Mercadito Latino is a cute little café offering the best of Latin American food. While the menu is probably suited to more of an early lunch rather than a late breakfast, the food is tasty and full of flavour, with choices such as huevos rancheros, quesadillas, or various tarts served with rich dulce de leche. The café itself is light and colourful with friendly and efficient service, and is located about a block away from the main tourist street of Calle Defensa so is a quieter spot.
Located on the corner of two streets is the unassuming café La Poesía, a traditional spot with a unique literary history. The café was only founded in 1982, but was a key meeting place during the dictatorship for socialist writers, artists and intellectuals, so despite its relatively short existence it nonetheless has an important legacy. The café is decorated with portraits of famous writers, and the walls are covered in books. Occasionally one of the original visitors from the 1980s might be seen stopping by. The brunch menu is composed of the usual items, but the café is worth a visit due to its cultural importance and old-fashioned ambience.