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A cup of coffee, please

A cup of coffee, please
Understanding the ritual of having the most beloved drink in the world when
you are in Buenos Aires.
“A coffee, a coffee with a little milk, please”. This is the most common phrase
you are going to hear at a “café” in Buenos Aires. Taking a break in our daily
routines and having a coffee is an experience not to be missed.
For a “porteño” (person from Buenos Aires), having a coffee doesn’t mean to
have a 5-minute break, drink it and go on. It means to sit down, read the
newspaper, meditate… A “café” is also a meeting place for friends and that will
be the perfect opportunity to “solve” issues about economy, world crisis, politics,
family and so on. Then, how long do you need for a coffee? It may be from half
an hour to hours… The ceremony begins by choosing a table, usually the same
one if we are habitués to a place, then we ask for a coffee to the waiter with the
usual sign using two fingers, the thumb and the forefinger.
Waiters play a central role in a “café”. They will remember several individual
orders without even writing a word and they will deliver everything without
making mistakes. Furthermore, they usually work in the same place for a long
time and are able to feel their customers ́ mood. Many of the oldest “cafés”
were opened by Spanish immigrants. By the end of the 19th century, only 1 out
of 20 owners was Argentinian.
There are about 80 “Historic cafés” in Buenos Aires. ¿What does it mean? It
means they were recognized and known specifically for something. Some of
them were the meeting place for musicians, actors, writers or politicians. Others
are known for being antique, for the architecture and they are part of the city
cultural heritage. We can find them all over the city and each café has special
characteristics turning it into a unique place. Visiting some of them is -without a
doubt- not to be missed in your itinerary through Buenos Aires.
Our suggestions:
Bar La Biela
, located in Recoleta, opposite the Cemetery. Even though it was
already opened as a “café”, it was given this name in 1942. Place chosen by
car racing lovers, the photographs decorating the walls give evidence of these
meetings. As soon as we open the door, two writers’ sculptures (Jorge Luis
Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares) will welcome us.
Let’s go to San Telmo and to El Federal,
an antique café which will astonish visitors with the original interior,
beautiful furniture and stained glasses. Sitting around and having a look is like
going back in time.
Café Tortoni,
close to Plaza de Mayo (May square) and founded in 1858.
Marble tables, stained glasses and the boiserie bear witness to a great part of
Buenos Aires history. Carlos Gardel, the famous tango singer, and writers
Federico García Lorca, Julio Cortazar and Alfonsina Storni were usual
customers. On October, 26th, we celebrate the “Cafés Day”, it is the
anniversary of the façade opening on Av. de Mayo (May Avenue). This is,
beyond doubt, the most visited “historic café” in Buenos Aires.
Included in tango lyrics, films and books, when visiting Buenos Aires, please do
not miss the opportunity to ask “a coffee, please”. Perhaps this will be the most
unforgettable moment in your stay
Gran Café Tortoni – Café | RestaurantArchivo:Avenida de Mayo Café Tortoni.jpg - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libreTh
La Biela | Café contadoIncertidumbre por el futuro del mítico bar La Biela en medio de la cuarentena: “No sabemos cuánto más vamos a poder resistir” - Infobae
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