Recoleta is one of Buenos Aires’ most lavish neighbourhoods, full of old money and stately architecture. There are lots of luxurious cafés and traditional bars to head to if you are looking for a long and languid breakfast, brunch or lunch.
The Alvear Palace Hotel is possibly the best-known hotel in all of Buenos Aires and is famous for its celebrity clientele and the opulence of its architecture and interiors. Brunch at the L’Orangerie, the hotel’s decadent indoor patio, is akin to heading to the Ritz for afternoon tea, an inimitable experience. Experience Buenos Aires the way it would have been in its heyday, when it was one of the world’s 1o richest economies at the beginning of the 20th century.
Malvon was one of the first places in Buenos Aires to make brunch a thing, and it still continues to serve up some of the best and most elaborate brunches today. There are two venues: the original in Villa Crespo and its sister restaurant located near the Japanese Gardens in Barrio Norte/Recoleta. It’s a great option for weekend brunch or breakfast during the week. Make sure to go on an empty stomach, as the portions are plentiful.
One of Recoleta’s most beloved bars, Milion is more than a restaurant, more than a bar, and more than a brunch spot: it is a Recoleta institution. Located in a glamorous mansion, Milion attracts a well-to-do crowd who come for the decadent surroundings and the delicious brunch. It is also a good option for a classy drink with a date, or to take friends or family who are visiting.
This chain of French bakeries/cafés is a good call for pretty much any time of the day. With branches all over the city, they are known for their delicious bread, pastries and plates, all of which will satisfy you and fill you up. Go for the Le Ble coffee, a bowl of rich, steaming caffeine that is guaranteed to keep you wide-eyed until dinner.