Rosario, in the Argentinian
province of Santa Fe, is known as a ‘little Buenos Aires,’ not only for its wealth of museums, galleries and history, but also for its vibrant dining scene. While the evening is when Argentinians enjoy their main meal of the day, there are plenty of quaint and quirky cafés around the city for visitors to enjoy a late breakfast or early lunch. Here’s our list of 10 of the best brunch spots in Rosario.
Monreal is a popular sandwich shop, which serves more than just your average BLT. This establishment has been a fixture of Rosario’s café scene for well over 50 years, always taking care of flavor, presentation and refinement. All their sandwiches are lovingly homemade, with great quality produce and a huge range of options. Visitors looking for an early or light lunch can choose from hot or cold sandwiches, wraps, baguettes, and rolls, with a number of fillings ranging from classic ham and cheese to sophisticated roast beef and roquefort.
San Lorenzo 1295, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, 54 341 421-9356
De Buen Humor
Although De Buen Humor may not serve traditional brunch items, its ice cream is legendary throughout Rosario, and it is certainly worth a visit for a late morning break from exploring the city. Given Rosario’s huge number of Italian immigrants, who arrived in the early 20th century, it is no surprise that the city is home to such delicious ice cream. All the ice cream is, of course, homemade, and diners can also choose from a number of other treats to go with it, such as crêpes or brownies. If all that seems too much for brunch, there are also tasty smoothies for something a little lighter.
Av. Pellegrini 1911, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 481 0220
Amelie Petit Café
Cafe, Tea , $$$
Amelie Petit Café
This pretty little coffee shop is decorated in a vintage style with a Parisian feel. A popular spot, it serves hot drinks and fruit juice along with cake, muffins, biscuits and other sweet snacks. It is in a convenient location to take a break from touring, since it near a number of sights including the cathedral and the National Flag Monument. While it is not a spot where you can find a full meal, for a brunch break their options will be more than substantial.
San Lorenzo 720, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 448 2773
D’o Patisserie et Café
Patisserie, Pastries, $$$
D’o Patisserie et Café
Continuing with the French theme, D’o performs a dual role as both a French bakery and also café. Customers can order over the counter to take away or can enjoy a more relaxed break at a table. Options include large slices of cheesecake, tiramisu, or apple crumble, or customers might prefer to opt for a more dainty macaron or cupcake. It is centrally located in Rosario’s touristic Centro district, which makes it a perfect spot for tourists heading out or needing a break.
Paraguay 621, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 426 7494
Bar, Pub Grub, Coffee, Argentina, $$$
El Cairo is a popular and busy joint, bustling with locals, especially when the café is putting on one of its many events. It is a traditional Argentinian café, and also has a rich history of attracting intellectuals, students and artists. There are a number of well priced breakfast or brunch promotions, including their desayuno rosarino (Rosarian breakfast) which comes with a herbal tea, two croissants and orange juice. The café regularly hosts events such as art exhibitions, milonga classes and acoustic sets. The beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and relaxed atmosphere make it a lovely spot for brunch.
Santa Fe 1102, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 449-0714
For those looking for a sweet breakfast or morning snack, Brownie is the place to come. It is loved by locals and visitors for its cakes, pastries and medialunas (croissants), which are some of the best in Rosario. Tea, coffee and other hot drinks are also available, as are liqueurs to help finish off the sweet treats (at appropriate times of day of course). Located right in the middle of the Centro district, Brownie makes a perfect start to a morning of sightseeing.
Córdoba 1627, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341- 449 7858
La Buena Medida
La Buena Medida is a historic café found close to the National Flag Monument as well as the riverside. First opened as a shop in 1898, the café has a bohemian feel, and today is frequented by intellectuals and students just as it was in the past. While enjoying something from the café’s small but enticing menu, diners can imagine the conversations and debates that La Buena Medida witnessed during the political turmoil of the 1970s, or reminisce about Rosario’s favorite son, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. A lovely brunch spot which really captures the essence of historic Rosario.
Buenos Aires 901, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 411 3073
Mal de Archivo
If you’re looking for a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere, Mal de Archivo is a café full to the brim with books and artwork. The ambiance is truly peaceful, while nonetheless being located right in the heart of the Centro district, making is accessible and convenient for visitors. The menu offers breakfasts, snacks and light lunches, so is a great option for a slow morning in Rosario. Customers can sip slowly on their cafecito while flicking through a magazine or admiring the various design pieces on the walls, which change regularly.
Mariano Moreno 477, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 421-4681
Librería Homo Sapiens
This café is located inside a bookshop, allowing customers to enjoy a coffee and a pastry while enjoying a recently purchased read. Popular with Rosario’s older generation as a quiet spot to catch up with friends or peruse the newspaper, the atmosphere is unpretentious and tranquil thus making it an escape from the busyness of Rosario’s Centro district, where it is found.
Sarmiento 829, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 424-3399
Cafe, Tea , $$$
This tearoom is beautifully decorated, with a light and airy atmosphere provided by its large front windows. Quaint table settings, hand crafted bunting and artfully mismatched chairs and tables give the café a homely feel. Its menu serves breakfast and light snacks, and since it is located near a number of attractions in the Centro district, it is the perfect spot for brunch. For those with a little more appetite, Café Pipetuá also serve huge cakes in a range of flavors as well as a daily lunch menu.
Av. San Martín 1601, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina