MY FAVOURITE BARS AND COFFEE SHOPS IN BUENOS AIRES
Something very amazing about Buenos Aires is the impressive offer of bars and coffee shops where locals and tourists gather every day and at any time. The choice is difficult, but here are some tips to help you make up your mind when visiting BA.
I must start from La Biela because it´s the place where my parents first met almost 60 years ago. In those times, people would go to have breakfast to La Biela after an important Ball party. So, you must imagine this bar would open its doors to young people early in the morning when they were coming back from a party. Ladies would be dressed up with long evening gowns and men with tuxedo´s.
Nowadays people don´t dress up to go to La Biela, but the atmosphere is intact. Friends love it because it´s a gathering point, very strategically located in the heart of Recoleta and because the waiters make you feel at home. Although decoration is not fancy, this iconic corner is always packed with people having coffee with croissants, sandwiches and many more.
Do not miss the antique car race that takes place in August. La Biela is the starting line and the day before the race, cars are exhibited for free to the people. You won´t believe the amazing original pieces one can find there! And the drivers and friends dressed as in the 1900´!
This classic bar, close to Plaza de Mayo, is famous for its art-deco ceilings and decoration. Tourists just love it, perhaps because it´s a trip to the past. Every detail in the decoration has been taken care of. Tables, lamps, the environment. I wouldn´t recommend it for lunch: the menu is not as fancy as the place! But for a cold beer in summer or a warming up coffee in winter is the right place to visit, rest a while, talk and share a good time with friends. As in La Biela, there are tables with wax statues that evoke important Argentine tango singers, poets or writers. Everyone wants a pic there!
San Telmo is one of those neighborhoods worth visiting. From antiques to vintage stuff or handcrafts anything can be found in this huge flea market area. Bars and coffee shops are not the exception: the variety is immense. One of my favorites is Café Rivas, located in a quiet corner of San Telmo. Drinks are the best, not to mention the red wines! OMG! If you have a chance to go on a weekend, as the menu has been changed recently, you may enjoy their brunch. I love the Royal Benedictine Eggs!
The place is not very big so try to make a reservation ahead so you have a nice table.