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Buenos Aires: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

Here’s a nook once loved by Jorge Luis Borges. Over there, a table favored by tango singer Carlos Gardel. At Café Tortoni (breakfast for two $22) your café con crema comes surrounded by history. Order the tostado especial Tortoni, the world’s biggest yet lightest grilled cheese, ham, and tomato sandwich. After hitting the Palermo Soho boutiques, recharge with a frothy concoction (grapefruit-lemongrass-spirulina, perhaps) at the new juice bar bBlue (snacks for two $12), adored by the neighborhood’s skinny-jeans brigade for its cozy patio and yogurt muffins loaded with blueberries from the owners’ farm. For lunch drop by Paraje Arévalo (lunch for two $40), Palermo’s new hidden gem, helmed by a pair of young chefs whose résumés include stints at such avant-garde temples as Fat Duck and Mugaritz. The daily-changing blackboard lunch menus are breezy affairs, featuring decadent risottos of the day and locavore salads. The sandwiches are artful—try the olive focaccia with arugula and smoky jamón. A postprandial gelato break? The sleek Un’Altra Volta (dessert for two $12) obliges with more than 60 flavors—try the sambayón granizado dotted with chocolate or the wicked dulce de leche—hidden inside stainless-steel canisters. —Anya von Bremzen

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