It’s Sunday morning, you’ve followed our guide and grabbed your kebab or burger after your late-night exploits and prevented what could have been a monster of a hangover. However, you’re quickly reminded that A) you’re not impermeable to the resaca monster, despite the 4 AM burger, and B) you’re now not sure if you *actually* ate anything, and definitely need some sustenance, stat.
Whether you’re itching for some hair of the dog or perhaps, in this case, a booze-free alternative, brunch is just around the corner and could be just the ticket to make yourself a little more human again.
Now Buenos Aires is not quite a leading brunch locale like New York or Sydney, so for any newly arrived extranjeros reading this, you’re going to have to lower your expectations – but just a little. Lots has changed in recent years, and if you’re prepared to do a little digging, there are plenty of excellent options around the city. You’ll also have the advantage that porteños don’t usually wake up early on Sunday mornings, meaning you’ll almost certainly be able to nab any table you want without the hassle of reserving well in advance (who does that?).
The epitome of Palermo Botánico chic, Birkin is where people watching of perfectly-coiffured porteños and their mini-manicured perritos is an actual sport. With a deal of around AR $270, you can munch on a selection of eggs, granola, and fruit, complete with both a coffee and juice too. Interior-wise, the wood paneling and black and white tiles score top marks; the waiters’ t-shirts even match the flooring, which is a stylish novelty. Following your hearty brunch, walk it off with a stroll to the nearby Bosques or to the Japanese Gardens.
República Arabe Siria 3061 | Tues – Fri 9 AM – 9 PM | Sat – Sun 10 AM – 9 PM | More details |
Airy, white, and bright, Fifi is the certified opposite of any Buenos Aires boliche. Come here to restore yourself with a glass of one of their juices, freshly made in-house daily. If you happen to arrive with a partner in crime, you can feast upon an enormous brunch for two, which includes a plethora of options, from poached eggs to brownies. Sure to set you up for the whole day, there’s the added bonus you probably won’t have to eat again, meaning you’re free to lie in a food-induced Netflix coma without thinking about the hassle of cooking or tracking down a local supermarket that’s miraculously open on a Sunday.
Gorriti 4812 | Mon – Fri 12 PM – 8 PM | Sat – Sun 11 AM – 8 PM | More details |
For a piece of France and its superlative patisserie, Cocu is your best bet. Owned by French bakers, you’ll hear plenty of French spoken by nostalgic expats congregating inside. A proper bakery, everything is made on the premises (the bakers coated in flour sporadically appearing from the kitchen drive that point home well). The almond and chocolate croissant is totally irresistible along with their many brioche buns and other pastry treats. Brunch here is a simple affair, a couple of real croissants, coffee, and juice. Our recommendation is to choose a few patisserie items with your brunch buddies, lay them all out on the table, and share accordingly.
Malabia 1510 | Mon – Fri 9 AM – 8 PM | Sat – Sun 10 AM – 8 PM | More details |
Crossing over to a more tranquilo Villa Crespo is brunch staple Malvón. Famous for their fluffy pancakes and bagels, their tempting counter of perfect patisseries are also hard to resist, you might just find yourself ordering enough for a hungry army. On a sunny day, grab a table on the patio and soak up some rays. Villa Crespo is ideal for a Sunday wander and Malvón is the perfect place to kick-off your afternoon walking tour.
Serrano 789 | Mon 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM | Tues – Fri 8:30 AM – 12:30 AM | Sat 9:30 AM – 12:30 AM | Sun 9 AM – 8:30 PM | More details |
Situated on one of Buenos Aires’ most Parisian, picturesque avenues, Hierbabuena is surrounded by other old-school cafes and bars just steps from Parque Lezama. A vegetarian and vegan food hub, this spot is ideal for those of you who are less keen on eating animals and looking to indulge in a guilt-free Sunday brunch. Including a juice bar, brunch at Hierbabuena provides a much-needed health kick to power you through the coming week. Crowds are willing to wait to snag a table, so arrive early or be prepared to queue.
Avenida Caseros 454 | Mon 9 AM – 5 PM | Tues – Thurs 9 AM – 12 AM | Fri – Sat 9 AM – 1 AM | Sun 9 AM – 12 AM | More details |
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A guide to brunch would not be complete without a stop at Elena. By far the city’s most exclusive option, this is one for special occasions; having said that it’s probably best not to turn up looking too worse for wear. It’s one for those Sundays when you’re feeling fancy, want to don the outfits untainted by boliche smoke, and are not feeling like a zombie. You can feel like brunch royalty and make your way around a seemingly endless culinary carousel of every food item from your brunch dreams. It’s definitely a boozy one, so be sure not to scrimp on the sommelier-selected wines.
Posadas 1086 – 1088 | Sundays from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM | More details |
On a dreamy San Telmo cobbled street corner sits Café Rivas. With a beautifully old school interior, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back to a bygone era of Buenos Aires’ golden days. Luckily, its brunch leanings move beyond the porteño staples and includes a flawless eggs Benedict among other delights. Since Café Rivas isn’t only a brunch haunt, you can turn up at any time of the day; merienda is also noteworthy, and it’s the perfect place for a romantic Friday dinner, thanks to the pianist upstairs. Off the beaten track from San Telmo’s main drag Defensa, make sure to get here before the crowds head over for the area’s Sunday market, and you’ll most likely have the place nearly to yourself.
Estados Unidos 302 | Tues – Thurs 9 AM – 1 AM | Fri – Sat 9 AM – 1:30 AM | Sun 11 AM – 8 PM | More details |
For a healthier take on the classically calorie-laden brunch, La Alacena is all about organic and fulfilling lunch and brunch dishes inspired by the recipes of co-owner Julieta Oriolo’s Italian relatives. With a seasonal menu that is updated based on what’s market fresh, there is a set brunch for two on the weekends in addition to the traditional a la carte options. Small plates often include dishes such as roasted asparagus and dippy eggs or braised radicchio with goat cheese and capers. For a back to basics treat, try La Alacena’s simple but delicious homemade yogurt and granola. Be sure to save room for dessert; you can also take the magic home with you thanks to their panadería right next door.
Gascón 1401 | Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 8 PM | Sat – Sun 10 AM – 5PM | More details |
Tragically, bagels were not really a thing here in Buenos Aires. That is until New Yorker Jacob (Sheikob) decided to open up a brick and mortar shop in 2017 after spending a few years selling bagels to cafes and popping up around town on his trusty bicycle. Classics include the original New York style smoked salmon and cream cheese along with other creations, which include yanqui favorite (and instant hangover cure) bacon, egg, and cheese. One for the Big Apple aficionado or the homesick North American, Skeikob’s is a must for the best bagels in all of Buenos Aires.
Uriarte 1386 | Tues – Fri 9 AM – 4 PM | Sat – Sun 10:30 AM – 5 PM | More details |
Another fancy pants affair, we thought we’d close out the top 10 with a suitable bang. If you feel like pushing your brunch game to the ultimate level of sophistication, dine in the grandiose settings of the Alvear Palace Hotel’s elegant L’Orangerie, ideal for visiting relatives or if you need to make a good impression. Brunch here is as decadent and international as it gets. With a table full of house-made sushi, the next station is filled with world cheeses, fresh fruit, and fresh patisserie. To top off the pinnacle of brunch style, a selection of sparkling wines is available to toast to probably the most extravagant brunch you’ll ever try.
Av. Alvear 1891 | Sundays from 12 PM – 4 PM | More details |
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