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Cafe Tortoni

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Address: Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
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+54 11 4342-4328
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This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango...

This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.

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Beautiful café

Very beautiful place....worth paying a visit. The service was a bit weak, unfortunately we had an unfriendly waitress. We went on a Saturday, there was a line at the entrance but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Napa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful café dating back to 1858. The walls are beautiful wood paneling, and the ceilings have stained glass. It's quite a popular place to come and eat and be seen, and a good number of famous people have eaten here too. Don't be put off by the line out front, it moves very quickly, I don't think... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful place....worth paying a visit. The service was a bit weak, unfortunately we had an unfriendly waitress. We went on a Saturday, there was a line at the entrance but it was pretty quick.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful building but that's about it. Me and my partner went there for breakfast after reading about the cafe in a guide book. We were very disappointed. Our cappuccinos were watery and the croissants were served cold, and we had to pay extra for jam and butter. Wouldn't recommend.

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Thank Izzi F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In spite of little queue on the entrance (not much then 5-7 minutes to wait) at daytime, this is a really mandatory place to visit in the city! Exquisite interiors of the middle of XIX century, vest selection of beverages and snacks, appetizing deserts - all these things will bring sophisticated notes to your vacation in Buenos Aires. Highly recommended!

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Thank Мария Б
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the tango show and ate while we were there. The show was really nice. dancers were great. There was another performer, a guy who did a dance while twirling chains that slap the ground. It was actually very cool to watch. Had a very Spanish feel to his act. The tango dancers were impressive. We only ate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This icon opened in Buenos Aires in 1858. It is the "Sardi's" of the Southern Hemisphere; a place to see and be seen. The whole facility is beautiful. The food and service are excellent. You can get a big, yummy piece of cake with breakfast! Sure, it is a tourist attraction but it is also a museum and an important... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid about US$26 for the tango show. The performers were fine, but the venue was horrible. It is in the basement of the café, on a tiny stage with a thick pole that blocks the view half the time in the middle. For US$4 more, go to Tango Porteno. We felt so cheated after the performance in this place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had read that this was an interesting place to go because the building is so old. It was only a 15 minute walk from our hotel so we decided to go. There was a bit of a line-up outside the door, but we got in within about 15 minutes or so. We had coffee and a submarino (both were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for lunch and churros. The cafe is beautiful. The food was good, we had sandwiches. The turkey sandwich was just turkey on bread, nothing else. The churros were great.

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Thank Jeff S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told this was a must see place and in particular the Churros. The restaurant is very nice, full of turn of the century decorations, photos and scenes from the past and is reminiscent of a left bank Paresian cafe. The service was very attentive, and all staff were nice and polite. We went for lunch and truthfully the... More 

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Montserrat
As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires, Montserrat is defined by the historical events that took place there and the landmarks that have stood the test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of this connection to history: countless public demonstrations have passed through this square, going back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos Aires may have looked like in the past: the Cabildo takes us back to the late 16th century, while the Palacio Barolo and the traditional cafés carry us to the early 20th. Nowadays, the neighbourhood is inundated every day by office workers, buses, and taxis; still, the cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, and subway stations from the 1910s remind us that we are surrounded by history everywhere we look.
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