Buenos Aires is famous for its café culture. Cafes here are full all day long with Porteños catching up with friends over a coffee and maybe a few medialunas. The peak hour in cafes is in the late afternoon when people typically have a merienda, a small snack often consisting of coffee or tea and a pastry or piece of cake. While we absolutely love all the beautiful old cafes in Buenos Aires and their incredible people watching, in our experience most of them don’t offer the highest quality coffee since the machines are old and not well maintained, the coffee used isn’t very good and the staff isn’t well trained on coffee preparation. In the past couple years several great cafes have been opening up in the city that offer excellent coffee. Here are a few cafes that we think have some of the best coffee in Buenos Aires.
Birkin – Located in tranquil Palermo Botanico, Birkin opened in 2013 and has been doing brisk business ever since. It has a great combination of excellent (and beautifully presented) coffee, good food, a beautiful space and a friendly staff.
Coffee Town – Located in the middle of the historic San Telmo Market near where we start our food tour, Coffee Time is manned by knowledgeable and friendly bi-lingual baristas. They roast their own coffee and import the beans from around the world. Their homemade medialunas are excellent, and the people watching is second to none.
In Bocca al Lupo – A modern café in the heart of Palermo Hollywood, In Bocca al Luppo is ultra Italian. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself seated next to a group conversing in Italian. The space is very bright and pleasant. An added bonus is the food, which is simple, but good and reasonably priced.
Full City Coffee – Full City recently relocated from Chacarita to Palermo Soho. Their passion in serving great coffee is very evident. They roast their own Colombian coffee and even have occasional coffee tastings. They also have great fresh juice, with our favorite being the slightly acidic passion fruit juice.