Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires

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Avenida de Mayo 825 5411- 4342-4328

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    Cafe Tortoni: An absoulte must in BA

    by jazzdiva Written Apr 10, 2005
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    Locals and tourists alike are at home in this oldest of BA establishments. Come in the afternoon for a light lunch, return in the evening for a tango show...you might get pulled up on stage like I did, so brush up on your steps!

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    Cafe Tortoni: For the first time tourist

    by cochinjew Written Mar 26, 2005
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    For the first time visitors to Buenos Aires, a visit to Cafe Tortoni is tolerable. On this visit, in March 2005, it had become unbearably touristic, the service gone down, the argentines disappearing and the cost of coffee one of the highest in all of buenos aires. There are many many lovely coffee shops, in fact there is a book published with the best 100 coffee shops in Buenos Aires. a repeat visit is not worth it. The argentine intellectuals have stopped coming long time ago

    Favorite Dish: Coffee
    cafe cortado en jarrito

    there is a live tango show some nights. dont forget this is a very touristic spot

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    Cafe Tortoni: Classic cafe with great tango shows

    by lkdahl Written Feb 19, 2005

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    Tango Show

    Probably the most famous cafe in Buenos Aires. The inside is very ornate. Lots of wooden columns, a very exuisite wooden bar. The wait staff was very attentive. Saw lots of them taking photos for and of the large number of tourists that were there. Unlike others reports of bad service, I found the service to be very good.

    If you are going for the tango show, MAKE RESERVATIONS!!! I did not know that this was a requirement and just showed about an hour before the show. Luckily there were some no shows and I lucked out in getting seated at the front table.

    The show is very entertaining. They had 2 couples who danced tango, a solo male tango dancer, 3 musicians and a tango singer. The show lasted about an hour. The cost for the show was $20 pesos per person.

    Favorite Dish: I had a few cervezas(beers) and the famous Tortoni sandwich which is a ham sandwicc with tomatos and cheese on toasted bread.

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    Cafe Tortoni: World famouse Cafe Tortoni

    by bruingirl Updated Dec 24, 2004

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    Soaking up the history at Cafe Tortoni

    Mediocre food, but pretty good service. Personally, I think the place is overhyped, but I guess you have to pay homage to this place because of the historical relevance of this cafe. Carlos Gardel, the famous tango singer, as well as other musicians, artists, and writers used to frequent this restaurant. It was established in 1858 and is the oldest restaurant in the city!

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    Cafe Tortoni: A Buenos Aires Tradition

    by Sonador3 Updated Jul 13, 2004

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    What can I tell you about Cafe Tortoni that you don't already know? Well, it's probably the most famous Cafe in Buenos Aires, and is a tourist attraction for people who aren't even going to sit down and have a cup of coffee. I recall seeing groups of students coming through just to see the place and look around. Most has no idea what they were seeing...pity....

    Founded in 1858, Cafe Tortoni was originally owned by a Mr. Tounan, and he named it after the famous Parisian cafe. The original location was at the corner of Rivadavia and Esmarelda Streets, and was relocated to its present location in 1880. The architect Alejandro Christopherson, who also worked on several other buildings along the avenue, designed the facade. They say that the Porteno tradition of placing tables and chairs on the sidewalk started then. In the basement you can also attend tango shows.

    It's quite clear that the Cafe has taken pains to make sure they maintain their carefully crafted ambiance, with photos of famous guests, paintings and other memorabilia adorning the walls. And of course, you can't have that olde-time ambiance without the appropriately surly, non-smiling waiters. Gruff? Heck, they wrote the book!

    The first time I came here I just had a cafe cortado and medialuna (a short coffee cut with milk and a croissant). Both pretty pedestrian. And the second time I had a "Tortoni Sandwich", though I forgot what the name was in Spanish. It was basically an open-faced sandwich of ham, cheese and tomatoes. Tasty, but a little greasy.

    Anyway, you're not really coming here for the food, are you? Of course not, you come here for the ambiance, the history and to be able to tell your friends back home you had a drink at one of the coolest cafes in the world!

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    Cafe Tortoni: Beautiful art nouveau bar

    by ncoutroulis Written Jun 23, 2004

    It's definitely touristy, but you should at least go to Cafe Tortoni to see the architecture. It's like stepping back in time. It's a beautiful specimin of art nouveau design that has been beautifully preserved. I don't know about the food, but the drinks are great, and there is a Tango show twice a night. (probably very touristy) Go for a coffee or Port. It gets very smoky, though, so be warned.

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    Cafe Tortoni: Good food, nice drinks, great place

    by LondonKevster Written Mar 26, 2004
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    Big menu, nice food all round, nice drinks and nice portions. God friendly staff with no crawling and lots of character and they dont expect a tip!. Fantastic place, with very nice atmosphere, you can sit here for hours alone or with friends. There are pool tables at the back, a small theatre type section and its steeped in history. An absolute must see for Buenos Aires

    Favorite Dish: All the sandwiches are well made, well presented and good pertions.

