Café Tortoni is the oldest coffee shop in the country of Argentina it was founded in 1858.
A must for tourists as well as locals. You can go there to have coffee to meet a friend or the even have events that take place there. This is the perfect place for a coffee or a light snack when wondering along Avenida de Mayo.
There is a small stage where tango shows are held. Since the place is so small the performers usually walk in between the people. Below is a video clip of a performance at the Café Tortoni.
Some of Argentina’s greatest writers used to go to this cafe. It’s still a meeting point for intellectuals.
It’s true that Buenos Aires has tons of great cafes but this one is worth it from a historical sense. If you are downtown and walking on Avenida de Mayo, Cafe Tortoni is a must stop. It is the social institution on an important avenue that was there as countless demonstrations have passed on their way to the Plaza de Congreso. Stained glass, yellowing marble, and bronzes, the place tells more about its history by simply existing than pictures can describe.