charming cafés to watch life go by in Buenos Aires

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Pani

Viamonte 501, City Center

Eccentric and urban, it’s an alternative to the touristy spots in the central region. The menu offers several types of coffee and creative sweets. The colorful décor adds charm to the locale. Pani also has affiliates in Recoleta, Palermo Viejo and Palermo Hollywood.

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Croque Madame

Avenida del Libertador 1.902, Palermo

The nicest location of this café is located in the gardens of the Museo de Arte Decorativo, with outdoor tables as well as tables inside the large neoclassic halls. In the best Parisian style, it features an intimate and pleasant atmosphere.

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Decata

Honduras 6.100, Palermo

Its terrace is one of the reasons it’s so popular among residents. While customers enjoy their orders on the top floor, the ground floor is always crowded with people who come for their excellent cakes and sweets.

 

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Café Tortoni

Avenida de Mayo 825, Montserrat

Extremely traditional, Tortoni is one of the oldest cafés in the city, with elements from the original décor that give it the atmosphere of a European cafeteria from the 1920s. Try the churros and medialunas with a cappuccino.

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Lobo Café

Pierina Dealessi 1.330, Puerto Madero

The high point of this experience is sitting by the banks of the Río de la Plata. The house offers everything from espressos to variations of cappuccinos with rum and whisky. The menu changes each season: it features refreshing beverages and light snacks in the summer and coffee made from special beans in the winter.

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Cafe Crespin

Calle Vera 699, Villa Crespo

A haven in the midst of the crowded outlets in Villa Crespo, this café is famous for serving generous brunches every day of the week. The menu combines Spanish, American, and, of course, Argentine recipes.

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El Banderín

Guarda Vieja 3601, Almagro

It’s here that coffee and soccer fans get together. Opened in 1929, the house is decorated with pennants from teams around the world. The walls are covered with pictures of important players and championships.