Named after a famous Parisian bar, the Buenos Aires version of Bar du March� is a small but exceedingly charming French-style restaurant. Open all day and specializing in wine and cheese, Bar du March� is as good an excuse as any to while away the afternoon over a great bottle of wine and some fantastic food. If you don't feel like a full meal (even though their multi-course meals are quite excellent), try their cheese and charcuterie plates. When the weather is nice, you can sit at one of the French-style caf� tables outside. Bar du March� also does a nice brunch.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Bar du Marché is an elegant yet relaxed place for fantastic food.
Sarah's expert tip: Though Bar du March� is a great stop for refined French food in Buenos Aires, you'll also find another great refined cuisine here, as it inexplicably has a sushi bar upstairs.
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, wraps, hamburgers and pastas, in addition to teas, juices, smoothies and cocktails. Bring your smartphone or laptop to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. You have your choice of different types of tables inside, or the cafe tables for two outside. Otherwise, you can order fresh bread and pastries to go, or have them delivered, and go explore one of the nearby parks.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Tiendas Naturales is an organic and relaxed place for breakfast.
Sarah's expert tip: The food at Tiendas Naturales is organic and doesn't contain preservatives, but unfortunately, that doesn't mean it doesn't have calories! The smoothies are particularly good.
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 chalkboard that rises high above the counter and the tempting vision of freshly baked breads and desserts. Here self-service is the word. You order and pay at the counter, and then you can seat yourself where you like. The furniture in the main dining room is simple, almost rustic, but still chic. When the weather is nice, try to snag one of the few tables outside. Free WiFi.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Cocu has delicious pastries and a casual atmosphere for a French-inspired breakfast.
Sarah's expert tip: You are bound to hear French speakers here. Brunch is available every day, but Cocu accepts cash only.
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 top.) For breakfast, the fresh pastries are a natural accompaniment, and then on Sundays, the hearty brunch is available all day. Birkin's decor leans toward simple but stylish with wooden chairs and white-topped tables. The small glass case holds an assortment of mouth-watering cakes, which arrive as generous slices if you can't resist the temptation. The set lunch is a good deal and includes a main dish, drink and dessert or coffee.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Birkin is known for its coffee and is a pleasant spot for breakfast.
Sarah's expert tip: When the weather is nice, the outdoor tables at Birkin or the other cafes lining the street are a pleasant place to dine and while away the afternoon.
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, rolls and other fresh pastries and breads. Once past that temptation, you will find two dining room areas and a pleasant garden patio. The decor is highly eclectic but welcoming. Malvon's breakfast and brunch items are the stars of the menu, but the cafe is open all day for savory lunch and dinner fare and cocktails as well.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Malvon makes tempting bakery items for breakfast and brunch.
Sarah's expert tip: Besides the Malvon in Villa Crespo, there is a second Malvon location on Lafinur street in Palermo. This is very close to the Evita Museum.
Vita is a charming, informal restaurant tucked a block away from the Plaza de Mayo. It provides respite if you need a break from BA's giant steaks and artery-clogging pizza. Vita focuses on healthier alternatives, like vegan, natural and organic foods, but that does not necessarily mean diet food. For breakfast Vita has freshly baked pastries and muffins as well as fresh squeezed juices and juice blends. For lunch you will find delicious but relatively healthier versions of stir-fry, pastas, pizzas, burgers and salads, but do leave room for cake. While primarily a restaurant, Vita also fancies itself a market, selling a small selection of natural and organic food products.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Vita is a great spot for a healthyish breakfast near the Plaza de Mayo.
Sarah's expert tip: Try their fantastic whole wheat medialunas, a healthier version of the traditional and everpresent Argentine pastry. If you want milk with your coffee or tea, they will offer you chestnut milk instead. It's not bad.
As one of the first brunch places in the city, the French-inspired cafe Oui Oui has a simple but successful formula: regularly serve up good, abundant brunches and delicious pastries. In fact, the breakfast and brunch specials are served all day long, among which the croissants and French toast are winners. Oui Oui does savory fare as well, like the daily set lunch. The cafe's main dining room is cozy and has a table at the back laid out with their scrumptious-looking wares. Go take a peek if you can't decide what to order from the menu. However, the pink tables out front are the best spots for brunch.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Oui Oui is "the" place in Buenos Aires for brunch.
Sarah's expert tip: Oui Oui does get full on the weekends. Have patience, come during the week or scope out the second location a half a block away.
Coffee Town caters to people who enjoy and know about coffee, offering a variety of specialty coffees and fair trade coffee blends from places like Guatemala, India and Ethiopia. However, Coffee Town is actually a small stall located inside the Mercado de San Telmo (an historic public market where you can buy a host of different things like spices, vegetables, meat, second-hand coats and antique signs). The pastries are good, but the set breakfasts are even better. You can eat at the pair of stools at the counter, the handful of tables surrounding the coffee bar or else take your drinks to go. The baristas are bilingual.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Coffee Town is the best place for coffee in San Telmo.
Sarah's expert tip: Coffee Town's main draw is the coffee, but tea lovers are not forgotten. They also sell some good loose leaf teas served in clear teapots.
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, breakfast is where it shines. Order a cup of coffee and a couple medialunas for a classic Buenos Aires breakfast. The take away counter with a separate entrance also does a brisk business in Argentine pastries. There you'll grab a basket with tongs, choose your pastries, hand them to one of the shop assistants to count and wrap, and then pay at the cashier.
Recommended for Breakfast because: For breakfast, Cafe del Botanico is a classic choice in the area.
Sarah's expert tip: For a beautiful breakfast picnic, order coffee and medialunas from Cafe del Botanico's take away counter and then settle in on one of the Botanical Garden's benches.
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 windows, columns, high ceilings and other classic details. In 1998, Las Violetas was named a Heritage Site. All of the tea specials involve hot drinks and platters abundantly filled with sandwiches, cakes and pastries, and are great for groups. Otherwise, opt for an a la carte slice of cake or pastry, such as the Leguisamo, named after the Argentine jockey who loved dulce de leche. This cake has a sponge cake base with dulce de leche, candied chestnuts, almond cream, meringue and flaky pastry covered in chocolate and fondant.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Las Violetas is an elegant old place for breakfast in Buenos Aires.
Sarah's expert tip: If you are looking for a gift or simply want something for later, pop into Las Violetas' adjoining pastry shop. There you can order whole cakes, gift baskets and other sweet treats to go.