Our very first night in Buenos Aires, I noticed that the paper napkins at the pizza place had the name and the logo printed on the side. Scrapbook-ortunity, I thought to myself, slipping one into my purse. What started out as a cute way to remember where I’d been in the city quickly became something of a collection, and now I’ve got a long list of places I’ve been, with the logo-emblazoned, wax-paper napkins to prove it.
Buenos Aires is known for cafes on every corner – some are more traditional, some are very hip and modern, and some fall in between – but I decided to share just a few of my favorites. The ones you see here are really something special, either because they were great places to get my caffeine fix while I did work, or because they were perfect spaces to come together with the friends I’ve made in my time here and talk life over great food and a cup of cafe con leche. Plus, what better way to get out of the house than to do some internet research and go on a cafe adventure through the city?
Full City Coffeehouse – Palermo
French toast, cafe con leche, and hip exposed brick vibes
Felix Felicis & Co. – Palermo
Cozy space, hand-painted benches, chai latte, whimsy, and Harry Potter references galore
El Gato Negro – Corrientes
Vanilla & cinnamon tea, Monday night life chats with my dear friend Miranda, classic charm, and the black cat motif on every surface
Ninina Bakery – Palermo
Birthday brunch date with my sweet friend Alison, high ceilings and plenty of natural light, pancakes with fruit, tea, and the nicest waiter in the world
NEGRO – Microcentro
Cozy space, delicious food, lemonade with just a little too much lemon, cafe con leche, and wonderful company in my sweet friend Molly.
La Biela – Recoleta
A last-minute meeting with a friend I made in one of the street vendors at Feria Recoleta, waiters using professionalism to mask their sense of humor, hot tea that you pour through a strainer into your cup, and a wonderful example of a more traditional Buenos Aires cafe.
Le Ble – Caballito & Recoleta
One of my favorites! French-inspired menu and decor with locations throughout the city, home of bread bowls, spiced green chai tea, hours of conversation, and coffee mugs the size of my head.
Cafe Malvon – Villa Crespo
My favorite cafe in all of Buenos Aires. Boasts whimsical decor, cozy seating, and ridiculously wonderful brunch options – from apple french toast to apple chicken sausage – in addition to friendly staff. Quickly became our favorite brunch spot this semester!