Ashlei Rodgers shares her favorite porteño brunch spots for the budget-conscious.
Oh, the marvels of waking up on a Sunday morning after a late night of partying and having both breakfast and lunch at the same time. Al final Buenos Aires has finally gotten the memo that BRUNCH (breakfast + lunch) is AMAZING. In the past few years restaurants in BA have started serving American-style brunch with all the fixins including pancakes, waffles, French toast served with hot maple syrup (a delicious condiment that is hard to find in most grocery stores in BA). Not to mention, eggs served whichever way your foodie heart desires (frito, revuelto, poached, boiled, omelet) and of course some deliciously crispy bacon. Just writing this blog post is making my mouth water. As a gift from me to you, here is a list of the top 5 brunch spots in Buenos Aires. You can thank me later.
1. Café Crespin
I like to consider this place a little hidden gem in Villa Crespo. It’s not fancy on the inside but what it lacks in décor, it definitely makes up in the food. There are tons of options, large portion sizes and if you go with friends there is something for everyone. I personally enjoyed the French toast. The bread tasted like it was fresh out of the oven, which is hard to say for a lot of restaurants. The staff is friendly and they don’t give off the vibe that you need to hurry up and eat because others are waiting for the table. I guarantee your first visit will not be your last. (Calle Vera, 699, Villa Crespo
2. Oui Oui
This is a super cute café in Palermo Hollywood. Let’s just say their food is so good that they had to build another location half a block away to meet the demand. The menu is affordable and brunch is served every day! Yes you read that correctly EVERY DAY you can order your brunch favorites until 8pm at night. So if you have a random craving for mouth-watering bacon with pancakes on a Wednesday afternoon, you must come here. The décor of both locations is charming with a shabby/chic Parisian theme. The coffee is delicious and pairs perfectly with their scrumptious baked goods that are prepared fresh every morning. Here is some cheap advice, if you go after 7pm you can snag some fresh muffins, croissants, cookies, pan au chocolat for 50% off. Which is perfect for a budget-conscious foodie like myself. Nicaragua 6068, Palermo Hollywood.
This little NYC-styled café is known for its incredible selection of fresh baked breads. If you love a great Lox Bagel this is your place. There is a special brunch menu on the weekends and the menu offers little bit of everything. I highly suggest getting there early for brunch because the wait can be agonizing, especially if you are starving. Serrano 789, Villa Crespo
Here’s a little history fact, Olsen is one of the first restaurants in Buenos Aires to serve brunch. Although on the pricey side you can mix and match you brunch options however you like. There are over 64 different brunch combinations and a plethora of brunch-friendly mixed drinks (i.e. bloody Mary, mimosas etc.). The place has a clean modern feel with a clientele mix of expats, Argentine hipsters and trendy foodies. The service is a little on the slow side but if you have nothing but time on your hands, it’s not a bad place to do brunch. So if have some extra spending change and want to eat a fancy brunch with tons of options, you should eat here. Gorriti 5870, Palermo Soho.
This is a great place with a chic atmosphere. If you want to have brunch with friends on an incredible rooftop terrace or just take advantage of the strong WIFI while eating solo this is your place. The brunch menu isn’t extensive or cheap but what’s on the menu is good and the portion sizes are large. Also the coffee is strong and the pastries are worth every calorie. Honduras 6100, Palermo Hollywood.
Ashlei Rodgers is a jetsetter, blogger, public health enthusiast, fashionista and so much more. Although she is originally from Houston, Texas, she has lived in different cities all over the world. She is currently residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she is blogging about her international travels and her passion for public health. Checkout her blog, Where’s Ashlei? in June to get a sneak peek into the world of a jetsetter.