Recoleta is a wealthy neighborhood in the north of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city. Popular with the rich elite of the city, it has plenty of classy shops, restaurants and cafés to cater to its well-heeled clientele. We list the best places to grab a late breakfast or brunch in the area.
Ateneo Grand Splendid
Inside the city’s most beautiful and photogenic bookshop, Ateneo Grand Splendid, is a unique café. The bookshop itself used to be a theatre, and the grand features of the theatre have been entirely preserved, the intricate ceiling, and even the stage. The café is actually on the stage, making it the perfect spot to appreciate the stunning architecture while allowing visitors to take in the atmosphere. Av Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Biela is a famous café in an excellent location, opposite the entrance to Recoleta Cemetery. It is often full of tourists, but it is popular with locals too and has a lovely historic atmosphere. The café dates back to 1850, but its interior design has more of a 1950s feel to it as the mid-20th century was when the café started to become a popular spot with the city’s intellectual elite.
Import Coffee Company is a café and delicatessen offering a tempting range of coffees, teas, and snacks. The interior is designed with a classic coffee shop in mind: wooden barstools, small tables, and deli items stacked on shelves around the store available to purchase. It’s a small place which makes for a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, and is clean and modern.
One of the city’s historic cafés is El Banderín, which was first established in the 1920s during a time of significant economic growth and social change throughout the nation, and especially in Buenos Aires. The café embraces the charm of a classic Argentinian café, with an old-fashioned bar and rustic chairs and tables. For sports fans, the café also boasts an amazing collection of team banners and crests, with most of the high walls pretty much covered.
A little further away from central Recoleta, but well worth the journey, is Las Violetas, a classy and elegant café. Old-fashioned good quality service is the name of the game here, with the waiters dressed smartly in crisp white shirts, delivering free side orders of sparkling water and biscuits. The building is bright from the outside, but inside it has embraced traditional Buenos Aires café style while still being fresh and modern. Av Rivadavia 3899, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cafe, Patisserie, Argentina, $$$
Recoleta Cemetery | Ⓒ Dmitry/Flickr
Nucha is a modern and classy patisserie café with a huge array of tempting items perfect for brunch. The patisserie counter offer items such as croissants, cakes, or macarons, plus sandwiches closer to lunchtime. Hot drinks include coffee, tea, and rich hot chocolate. The interior is light and airy, with huge windows perfect for watching the world go by.
Florencio is a patisserie and café popular with locals, and has not yet been discovered by a huge numbers of tourists thanks to its side-street location. It is conveniently located near to Recoleta Cemetery, and has a lovely quaint tearoom ambience, with chalkboard menus, cake-stands and enormous slices of cake.
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