Specialty Coffee in Buenos Aires
Updated: Jan 21
You're traveling from far away to the beautiful country at the southern corner of the world and wondering: "could I find good coffee in Buenos Aires before I go hiking all over the place?"
So, I answer: "yes, yes, yes!"
Buenos Aires, the capital city of the Argentine Republic and the biggest one in the country (metro population of 15,153,729 million people), is a top tourist destination. It's the most visited city in South America (the second most visited in Latin America behind Mexico City) and it's known for its preserved eclectic European architecture and rich cultural life. A multicultural city that in the last 151 years it has received millions of immigrants from all over the world that made it a melting pot. With such a reputation, this city deserves, without a doubt, the rise of specialty coffee in it!
Walking in the streets of Buenos Aires would make you feel different, special and curious about what this marvelous city has to offer so, let's focus on what the Specialty Coffee scene has to offer. Well, the Porteños are known for their ultimate love & loyalty to the famous local crop and product- the 'Mate'. Coffee, though, attracts the older generation more than the younger generation and here is exactly where a new vibe is needed! This young, vibrant and refreshing breeze of Specialty Coffee in Buenos Aires attracts a new crowd to the coffee shops- local people, tourists, young and old all love the idea of the Third Wave Coffee in the city.
The Third Wave rise started approximately 4 years ago (with a few exceptions), and now is about to burst of new shop openings. The cafes are scattered in the different neighborhoods of the city. Each shop will welcome you with an environment aligned with the neighborhood's vibe and, enthusiast baristas behind the bar!
The scene's influences
The Influences, naturally, come from Australia and Northen America. In shops that offer a menu, you could expect the trendy Aussie-cuisine and a tasty coffee roasted in the local roasteries in Buenos Aires.
My time exploring the scene
I dedicated my time in and around the specialty coffee scene in Buenos Aires. I wanted to get to know it as much as possible. Meeting and talking to the people of the industry gave me a wider look and understanding of it, and I think that the specialty coffee scene in Buenos Aires could not fit better to this multicultural city and what it represents. A true melting pot of people and cultures!
Allow me to offer you my recommendations in Buenos Aires:
1. LattenTe - Espresso Bar and Brew Bar
Themes 1891, C1414 CABA, Argentina
Open all week Mon-Sat: 9 am-8 pm Sunday: from 10 am
The ultimate hipster coffee place in Palermo with good food, good coffee, and good company! Coffees from Peru, Honduras, Guatemala. Breakfast, Brunch.
2. Surry Hills
Jorge Luis Borges 1842, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Open Mon-Fri: (except Tuesdays) 8 am - 8 pm Sat-Sun: 10 am - 8 pm
I think one of the most modern cafes in BA at the moment. It offers great coffee from an original blend alongside sweets and great food!
3. Cigaló Specialty Coffee
Gurruchaga 1876, Palermo, CABA, Argentina
Open Tue-Fri: 9 am - 20 pm Sat-Sun & holidays: 10 am - 20 pm
Whenever you enter Cigalo it feels like this place was made to simply make you feel good. with some good coffee, good food, and the good vibes there's no doubt you'll walk out smiling!
4. NEGRO. Cueva de Cafe
A few locations in Buenos Aires city center
Open 5 days a week Mon-Fri 8 am - 7 pm, Thursdays from 8:30 am - 7 pm
In a constant talk with the customers about the coffee elaboration process - what it actually takes to prepare the coffee before it arrives into the bar and the customer's cup. NEGRO education takes part through messages on the wall and signs on the tables.
I love it :)
5. Cafe Registrado
Gurruchaga 1672, Ba, Argentina Open Mon-Sun 9 am - 9 pm
Coffee-sweets-sandwiches-salads, a huge terrace, roasters, and an SCA school for coffee passionates, Cafe Registrado has it all!
6. Coffee Town Specialty Coffee Roasters
Bolivar 976, CABA, Argentina
Open Mon-Sun: 8 am - 20 pm
You weren't in Buenos Aires unless you visited at least once in Mercado de San Telmo where a beautiful gastronomic mix is coming together to give a joyful experience in this beautiful part of town. How amazing is that Coffee Town is there too to give the visitors the specialty coffee experience so, don't miss that out!
7. Juani Cafe
Open Mon-Sun: 9 am - 9 pm
Away from the fuss and buzz, you'll find this coffee pearl at the corner of Gorriti st. and will fall in love! The somewhat romantic inner design that reminds me of a French Cafe. The coffee and food, if you ask, are not disappointing at all :)
8. All Saint Cafe | Coffee Roasters
Avenida Corrientes 802, C1043 CABA, Argentina
Open Mon-Fri: 7:30 - 21:00 Sat-Sun: 14:30 - 21:00
I like how they are emphasizing to the customers what is specialty coffee, how and where they're sourcing their coffees from. With large sitting areas, All Saints Cafe is like an oasis in the middle of the noisy city center!
9. Padre Coffee Roasters & Beer
Jorge Luis Borges 2008, C1425 FFB, BA, Argentina
Open Tue-Sun: 10:00 - 00:00
Padre offers the full cafe experience with an amazing sitting area, great coffees, a full menu, and a beer... how do they say that in Padre "where strangers become friends". Indeed, once you walk in the first time you keep coming back!
As I really enjoyed this special Specialty Coffee scene I hope you will!
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I wish you a joyful exploration journey, lots of love and great coffee!