The Cafe Culture in Palermo
What You Need to Know
You’d be hard pushed to find a city such as Buenos Aires that lends itself so well to a laid back cafe culture. Palermo, a barrio within the city could also not be more ideal for an afternoon of exploring its leafy avenues and hidden cobbled streets. You’ll easily spend a whole afternoon ambling in and out of creative boutiques admiring the striking street art as you go. After all this exploring you’ll definitely be in need of a pit stop. I can think of no better Barrio than Palermo than to simply spend a few hours sat at a cafe sipping a cortado and watching the world go by.
Here is my pick of the top 5 cafes in Palermo:
República Arabe Siria 3061
I fell in love with the interior of this place, black and white tiles as well wood panelled counters give the place a hip coffee shop vibe. Friendly and helpful waiters are happy to give recommendations about the delicious tasting and beautifully presented coffee. Fresh lemonade served here is also highly recommended. This place is perfect for people watching too, with plenty of affluent Palermo residents passing by with their highly coiffured handbag dogs. With two locations in Palermo, my favourite is in Palermo Botanico. It can be easily combined with a trip to the Japanese gardens and the Evita museum.
La Panera rosa
Jorge Luis Borges 1685
The pastel pink interior and exterior of this Palermo spot may not appeal to all but these guys serve up huge portions of seriously amazing tasting cakes. This is the ideal spot for a special afternoon tea. However fear not if pink isn’t your thing, grab a slice of the humongous looking Oreo cake to go, probably the richest most decadent cake you will have ever tasted. If you feel like exploring further afield, check out their branch in Recoleta. It boasts a huge outdoor terrace that is a stone’s throw from Recoleta cemetery.
Recoleta – Av. Pres. Manuel Quintana 595
El Salvador 4827
The chandelier in this venue certainly gives off an opulent atmosphere and the cakes are certainly in keeping with this theme. Extremely indulgent cakes loaded with dulce de leche and chocolate make it a hard decision to try only one. Use this as an opportunity to settle back into one of their plush sofas and spend the afternoon sampling. There are few better ways of spending some hours in Palermo.
Slap bang in the centre of Palermo, located on the buzzing Plaza Serrano, Sans offers the gooiest brownie Palermo has ever seen. Sans also offers a roof terrace, away from the bustling summer crowds of below. Later in the day Sans converts from cafe into a bar and offers an extensive drinks menu. When you’re done with cake and coffee use this as an excuse to move onto cocktails and enjoy the view of pretty Plaza Serrano.
Dain Usina Cultural
I have always loved the combination of bookshops and cafes. The idea of losing an afternoon to book browsing whilst also enjoying the surroundings of a cosy cafe has always been an appealing one. Dain is a delightfully cluttered and slightly chaotic shop which also offers some English editions. Or for those looking to practice their Spanish, there are the usual Latin American classics as well as a few beautiful photographic books on Buenos Aires. The cafe is filled with natural light offering you the perfect opportunity to sit with a stack of books sipping a latte. If this appeals to you also check out libros del pasaje on Thames 1762.