San Telmo is one of the most historic and fascinating areas of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The neighbourhood is thought to be the birthplace of tango, and was originally home to the city’s migrants and working class. San Telmo is a beautiful area to stroll around in the morning, and has plenty of traditional cafés where visitors can really get a feel of historic Buenos Aires. Here’s our list of the best brunch spots in the area.
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.
Carlos Calvo 488, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
After Bar Plaza Dorrego, El Federal is probably the second café on the list of San Telmo’s must-see historic spots. It was established in 1864, and has managed to retain much of its original charm. The antique and old-fashioned bar take visitors right back to late 19th century Buenos Aires. It serves the usual brunch items (coffee, medialunas, pastries) but what customers really come for is the atmosphere. Pretty much always busy, El Federal is a Buenos Aires institution and is certainly worth a visit while in the area.
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.
Chile 502, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina