Café Tortoni is the oldest and perhaps best preserved of the city’s many officially recognised historic cafés. Founded in 1858, this elegant venue was named after a café in Paris and was frequented by politicians, writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, the musician Arthur Rubinstein and the singer Carlos Gardel. The façade on the Avenida de Mayo was designed by the architect Alejandro Christophersen in 1898.
Order a coffee and medialunas or indulge in churros with chocolate and soak up the atmosphere. The café also serves cider on tap and hosts evening jazz and tango shows.