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Café-Hopping in Buenos Aires

La Cupertina regulars at lunch.

Photo: Graciela Cattarossi

Buenos Aires might be synonymous with beef, but Porteños don’t live by steak alone. In a metropolis defined by the character of its neighborhoods, the best way to navigate the city—and soak up authentic barrio spirit—is through its cafés, bakeries, ice cream parlors, and pizzerias. Whether you crave juicy empanadas, flaky medialunas, or decadent dulce de leche gelato, here’s where to snack like an Argentine. Read the article

Themes: Food + Drink

Inspired by: Best Cafés in Buenos Aires — by Anya von Bremzen, Published Feb. 2010

Restaurants (6)

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    La Cupertina

    This tall, airy storefront in Palermo Viejo is presided over by the colorful Cecilia Hermann, who could have stepped out of a magical-realist novel

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    Florida Garden

    Stuck in a late-Modernist time warp amid the Microcentro bustle, this 60’s café is for certain media and politico types an office, living room, and

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    Filo

    The oak-fueled ovens at Filo churn out wispy, chewy marvels in a nineties-kitsch space steps from Calle Florida. Long-haired diners nibble on elega

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    Café des Arts

    The spare, sleek building, designed by three young Argentine architects, holds this airy, glass-walled café—open at night Thursdays through Saturda

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    Las Violetas

    The 1998 shuttering of this 124-year-old café caused such an uproar that within six weeks the city legislature gave it historic protection to save

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    El San Juanino

    Tucked away in Recoleta, this rustic nook with red leatherette booths is home to the town’s best empanadas. Flash-baked to order, the pastries arri

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    Un Altra Volta

    Evoking the laboratory-style new wave Italian gelateria, this high-design mini-chain keeps it cool with 65 intensely flavored creations under gleam

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