Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Buenos Aires' 10 Best Cafes

Whether by yourself or with a group, Buenos Aires’ cafes are good places to just relax and soak up some of the local culture. Try ordering some medialunas in the morning or a glass of red wine at night.

Cafes in Buenos Aires most often resemble those found in Southern European countries. They are open non-stop throughout the day, serving pastries and coffee in the morning, light lunches in the early afternoon, snacks and sweet things in the late afternoon, and (unlike the Starbucks locations now popping up everywhere) dinner and drinks in the evening.

For a journey back in time, discover historic Buenos Aires cafés like Las Violetas, a grand teatime favorite; Cafe Tortoni, the city’s oldest cafe; and Cafe La Poesia, a slice of San Telmo’s more bohemian culture.

If good coffee in Buenos Aires is what you’re after, try the small and modern Birkin Coffee Bar, but if tea is more your cup of well, you know, head to the bright Tea Connection chain. Then if you like your cafe experience on the sweeter side of things, check out the flaky French pastries at Cocu or the decadent cakes at Decata. Or read on to discover more recommendations for the best cafes in Buenos Aires.   

Casual but upmarket, Tiendas Naturales is an organic cafe and restaurant located in the Palermo neighborhood. Tiendas Naturales is open throughout the day (in fact, every day from 8 am to midnight) and serves baked goods, sandwiches, salads,...  Read More

Located in Palermo adjacent Villa Crespo, Malvon is a great cafe and coffee house with a New York meets Buenos Aires vibe. The large bakery case inevitably holds your attention as you walk in the door with its mix of fresh croissants, scones,...  Read More


This bakery and cafe serves exquisite French-style pastries and breads as well as sandwiches, salads and quiches in a casual dining environment. Prices are in the mid-range for the neighborhood. Cocu's menu is written in white on a large black...  Read More

Located on the corner across the street from Buenos Aires' Botanical Gardens, the traditional Argentine style Cafe del Botanico makes for a great breakfast stop before or after visiting the gardens. While the cafe-restaurant is open all day,...  Read More

Birkin Coffee Bar is a good place to get your caffeine fix in Palermo Botanico. While how you like your coffee can be highly personal, many rate Birkin's coffee as among the neighborhood's best. (Their lattes also often sport frothy hearts on...  Read More

This might be on every tourist's "must see" list, but that's no reason to take it off yours. This grande dame of the BA café scene is as splendid as ever and a great reason to stroll up the city's most prestigious street, Avenida de Mayo....  Read More


Temptation lives on at Decata. The wide selection of cakes, pies and cheesecakes in the deli case is a sight to behold, and when you succumb, the slices are generous. Otherwise, this is a cool cafe located across the street from the Dorrego...  Read More

If you enjoy tea, you will feel right at home at Tea Connection. The emphasis is on tea and relatively natural foods served in a pretty, relaxed setting. Choose from a variety of tea types and blends. Pots of loose-leaf tea come with a small...  Read More

Cafe La Poesia is not fancy, but it is seriously charming and has lots of personality. This place pays homage to its predecessor – a gathering place for local Argentine writers and musicians after the military dictatorship – with a decor...  Read More

A grand slice of old Buenos Aires, Las Violetas is a beautiful and historic place to have breakfast or tea and cake. Opened in 1884 and remodeled a couple of times since then, the cafe and confiteria is a vision of Italian marble, stained glass...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah

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