Fierro Loves Hollywood: Cafés

Café culture is a porteño trademark, and the many gorgeous traditional cafés that are scattered around the city are proof that locals have thrived on cafecitos and medialunas ever since BA´s founding days. During the last few years, a new type of café has sprung offering a wider variety of pastries inspired by French and North American cuisine. In Palermo, cafés pop up every day, offering from scrambled eggs and bacon for a potent way to start the day, to the more understated and local caffeine and sugar combinations.

Best Coffee

Café Montenegro serves Lavazza coffee, and many a foreigner chooses this lovely spot at the corner of Soler and Arevalo because quality java is a guarantee. Arévalo and Soler, Palermo Hollywood.  4040.3783.

The Italian style In Bocca al Lupo café offers top-notch coffee and also delicious sandwiches, nutella filled croissants, and all in a spacey luminous setting complete with an outdoor patio.  Bonpland 1965, Palermo. 4774-3692.

Yummy cakes and Palermitan cozy feel

There is an overwhelming amount of cafés in the Palermo area, and the type that features flowery streamers and rustic atmospheres are the most popular. The most renowned and for good reason are the pioneer Oui Oui, Voltaire (lovely lighting and outdoor seating), Porota (passion fruit muffins!), and Pani ( famous for its sweet potato jam cheesecake). Of course, there are many others and if there’s one you’ve found that missed the list, please share with us!

Bookworm Heaven

Sipping on coffee and reading is the perfect match and Eterna Cadencia, our favorite neighborhood bookstore has tapped into this and also has a gorgeous café with natural light coming in from the rooftop windows. Honduras 5574, Palermo. 4774-4100.

Traditional

For those who want a real porteño experience then stopping by El Bar del Gallego is a must. This corner café belongs to Don Emilio, who despite being offered millions for his prized location sticks to his guns and continues serving the local classics, as well as the bars specialty- a baguette with prociutto, cheese and butter. The bar will soon be moving to the opposite corner and so will be closed during the first fortnight of November. Bonpland 1703, Palermo Hollywood. 4771-1526.

We Recommend: Lunch at Cusic

Whether for breakfast, lunch or a satisfying afternoon pastry, Cusic is the place to go.  Welcoming and cozy, this hidden Palermo gem offers homemade cuisine inside a house converted into restaurant, which also has a lovely terrace-garden for the sunnier summer spring days. The food is varied, depending on the time of the day. Options include savory and sweet baked goods, yoghurt and fruits for breakfast (as well as homemade marmalade), delicious sandwiches and wraps, and other more elaborate dishes.

Cusic usually opens from Wednesday to Sunday during the day from 10am to 8pm; however, on Thursday´s, they host special dinners until 12pm in which customers pay what they believe the food was worth. If you´re in the Palermo area and are looking for a charming homey place to stop and enjoy carefully prepared food in a relaxing environment then this is the place for you.  El Salvador 6016, Palermo.

 

Dining Picks: Efímero Festín

Palermo is scattered with restaurants big and small, and the culinary options can be dizzying with so many bistros and auteur cuisine hotspots to pick from. One that stands out, for its impeccable quality of food, superb flavors and excellent prices is Efímero Festín, a small and intimate venue that serves carefully prepared dishes at the hand of its owners Carolina Lavecchia and Marcela Croccia. For lunch, their salads and sanwiches are just right, in the afternoon, their cakes are a treat for the sweet tooth, and at dinner, more elaborate concoctions with fresh ingredients satisfy the palate. Although the menu doesn’t feature extravagant combinations, those that are looking for a cozy, comfortable place offering quality, healthy options and perfectly prepared dishes will definitely feel they have found it. Uriarte 1411, Palermo. 4831-9867

5 O´Clock Tea in Buenos Aires

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L’Orangerie: The lavish Hotel Alvear restaurant is a Buenos Aires classic for fancy tartlets and tea served in china cups. Open in the afternoon from 4.30pm-7pm. Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta. 4808-2100

 

Las Violetas: An assortment of cakes, sweets and sandwiches are served in this stunning traditional teahouse in the Almagro neighborhood. Golden chandeliers, Italian marble floors, and stained glass windows decorate Las Violetas, a unique place to indulge your sweet tooth. Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto. 4958-7387

 

Chez Pauline: This French style teahouse has a unique variety of tea blends and French pastries. They also offer mate tastings with information about the history and legends related to this typical Argentine beverage, and tea tastings. Juncal 1695, Recoleta. 4816 9988

 

Nucha: Nucha’s enterprise began many years ago, when she decided to commercialize her cakes, first offering them door to door to cafe’s, then selling them from her garage to her neighbors and now, experimenting with baking techniques to satisfy the demands of their 8 tea houses around the city.

 

Croque Madame: Set in the stunning Museum of Decorative Art, this cafe and restaurant is a great place to stop for some baked goods and quality tea and coffee. The garden setting and the impressive architecture make for more than just a culinary experience.  Avenida del Libertador 1902 I T: (011) 4806-8639