The Best Cafes with Outdoor Seating in Buenos Aires

A cafe in Buenos Aires
A cafe in Buenos Aires | © Dan DeLuca / Flickr
Sorcha O'Higgins

Buenos Aires is famous for its coffee culture, and the city is littered with cafes. With summer in full swing, sometimes there is nothing nicer than sitting outside and enjoying a coffee with a friend or people watching solo. With that in mind, here are the best cafes in Buenos Aires with outdoor seating.

1. Full City Coffee House

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, Coffee, Tea

Full City Coffee House, Buenos Aires
Full City Coffee House has been around for a while, making it one of the stalwarts of the contemporary Buenos Aires coffee scene. It goes beyond standard cortados and brings cafe-goers speciality coffee from Colombia made by friendly and talented baristas who are as passionate about crafting the perfect coffee as Full City’s clients are about drinking it. Recently extended, their Palermo premises now has a beautiful leafy patio and terrace with tiered wooden seating upstairs so you can tan while you drink coffee and chat.

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2. La Noire Café

Cafe, Argentina, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Street Food, Vegetarian

The newest addition to Buenos Aires’ cafe landscape, La Noire Cafe is located on a quiet street in the low-key Chacarita neighbourhood, and is emblematic of this barrio – eclectic, charming and under-the-radar. The cute space is tastefully furnished with mid-century furniture and frame photographs, and it has an open air patio inside, or if you prefer, you can take your coffee curbside to the bench out the front.

3. Sheikob’s Bagels

Cafe, American, Vegetarian

New Yorker Jacob has been peddling his delicious bagels from a mobile operation outside existing cafes to the masses for a few years now, but he recently planted roots in Palermo Soho by opening his own eponymous cafe. Sheikob’s Bagels has a prime location in the trendy heartland of Buenos Aires, and now you can enjoy a bagel in the covered patio area of his bagel-centric shop, where you are likely to bump into some of the city’s fellow bagel lovers.

5. Libros del Pasaje

Bookstore

This Palermo Soho bookshop is located in an old casa chorizo, a particular type of Buenos Aires building that has an internal patio. Libros del Pasaje have stuck a roof over the patio to turn it into an internal oasis with an external feel. Lots of people come to work here during the day, giving it a studious atmosphere exaggerated by the fact that you are surrounded by books. A great spot for academics and bookworms.

6. Bar Merci

Restaurant, French, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , Street Food, Fast Food

Bar Merci, Buenos Aires
This French cafe in the San Telmo market doesn’t exactly have outside seating, but its tables sprawl outside the cafe proper to take up plenty of space inside the market itself. The pastries, coffee and dishes on the menu all taste like they’ve been imported directly from Paris, and Merci is the perfect place to while away an hour or so people watching both locals and tourists who are passing through the market.

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7. The Federal Bar

Bar, Market, Restaurant, Grocery Store, Argentina, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

One of the city’s favourite bares notables, or heritage cafes, El Federal takes up a prominent corner in San Telmo and has some prime real estate in terms of outdoor seating. Order a cortado and tostado and sit either in the window inside or at a table on the periphery and watch the world go by as Argentines have done in this cafe for decades.

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