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Café Tortoni

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"This cafe is known to be Buenos Aires oldest cafe, and a 'bar notable.' Stepping inside feels like stepping back in time. It feels very elegant, old at the same time. It is a great place to grab a breakfast or a merienda. Just be aware that there is usually a line outside and you'll need to wait a few minutes before you can be seated inside. The walls are lined with history. The back room has a ton of old photographs of Cafe Tortoni in its heyday. There are also live tango shows in the back theatre in the evenings around 6pm. You should arrive early to make sure to get your spot. The cost is 6000 pesos (as of October 2022)."
"I love the historic setting of this cafe while enjoying medialunas or churros with a cortado. They're also famous for alfajores, delicious layered cookies with dulce de leche and chocolate. We made sure to go during off-peak hours. This place gets super busy, but with its popularity, sometimes the service is lacking. I also can't recommend their food since the one dinner we tried out was mediocre at best, They do have tango dinner shows in the evenings which could prove to be a good time. Regardless, check it out for the coffee and a treat."
"As the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires, Cafe Tortoni is less of somewhere to just pop in for a coffee, and more of an experience. With the vintage designs still in tact, this feels like a step back in time to an upscale coffee break. Because of its popularity, it does become quite busy though, so you’ll either need to wait or call before. My recommendation is to make an afternoon of it and call ahead to reserve a ticket to their tango show hosted in their intimate auditorium where you enjoy coffee and churros as dancers perform on stage. "

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