Going out for a weekend brunch is a longtime tradition in many parts of the world, but here in Buenos Aires restaurants have just started offering brunch in the past few years. While a lot of restaurants now offer brunch in Buenos Aires, in my trials you really have to know where to go since most under-deliver on expectations and really only offer normal Argentine café fare such as toast, medialunas and coffee, not the traditional brunch dishes I’m used to like eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes, etc. Here are some of our go-to brunch spots in Buenos Aires that we always recommend to our food tour clients:
Café Crespin – Located in Villa Crespo, this corner brunch spot is great. The space is very cheerful and reminds you of a diner in New York. The service is usually attentive and buena onda. They offer several classic brunch foods such as egg sandwiches, pancakes, french toast, as well as one of the only cinnamon rolls in BA. Another plus of Café Crespin is that it usually doesn’t have an enormous wait like some brunch restaurants.
Oui Oui – One of the first restaurants in Buenos Aires to offer brunch, Oui Oui is a classic at this point. While it would be hard to say the food is outstanding, its Palermo Hollywood location is ideal, service is quick, and the mix of hipsters, young Argentine celebrities, and foreigners recounting their first boliche experience keeps things interesting. The long wait can get a little out of hand if you don’t arrive before 1 pm.
Farinelli – Located in the Retiro neighborhood, Farinelli is a welcome newcomer to the brunch scene in Buenos Aires. Their menu is made up of a combination of brunch classics: eggs, french toast, pancakes and bacon, and also some more lunch-like foods such as a cheeseburger, club sandwich, and salads. Cocktails, including an amazing Bloody Mary are prepared by the outstanding bar next door, Florería Atlántico.
Other honorable mentions:
Olsen – Beautiful space and garden, so so food and service
Malvon – Now with locations in Palermo Botanico and Villa Crespo. Good breads and coffee.
Panaderia de Pablo – Convenient if you’re going to the San Telmo Street Market.