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Cafe Tortoni

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Montserrat
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Address: Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
Phone Number:
+54 11 4342-4328
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08:00 - 01:00
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Sun 09:00 - 01:00
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This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango...

This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.

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Nice experience there

We have a simple lunch there, food was ok, service was good, nice staff but poor English, but it did not affect the impression of this restaurant.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Shanghai, China
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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The cafe is everything Argentinian: Grandiose, exact, ornate, full of life and history. This is your slice of Buenos Aires. Things of interest crammed onto every available wall and otherwise space in the museum/curio cabinet fashion. Pictures of visiting celebs, notables all over the place Concerning the tango show: Its the to go to show. pre-booking is necessary for this... More 

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a visit to Care Tortoni, and even got a Tango Lesson while we were there. This is not something very common there, but we were lucky to experience that. The place is a wonderful experience that should not be missed. If you want a "taste" of old Buenos Aires...this is a must stop

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The cafe itself is very nice and worth a visit but the staff let it down. Our waitress could hardly bring herself to talk to us and looked thoroughly miserable. We certainly didn't feel welcome. Looking around I didn't see many smiles from any of the other staff. I wouldn't go back because of poor staff atttitudes and utter lack... More 

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have a simple lunch there, food was ok, service was good, nice staff but poor English, but it did not affect the impression of this restaurant.

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Thank update777
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stand in a line for a little while before enjoying these cafe classic signature sweets, chocolate with churros being of one their best-sellers. Ideally located in the heart of Buenos Aires Centro, it's a convenient stop-off between two visits.

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One could easily take the Tortoni, move it to St. Germain in Paris and no one would notice the difference (ok maybe the churros). The Cafe Tortoni resembles the beautiful side of Buenos Aires, the one that can rightfully be called the Paris of South America and can for the most part be found around the St. Elmo area. Beautifully... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is not for the cafe itself but the tango show in Cafe Tortoni. The tango show here seemed like a good alternative to the much more expensive and extravagant shows in BA. Based on what we had read online about the show in Cafe Tortoni, we thought it was going to be a more authentic show in a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We visited this cafe on the recommendation of our tour guide. We were not disappointed. This is a genuine old world charm cafe continuing with the tradition and atmosphere of a time that no longer exists in everyday modern life. The decor and atmosphere what attracts one to the cafe. There may be a lineup to get in during busy... More 

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Milton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This is the oldest cafe in South America, and really is very beautiful. The wood panelling and stained glass windows are gorgeous! The restaurant features free wifi and the menu is enormous!

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Halifax
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We stumbled upon this place quite by accident. We were looking for a good steakhouse and our hotel sent us here. We were surprised to see the lineup outside ,not realizing we were at the famous landmark tango cafe. I think it is far too touristy and not at all the kind of place we were looking for....no steak barbeque... More 

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As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires, Montserrat is defined by the historical events that took place there and the landmarks that have stood the test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of this connection to history: countless public demonstrations have passed through this square, going back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos Aires may have looked like in the past: the Cabildo takes us back to the late 16th century, while the Palacio Barolo and the traditional cafés carry us to the early 20th. Nowadays, the neighbourhood is inundated every day by office workers, buses, and taxis; still, the cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, and subway stations from the 1910s remind us that we are surrounded by history everywhere we look.
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