Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Cafe Culture

What’s Buenos Aires’ cafe culture like? Let’s just say lingering over a café con leche and a medialuna (a mini-croissant, for the uninitiated), while people-watching, chatting with friends or reading the newspaper is a daily, civilized ritual for most Porteños, or Buenos Aires locals. But sumptuous pastries and strong coffee are the tip of the menu iceberg for many of the famed capital’s cafes. From iconic, 100-year-old venues to trendy, hipster hangouts, Buenos Aires cafes offer inventive and traditional menus to delight all manner of cafe cravings.

Valerie Conners

Oui Oui

It's inevitable that diners fall madly in love with French-style Oui Oui. The cafe's charm factor is off the charts: hand-scrawled menus on blackboards, whitewashed brick walls, pink picnic-style tables and chairs, and pitchers of lemonade with fresh mint. Enjoy fresh-baked baguettes, gooey pain au chocolates and brunch favorites like poached eggs with salmon.
Oui Oui

Nicaragua 6068, Palermo, Buenos Aires (Another location at 6099)

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Pani Cafe


You'll feel like a kid in a frilly candy shop upon entering Pani. This tiny cafe delights diners with displays of decadent desserts, wrought-iron decor, striped wallpaper and all kinds of colorful bric-a-brac that line the walls. Join the trendy crowd here and order a monstrous cinnamon roll or a savory Club Waffle: smoked ham, fried egg, cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado on a waffle. Yowza.

Nicaragua 6044, Palermo, Buenos Aires

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Las Violetas

A Buenos Aires institution for more than 125 years, Las Violetas is a must-visit, but better come early; lines form well before the cafe's opening hour, as locals and tourists vie for a marble-topped table. Diners are treated to a breathtaking, curved stained-glass portico, gilded columns and servers donning white jackets. Arrive at tea time and order the María Cala, a platter overflowing with cakes, sandwiches and pastries, as well as fresh juice and tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
Las Violetas

Avenida Rivadavia 3899, Buenos Aires

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About the Author

Valerie Conners is a freelance writer, editor and producer who has worked with the Travel Channel for more than 14 years, specializing in travel topics including the world's best beaches, outdoor travel and romantic getaways. Her work also appears in many online and print publications including, Aol Travel, Discovery Channel, World Hum, Frommer's Travel Guides, the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer. She's happiest when eating spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets. She blogs about her travels at PassengerConners.com.

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