La Embajada

Address: Santiago del Estero 88 – Monserrat

It is located in one of the most significant urban zones in the city, among the Barolo path, the domes, and the historic buildings along Avenida de Mayo; it is among the most traditional bars in the city. In addition, it is also a shop, with a very tempting offer for those who fall for Spanish cold cuts, such as ham, Catalan blood-sausage and “Butifarras” (a kind of sausage made from pork). The recommended product is the ham sandwich.
It remains closed on Sundays.

La Giralda

Address: Av. Corrientes 1453 – San Nicolás

This café, among the most traditional ones in the city, is located on the ground floor of a French style building; one of those that keep intact features of past times, among them the neon lights that combine with the original marble on the tables, and the customary aprons of the wait staff that harmonize with the old and classic glass sugar bowls. Likewise, its frame of decorative wooden details construct a unique appearance loaded with legends that can be perceived floating in the air.
It is highly recommendable to take a hot chocolate with “churros” (fried pastry) before or after the movie.

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La Perla

Address: Don Pedro de Mendoza 1899 – La Boca

Located in a strategic spot in La Boca, right where Caminito starts, this is an insurmountable resting place after the stroll. It is tinged with history. It was built around 1900 that housed a brothel on the ground floor.
The windows look out onto the Riachuelo and its shores, historically referred as where tango was born.
Their sizable breakfast is recommended here, or the “superpicadas” (many different things in them).
It opens seven days from 7am to 9 pm.

Bar La Perla
Bar La Perla

Bar La Perla
Bar La Perla

La Puerto Rico

Address: Alsina 420 – Monserrat

Its history starts in 1887, when it became the place of choice by the elite of philosophers and writers of those times.
The tables stand out for displaying the name of the café engraved in tin on their granite mosaic.
The host is a black manikin, in typical white clothes and an orange hat, that welcomes the guests from the glass window.

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Las Violetas

Address: Av. Rivadavia 3899 – Almagro

Among the places “rescued” from oblivion, it has an architectonic beauty that accounts for the luxury of Buenos Aires back when it opened in 1884. It preserves the original details, such as bronze wall lamps, the hand sculpted crystals, the impressive vitraux, the set of chairs and tables from Paris, and the old worship objects perfectly preserved.
It reopened offering all kind of pastries and sweets, like cakes, “masas” and “facturas” as well as delicious crumb sandwiches. They offer coffee and cappuccino at all times, and some quick lunches too. However, they get overcrowded at tea time due to the offer of delicacies to be shared with friends as if it were the English tea, when it is usual to have to line up for a table, especially on weekends.

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London City

Address: Av. de Mayo 599 – Monserrat

This café has a strategic location, and gets busy on weekdays during office hours. You can either choose to stop for an executive lunch, or for the breakfast or afternoon snack options. The typical is to take a break from work for a coffee.
It carries a myriad of stories with it, and it has a special role in our literature as one of the “stages” of the novel “Los Premios”, by Julio Cortazar.
It has been restored, even though it keeps details from the past, like the mirrors on the columns, the wood and the paintings, that reveal the past influence of the English customs and style.

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Petit Colón

Address: Libertad 505 – San Nicolás

This is an unavoidable place for the habitués of the Colon theater, either before or after the show. They generally meet in this traditional and beautiful bar; a classic among the classics, with wooden coating on the walls, collector’s pieces, and shiny marble-topped tables and bronze details. It is also frequented by law professionals.

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El Progreso

Address: Av. Montes de Oca 1700 – Barracas

This bar was inaugurated in 1911, and still keeps the art deco style on its frosted glass windows and its beautiful boisserie. It has a wooden screen that stands out as the division of the room in two, stressing the tradition of the “family room” half.

Florida Garden

Address: Florida 899 – Retiro

This is a traditional place on Florida street, which is part of the “Bares notables (literally “remarkable bars”, were considered so by law because of their close relation to the local culture) circuit of the city for its history and trajectory. As its motto says: the identity of a corner.
It has in its interior six columns covered in copper, creating a visual game in contrast to the ‘travertine’ marble wall with copper ornamentations, offering an imposing frame to the great stairs located in the center of the premises, whose steps are also laminated in copper.
At noon, an executive menu of international cuisine is offered, concentrating specially employees who work nearby. The tea service accompanied with homemade cakes is highly recommended during the evening, specially the brownie chocolate cake.
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La Biela

Address: Quintana 596 – Recoleta

Since it was inaugurated, in 1942, it has been a typical porteño café that symbolizes the generation of intellectuals and pop artists of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Its tradition remains on the most emblematic corner along the Recoleta stroll, and is still among the most frequented ones by the residents as well as tourists. The walls are decorated with pictures on car racing.
It has a section with tables and one with comfortable armchairs where the space allows for relaxed dialoguing, and a balcony that offers a marvelous view of the “del Pilar” church and the Recoleta Square. Coffee here is typical, even though it offers lunch and dinner, consisting of traditional gourmet porteño cuisine.
La Biela
La Biela