While incredible wine and to-die-for meat are almost the standard here, getting your hands on a solid cup of tea can be a challenge. After possibly the coziest research endeavor ever, here are The Bubble’s recommendations to tea lovers finding themselves a bit high and dry in Buenos Aires.
ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL: FANCIFUL HIGH TEA
l’Orangerie brasserie, in Plaza Alvear, has an alluring interior that will make you feel like royalty the moment you sit down. And with countless petit-fours, and finger sandwiches to line your gold-rimmed plate you will leave feeling as though you’ve had a satisfying meal. There is something for everyone on their elaborate tea menu. The Tranquilitea – an infusion of cedron, chamomile, rose hip and orange peel, is swoon-worthy and goes very nicely with the mostly sweet finger food being served. This beautiful brasserie is also celiac friendly and is without a doubt a splurge worth taking.
Address: Avenida Alvear 1891
BONJOUR PARIS: BOHO CHIC WITH SOMETHING SWEET IN RECOLETA
Now when you get caught out in the rain you might gravitate towards a more toned down cafe where you do not have to call ahead for a reservation. Bonjour Paris will have a seat for you along with a wide array of French patisserie inspired delights (though there are dulce de leche options in abundance as well!). A hot cup of tea, a couple of macarons and a choice of newspapers and magazines makes this chic little spot one of the coziest in town.
Address: Uruguay 1145
PEI CHEN TEA PALACE: EXOTIC, EASTERN FLAVORS
Taiwanese owner Mei and her business partners brought their love for tea and tradition to Buenos Aires. They specialize in Asian teas and import their products mainly from China, but also from Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka and sell all six colors of tea. In helping you make your decision they will happily brew you a cup of the tea that sounds appealing to you – and if you’d like to make a really informed decision about your choice you can combine your shopping with a tea ceremony or classes. Pei Chen Tea Palace also has a restaurant in Belgrano, an eatery serving Buddhist vegetarian food that simply tastes better with a cup of tea.
Address: Avenida Cabildo 2450
Restaurant: Maure 1886
LIBROS DEL PASAJE: CUP OF TEA AND A BOOK
A book and a cup of tea are a match made in heaven, so when you can find the two in one place you know you’re onto something. Libros del Pasaje has a fantastic collection of books, ranging from Argentine literature, to novels, cookbooks, foreign language books, and even that Lonely Planet guide you forgot to pack when you left home. After browsing the books you can sit down in their cafe and start reading straight away. There is a wide selection of generously portioned cakes, with plenty of flourless options, and their fresh mint and ginger tea will give your body the boost it needs to get through the notoriously fickle Buenos Aires weather.
Address: Thames 1762
TEALOSOPHY: BUYING YOUR OWN PROVISIONS
With several stores around Buenos Aires, Tealosophy is the place to find creative, refined blends of tea to take home with you for those lazy couch days – or for those chilly mornings where you need something to kick-start your day. Tealosophy entrepreneur Inés Berton has provided tea for even the Dalai Lama and members of the Spanish royal family. If that doesn’t convince you that her tea is impeccable, nothing will. Her Yogui Tea, a rooibos with a hint of spices, gives you cup full of Indian sunshine to power you up for the day ahead.
Address: Gorriti 4865 (Palermo Soho store)