This secluded and quiet café is a great favorite with the locals in the midst of bustling city.
Tea Connection is located in the spruced up Puerto Madero. Tea is not what Argentinians traditionally love to drink. However, this is an exclusive destination for all those who prefer a cup of tea. This is undoubtedly one of the best places for tea aficionados in the city offering a wide choice of more than two dozen kinds of tea. If you are passionate about tea, then this is surely a must visit place for you.
The Las Violetas has been into business ever since 1884. This café has continued to hold on to its old-time classic values despite the changing times. Earlier, the cafes used to have waiters dressed completely like perfect gentlemen, which have now disappeared from the barista scene. Las Violetas has however remained resolute and unyielding in its traditional values. You will be surprised to see elegantly attired waiters providing table service courteously. Unlike other cafes in the city you won’t find any Formica table tops or Wi-Fi hotspots. The stained glass windows and high ceilings still remind the visitors the café’s days of yore and timeless atmosphere.
The Croque Madame café is housed in a former ambassadorial residence gatehouse at Botanico, Av Libertador 1902. It is open until midnight and the visitors enjoy drinking their coffee and savor snacks in the tree-shaded courtyard. The Museum of Decorative Arts is situated nearby. This is the best spot for your evening snacks after the closing of the exhibition. A visit to this wonderful café shouldn’t be missed in any case.
Ateneo Grand Splendid
The Ateneo Grand Splendid café is housed in a former theater and is acknowledged as the Mecca of coffee-consuming book lovers in the city. It is a renowned coffee-bookstore in Buenos Aires, where you will see many book lovers just lingering here endlessly. The sight of paperbacks piling high in the auditoriums and waiters emerging from the wings for serving coffee to those seated on the stage is simply awesome.