Cafe Tortoni (1858): The Oldest Cafe in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Cafe Tortoni is one of the most popular cafes in Buenos Aires. If you ask around, they will ask you to visit this cafe. On top of that, Cafe Tortoni is one of the oldest cafes in the capital of Argentina and it is also featured and mentioned in many travel maps and guide books. Hence, the cafe is highly recommended and their location is near the popular tourist area, Florida Street.
Established in 1858, with the history of more than 150 years old, Café Tortoni caters both the locals and the tourists. Located at Avenida de Mayo 825 ,Buenos Aires City, the café or coffee shop is accessible by public transport such as public busses or the subway.
As I walked out of the Florida Street, I asked my way to Tortoni. Though most Argentines don’t speak English, the word “Tortoni” definitely helps as most people knew about it.
I walked pass the coffee shop, silly me.
As I realized, I stood in front of the grand “Café Tortoni” glass door. Instead of hurrying entering the cafe, I spent much time taking photos of the details of the exterior of the restaurant.
As I walked in, I was blown away by the ambience as well as the old interior design that is more than over one hundred year old.
I was greeted by a well dressed waiter who got me to a seat and you can see many other customers can't stop snapping pictures of the interior.
I went there first thing in the morning to avoid the crowd. As time passed, more customers coming in for the brunch and just minutes, the Cafe Tortoni was packed.
The coffee as I was told is good, however I ordered another recommendation, the “Chocolate con tres churros”. For the dessert, I had a simple chocolate cake.
The hot chocolate with milk came with the compliments of churros. Adding the right amount of milk, the drink was simply sinful and good. Churros was the extra and the cake was equally matched the drink. Having such a sinful breakfast mean that I had “to walk off” the calories after that.
I loved how they preserved the café but it would be nicer if Rachel was there with me. Having breakfast alone was so depressing. If you are Buenos Aires, Cafe Tortoni is a great place for the experience and probably for the food too. For this trip, I spent almost one month in Argentina without knowing Spanish and I survived. Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries I visited.
Café Tortoni Address:
Gran Café Tortoni Av. de Mayo 825 Buenos Aires
Tel: 54-11- 43424328