Tea and cake in a good cafe is one of my favourite things, and during my time in trendy Palermo in Buenos Aires there was no shortage of options to choose from. This is a round-up of my favourite 10 cafes in Palermo in no particular order. All have wi-fi and vegetarian options.
Gorriti 5881, Palermo Hollywood
Porota was without a doubt home to our favourite cakes in Buenos Aires. There’s a mouth-watering selection including banana and dulce de leche muffins, chocolate raspberry cupcakes and sprinkle-covered truffles. With a huge menu of excellent freshly brewed teas, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon break. There’s also a savoury menu of good value sandwiches, soups and salads. Inside is cosy and pretty, and there are seats outside too. If you’re lucky, you’ll go there on a day when waiter Alejandro has bought his beautiful dog Homero into work.
Nicaragua 5935, Palermo Hollywood and Gurruchaga 1795, Palermo Soho
Bartola is delightfully kitsch with bunting, mismatched furniture and a pastel palette. There are cakes, teas and juices and a good breakfast/brunch menu, as well as sandwiches and pizza.
Armenia 1692, Palermo Soho
This was my favourite post-yoga stop for a healthy smoothie or salad. The light filled, yet cosy, place is owned by a blueberry farmer and serves a delicious crumble. The breakfasts are huge, and there’s also a great tea menu. it’s the kind of place you tend to leave feeling refreshed.
4. Oui Oui
Nicaragua 6068, Palermo Hollywood
Steve and I were looking for a good brunch and Oui Oui perfectly delivered. This charming cafe seems made for weekend mornings. It’s the ideal pace to enjoy a breakfast of eggs and coffee amid the bustling Palermo streets. It served the best submarine (a glass of hot milk with chocolate to melt into it) that I tasted in the city, with lots of crumbly chocolate so you could make it just right.
Nicaragua 6044, Palermo Hollywood
Pani is a girly delight, full of pretty crockery, and even prettier cakes. The pink lemonade even comes in a pink jug in the shape of a penguin. You probably shouldn’t go there without trying something sweet like one of the tempting macaroons.
1946 Carranza, Palermo Hollywood
Sitting here on a sunny day is a wonderful way to appreciate Palermo’s charms. Outside the cafe, the lamp posts, signs and trees are wrapped in colourful crochet and inside is cosy and inviting. Whenever I went there it always had a bustle to it and was a great place to while away some time working. Unlike most places in Buenos Aires, it’s possible to get a light lunch rather than a portion fit for two. It gets very busy at the weekends.
Serrano 1595, Palermo Soho
Initially, we were worried that this place might be a bit of a soulless tourist trap due to its location on the popular Plaza Serrano, but we were eventually lured in by the sunny terrace upstairs. We were happily surprised to find inside was charmingly decorated with cheerful colours, wooden furniture and a table full of cakes. There were plenty of Argentines inside too. Our favourite thing on the menu is a cucumber, mint and lemon juice. On a sunny day, the roof terrace is a great place to people watch over the square below.
Gorriti 5796, Palermo Hollywood
This little corner cafe/restaurant was just around the corner form my home in Palermo and is best enjoyed in the sun when you can take advantage of the pavement tables and roof terrace. The menu is short but has some great food including a good tofu sandwich and a hearty stir-fry. There are also daily specials such as tarts and burgers. My favourite meal was a courgette and onion tart dusted with seeds and accompanied by a salad with a sweet dressing I’d love to re-create. It’s a popular place for breakfast, sat reading the papers and watching the world go by.
Thames 1762, Palermo Soho
I’ve already raved about this in my post on Buenos Aires best bookshops, but it has to be included on this list too as the cafe is one of the best parts of it. It’s at the back of the bookshop, next to a small music section so you can sit surrounded by books and music. It’s wonderfully cosy and possibly my favourite place to sit and read in the city. I miss it, just writing about it now.
10. Eterna Cadencia
Best cafes in Palermo, Buenos Aires
Other options include Crack Up bookshop cafe and Helena (Nicaragua 4816) where the bunting is made from woolen hats. I’ll be adding a post shortly on Vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires. Many of the restaurants double as cafes, including Natural Deli, which is where I took the photo at the top of the page. Let me know if there are any you think I’ve left out.