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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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Old World Charm

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
PatrickSaidi
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this iconic cafe in the heart of Buenos Aires to see the Tango show (380 pesos per person ($25) - well worth it. A great show of tango dancing (3 couples) and one authentic Argentinian singer. Paid 110 pesos for a good iced coffee. Lovely interior showing off the old style of coffee house. Can also have a meal... More 

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Castleford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The queue at the door was 10 deep....we got a little exited! "Oh it must be good in here!!" Only it was half full.....the queue is for the sense of anticipation of what you THINK you're going to get. You can't see in through the windows & the man at the door moves the curtain to see who is outside!!... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must for first time visitors to BA. The cafe is an institution. Sit and just take in the decor from a different era. Nothing seems to have been changed. Go there at odd times as the line is long. We went to cafe around 11am and waited for about 15 mins. Luckily no rain otherwise we would have got... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional building with must-see interior. Good coffee and relaxed atmosphere. Worth taking time out for a brief stop.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the building itself is impressive the quality and price of the food and drink was really disappointing. We had wanted to try the churros but were told they didn't have any! The coffee was weak and the chocolate mousse and brownie lacked flavour. There are definitely better cafes in Buenos Aires that offer a higher quality of food at... More 

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Nyon, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a beautiful café but just avoid the tango show which is expensive and of very poor quality. The acoustics is terrible. It's a 1 hour show with about 15 minutes of dancing tango. The rest of the time is occupied by a singer who is average and singing in Spanish for a crowd where at least half of... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing atmosphere and great food. This cafe has been around for more than a century and there is a reason for it. Favoured by talented people of the past it carries a debonair flair. You must visit it and become a part of the elite,even briefly. The decoration is beautiful and the service impeccable.

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Montserrat
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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