Coffee & Drinks in Buenos Aires

Although Santiago was close to being my favourite city stop so far, it didn’t seem to have much in the way of speciality coffee, at least not in the neighbourhoods of its sprawling metropolis that I visited.

It was therefore a blessing to discover that Buenos Aires seemed to have a thriving scene. More than that it seemed to maintain a real sense of the revolutionary coffee house with cafes open well into the evening and populated with appreciative audiences across a broad age bracket.

It’s a shame to report that the fine dining restaurants are in thrawl to Nespresso with routinely dreadful pish served up to conclude otherwise well-curated meals.

I kinda lost my shit in the fourth consecutive fine dining place to attempt to serve me it and they were rather taken aback. But I was livid.

In terms of cafes, I visited many good ones. Soho Point Coffee was my first and I was glad to find it on my wander home from lunch at Don Julio. It served me two top notch espressos. I’m not sure what the beans were but the shots were crafted with care.

I very much enjoyed a couple of visits to Rondo where I breakfasted, lunched and had several excellent coffees. The whole team were such a friendly bunch.

Negro on Suipacha was a great little espresso bar. Again, the team could not have been more welcoming. It had a real community feel to it. It’s clearly a place with a strong regular following.

The Shelter became another favourite with several visits to their always crowded premises on Arroyo. Their coffee seemed to be almost exclusively Colombian. It was delivered to an excellent standard each time.

Ol’ Days was a great final stop after lunch at Roux. The coffee game was strong and the welcome friendly. It would be a place on my regular list of stop-ins if I was in the city for an extended period.

In terms of drinking, I mostly sampled paired drinks with meals which meant a lot of very good local wine.

This aside, my only noteworthy stop was at Floreria Atlantico, the bar beneath the florists regularly lauded as the best bar on the continent. It currently sits at number 22 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

I went there for pre-dinner drinks on my final night and was kicking myself that I hadn’t paid a visit earlier in the week as I could happily have incorporated it into more of my evenings. The rainy weather forcing me to take taxis to restaurant venues had largely undermined that.

It was easy to see why it’s such a valued place. The drinks list was beautifully designed and full of bangin’ combos. I started with one of their negronis called a Balestrini. It was as good a negroni as I’ve ever been served.

I followed with a spacer beer which was a highly unusual Patagonian wild lager produced by Heineken of all people. It was pretty decent.

I rounded out my visit with simple sour on an ingredient I’d not seen before called Cynar 70. Cynar is a much loved artichoke amaro but this 70 version is fortified to raise the ABV giving it a much punchier quality.

I was sad to leave but glad to have found it and keen for my next visit.

Written by BKR