Being a lover of coffee and sweet treats, the copious amounts of cafés here in Buenos Aires are something I truly love. Aside from the obvious love for bife de chorizo (sirloin steak) and vino tinto (red wine), Buenos Aires prides itself on its delicious facturas (pastries) and treats in the countless number of cafeterías, and a wide range of coffees (here’s how to order the coffee you want) and tea to help wash them down. Just within the first 2 months of my stay in this city, I have already visited quite a fair amount of cafés from traditional to modern contemporary ones, and I would like to share with you a few of my favourite finds in the popular Palermo Soho area:
Cocu (Malabia 1510. www.boulangeriecocu.com)
Cocu is the perfect place to go for breakfast or the very European tradition of ‘brunch’. It is a French restaurant, French owned, French themed and proud owners of the best French baguettes and croissants in the city! The restaurant interior is decorated in an authentic French style so you really could be sipping on a mocha in Paris! Explore Cocu to bring back some European favourites into your day. As Cocu is right around the corner from where I live I love to come here for a post-work latte or to catch up with friends at the weekend whilst indulging on one of their finest quiches, the salmón y espinacas (salmon and spinach) is a must try.
Ninina (Gorriti 4738. www.ninina.com)
Another Palermo Soho gem, Ninina prides itself on offering fresh, organic food and drink from delicious smoothies to creamy lattes, there is something for everyone. The endless displays of home-made desserts and cakes make it incredibly hard to resist something extremely comforting to go alongside your cappuccino, fresh salad or even soup! The unique design of this spacious café allows you to see the exposed kitchen in all its glory through a large glass window. You will get a real insight as to what goes on behind the scenes. Ninina may be slightly more expensive than other options but you will definitely get what you pay for with very generous portions. If you are looking for traditional authentice empanadas or facturas, this is not your place, but if you’re looking for fresh, organic food with a quirky twist then look no further, for sure to give it a visit.
Café Lattente (Thames 1891. www.cafelattente.com)
This cafe might just take first prize in the best coffee I have had in Buenos Aires so far. The chill out atmosphere means it’s great for a quick pick-me-up and a perch on one of their bar stools whilst you watch the world go by. Not only is the coffee in Lattente to die for, I am yet to mention that they sell nutella medialunas (the ‘half-moon’ croissant-like Argentine pastry)! If you weren’t tempted before hearing that I am sure you will be now. To best experience this café, I would recommend going on a Saturday early afternoon to be sure not to miss the Cannoli of Palermo “food bike” outside (indulge on an Italian pastry alongside your coffee), or on a Sunday to catch the equally delicious Sheikbob’s Bagels (tempted yet?). Visit their website to find out just exactly when and where you need to be to enjoy this for yourself.
La Panera Rosa (Borges 1685. www.facebook.com/panerarosa)
Decorated in pink from head-to-toe this cute café easily lures you in, and with good reason. During my first week in Buenos Aires I was, admittedly, drawn to La Panera Rosa by its charming decor and with almost every seat taken I thought that can only be a good thing. I can definitely say it did not disappoint. The worst thing about my visit here was having to choose between the nutella crepe, or the cake featuring meringue, oreo cookies, dulce de leche and cream, the latter won me over and I can safely say I never looked back.
Libros del Pasaje (Thames 1762. www.librosdelpasaje.com.ar)
This café features its very own library, or is it a library that features its own café!? Either way you are spoilt for choice with plenty of books and plenty of tasty treats to sip with your coffee. After settling down to drink a cappuccino and making the tough decision of cookie over cheesecake, all I wanted was one of the libros (books) to get stuck into. There is something very refreshing about enjoying an afternoon tea surrounded by students studying and booklovers uniting to share their passion for coffee and books! If this wonderful combination has taken your fancy, this might just become your personal spot.
These are just a select few of the many cafés you will stumble across in Buenos Aires. I am hoping to venture out to more neighborhoods and to visit as many as possible by the end of my stay. If the rest are anywhere near as good as the ones I have experienced so far, I am definitely in for a treat (pun intended).