We’ve all been there. You start your Saturday night with too much Fernet and the next thing you know, it’s Sunday afternoon. You can barely remember the number of clubs you went to, let alone the number of people you met who are suddenly requesting to follow you on Instagram. You realize you’re in desperate need of a good cup of coffee and even more dire need for your bestie and last night’s chisme.
Or maybe you aren’t hungover, but you are behind on work, or just need a place to study. It’s no secret that Buenos Aires has an overwhelming amount of coffee shops and cafeterías that have emerged as part of the city’s storied café culture. Some are culturally significant, like the historic Café Tortoni or La Biela, and some are great for reading, like Eterna Cadencia. Here’s the tell-all list for how to navigate the area of Palermo and find the best coffee shops in the neighborhood. These cafés are perfect for chatting with friends or getting work done guilt-free and without a plethora of tourists in the way.
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1. NININA BAKERY
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The first stop on our list is Ninina Bakery. A bright and open space, it’s perfect for groups for when you need the squad to get together. Its menu features a variety of healthy, delicious food ready to accommodate all tastes at all hours. From big slices of cake and eggs Benedict in the morning to risotto and vino tinto for dinner, there’s something for everyone. Ninina also offers a wide range of specialty coffee so if you’re particularly attached to French Press or Chemex, they’ve got you covered. Take note: Ninina has just opened up a new outpost at MALBA, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re keen to see some art as a means to cure your hangover.
2. CAFE REGISTRADO
This is one of the busier cafes on the list, but Café Registrado offers great service with a smile, so you won’t really notice anyway. In addition to having a wonderful coffee selection, the fresh lemonade with ginger and mint is a fan favorite in case you need a caffeine break. Throw in a medialuna or sandwichito, and you’re good to go for a few hours of getting ish done. Café Registrado also offers a large brunch-lunch menu and combos for all your hunger needs. Additionally, every cup of coffee comes a divine little piece of chocolatey merengue goodness. Go for the java, stay for the cozy leather couches and big picture windows.
3. VON BERRY
Von Berry is a smaller, more intimate coffee shop perfect for a chill afternoon. If the rustic dark wood floors don’t impress you right off the bat, maybe the bicycle hanging in the store as part of the decor will. In addition to having a great music selection composed of Mac Miller-like vibes and more, its coffee selection is smaller than other cafés in the barrio, but well done. If you’re looking for a little spice in your life, the shop offers a seriously sweet cinnamon latte; the smoothie menu has proven to be more creative (and less saccharine) than most, offering a healthy boost when you need it. Find yourself in love with the place? Von Berry also sells t-shirts, shoes, and other bits and bobs, so you can fondly remember your time spent there.
Von Berry | Fitz Roy 2192 | Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 8:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 8 PM | Instagram
4. PADRE COFFEE ROASTERS & BEER
Padre, like Ninina, changes alongside your needs by being a coffee shop by day and a beer hangout by night. If you aren’t a coffee connoisseur, have no fear! The menu is a helpful guide, breaking down what’s inside every cup so you can always make the right choice for you. Reviews find Padre to be vegetarian friendly and kind to those who don’t speak Spanish, in addition to having pretty great WiFi. Stop by for a new coffee experience, stay for avocado toast and pancakes.
Padre Coffee Roasters and Beer | Jorge Luis Borges 2008 | Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM – Midnight | Instagram
5. LAB NEW AMERICAN CUISINE & COFFEE SHOP
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Bored of your usual flat white? Want to branch out in the coffee world, but don’t know what you need? LAB is the place to go if you’re looking for something fun and new to try against a background of killer playlists and seasonal, inventive food. It offers brewed coffee a variety of ways, including the usual Chemex and French Press, but there’s also V60, Clever and more. LAB’s website offers an explainer under each brew method so you can experiment. Once you’ve sorted the coffee situation out, the rotation selection of treats and plates to try will knock your socks off (we suggest you go with the chocolate chip cookie and either the turkey wrap or the chipa taco). Is it your turn to get coffee for the office? LAB also offers a take-away brew box perfect for sharing.
6. COCU BOULANGERIE
This French-owned café and panadería offers a different approach to the traditional service found around town by not offering table service. At Cocu, you’ll find plenty of laptops humming away and dozens of notebooks being scribbled in, which makes it the perfect place to get work done. If you’re still not sold, the website offers a 360 view of the exterior and interior, so you can scout out your future working area. Cocu’s menu features so. much. bread. The pan de chocolate is a fan favorite, but they also offer sweet treats big enough to be considered meals – just don’t tell your mom you had carbs for dinner.
7. FULL CITY COFFEE HOUSE
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If the photo above doesn’t make your mouth water, maybe knowing that Full City Coffee House serves 100 percent Colombian coffee will change your mind. Awesome wall art lines the café, and it might even convince you to stop checking your phone every two minutes. It also has two floors so you should have no issue finding nice seating away from the hustle and bustle. Find yourself thinking more and more about the coffee production process? Full City is offering barista classes throughout March. For more details and contact information, check out its Facebook page, linked below.
8. CAFE HAUS
TRUE LOVE ? Café y arte ?? Pedí tu Gatocornio 3D hasta el 20 de Noviembre en nuestro local de Av. Santa fe 3618
Cafe Haus is a hole in the wall establishment but is not one to disappoint. If you’re not paying attention while walking down Santa Fe, you could totally miss it. The place is best known for its 3D and colorful latte art (as seen above). With different designs, your Instagram will never go bare – and we know that’s half the battle these days. Cafe Haus also offers a diverse menu with donuts and omelettes to take away your morning #hanger and salads and arepas to combat your post-class slump.
9. VIVE CAFE
Vive Cafe is another stop on the cute-latte-art train with lions, hearts, and bears…oh my! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). The cafe is known for having a super witty chalkboard to draw you in and amazing Colombian blends to get you to stay. Like every great coffee shop, Vive offers a selection of breads and treats powerful enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.
10. CAFÉ MARTINEZ
Okay, don’t kill me. Cafe Martinez may be a chain, but when all else fails, it has plenty of locations and still manages to serve good coffee. You’ll find an abundance of options when it comes to your java, both hot and cold. Martínez also has shakes and boozy beverages, just in case you believe in hair of the dog the morning after a night out on the town. You can find the menu here and their website below.