Buenos Aires is unique within Latin America with its grand boulevards, stunning European style architecture and lush parks and plazas. Buenos Aires is very proud of its history and heritage, and is careful to preserve it. A great example are the 73 Bares Notables, historic cafes given landmark status by the city government. These cafes, located all throughout the city, have been chosen for their age, architectural style and cultural significance.
The most famous bar notable is Café Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo with its grand architecture, waiters dressed in tuxedos and rich history, but there are many other Bares Notables that are equally as stunning but less known. Most of the cafes are located in the older neighborhoods of Buenos Aires such as San Telmo, Monserrat and Microcentro. The oldest is La Biela (opened in 1850), located in front of the Recoleta Cemetery. Some of our favorites are El Federal in San Telmo, Las Violetas in Almagro and Café San Bernardo in Villa Crespo, which is filled with locals getting a drink and playing pool or darts.
Visiting a couple of these numerous historic cafes is a great way to experience authentic Buenos Aires life, meet some locals, and get a feel for what Buenos Aires is all about. Buenos Aires has a unique history and is somewhat nostalgic for the past, and Porteños of all classes love the beauty, simplicity and lifestyle of their cafes. Besides coming on one of our food tours to taste the classic foods of Argentina, do yourself a favor and go to a bar notable for a coffee and a medialuna or a beer and picada, relax, and take in the great people watching.