Classic never goes out of style. This also applies for cafes in Buenos Aires that are respected and visited by many generations of Porteños. But really, why do Porteños love cafés so much? Perhaps because these are the places where they meet with people they love, where they have met a significant other, where they watch the match of the football team they are crazy about and where they have spent time laughing, studying and nourishing their spirit with unforgettable conversations and people.
Porteños have adopted cafes as their second home, a sort of living room. Understanding a little better now? Good, here are three special cafes in Buenos Aires loved by locals.
Varela Varelita – Scalabrini Ortiz y Paraguay (Palermo Soho)
This café is a blast from the past. Purchase your ticket in time to the way our grandparents used to meet and pass the time: playing chess, reading the newspaper, drinking coffee and chatting away. This is one of few corners in Palermo that hasn’t gone out of style for more than 50 years. Old men and women find this cafe to be a shelter, a place to feel like home, a place where years don’t go by, where Buenos Aires stays the same. This earnest and historical café is a must-go for a visitor who wants to feel the city at its core.
La Giralda – Corrientes 1453 (San Nicolas)
A nice walk down Corrientes Avenue would not be complete without trying a cup of hot chocolate and churros stuffed with dulce de leche at La Giralda. This is a classic café – modest yet elegant — on Corrientes Avenue from the ‘30s where you can feel the spirit of a matured Buenos Aires. Everything is original, and funny neon lights announcing the chocolates with churros welcomes you. This is a very special treat for winter; however, it’s still an enjoyable visit anytime of the year.
Las Violetas – Rivadavia 3899 (Almagro)
This is one of the very traditional and elegant cafes in Buenos Aires located on the avenue that crosses the entire city: Rivadavia Avenue. This café is a busy meeting point for old ladies that love getting together on Saturdays afternoons. They even line up just to gather around the fancy tables inside this beautiful building. Between Italian marble, French vitraux and breathtaking ceilings and columns, they share coffee, tea and pastries with friends. This café was recently restored to display the brightness and splendor from the days it was inaugurated back in 1920.
Written by Florencia Migliorisi