WORLD TRIP 2010
The lowdown not just on this book-filled cafe, but also on various coffee options in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires was the most “European” city of our three months in South America… a far cry from Bolivia, just up the road. Districts like Palermo and San Telmo are funky and artsy, full of cool shops and cafes.
Libros del Pasaje is one of the nicest spots for a cuppa in Palermo Soho, particularly if you enjoy gazing at thousands of books (“libros”) which line the central passage (“pasaje”).
Be warned though, it’s pricey, at least by South America standards.
The coffee, from ubiquitos international brand Segafredo, I enjoyed, surprisingly. I don’t often have “cafe con crema” (an espresso with a little cream on top), but it was quite refreshing. There were little biscuits too.
Libros del Pasaje is just one option. So where do you go if you want the best coffee in Buenos Aires? I was
convinced that in a city like this there must be cosy coffee shops around every corner.
So, I tried to find them… I really did.
Chains include Havanna Cafe, renowned for great alfajores
(typical Argentinian cake/biscuit) – the branch we went to was alright. The Coffee Store is a Starbucksy-type chain which I didn’t try, but I hear it might be the best bet for good coffee in Buenos Aires. I popped in to a branch of Bonafide (yet another chain) which made a big thing about the coffee (possibly the nicest we had in the city).
As for cosy, characterful cafes, there are plenty about, but we didn’t find any that offered particularly nice coffee. Still, you might like to try independents such as El Gato Negro and Mark’s Deli & Coffee House (neither of which we had time to visit).
When we asked at our hostel, Art Factory, where we could drink some nice coffee, the staff just puffed their cheeks in despair (though they did then suggest Bonafide and Havanna).
So it’s quite simple. Either move to Buenos Aires and set up a brilliant cosy coffee shop, or stay happy by eating lots of beef and ice cream.
If I’ve missed a gem, please let me know.
We visited on 8 September 2010.