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    Cafe Tortoni: Good food, nice drinks, great place

    by LondonKevster Written Mar 26, 2004

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    Dont miss it

    Big menu, nice food all round, nice drinks and nice portions. God friendly staff with no crawling and lots of character and they dont expect a tip!. Fantastic place, with very nice atmosphere, you can sit here for hours alone or with friends. There are pool tables at the back, a small theatre type section and its steeped in history. An absolute must see for Buenos Aires

    Favorite Dish: All the sandwiches are well made, well presented and good pertions.

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    Café Tortoni: BA's oldest café

    by Marcos_BA Written Feb 2, 2004

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    The facade of the Tortoni over Avenida de Mayo

    The Café Tortoni was inaugurated in 1858 by a french immigrant, who took the name from a famous café in the Boulevard des Italiens, in Nice. The Tortoni is the oldest café in Buenos Aires.

    Intellectuals and Tango singers always met in the Tortoni for years, which makes it a very touristic place. Unfortunately, owners knew it and prices are very high.

    The ambience is very Porteña, full of small tables, old waiters and the smoke of cigarrettes (don't worry, there is a non-smoking sector too).

    Every night, from midnight to 2 am, Alejandro Dolina broadcasts his radio program "La Venganza será terrible" (The Revenge will be terrible) from there. It is a show about history, philosophy, habits and lots of humour. Beware: it contains lots of local words, unknown to any foreigner. The show is broadcasted live by AM 590 Continental.

    Favorite Dish: The "Chocolate con churros" (Hot Chocolate with a special Argentine mace) is a must in the Tortoni every evening.

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    Cafe Tortoni: A Grand Old Place

    by goshawk301 Updated Jan 16, 2004

    A place like this cannot be born overnight. Seattle has many worthwhile coffeehouses, but it would be another half century before one would attain the stature of Cafe Tortoni, and I wonder if any of them would have that much staying power. Dark wood panels, marble cafe tables, comfortable, aged wooden chairs and waiters in black and white.... Go to Cafe Tortoni for that grand old cafe experience.

    We went there after an opera performance at the Colon. We were well dressed for the opera; and as we sipped chocolate, chatted and discussed the opera in the cafe, I felt like a part of the scene... yeah, sure! But in a place like this, you want to be styling a bit, to pay homage to ghosts that haunts there.

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    Cafe Tortoni: The historical cafe Tortoni

    by oldmonk_92129 Written Dec 30, 2003

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    Scene from Cafe Tortoni

    A must visit place is Cafe Tortoni - not so much for the food or even the tango show but to soak yourself in the history and ambience of this place. There are pictures all over the walls and hand written notes from famous people like Hillary Clinton.
    The ambience is artisty and subtle.
    A tango show can be arranged for 12 pesos, but it is quite touristy. there are much better tango shows to be had elsewhere.

    Favorite Dish: I ate only a cappuchino and chocolate pastry.

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  • La Puerto Rico: Tortoni isn't the only cafe

    by missbutler Written Aug 29, 2003

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    The figure in the logo for this place is alarming -- a Sambo character in a straw hat - even depicted in the terrazzo flooring! but if you can get past that (or take it in as a bit of history) you'll enjoy a great cup of coffee, a delicious sweet and feel in the rhythm of downtown BsAs. The beautiful antique mirrors and fixtures, dark wood, and marble tables are well worth spending some time.

    Favorite Dish: cafe con leche and a delicious slice of lemon pie

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    Cafe Tortoni: A Buenos Aires Institution

    by mannymiami Written Jan 31, 2003

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    This famous cafe not far from the Casa Rosada has been around for over 50 years. It is known for having famous writers like Federico Garcia Lorca sit here and congragate with other famous writers.
    Each table has a plaque with a famous writers name as where they sat. Its a beautiful place inside with lots a antiques and art work. They have a light fare and a full menu. You can have a capuccino and a pastery to a big steak with a bottle of wine.

    Favorite Dish: We had two capuccinos , a cocktail , and a couple of pasteries and it was all under $3 dollars. It maybe very expensive to Argentines but with the devaluation of the peso with dollars its very cheap.

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    This picture shows the Café...

    by DanielF Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This picture shows the Café Tortoni in the Avenida de Mayo. It is the most traditional venue in the city and although it is not a restaurant, it is a good idea to come for a coffee or an appetizer in this elegant atmosphere. There is also a small theater for tango shows.
    The Dulce de leche is another speciality and you can find it in almost any desert: alfajores, havanitos, ice cream...

    Favorite Dish: The meat in Argentina is known around the world for its quality. It is good almost everywhere.

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    Cafe Tortoni: Cafe cum Meseum

    by pearly_p Written Jan 30, 2012
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    This cafe dates back to 1858 and has lots of art pieces to view while you sip on your coffee !

    Favorite Dish: Best coffee, cake and orange juice

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