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Buenos Aires Restaurants

Café Tortoni

  • Av. de Mayo 825 Map It
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Updated 07/10/2014

Fodor's Review

Filled with Tiffany lamps, towering columns, and marble-topped tables. this art nouveau hangout has charm to spare. While you may have to wait in a line outside, depending on the time of day, it'll be worth it to knock back an espresso or sip a submarino, the local version of hot chocolate. Nibble on one of the dozens of different sandwiches or fork in one of the exquisite pastries and contemplate that you may well be sitting in the same seat that a former president,

a renowned tango singer, or a world-famous artist or writer occupied many a time before. It's a place and time out of the past, and thankfully well preserved. Reservations are a must during the dinner-hour tango show.

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Av. de Mayo 825, at Piedras, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1084, Argentina

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Updated 07/10/2014


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Dec 19, 2007

Overpriced, overrated

Snobs, tourists. Not sure why this place gets good reviews. Neither coffee nor croissants were very good and, as I recall, the water that accompanied the coffee wasn't even seltzer, the usual at even the less costly places that do things the right way.

By mba

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Feb 23, 2006

Drop in for an afternoon treat

This is a place to watch people.It is a meeting place for the locals and it serves some wonderful ice-cream creations.

By Andrew

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Oct 29, 2005

Interesting, but no more

We were taken here as part of a sightseeing tour, so you get the idea. It's more something to see that someplace to go. It has kind of a sad, leftover vibe that's nothing like the cafes of Paris, but it's still worth checking out, even if you just walk in and out.

By Ana

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Jun 26, 2005

Borges and Pirandello Haunt the Place

You must make a point of having a drink at this cafe while in BA. It has been open since the mid-1800s, and the warm, clubby atmosphere is very fin-de-siecle. Food is good, but it is the ambiance you come to experience!

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